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Griffin III, Luck Debate Rages On In Fantasy

Posted by James Ho on July 8, 2013 – 4:07 pm

(AP photos)

(AP photos)

With fantasy football draft season fast approaching, I’m sure many of you are slowly, but surely beginning to scour the web for expert fantasy advice as we prepare to put our friends and co-workers to shame.

As we all know, the NFL has becoming a more passing oriented league, and fantasy football drafts have reflected that, with quarterbacks being drafted very early. The signal-callers we all expect off the board first are Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, but what if you’re aren’t fortunate enough to snag of those guys?

Well, you might want to take a look at last season’s rookie sensations – Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Colts’ Andrew Luck.

The careers of both quarterbacks will forever be tied at the hip–even in fantasy football.

Picking between the headliners of the 2012 NFL Draft is no easy decision, but FoxSports.com was gracious enough to give us a categorical break down of the two.

The duo was compared in 11 different categories with Griffin III having the advantage in six.

Now a few categories like Twitter following and television coverage have little impact on fantasy production, so when you look at just the on-field factors, the two are about dead even.

According to FoxSports.com’s collection of analysts, the former Heisman winner trumps Luck in his rushing (such a shocker) and has advantages at running back, offensive line, and coaching staff.

Luck on the other hand bested Griffin III in passing, longevity (durability), and was given the advantage at wide receiver and strength of schedule.

Nothing out of the ordinary here, but the most intriguing category may be their passing numbers.

Yes, Luck did throw for significantly more yards than Griffin III, but only threw three more touchdowns on over 230 more attempts and also managed 13 more interceptions than his counterpart, a fairly significant gap.

The debate over Luck and Griffin III will go on for as long as Manning vs. Brady if not longer. It’s always best to go with your gut, and if you’re faced with this decision on draft day, you probably can’t go wrong with either guy, but I’ll leave you all with one last thing to chew on.

In NFL.com’s fantasy point system, Griffin III finished last season with 317.50 total points to Luck’s 276.46 while missing one full game and a few portions of other games, while Luck started and finished all 16 games.

Good luck on draft day!

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3 Responses to “Griffin III, Luck Debate Rages On In Fantasy”

  1. By voodoovos on Jul 8, 2013 | Reply

    In many drafts on Espn I have managed to get both – nice to have Luck riding the pine on my bench.

  2. By Captain Fantasy on Jul 8, 2013 | Reply

    I think you have to go with Luck. Due to Griffin is only getting limited preseason work and not a sure bet to be ready for week 1. That is where I stand. To note I think Peyton is being drafted to high with his age and recent multiple neck surgeries. I just believe there is a chance of a sharp decline here. I could be wrong. Here are my QB Rankings http://wp.me/p1BWwO-1W

  3. By httr1 on Jul 8, 2013 | Reply

    well this will go on for the rest of their careers

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