The future may be bright for the two top picks of the 2012 NFL Draft. Rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have been drafted as the eventual faces and saviors of the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins. These two young men could be good examples of the future of the NFL, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we should expect to see big stats or fantasy football numbers from Luck or Griffin in their first pro season.
The wins may be minor, and the turnovers may be numerous for these two rookies. You could hope to get some garbage-time yards and touchdowns, as their respective teams try to catch up from large deficits. Both players have veteran receivers, but Luck will also be surrounded by fellow rookies on offense, who were drafted to help the young quarterback along. The big difference that might make Luck a bit more valuable in fantasy, is that the AFC South is a much weaker division than the NFC East. Griffin may be a bit more nimble and speedy than Luck, but he will find himself running for his life at least two times a year from the World Champion New York Giants defense.
Both of these teams have looked shaky but have also showed promise during their first two preseason games. Both the Colts and the Redskins will take a 1-1 preseason record into their first-ever battle on Saturday afternoon, where we are expected to see more from both of these rookie signal callers than we have so far. Their future in the NFL (and in fantasy) is yet to be determined, so it’s better to trust your fantasy team in another players’ hands rather than picking up Luck or Griffin in the first round of your own personal football draft.