After suffering a concussion against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Robert Griffin III was cleared to practice earlier today.
In the third quarter, he was knocked out on a legal hit by linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.
Before his injury, Griffin III was a top three fantasy producer.
Coach Mike Shanahan was optimistic that he would be ready to play this Sunday. However, even if he plays, owners should be cautious.
Concussions are arguably the most sensitive injury players suffer today. It could certainly re-occur, especially against the pass-rushing assailant, Jared Allen, and the Minnesota Vikings.
What makes Griffin III so valuable is that he’s a dual threat quarterback. That aspect of his game may be missing, as he might be hesitant to run for the fear of him suffering another concussion.
Unlike passing yards, owners receive a point for every 10 yards rushed. If he’s not scrambling, then his value as a fantasy starter is diminished.
If Griffin III starts, this could mean more of an increased workload for RB Alfred Morris. He could be used as a weapon even more to keep RG3 out of harms way. The problem with that is the Vikings are a stingy run defense, allowing just 78.6 yards a game, good for sixth best in the NFL.
Simply put, owners, be prepared to pick-up a reliable QB from the waiver wire, or if you have one on the bench, consider starting him, instead.
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