Fantasy Football: Have Defenses Figured Out RG3?

By Evan Hale


Robert Griffin III has revitalized the Washington Redskins faithful. Even with a losing record, RG3 has become must see TV and given hope to a downtrodden organization. He has also become a must start by fantasy football owners. The Baylor alum shot out of the gates with the production that imitated Cam Newton’s rookie season. These outstanding fantasy numbers were mostly due to rushing touchdowns. Through the first six weeks he rushed for six touchdowns; however, lately it seems as though defenses have picked up on how to slow down this young stud’s legs.

The rushing attack for Washington has been lethal with the other explosive rookie, Alfred Morris, in the same backfield. However, Griffin has not rushed for a touchdown in the past three games. Subsequently, he has had the three worst fantasy weeks of the season, if you take out Week 5 where he didn’t finish the game due to a concussion.

Is this due to him facing suffocating rushing defenses the past three weeks? No, he has only seen one team in the top 10 of rushing defenses, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers contained RG3, only allowing eight yards on the ground. Last week against the Carolina Panthers, a middle of the pack rush D, he managed to run for 52 yards, but was little help to fantasy owners due to him not reaching the end zone.

With the sole focus of defenses stopping the run in Washington, and with each game more tape to study, it’s no coincidence that Griffin has struggled. Fantasy owners should temper their early season emotional highs, because Griffin’s days as the number one fantasy producer are over. Don’t get me wrong; he is still a QB1. But as the story goes, the speed of NFL defenses will always catch up to mobile quarterbacks.


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