Fantasy Football 2012: Quarterback Alternatives For Robert Griffin III

By Adam Pfeifer
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During Sunday’s overtime thrilling win over the Baltimore Ravens, quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a scary looking injury. Haloti Ngata landed on top of him, which is never good considering how large Ngata is. Anyway, the injury was later on diagnosed as a Grade 1 LCL sprain.

From a fantasy perspective, it is the second week of the playoffs for most of you and if RG3 can’t go, owners will be forced to surf the waiver wire for a fill in. It is still uncertain whether or not he will play, but with the playoffs in striking distance, you can bet the rookie quarterback will do all he can to suit up. Regardless, fantasy owners should have an alternative option, just in case. Let’s see which guys are worth a look.

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

First of all, if Wilson is even available, just wow. The dude has been playing as well as anyone recently, and yes I mean anyone. On Sunday, he faces a Buffalo Bills defense that is allowing the 9th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. People might worry about him not being at home, but in Wilson’s last two road games, he has scored 30 and 24 fantasy points.

Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders

Palmer is pretty much the definition of a fill in fantasy quarterback. With the amount that Palmer slings the ball around (534 attempts, ranking fourth in the league) he always has a chance to produce big fantasy numbers. That holds true this week, as he gets the Kansas City Chiefs, a defense that has surrendered a league-high 25 touchdown passes thus far.

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

Kaepernick is another great option this week against the New England Patriots. He can certainly exploit the Pats 29th ranked pass defense with his arm but also with his legs. The Nevada product will line up in the pistol formation, causing matchup problems for opposing defenses. He won’t put up monster numbers but has been consistently solid lately, scoring 15 or more fantasy points over the last five weeks.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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