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Fantasy Football 2012: Robert Griffin III Out, Kirk Cousins In

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

 

All week long, the entire NFL universe has had their eyes fixed upon the status of Washington Redskins rookie sensation Robert Griffin III.

It appears those eyes will be targeting another rookie quarterback come Sunday.

Kirk Cousins has officially been named the starting quarterback for Sunday’s contest against the Cleveland Browns. Griffin III has been nursing a knee sprain since last week, after suffering a vicious hit from defensive end Haloti Ngata. Cousins took snaps with the first team all week long, while Griffin only took part in individual practice drills. It seems as if no one is questioning the Redskins draft strategy now. Many did after picking Cousins just two picks after grabbing RG3.

From a fantasy perspective, this news is huge. Griffin has been one of the highest scoring fantasy players in football and will have to be replaced by owners who are one win away from their championships. Not only will this affect RG3 owners, but it will also decrease the value of Redskins wideouts, mainly Pierre Garcon, who will be blanketed by Joe Haden. However, I do feel that this benefits rookie stud Alfred Morris. With Cousins under center, the Redskins will likely pound Morris against the Browns 17th ranked run defense.

If you are frantically searching the waiver wire in attempts to find another quarterback, someone from this very game could be an option.

Brandon Weeden is an intriguing fantasy option. He has been playing much better as of late, and has a dream matchup against this 31st ranked Redskins pass defense, who have allowed seven passing scores over the last three weeks. As I said before, I also like guys such as Russell Wilson and Carson Palmer in place of the injured Griffin.

All in all, the Redskins (7-6) are one game out of and NFC wild-card spot, and will certainly miss their start signal caller.

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

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.