Should Fantasy Football Owners Worry About Robert Griffin III's Health and Garbage Time Production?

By Ryan Heckman
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Through two weeks, the Washington Redskins are winless and quarterback Robert Griffin III is being widely criticized for the slow start. There have even been clamors here and there for backup Kirk Cousins to start if he continues to struggle.

In the fantasy football realm, Griffin III has been a bit below average in terms of where his owners would like to see him perform. But, nonetheless, he has put up some fairly decent numbers. Griffin has thrown for 649 yards, five touchdowns, three interceptions and also lost a fumble.

Now, as a fan, I’d be concerned. That is an entirely different angle on Griffin’s performance thus far. As a fantasy football owner? That’s a different story.

Here is the bottom line, folks: Griffin has said numerous times over the last week or so that his health is just fine. He has said that the knee has not given him any pain nor has it held him back from playing to the best of his ability.

As you have probably heard or read recently, it has been his mechanics that have been off. His production has still been up there fantasy-wise, but once he gets his mechanical flaws under control he should be even more effective for fantasy owners.

Regardless of any health rumors or mechanical flaws, Griffin has still managed to post some pretty solid fantasy numbers. If I own him, I’m not upset or worried in the least bit. This is a guy who, while still a bit immature and ambitious, takes care of his body and desires to win.

He’s been questioned a few times as far as his desire to get back on the field too soon, but that’s not always a bad thing. If you’re starting him in a fantasy league, just know this: Griffin is going to give you everything he’s got until the clock runs out in that final quarter. Sure, he’s piling on the stats later in the game for the post part, but in the fantasy world that is irrelevant.

Griffin should continue to improve as the year goes on. Do not worry if you are currently concerned over your prized fantasy quarterback. However, like I said, if you’re a Redskins fan — that’s a different story.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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