Sept. 30, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

Week 6 Fantasy Update: Welcome Back to Reality RGIII


Week 5 did not prove to be productive for Robert Griffin III. Let’s just call the match up Griffin’s “Welcome to the NFL.” It was frightening and depressing for all of Redskins Nation and we’ve seen and heard enough about it. Moving on.

Sep 24, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates after a Packers touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 14-12. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

It appears as though the experts are making some bold predictions for this week’s games. On paper, there are some pretty epic battles between some good quarterbacks and some good defenses with the advantages going to the quarterbacks. Griffin III has passed the concussion tests and was limited at practice. He is listed as Questionable and knowing Coach Shannahan its a strong possibility that will bench Griffin III in fear that the concussion has affected his cardiovascular endurance. If you have Griffin III as your main QB, I recommend that you have your back up on stand by and if you don’t have a quality back up, get one fast! You don’t want to be caught off guard Sunday morning if the Redskins rule Griffin III Out for the game. As you all know I pull my prediction rankings from NFL.com, ESPN.com and Fleaflicker.com fantasy football. They all have different scoring systems, so don’t compare the actual projected scores, but focus on the quarterback rankings.

ESPN.com
Rank Name Projection Match-up
1 Rodgers 49 @Texans
2 Stafford 48 @Eagles
3 Brady 46 @Seahawks
4 Peyton 45 @Chargers
5 Eli 45 @49ers
NR Griffin III 29 vs Vikings
NFL.com
1 Rivers 34.03 vs Broncos
2 Ryan 32.73 vs. Raiders
3 Peyton 31.53 @Chargers
4 Ponder 21.63 @Redskins
5 Rodgers 21.63 @Texans
NR Griffin III 14.17 vs. Vikings
FleaFlicker.com
1 Ryan 34 vs. Raiders
2 Peyton 30 @Chargers
3 Stafford 28 @Eagles
4 Ponder 26 @Redskins
5 Kolb 25 vs. Bills
NR Griffin III 16 vs. Vikings

 

Looking at the ESPN.com predictions, the only reason I don’t agree with a top 5 of Rodgers, Stafford, Brady, Peyton and Eli Manning is because I see match-ups on the road versus 5 good defenses. (Houston, Phila., Seattle, San Diego, San Fran) Granted these are 5 quarterbacks that usually produce versus every NFL team, I don’t see them putting up the top 5 point totals versus these 5 defenses on their home turf. I believe the low projections for Griffin III are due to the thinking that even in the event that he plays, Washington will eliminate as much of the running portion of his game as possible. Taking away roughly 100 yards on the ground and a touchdown, justifies the decreased projection.

I don’t see this hurting the Redskins because of the emergence of Alfred Morris as a dominant running back. He has had a stellar season so far, currently #4 in the league in rushing yards. As good as he has been, I see Morris having his breakout game this Sunday vs. Minnesota with some of the workload coming off of Griffin III’s shoulders. I project his first career 200+ yard game as a professional and the Fantasy Stud of the week. (Remember you heard it here first)

 

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