If you’re a Washington Redskins fan you probably have ever single finger and toe crossed that Robert Griffin III can return to how dynamic and competitive he was as a rookie in 2012. Unfortunately one preseason game into the 2015 season has passed, and Griffin did not look particularly poised during his brief playing time, and was out-played by backup quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Before last season began Griffin was on a lot of analyst’s (myself included) lists as a sleeper prospect, and we were sadly mistaken. That is why it is hard to be high on Griffin coming into this season. You can only be burned by the same player so many times.
So I definitely wouldn’t call Griffin a sleeper, per se. However, I would say Griffin is, as always, a player with a lot of potential. He’s in a situation where his back is against the wall and if he doesn’t perform this year he could go the way of Vince Young. Also the same reason I liked Griffin last year still pertains to him this year: Griffin’s exceptional supporting cast of offensive weapons at his disposal. Let’s take a look at some of those weapons I’m talking about:
Alfred Morris running back – Morris is one of the only true three-down running backs in the entire NFL. He can do it all, run, block, catch, etc. In his three NFL seasons Morris has rushed for over a 1,000 in all of them and hasn’t missed a single game.
Pierre Garcon wide receiver – Garcon is a reception monster. Just two seasons previous to this one Garcon had the most receptions in the NFL, and he did that with Griffin, while Griffin was slumping. NFL defenses basically only had to worry about Garcon in the passing game and they still couldn’t stop him.
DeSean Jackson wide receiver – Everyone who knows the NFL knows DeSean Jackson is one of the most elite deep threats the league has ever seen. DeSean has the speed and maneuverability to score a touchdown on any play. Combine his ability to stretch the field with the sure handedness of Garcon, and the constant run threat of Alfred Morris and it seems that on paper this team should be very difficult to defend.
Jordan Reed tight end – As far as receiving tight ends go Reed is easily in the top 10. With so many other people to worry about defending somebody has to be mismatched defensively, and often times that player will be the tight end.
On paper it would appear that if the Redskins can stay healthy RG3 could potentially have a solid fantasy season. You can also consider that Griffin played the last three games of the 2014 season and was 6th amongst all quarterbacks in fantasy points over those three weeks.
All things considered, Griffin is still a fantasy liability. But he does have high potential and you could probably draft him in the 13th round as a high upside backup. So if you have a very reliable QB1 and you play in a standard one QB league with 10+ teams, Griffin could be worth taking as your QB2. But don’t take him as your QB2 unless you have a QB1 like Rodgers, Luck, Wilson, Brees, or Roethlisberger. You do not want to get be forced to play Griffin, or have two crappy quarterbacks just because your QB1 is having an unforeseen slump.
What do you guys think? Am I giving Griffin too much, or too little credit? Let us know in the comments!