Robert Griffin III: Defining the Fantasy Quarterback of the Future
Robert Griffin III, the reigning Heisman Trophy Award Winner, leads all NFL players in fantasy points through 11 weeks. Yes, that includes players such as: Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster and Adrian Peterson.
Following his 14-of-15 passing day which resulted in a perfect quarterback rating, RGIII has put the NFL on notice. No, he isn’t just your average rookie signal caller. Instead, the Baylor product has veteran presence on the field and a dynamic combination of accuracy, speed, and arm strength. Sorry Mr. Cam Newton, this rookie has come to define what it means to enter the NFL and play the part of an All-Pro out of the gate.
RGII is now on pace for 4,500 total yards and 29 touchdowns. He became only the third quarterback in NFL history to throw for 2,000 and run for 500 yards in the same season…The amazing part of that is he is a freaking rookie.
Equally as important as his statistical performances, RGIII has thrown a total of three interceptions in 10 games. In fact, he hasn’t been picked in the last three games.
For a rookie quarterback to come in and provide this type of fantasy impact it has to indicate that he just isn’t going to be your average QB1 option moving forward. While it has already come to pass that RGIII should be the No. 1 overall dynasty league player moving forward, we might soon get to the point where he is a consensus No. 1 standard fantasy player as well.
We are talking about a quarterback that is on pace to accumulate 1,000 rushing yards as a rookie. What separates RGIII from other mobile quarterbacks such as: Michael Vick, Tim Tebow and Cam Newton is the fact that he actually possesses pocket awareness, understands defensive schemes and is as accurate as any young quarterback in recent NFL history. Defenses are not going to be able to hone in on him running the ball if they are worried that he is going to launch a 65 yard touchdown like we saw yesterday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
In fact, one’ could say that RGIII is already more fundamentally sound than those three quarterbacks that I mentioned above.
Moving forward this season, I expect the young quarterback to sustain the success we have seen thus far. Four of Washington’s final six games are against relatively weak pass defenses in the form of the New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. It also goes up against a strong Dallas Cowboys pass defense twice.
The question here is whether RGIII will be considered the No. 1 overall standard league fantasy player entering the 2013 season if he finishes the season where he is currently at. Considering all the variables at work here, I have a hard time suggesting otherwise.