Robert Griffin III - Washington Redskins – Pick 2
Cian Fahey (@cianaf): He may be the second quarterback off the board in real life, but he should be taken a lot higher than Luck in fantasy. The Washington Redskins have an excellently designed offense but have been hindered over the years by their quarterback play.
Griffin comes in with the potential to have a Cam Newton like year destroying defenses with his dynamism. The Redskins will look to limit his attempts with a strong running game, make sure to pick up Roy Helu this year, but when Griffin passes the ball it should be for chunks of yardage rather than dinking and dunking for minimal gain.
The Redskins will run a lot of play action for Griffin allowing him to rack up the yards on the ground also while he and Pierre Garcon should supply some big down field shots on play action. With an explosive, reliable tight end in Fred Davis, a rookie quarterback's best friend, Robert Griffin III is a viable starting quarterback to take this year.
Projection: 3,900 yards, 16 touchdowns, 12 interceptions. 500 yards rushing, five touchdowns.
Kevin Nelson (@k9_swag): Unlike Luck, I actually like Griffin’s chances to put together a solid rookie campaign from a fantasy perspective. While they may not have the Packers’ weapons or anything, the Redskins have put together some decent pieces around their future QB. Last years’ rookie runner Roy Helu certainly showed flashes as a 3 down back and should serve as a nice rushing/receiving combo and a quality dump pass outlet for the young RG3. On the outside the Skins will deploy the veteran Santana Moss, newly acquired Pierre Garcon, Jabar Gaffney, newly acquired Josh Morgan, and returning to health TEs Fred Davis and Chris Cooley. Between those weapons and a Shanahan’s desire to run waggles and bootlegs, RG3 will get plenty of chances to use his world class speed and rack up rushing stats as well. RG3 will obviously have to beat our Rex Grossman for the starting jo….. wait, oh yeah, Rex Grossman. Needless to say, RG3 will be taking the helm sooner rather than later. I like RG3 to be drafted as a high end upside QB2 so you can be in the position to reap the rewards if he can summon some of that Cam Newton magic, but also be able to wait out potential early season struggles.