Robert Griffin III, QB Washington Redskins

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Report: Redskins plan to start Kirk Cousins in Week 1

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 12:25pm

Dianna Marie Russini, Twitter - [Full Article]

Sources say the Redskins' plan is not only to start Kirk Cousins tonight in Baltimore, but also Week 1 against Miami.

Related Players: Robert Griffin III

Fantasy Impact:

Cousins owns a career 7.4 YPA, but posted 8.4 YPA last season, along with a 10:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The sample size is small (six games), but DeSean Jackson's numbers remained pretty much the same with Cousins under center while Pierre Garcon's production increased significantly. He averaged 4.2 catches for 53 yards and 0.5 TD in the six games that Cousins played last season. Those are high-end fantasy WR3 numbers.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
You only need to look back to his rookie season to see the fantasy upside of Robert Griffin III. Griffin used his legs and arm to put together a rookie year that everyone thought would be par for the course. Griffin can throw for accuracy and, as an added bonus to fantasy owners, pick up yards on the ground.

Fantasy Downside
Outside of his rookie season, Griffin hasn't been very good. Injuries haven't helped his cause either, but he is working to bring it all back together. It is worth noting that Griffin hasn't run the ball as often or effectively as many thought he would by this point in his career. He is also been sloppy with the ball at times and has taken hits when he really didn't need to. The Skins TE position is also banged up after losing Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul for the season which leaves oft-injured Jordan Reed as the only legit threat at the position.

Bottom Line
Griffin is ranked 21st on our QB list and is another QB2 option with possible upside to consider late in drafts. RG3 averaged just 12 fantasy points a game in the six games he started and finished last season, so while there is hope he will improve, there are much safer options.

2015 Strength of Schedule - WAS
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
6
MIA
4
STL
26
@NYG
29
PHI
20
@ATL
7
@NYJ
16
TB
BYE24
@NE
28
NO
13
@CAR
26
NYG
18
DAL
30
@CHI
2
BUF
29
@PHI
18
@DAL

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WkOppCompAttPaYdsPaTDIntYPAYPCRuAttYdsTDFumYPRSnaps%
1HOU2937267007.229.2132010.6765/65100%
2JAX23380012.6719.002220011.009/8511%
3PHI--------------
4NYG--------------
5SEA--------------
6ARI--------------
7TEN--------------
8DAL--------------
9MIN1828251118.9613.94724003.4367/67100%
10BYE--------------
11TB2332207126.479.00641006.8372/72100%
12SF1119106005.589.64411012.7555/55100%
13IND--------------
14STL3433008.2511.000000-5/569%
15NYG1827236108.7413.11546019.2058/7083%
16PHI1623220019.5713.75511002.2057/57100%
17DAL2741336128.2012.44619113.1769/69100%
Totals1472141694467.9211.5238176144.63457/59677%

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