Is RG3 the Best Fantasy Rookie QB Ever?

Robert Griffin III played well in his second-to-last regular season game of his rookie year, one week after he sprained his LCL, but was it enough to help you in your Fantasy Football playoffs? As he continues to rip off one huge game after another, it dawned on me that he has to be approaching some of the top rookie quarterback efforts in NFL history. My site has devoted several posts to 2012 Fantasy Football rookies this season, and his ascension up the record books is impressive. Is RG3 the best Fantasy rookie QB ever? Let’s see how he’s doing with one week left.

Wearing a brace against the Eagles, RGIII might have been annoyed, but not to the point of hurting his stats very much. “It didn’t slow me down by any means,” he said. “I felt like myself out there. That’s why they call me quarterback. It’s not abbreviated with running quarterback. I have to throw the ball and assist guys by handing off.”

Missing Week 15, however, likely hurt his chances of passing up Cam Newton for the title of “Best Fantasy Rookie QB Ever.”

As far as Week 16 went, Griffin still produced before (and a little after) his injury. He threw for 198 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and four rushing yards.

He still has just five interceptions, which is three fewer than Tom Brady for the lowest total among all QBs with at least 225 pass attempts (30 players).

Despite missing a game last week, and part of the previous week, RG3 still ranks among the top six Fantasy quarterbacks in most formats.

If you’re already thinking about the 2013 Fantasy Football season, check out our recent articles dealing with next season:

Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

Stats through Week 16: 3,104 passing yards, 20 pass TDs, 5 INT, 763 rushing yards, 6 rush TDs – 306 Fantasy pts

Projected stats after Week 17: 3,325 passing yards, 22 pass TDs, 6 INTs, 817 rushing yards, 7 rush TDs – 328 Fantasy pts

RG3 is still currently projected to be second behind Newton for the most Fantasy points ever by a rookie quarterback.

Upcoming schedule/opponents

  • Week 12 at Dallas: 311 pass yards, 4 pass TDs, 1 INT, 29 rush yards Week 13 vs. N.Y. Giants: 163 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 72 rush yards Week 14 vs. Baltimore: 246 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 34 rush yards Week 15 at Cleveland: —– Week 16 at Philadelphia: 198 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT, 4 rush yards Week 17 vs. Dallas (9th against the pass)

In order to pass Newton as the Best Rookie Fantasy QB Ever, he’ll need 39 Fantasy points in the final game against the Cowboys. If he throws for 325 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, and he rushes for 80 yards and another touchdown — he’ll pass up Newton as the best Fantasy rookie QB ever! Interestingly, his last HUGE game was against the Cowboys in Week 12.

 

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