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RGIII will only go higher
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - He's got the skills, the cool nickname and the nifty Superman socks with cape attached. So why can't Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III be fantasy's highest-scoring player?

That's where RGIII stands at the conclusion of two weeks of play and I don't think he's going away.

Griffin has accumulated 526 passing yards, 124 rushing yards, five total touchdowns and just one turnover in games against the New Orleans Saints and the St. Louis Rams.

To make the easy comparison to another electric rookie who took the NFL by storm just a season ago, Griffin has amassed 328 less passing yards than Cam Newton did in his first two games of 2011, but he's rushed for 53 more yards, accumulated the same number of touchdown and turned the ball over three less times than Newton did in the same number of games.

With the way the Redskins' schedule sets up, the RGIII train is going to keep on rolling for at least another five weeks, and by then it will be too difficult to stop the momentum.

Washington draws Cincinnati in Week 3, a team that allowed 299 yards and two touchdowns to Joe Flacco in Week 1 and 322 and two more TDs in Week 2 to Brandon Weeden, a player who looked like he had a realistic chance at being the worst quarterback in NFL history just a week earlier.

Griffin is going to trounce that defense for 300 total yards and a couple more scores in Week 3 and then move on to play Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Minnesota and the New York Giants from weeks 4-7.

If you recall, the Buccaneers just let New York's Eli Manning throw for 510 yards in Week 2. Newton also had a go at the Bucs in Week 1 and while Tampa Bay's defense held Carolina's run game in check, it still allowed 300-plus passing yards to the second-year QB.

Atlanta will be a tougher test for Griffin, having picked off five passes in its first two games, but top cornerback Brent Grimes is out for the season and new nickelback Chris Owens likely suffered a concussion Monday night. Plus, the game will be played in Washington, so I'll be happily take my chances with Griffin.

In Minnesota, Griffin gets a defense that made Blaine Gabbert look competent in Week 1 and allowed rookie Andrew Luck to complete 64.5 percent of his passes and throw two touchdowns last week.

Meanwhile, division foe New York is running out of cornerbacks. Prince Amukamara has dealt with injuries and hasn't played this season, Terrell Thomas keeps shredding his ACL and Michael Coe just isn't very good.

The slate gets a little tougher with games against Pittsburgh and Baltimore and two each against Philadelphia and Dallas, but Newton showed how valuable a rushing QB could be last season even when things weren't going right in the passing game. Plus, Pittsburgh's and Baltimore's pass defenses should only scare you if you own Mark Sanchez.

I wrote after Week 1 that Griffin owners should look to trade the rookie while his value was highest and that if an owner enamored with Griffin offered you Matthew Stafford for him, you should pull the trigger.

I wouldn't make that move now because Griffin's value is not at its highest point yet. With the defenses he has ahead of him, he's only going to soar higher. And when he does, all of us will be wearing RGIII socks while we hold a fantasy championship.




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Thomas Harrigan at tharrigan@sportsnetwork.com.


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