Why Robert Griffin III Is a Must-Start Fantasy Quarterback in Week 14

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III may be going against one of the best fantasy defenses in Week 14, but he’s still a must-start quarterback in fantasy football leagues.

Why, you ask?

For starters, the owner of the aforementioned defense is the Kansas City Chiefs. You know, the team that Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers threw a combined nine touchdowns against in the past three weeks.

But then again, who don’t they throw touchdowns on? They are ranked first and fifth in fantasy points for quarterbacks, after all.

And hey, Kansas City only allowed nine touchdown passes in its nine games against other quarterbacks. 

Those games included matchups with Tony Romo, Michael Vick, Eli Manning, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Terrelle Pryor, Case Keenum, Jason Campbell, Jeff Tuel and Blaine Gabbert!

Now, did I lose you at Tony Romo or Michael Vick?

It’s no wonder that the Chiefs got torched by Peyton Manning and Rivers. They hadn’t faced a good quarterback, at least this season, since Week 2!

Enter Griffin.

His season to date certainly isn’t on par with Rivers or Peyton Manning, but he’s more than capable of outperforming Kansas City’s previous victims at quarterback.

Against the New York Giants in Week 13, for the first time since Week 7 against the Chicago Bears, Griffin showcased the dual-threat ability that made him a fantasy coup in 2012.

Griffin rushed for 88 yards and threw for 207 yards and a touchdown. If not for a series of drops from his receivers, Griffin’s numbers could’ve been even better.

The return of tight end Jordan Reed could certainly aid Griffin on that front. Prior to sustaining a concussion in Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Reed had emerged as a security blanket for Griffin.

Reed is tied for the team lead in touchdown catches, and he’s second on the Redskins in receiving yards and receptions despite missing three games.

As it stands, though, Reed is listed as questionable for Sunday’s contest.

Even in the event that Reed doesn’t play, Griffin should have ample time to find his other receivers.

Aside from playing a cupcake schedule, the Chiefs’ defense thrived because of the play from sack masters Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.

The duo had a combined 20 sacks in Kansas City’s first nine games.  As a team, the Chiefs had 36 sacks in that time span.

Since then, though, Kansas City has only tallied one sack.

With Houston and Hali hobbled going into Week 14, that number may not change.

As bad as the Redskins’ offensive line looked against the Giants—there was actually a Justin Tuck sighting…four times—they should be able to keep up this trend, mainly because worse units have.

Look no further than the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are second in the NFL in sacks allowed, 42, and even they shutout the Chiefs.

By doing so, Jason Campbell was able to carve up Kansas City’s defense to the tune of 293 yards and two touchdowns.

If time can turn Campbell into a decent quarterback, what do you think it’ll do to Griffin?

With Griffin already accumulating the 11th most fantasy points among quarterbacks, despite poor pass-protection, you have to like his chances at putting up big numbers against the Chiefs.

Even with the Chiefs averaging 33 points per game the past two weeks, a big performance from Griffin would spell victory for the Redskins.

While Washington’s defense is bad, it’s never wise to side with Alex Smith in a shootout.

You’d have to go back to the 2011 postseason to find a game that Smith’s team won in which they allowed more than 24 points.

With that said, expect Griffin to lead the Redskins and you—if you start him—to victory in Week 14.

Prediction: 300 total yards and three total touchdowns. Redskins 30, Chiefs 26.

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