Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/29/12

Washington Redskins @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington: The Redskins lost a shootout with the Bengals in Week 3, and really the only reason they were in the game in the first place was the stellar play of Robert Griffin III.

Through three weeks, RGIII is the leading scorer in most fantasy scoring formats, which is huge considering he very likely wasn’t even drafted as a QB1. 

The question is, how long can RGIII’s body hold up?

While he can’t possibly continue to sustain this kind of punishment, it isn’t out of the question that because of his youth and evasiveness he could avoid injury this year; but still, he’s a risk every time he carries the ball as a runner.

Lost in the shuffle of how good RGIII has been is how good 6th round pick Alfred Morris has been as well.

Now that Roy Helu went on IR, Morris is even more valuable. Of course, Shanahan’s backfield shenanigans popped up again, this time with the signing of Ryan Grant. 

As long as Morris keeps on being productive though, he won’t give Shanny a reason to make a change.

A lot of people are quick to point out that RGIII does most of his damage on the ground. That’s true, but his passing numbers might take a leap forward once Pierre Garcon is back healthy. The two seem to have a good connection, and RGIII has certainly missed having his top target out there. 

Garcon is getting closer to being back on the field, and when he is, I think we’ll see RGIII’s passing stats tick upward.


Good Start:  QB Robert Griffin III, WR Leonard Hankerson, WR Pierre Garcon (if he plays)

Middle of the Road: RB Alfred Morris, TE Fred Davis

Bad Start:  WR Josh Morgan, WR Santana Moss


Tampa Bay: Last week, the Buccaneers and the Cowboys did what they could to set offensive football back a few years, as both teams failed to generate much excitement in the Cowboys’ win. The Bucs seem content to try to hold the scoring down and play tough defense, which is good considering they’re a team with limited talent right now, but it’s bad for us fantasy leaguers.

Josh Freeman has been just good enough to consider rostering, but at this point you probably wouldn’t play him, even on a bye week, unless you’re desperate. Like last chamber in Russian roulette desperate.

Doug Martin has gotten all the carries thus far, but the Bucs haven’t been good enough for Martin to realize much more than around 3.5 ypc, and he has yet to have a big signature game like fellow rookie Trent Richardson has. 

But, the Redskins don’t have an elite defense, so he’s still a good bet to get in the end zone in this one.

In the passing game, the only guy you can start is Vincent Jackson, and after last week’s one catch fiasco, I wouldn’t blame you for being gun shy. The Redskins can’t stop anyone though, so start him with confidence.


Good Start:  RB Doug Martin, WR Vincent Jackson

Middle of the Road:  No one

Bad Start:  The whole Schiano clan

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