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Robert Griffin III: Redskins' Rookie QB Is Top 5 Fantasy Option in Week 8

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins drops back to pass against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2012

Following another dominant fantasy performance against the New York Giants in Week 7, Robert Griffin III is yet again a top fantasy starter for Week 8.

Week 8 of the 2012 NFL season pins the Washington Redskins at the Pittsburgh Steelers in a battle of two effectively mobile quarterbacks.

Griffin has been the top-scoring fantasy quarterback through seven weeks of the season, better than names like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Matt Ryan. In fact, RGIII is the highest-scoring fantasy player in the entire league in ESPN standard-scoring leagues, as you can see in this tweet:

Top 5 fantasy scoring leaders through 7 weeks: @rgiii, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Arian Foster

— ESPN Fantasy Sports (@ESPNFantasy) October 23, 2012

That said, Griffin is not only a top-five starter at the QB spot in Week 8, he's arguably the best fantasy option for Week 8.

The Pittsburgh D may rank second against the pass and ninth against the rush, but you can throw out those numbers when Griffin enters Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon.

Against above-average defenses this season, including the St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, Griffin has amassed at least 23 fantasy points. Against the Rams and Vikings, he put up over 30 points.

Griffin—arguably the most versatile quarterback in the NFL—has been giving opposing defensive coordinators headaches this season with his arm and legs.

RGIII has played to the tune of a 101.8 passer rating this season, throwing for seven touchdowns and rushing for another six in just seven games. If you can't wrap your mind around just how insanely good he's been, peep this tweet from Yahoo! Sports columnist Brad Evans:

Robert Griffin III is on pace for 1,110 rushing yards and 13 TDs or 189 fantasy points. That would've ranked 9th among RBs last year. Nuts.

— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) October 22, 2012

Against a Steelers defense that has yet to see a multi-threat QB of this caliber (and please don't insult Griffin by comparing him to Michael Vick), RGIII is poised for another huge day, especially with Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu ruled out for this weekend (via Sports Illustrated).

After a crushing last-minute loss to the G-Men last weekend, you can expect Griffin to come out hungry and determined on Sunday, which will only help your team in its chase for The Shiva. 

 

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