Robert Griffin III on average is the 12th quarterback being taken in mock drafts at the moment. In some leagues this would put RG3 into QB1 status.
Analysis: While he has all the tools to succeed, it is just too difficult to expect a rookie quarterback on the Redskins to instantly become a fantasy football QB1. You have to approach drafting RG3 knowing that another borderline QB1/QB2 will be needed in case the Skins implode. Matt Schaub or Jay Cutler coming off of an injury would be great under the radar options to pair with RG3. You could stream two later round quarterbacks and have a beefed up running back/wide out situation or perhaps an elite tight end. Regardless, a healthy Schaub or Cutler with Brandon Marshall will be solid options to pair with the rookie.
While I cannot endorse RG3 as a QB1 yet, the return of franchise tagged tight end Fred Davis will be huge. Davis surpassed the eighty yard mark six times in twelve games last year. Davis also finished eighth among tight ends with 796 receiving yards in just those twelve games. With Pierre Garcon now in the mix in Washington along with Leonard Hankerson, Santana Moss and Anthony Armstrong, the Skins do have some solid weapons for Griffin. RG3 really needs to run for over 600 yards to put up QB1 numbers this year which he did three times during his college career.
Santana Moss and Antonio Brown are going under the radar as week fourteen starts Thursday night in Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Antonio Brown has caught sixty or more receiving yards in six straight games now and in four of those six games he has caught five or more balls. That is impressive for a wide out who is only owned in about sixty percent of fantasy leagues nationwide. Yes, he only has one touchdown on the year and at 5’10” he isn’t the best red zone target, but he is being targeted heavily as of late. At this point Antonio Brown is more of a valuable fantasy commodity than a Nate Washington or a Johnny Knox.
With Santana Moss you have a wide out primed to put up big numbers coming from behind this week against New England and in week fifteen against the New York Giants. Like Antonio Brown, he is available in a good chunk of leagues and when healthy he always produces. Moss is coming off of a five reception, twelve target, forty-two yard game in a touch matchup with the Jets. With tight end Fred Davis suspended for the rest of the year, Santana Moss should see tons of targets and needs to be owned in all leagues.
Washington tight end Fred Davis has caught twelve balls for 175 receiving yards over his last two games and you can expect even more from the former USC Trojan in the coming weeks.
Analysis: Going into the season the Skins were counting on Chris Cooley and Santana Moss to be the go-to-guys in the passing game and with extended injuries to both it has become apparent that Fred Davis is now the man in Washington. At least for the next month Fred Davis is a mid tier TE1 in all fantasy football formats. He’s available in twenty percent of ESPN leagues and seventeen percent of CBS leagues and this is your last call on Davis. He’s amassed nineteen targets over the last two weeks and he has four eighty plus yard games in his six contests this year. Fred Davis is a free agent at the end of the year and wherever he winds up he’s going to put up solid numbers and make tons of bank.
Only Jimmy Graham has racked up more yards over the last two weeks and with the recent injury to Santana Moss, the Skins will rely heavily upon the soon to be free agent.