After winning the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2012, Robert Griffin III’s career in the league could not have started any worse. Now with the Cleveland Browns, Griffin is getting a fresh start with a new team and a head coach in Hue Jackson who wants to develop his team’s offense around the quarterback.
He will not get the luxury of throwing to wide receiver Josh Gordon this weekend (suspended for the first four games this season), but Griffin should still have plenty of weapons on offense to choose from. Players like tight end Gary Barnidge, running back Duke Johnson, and wide receiver Terrell Pryor should help in filing the void on offense left by Gordon’s absence.
Fantasy Impact: The good news for Griffin heading into the Browns’ game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday is that the the defense he is facing was absolutely horrendous against the pass a year ago.
The Eagles gave up the second most fantasy points to opposing NFL quarterbacks in 2015 according to Yahoo!. Philadelphia’s pass defense may not be as bad as it was a season ago, but it is rare for a team to dramatically improve in a certain area during the course of an offseason.
Yahoo! does not see Griffin exploding the stat sheet this weekend as they only having him throwing for 230 yards, one touchdown, and one interception against the Eagles. But due to what seems like a favorable matchup with Philadelphia and his ability to make plays with his legs, fantasy owners in leagues with at least ten teams should strongly consider inserting Griffin into their lineup before Sunday.