NFL fantasy football: RG3 set for a run up the rankings
BY JEFF AGREST Staff Reporter October 22, 2013 8:11PM
Robert Griffin III
WEEK 8 OUTLOOK
Bye weeks: Bears, Titans, Colts, Chargers, Ravens, Texans.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Redskins at Broncos: Two top-five offenses plus two bottom-10 defenses equal lots of points.
GAME OF THE MEEK
Browns at Chiefs: Jamaal Charles is the only must-play. Consider benching Jordan Cameron.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
RB Le’Veon Bell, Steelers: The Raiders have allowed 20-plus standard-scoring points to
running backs in three of the last four games.
WR Marques Colston, Saints: He’s overdue for a big game. The Bills have allowed the second-most yards and touchdowns to wide receivers.
QB Tony Romo, Cowboys: If the Lions have as much trouble with Dez Bryant as they did with A.J. Green, Romo could have a big game.
PLAYERS OF THE MEEK
QB Andy Dalton, Bengals: He has six touchdown passes in the last two games, but the Jets have given up one or none in five of their seven games.
RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons: Despite his two touchdown catches Sunday, don’t get too excited about a running back averaging 3.2 yards per carry.
Patriots wide receivers: Rob Gronkowski had 17 targets
Sunday; the Pats’ four wideouts totaled 24. Plus, the Dolphins are the only team that hasn’t allowed a TD to a wide receiver.
WEEK 7 PICKS
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
WR Victor Cruz: 5 catches,
QB Philip Rivers: 285 yards, TD
RB DeAngelo Williams: 15 carries, 40 yards; 19-yard catch
PLAYERS OF THE MEEK
WR Anquan Boldin: 5 catches, 74 yards
QB Sam Bradford: 255 yards, TD, INT (injured)
RB Stevan Ridley: 11 carries,
50 yards, TD
Updated: October 22, 2013 8:58PM
Robert Griffin III’s big game Sunday against the Bears might be just the beginning of a strong finish to the season. He threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns and ran 11 times for 84 yards in his most complete performance of the season.
Granted, it came against a depleted — and terribly fooled — Bears defense, but Griffin took advantage. He was fantastic running the read option, and he appears to have the confidence in
his surgically repaired knee he didn’t have earlier
in the season.
Griffin has plenty more favorable matchups ahead. The Redskins’ next four games are against the Broncos, Chargers, Vikings and Eagles, all of whom rank in the bottom seven in pass defense. And the Chargers have allowed the fifth-most rushing yards to quarterbacks.
Given how the Redskins’ defense has performed, Griffin should be in several more shootouts, too. The team ranks 25th in the league in yards allowed and 30th in points allowed.
Griffin is 13th in basic scoring among quarter- backs, but he’s in position to finish in the top 10.
Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson has quarterback Mike Glennon’s eye. Jackson has been targeted 36 times the last two weeks, catching 19 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns. But his next two games are against the Panthers and Seahawks, two top-five pass defenses. You’re still starting Jackson, but temper your expectations.
◆ Titans quarterback Jake Locker is a sneaky pickup this week. He’s on bye, but after a strong showing in his return from a hip injury against the 49ers (326 yards, two touchdown passes), he could exploit a favorable schedule. Locker will face the Rams in Week 9 — when six teams are on bye again — and the Jaguars in Week 10.
◆ Packers running back Eddie Lacy has turned into the workhorse his owners hoped he would, carrying more than 20 times in each of the last three games. He has 301 yards and a touchdown during that span, and he has favorable matchups ahead against the Vikings and Bears. Consider him a No. 1 running back.
◆ Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson returned from a back injury and was targeted 13 times (six catches, 61 yards) by quarterback Thad Lewis. With six teams on bye this week, Johnson is worth starting against the Saints, who figure to force the Bills to play catch-up.