Is it really a foregone conclusion in the fantasy
football world that Robert
Griffin III will have to outperform Indy's Andrew
The argument drawn in favor of RG3 revolves around his supporting cast and
the team's coaching stability. That is kind of a crock, if you ask me. Pierre
Garcon has to learn a new offense and isn't a No. 1. Santana
Moss is 432 years old. Fred Davis
is a Pink Floyd album away from another suspension. Remind me again, just who
is Joshua Morgan? Chris
Cooley can't stay healthy. We don't even know if one of Washington's backs
will live up to their potential. The offensive line is mediocre, which may be
a kind remark.
Closer than you think
Griffin is immensely talented, but isn't Luck supposed to be the NFL's
next star passer? Sure, his head coach is a rookie, too, but offensive coordinator
Bruce Arians knows a thing or two
about creating competitive offensive attacks. The offensive line is on par with
Washington's, and their running game could be just as competent - maybe better
if Mike Shanahan meddles with the
Reggie Wayne has to be better than
he was last year, which can be blamed on Dan
Orlovsky, Kerry Collins and
Curtis Painter more than anything.
Austin Collie, when healthy, is
talented enough to contribute in a meaningful way. Someone out of Quan
Cosby, T.Y. Hilton, Donnie
Avery and LaVon Brazill should
become a capable No. 3. It really doesn't matter, because the No. 3 target will
be tight end Coby Fleener, if he
isn't the No. 2. Luck's familiarity with Fleener will turn the heads of onlookers.
Dwayne Allen will be worked into
the tight end-heavy offense, as well.
Indy's defense is going to be way worse than Washington's. The 'Skins may actually
surprise on D this year. The Colts
are moving to a 3-4 defense and have almost nothing proven working for them.
Just look at those cornerbacks if you don't believe me!
While so many owners are gaga over Griffin's ability on the ground, it is easy
to forget how athletic Luck really is. He may have to run a lot behind that
line. I don't think RG3 will have a long leash in 2012; he'll be asked to not
screw up. Luck ... well, he will be given every opportunity to air it out, because
Indianapolis will need him to. Griffin's wild running ways could easily open
him up to injury. He's much closer to Michael
Vick in stature than he is Cam Newton.
I am going with Luck as a backup in 2012 over Griffin. Maybe the biggest reason
I want to endorse him is because of Griffin's nauseating average draft position
of the early eighth round. Really, people? Really? I'll build out my RBs and
wide receivers while you're drafting a backup quarterback at the price of a
starter. The only way I could see drafting RG3 that early is if your first quarterback
comes off the board the round before and you're nervous about the selection.
Luck's late 10th-round placement is tough to swallow, but it goes down easier
than 88th overall. The reality is, from a fantasy perspective, both quarterbacks
will probably stink it up as rookies.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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