I participated in two fantasy football drafts earlier this week and was intrigued — at least as much as anyone can be intrigued by a fantasy football draft — to see where Robert Griffin III would be picked given his struggles this preseason. Also: Would anyone take a flier on Kirk Cousins in the late rounds?
Griffin, who has been touted as a top 5 fantasy football QB this preseason by ESPN’s Matthew Berry and was a second-round pick of my friend and colleague Kelyn Soong in The Post’s Mock Draft back in July, has seen his stock plummet in recent weeks. But how far?
In my first draft, a 12-team league with a handful of Redskins fans, Griffin was the 10th quarterback taken (79th overall). In my second draft, a 10-team league with no other Redskins fans, Griffin was the ninth quarterback taken (65th overall). Cousins went undrafted.
Griffin’s draft positions in both leagues were in line with the consensus expert rankings at FantasyPros.com. (For the consensus rankings below, I used FantasyPros’ default 50 experts’ rankings plus the rankings of The Post’s Gene Wang and Des Bieler.)
Robert Griffin III
Best Ranking: 39
Average (Overall): 79.3
Average (QB): 11
According to FantasyFootballCalculator.com, which is a thing that exists that pulls data from more than 1,000 mock drafts each day, Griffin’s average draft position has fallen dramatically in the last week.
The draft positions of Griffin’s primary wide receivers — Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson — have taken a slight hit during that span.
As a general rule, I tend to avoid Redskins and other NFC East players on draft day. Not feeling compelled to root for specific things to happen in every Redskins game or for Dez Bryant to put up big numbers each week enhances my real and fantasy football watching experience, but your mileage may vary.
I wouldn’t consider taking Griffin before the ninth round, though I hope he rewards all the non-doubters (outside of my leagues) with a championship. Where did you/would you draft him? Which other Redskins, if any, are you targeting on draft day?
Average (Overall): 21.7
Average (RB): 11
Average (Overall): 57.0
Average (WR): 23
Average (Overall): 40.8
Average (WR): 16
Average (Overall): 86.5
Average (TE): 9
For those of you in deeper leagues …
Average (Overall): 174.3
Average (RB): 60
Average (Overall): 196.5
Average (WR): 94