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What to do with Robert Griffin III in Week 17 fantasy football

The Ravens are sitting quarterback Lamar Jackson in their regular season finale. We break down the fantasy football implications for Robert Griffin III.

Robert Griffin III of the Baltimore Ravens scrambles as Tarell Basham of the New York Jets defends during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on December 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Having already locked up the top seed and home field in the AFC playoffs, the Ravens are holding star QB Lamar Jackson out of their Week 17 matchup vs. the Steelers, which will allow Robert Griffin III ($5,100) to get the start at QB. Griffin has not made a start since the 2016 season, where he made five starts for the Browns and posted an ugly passer rating of 72.5. The most Griffin has played for the Ravens this season was in a Week 1 blowout of the Dolphins, where he played on 30% of Baltimore’s snaps and posted 7.1 DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP). In five starts for the Browns in 2016, Griffin averaged about 14 DKFP per game, which would rank towards the bottom among QBs on the Week 17 slate. At Griffin’s absolute peak during his 2012 rookie season with the Redskins, he averaged 22.4 DKFP per start.

Fantasy football analysis: Baltimore Ravens QB Robert Griffin III

Griffin costs just $5,100 on DraftKings this week, which makes him a salary relief play option if fantasy owners are looking to load up elsewhere. Griffin lacks strong skills as a passer, but can contribute rushing yards, which helps boosts his fantasy value. In five starts in 2016, Griffin averaged 38 rushing yards per game and 6.1 yards per carry, which would both rank towards the top of the QB rushing leaderboard in 2019. Griffin has averaged about 40 rushing yards per start in his career.

Griffin’s matchup this week is generally poor, as the Steelers have been strong at preventing fantasy points to QBs, both through the air and on the ground. The game’s total points of 37 on DraftKings Sportsbook is also one of the lowest on the Week 17 schedule, so the game looks like it will be low-scoring. Griffin is not an appealing start option due to these circumstances, but has some start appeal in tournaments if fantasy owners are in need of salary relief to invest in studs elsewhere on their rosters.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Sit in seasonal leagues

Start as salary relief play in DraftKings contests