The Washington Redskins provided fantasy football owners with the new big thing, Robert Griffin III. Meanwhile, the team they defeated, the New Orleans Saints disappointed, with only Drew Brees coming out as a fantasy star.
Robert Griffin III, the rookie quarterback from the Baylor Bears, came on strong in his first NFL game. He completed his first seven passes, the last one on the drive resulting in a big 88-yard touchdown to newcomer Pierre Garcon. Griffin finished the game with 320 passing yards for two touchdowns and ran for 42 yards. In standard scoring leagues, that was a 30-plus point fantasy performance for the rookie.
Garcon also finished with nice fantasy numbers, but they could have been much higher. The former Indianapolis Colts receiver finished with four receptions for 109 yards and the touchdown. However, he left the game injured after the touchdown and never returned.
Alfred Morris also surprisingly became the running back star for the Washington Redskins. He started the game over Evan Royster and Roy Helu, and finished up with 96 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground. That provided 21-points for a player that is not on most fantasy football rosters.
On the other side of the field, Drew Brees gave his owners the same solid performance they are used to, with 339 passing yards and three touchdowns, although he also threw two picks. That gave Brees a nice 30-plus point game for his owners.
Lance Moore was the receiving star, with six receptions for 120 yards and one touchdown. Tight end Jimmy Graham continued as one of the best at his position, with six receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown. In PPR leagues, Moore finished with over 20 points while Graham ended up with 20.
Darren Sproles, a wild-card flex fantasy player for most teams only caught five balls for 25 yards and a touchdown, while not rushing the ball one time in the game. That finishes with 13 points in PPR leagues, but a disappointing eight points in standard leagues.