NFL fantasy football: Redskins won’t rush RG3

Griffin remains on cautious schedule: Ever since suffering a major knee injury in the Washington Redskins playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Robert Griffin III has not been shy in proclaiming that he will be ready to go for Week 1. His employer, however, is taking a more cautious bent. Head coach Mike Shanahan told NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones that RG3 “will not come back until he’s 100 percent.” In the meantime, Kirk Cousins will take the reps during the offseason. Make no mistake, once Griffin is back, he will once again be the unquestioned starter. This will likely knock his draft position down a touch, but there’s no reason the reigning Rookie of the Year can’t be a top 10 fantasy quarterback again in 2013 — as long as he stays healthy.

Avery set to be Chiefs No. 2 WR: There will be a lot that’s new about the Kansas City Chiefs offense in 2013 — including their No. 2 wideout. According to the Kansas City Star, Donnie Avery is likely to be the starter alongside Dwayne Bowe. That gives Alex Smith a speedster to stretch the field on the outside, which could be a great weapon — if Avery can curb some of the drops that plagued him in 2012. Nonetheless, the young wideout projects as a No. 3 fantasy WR option in most formats.

Fitzgerald staying put: With a number of teams searching for wide receivers, there was speculation that Larry Fitzgerald could be traded. Don’t count on it. It always seemed a longshot that the Cardinals would part with their only bona fide playmaker. Now if only they could find a solid quarterback to get Fitzgerald the ball consistently, although new coach Bruce Arians thinks Drew Stanton could possibly be that guy. Maybe. But until he proves it, doubt is going to depress Fitz’s fantasy value for 2013.

— Marcas Grant
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