NFL fantasy rookie report
If you've clinched a playoff spot or are at the very least still in contention, it's time to look over your roster and get yourself fully prepared for the stretch run. Depending on how deep your league is and how rosters are constructed, there might be some handcuff type of situations that you need to address.
Ryan completed 20-of-33 passes for 250 yards and an interception last week against the Broncos. Surely you expected more, but
Against the Giants defense, 164 yards and a touchdown plus 57 yards rushing has to be considered a big victory. He did throw two interceptions, but one of them was a pass that bounced off
I said he was a bad start last week, but I honestly didn't imagine a scenario where he'd garner zero fantasy points. Fantasy owners who used him might want to file suit against "Lawfirm." Serves you right for trusting a rookie under
Forte carried the ball 16 times for 64 yards against the Packers. While 4.0 yards per carry is solid, you'd have expected more against a porous rush defense. Perhaps it's the start of the rookie wall? Doesn't seem like it, since he did catch six passes for 40 yards. There's definitely some concern that the burst is gone, but Forte is basically the entire Bears offense right now. He should be a beast against St. Louis this week.
The Jaguars played the Titans tough, as Johnson gained 64 yards on 17 carries. He also had four catches and gained 24 yards. He's extremely useful in PPR formats. Johnson faces the Jets this week, which is a daunting matchup with
Nothing cures running back woes like the Colts defense. Slaton ran for 156 yards and a touchdown on a mere 14 carries. For those of you mathematically challenged, that's 11.1 yards per carry. The bad news was he had two short touchdowns vultured away by
Three carries for 11 yards. Not a fantasy asset at this time.
Last week I said Stewart would need an injury to Williams to regain relevance. Apparently all he needed was to face the Detroit Lions. Fifteen carries for 130 yards and a touchdown later, Stewart is back on the map. Don't get too excited.
Jones is done for the season. Do not count on him for this week or any week hereafter.
With 24 carries for 112 yards, Smith is finally getting the credit and carries he deserves. He's averaged 104 yards the last two weeks. Hopefully any thoughts of giving the ball to
Hightower is probably a cause of male pattern baldness from Week 11. Against the lowly Seahawks he had 11 carries for 35 yards and zero catches out of the backfield. I wish I could truly blame it on Hightower, but even early in the game, the Cardinals were in shotgun on first down.
It's backseat to
The fullback who's now a tailback ran 10 times for 44 yards and two touchdowns last week. He added three receptions for 26 yards. With defenses constantly worried about Jay Cutler to
Nine catches for 93 yards is a nice day for PPR owners. However, he caught seven of them after the Rams were trailing 35-3 at halftime. The good news is the Rams are so bad they will likely be trailing at halftime the rest of the year and therefore, facing prevent defenses allowing underneath passes. Look for more of the same this week against Chicago.
Against the Bengals, and especially in a close game that lasted 75 minutes, you'd have expected more than four catches for 66 yards. Jackson was targeted deep on a couple occasions, but
Morgan missed Week 11 with a groin injury and has yet to practice this week. Don't count on him for Week 12.
Royal caught four passes for 34 yards against the Falcons in Week 11, definitely a disappointing day, but the Broncos' entire passing game was a disappointment. Royal has a tough matchup against Oakland this week, but we shouldn't forget he burned them for nine catches for 146 and a touchdown in Week 1. Sure, Marshall was suspended that game, but he still put up great stats. Look for the Broncos to put Royal in motion often, trying to get him away from
Five targets resulted in three catches for 39 yards. He had a huge drop and that won't endear him to
I purposely did NOT recommend Keller last week (didn't knock him, either) since it seems the moment you praise a rookie tight end, you've jinxed them. Therefore, for the sake of Keller owners worldwide, I'll simply say he had eight catches for 87 yards last week and looks to have found a rhythm with