NFL rookie report
Four weeks are in the books, so you should start having a good idea whether your current team is a contender or pretender. Obviously there's many examples of upper echelon players not performing up to par. If you drafted
So, it's at this juncture that you need to decide if you're going to for it now or preparing for the future. If you're in redraft leagues, you have only one choice. Go for it or die. As a result, this rookie report is a valuable tool for all players. If you're going to go for it now, there might be some value here that you can get on the cheap. If you're preparing for next year and beyond, these players represent the youthful infusion your team likely needs.
With 21 completions in 41 passes, Ryan put up a typical rookie performance in Week 4. Happy feet lead to high throws, as the plant foot isn't set. That being said, Ryan did show some poise running the offense, even going no huddle at times. He has a tough matchup in Week 5 against Green Bay, but there are a lot of things to like about Ryan's future potential.
Flacco had a very tough match-up against the Steelers last week and performed admirably, going 16-of-31 for 192 yards and a touchdown in an impressive showing in the spotlight of Monday Night Football. However, mistakes were made and holding onto the ball too long resulted in a sack, fumble, and touchdown for Pittsburgh that proved too much to overcome. Decision-making is something that can improve with experience, but you can't teach arm strength.
There are whispers coming out of New England that O'Connell could see some time at quarterback. Looking at
Don't read too much into Forte's line from last week. The Eagles defense is in the upper echelon and it concentrated on stuffing the run. Forte is still a huge value in point-per-reception leagues, as he led the Bears with five receptions. The 24 touches are still a lot and there are concerns of him wearing down. So, if you can get excellent value in a trade, we're still saying sell high in redraft leagues.
It's time to say Johnson is an every week starter. Against a stout Vikings defense, he ran for 61 yards on 17 carries. More important, he was left in the game to score two red zone touchdowns. If
The bye week couldn't come at a better time for the Raiders. McFadden was clearly hobbled last week, and former coach
To be honest, 52 yards on 14 carries isn't all that impressive against the Atlanta Falcons. The problem in Carolina is the offense is getting predictable. When Stewart enters the game, opposing defenses know the smash-mouth is coming. They need to start getting more creative in using Stewart. The touchdowns are great, but more carries earlier in the game are needed. Look for Stewart's role to increase. He's still a buy low candidate.
An explosive weapon off the bench got all of zero carries against the Redskins?
One chance. Broken shoulder. Season over. You are the weakest link, goodbye.
You have to like the chutzpah of a rookie publicly questioning his role. Even more so when the head coach comes back and says they are going to ride the hot hand regardless of who the actual starter is.
This just in, Slaton's an every-week starter. The Jaguars' brutal defense held him to 33 yards on 10 carries, but that didn't stop the Texans from getting him the ball. Eight receptions led to 83 yards and a touchdown. We already discussed last week just how easy the schedule looks going forward. As
Still not an option.
The lack of touches is still a concern.
We profiled Torain in the preseason, as he's the perfect runner for the Broncos' system. The dislocated elbow derailed the train, but there are whispers in Denver that when Torain returns, the Broncos will focus more on the running game. With Denver on bye in Week 8, Torain could be looking at action beginning in Week 9. Early bird gets the worm. If you can afford to store a player, grab Torain now.
The good, the bad and the ugly. The good is five catches for 71 yards and a touchdown with two rushes for 35 yards. The bad is 66 yards came on one drive, so where was he the rest of the game? The ugly was a muffed punt that seemed to have shaken his confidence. These things are going to happen to a rookie, but don't be discouraged. Even with
We were wrong. We expected Denver to go to the ground attack against a weak Chiefs rush defense. They continued to air it out and paid the price with a convincing loss at Arrowhead Stadium. The good news was Royal had nine catches for 104 yards. Look for the Denver offense to bounce back in Week 5 against a Tampa Bay defense that surrenders 216.5 yards per game through the air.
Predicting a 37-yard end around touchdown from a wide receiver is impossible. Three catches for 22 yards is not good. Avery was targeted seven times, but the problem is that was
If you haven't sold high on Carlson yet, there's still time. It looks like
Nothing soothes an angry fantasy owner like a garbage time touchdown in a game that brings a team's score over 50. Ridiculous play-calling in the Meadowlands won't happen too often. The fact is Keller isn't a significant part of the offense, so there just has to be better options on the wire for now.