Cheesy jingle time. You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have, the facts of rookies, the facts of rookies.
Playing rookies is like riding a roller coaster. The worst part about it is you often have their 100-yard performances on your bench and then the next week you start them and get the 40 yarders. Ouch. Hopefully we've been helpful instructing you who to play consistently and when to play the fliers. There's a long list of rookies to at least mention this weekn so we'll get right to it.
Ryan completed 23-of-44 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Philly. He also threw two interceptions. Facing blitz after blitz, Ryan showed the poise of a veteran signal caller. His two touchdowns to Roddy White were absolutely gorgeous throws and his arm strength is proving to be better than advertised. He'll have his ups and downs, but he just might be a potential starter if you're desperate. The Falcons face Oakland this week, so it might be the
Jack of all trades, master of none. Flacco was only 12-for-24 with 140 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. Thankfully, he added 23 yards rushing with a touchdown and actually caught a 43-yard pass from
Green-Ellis started but ended up seeing only 18 snaps as the Patriots rode
Don't forget to plug Forte back in your lineup coming off the bye. With a tilt against the dreadful Lions, Forte is almost certain to top 70 yards and a touchdown. The upside is even greater.
Facing eight man fronts, Johnson still ran for 77 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Those in PPR leagues enjoyed four receptions for 19 yards, as well. He's an every-week starter and would be a monster stud if not for the presence of TD stealer
This could be the start of something grand. Torain will finally get some action this week. While there were rumors of a
Slaton definitely let people down last week against the lowly Bengals. The good news is 63 yards and a touchdown is a letdown, whereas many owners are happy to get 12 points from their running back.
A surprise inactive for Week 9, McFadden now has a protective boot on the
I think it's now safe to say that Stewart has become a disappointment. While some of it is due to the excellent play of
Probably won't return until Week 11.
Earth to Lions,
Touchdown Timmy. That's all he does. Score touchdowns. Unfortunately, if you're not in a TD-only league, he's leaving you high and dry. Six rushes for three yards? He's got a 2.7 yards per carry average but there's talk of getting him more involved in the offense.
Rice is certainly making the most of his chances. With 64 yards on eight carries, he was a spark for the offense. In fact, he touched the ball five times in the first half and achieved five first downs. He added three receptions for 37 yards. As a result, he put himself back into the mix for carries and third down duty. With
Five carries for 45 yards. That's production the Chiefs haven't seen out of
Six receptions for 163 yards and a touchdown, equating to 31 fantasy points in my league (PPR with 3pt bonus over 100) in a game I won by 30. Good thing I didn't pick up
He's still the top dog in Philadelphia, but
Talk about disappointing, Morgan put up the dreaded bagel in Week 8. He saw one target in the first quarter and then was invisible. We've seen no reports that Morgan re-injured his groin, but if he did, the bye comes at a great time. Shaun Hill stepping in as the starter isn't going to help Morgan. Hill lacks the arm strength to stretch the field, so it'll be a dink and dunk attack in San Francisco.
Coming off the bye, Denver faces the 25th ranked pass defense in the Miami Dolphins. With a ton of uncertainty in the backfield, this could be a game where
Three catches for 76 yards against a tough Ravens defense. Go Chaz!! The good news is he just might be developing a rapport with
Moving on up the depth chart, Sweed is now the fourth receiver in Pittsburgh. But three catches for 28 yards shouldn't get you excited. Sweed didn't look like a promising rookie. There's clearly a lot more polish that needs to go on there. His future potential is there, but for now, he's nothing more than a flier in keeper leagues.
One catch for 13 yards. Like we've said, you're praying for that short touchdown or you're left with nothing. There has to be better options than Carlson for you to start on a weekly basis.
We just love mentioning one-hit wonders. Cottam caught four passes for 34 yards against the Jets. Don't read too much into this.