NFL fantasy rookie report
Trading etiquette. Is it something that exists or is it a fiction of our imagination? Sort of like Business Ethics (yeah Wall Street, I'm talking to you). A trade went down in my big league:
At some point, personal integrity must take over, especially in a league among friends. At the very least, it would have been decent if somewhere in the trade discussion it was revealed that Bryant was on bye. That's the absolute minimum. However, the question becomes whether that offer should even have been sent. It's one thing to take from the poor. It's quite another to leave them naked in the cold. If you're going to make a quantity for quality trade, at least attempt to improve the depth of the poor man's roster. We all know what Thomas Jones did in Week 10, so for one week, it's at least digestible. However, take away Weeks 1, 6 and 10 from Jones and his year has been poor. Certainly not in the same ballpark as Peterson. Sell high, buy low; we all know the drill, but at some point, isn't a championship tainted?
OK, enough of my rant. Let's get down to business of analyzing where this year's rookies stand.
As expected, Ryan performed very well against a weak Saints defense. Completing 16-of-23 for 248 yards and two touchdowns isn't a surprise anymore from this amazing rookie quarterback. Don't believe me? Well one of his touchdowns was an audible that resulted in a bomb to
So Mr. Suggs, still want
Like most figured, and we mentioned, Forte found the running difficult against a brutal Titans defense. He still finished with a respectable 72 yards on 20 carries. However, like we mentioned, he was terrific for PPR owners by catching seven passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. Green Bay's 28th-ranked rushing defense is up next, so make sure Forte stays in your active lineup.
Ouch! Eight yards on 14 carries? The Bears put eight and even nine men in the box to stop Johnson and dared
He got the start and ran for 68 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and then boom. Torn ACL, done for the year. That hurts.
Another ouch! Four carries? What the heck is that about? Head coach
Nothing to see here. Move along, folks. Between the injuries and lack of a quarterback, it's almost OK to drop McFadden in redraft leagues.
The season is a failure. With 21 yards on seven carries, Stewart is doing nothing. The rhetoric coming out of Carolina indicates they haven't lost confidence in him, but the heel injury combined with the effectiveness of
Still not ready to return.
Smith has passed
The game plan against San Francisco was to air it out. That left Hightower with only 13 carries and he gained a putrid 22 yards. He did catch six passes for 28 yards, but even that didn't satisfy owners in PPR formats. Seattle's 22nd-ranked rushing defense is up next, but since they also possess the 31st ranked pass defense, this could be another Warner highlight reel.
Uh oh, the dreaded "hot hand" reared its ugly head. Rice started over
Not much production to discuss, and the return of
The injury to Torain and others opens the door for Hillis to get a lot more action. In relief last week, he ran eight times for 24 yards. However, don't forget his performance a couple of weeks ago when he caught seven balls for 116 yards. He likely will never duplicate those numbers, but the Broncos are now truly a passing team, so Hillis could be a useful flex in PPR formats. The Broncos have brought back
How pathetic has the Rams offense become? You'd think if Avery catches two balls for 29 yards that at least
In a tough matchup against the Giants, Jackson caught four passes for 61 yards. He also rushed three times for 24 yards, scoring on a 9-yard run from the now famous Wildcat formation. We actually recommended Jackson even with the matchup, so we're certainly glad about the rushing score. In any event, the Eagles are going to find ways to get the playmaker the ball. You simply have to keep him active at Cincinnati this week.
Hardy started and caught two passes for 21 yards and a touchdown. His height and physical nature make him an attractive red zone target, but he's not a big part of the Bills offense, so you can't trust him. He does have future potential, so monitor him in keeper leagues.
The good news is Morgan caught four passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. The bad news is he injured his groin and has already been ruled out for Week 11. That's a bad sign. Make other plans for Week 11 and probably Week 12, as well, as groin injuries tend to linger.
Six catches for 164 yards and a touchdown against the Browns, and with Ryan Torain going down, you have to be licking your chops. The running back-starved Broncos could make the Saints and Cardinals look like ball-control offenses. Expect Royal to see double-digit targets every week going forward. He's moving up the ranks and is much more than WR3 at this point.
We can talk about his five catches for 54 yards last week, but the real story is this;
Tight ends are frustrating. Just when you think it's time to move on, you get six catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. Something tells me if I recommended Keller this week, he'll catch three passes for 27 yards tonight against New England. Feast or famine.