Todd Latzke
Rookie Review - Week 8

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Week 7 saw many injuries that provided some rookies a chance to show their stuff. What were the results?

Quarterback

Geno Smith Another late victory again for the New York Jets this week, this time in overtime against the hated New England Patriots. I don’t know what it is, but Smith must be a leader in the locker room as the Jets are winning – something I thought I wouldn’t say this year. Smith was 17-of-33 for 233 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also had a touchdown rushing on six carries for 32 yards. Can he become a force in fantasy football when Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill get back to full health? Might be someone to watch and pick up in a few weeks.

Mike Glennon Glennon may end up as somebody to watch. With limited help on offense he went 26-of-44 for 256 yards with two touchdowns and he also had 13 yards rushing. Glennon did suffer through three sacks and a fumble, also. Will he be able to put better numbers up with a healthy Mike Williams and more time with the first team offense?

Matt Barkley The Philadelphia Eagles lost Michael Vick last week to injury, and now lose his backup Nick Foles to a concussion. Barkley came in to finish the game last week, but he was dreadful. He finished 11-of-20 for 129 yards with three interceptions. He was rushed often and did not look composed at all. Barkley will need a lot more time to learn and grow before he will amount to anything in fantasy football.

Running Back

Giovani Bernard The Cincinnati Bengals thought they'd be in a shootout versus the Detroit Lions and decided they should pass more than run. Maybe they were right. Bernard only had seven carries for 27 yards, but he also had five catches for 26 yards on six targets. Bernard continues to show that he is the better playmaker than BenJarvus Green-Ellis and should see his workload increase the rest of the season.

Eddie Lacy With two starting wide receivers out with injury I figured the Green Bay Packers would lean on the running game more. Lacy had 22 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown and also had five catches for 26 yards on seven targets. With another weapon in the passing game suffering another injury, Lacy should be the focal point of this high-powered offense. He is moving up the ranks very fast!

Andre Ellington You had to figure that the Seattle Seahawks would control the line of scrimmage in this game, and they did. Seattle controlled this game and did not give much up to the Arizona offense. Ellington only had three yards rushing and two catches for 10 yards on five targets. The Seahawks defense was just way too much for the Cardinals offense to get anything going. He will have better days.

Zac Stacy The St. Louis offense may have a different look for the rest of the year. With the injury to Sam Bradford, the focus may turn toward the running game. Stacy could be a very nice guy on your roster the rest of the season. This week Stacy had 17 carries for 53 yards and four receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown. That is 18.7 points in points per reception leagues. I think most of us would be extremely happy with that. Now that the Rams may run more, what is his ceiling?

Joseph Randle Another injury thrust Randle into the spotlight for the Cowboys with DeMarco Murray going down. Randle was OK, nothing special. He had 19 carries for 65 yards and three catches for 28 yards. He also lost a goal line carry. Not too much to get excited about, yet.

Le’Veon Bell – There is nothing like job security. Bell should have that after last week’s performance and also with the Pittsburgh Steelers cutting Isaac Redman Tuesday. Bell had another solid game with 19 carries for 93 yards and added a catch for six yards. Will the Steelers turn back into a ground-and-pound team like they were in the past? 

Mike James Top-five overall pick Doug Martin is out, possible for the year. James is now your starting running back in Tampa Bay. James had 14 carries for 45 yards and three catches for eight yards. He is sure to have a heavy workload for the immediate future and is likely the highest waiver pick of the week.

Michael Cox The New York Giants are so desperate that they brought in both Brandon Jacobs and Peyton Hillis off the street to help out at running back. Right away, Jacobs gets hurt and Hillis looked rusty. Cox had a very good preseason and could be the guy for the future once he gets his first team reps in. He had 11 carries for 23 yards on Monday night.



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