Todd Latzke
Rookie Review - Week 13

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Quarterbacks
 
Mike Glennon – Glennon had another very nice game that helped Tampa Bay to a surprising win against Detroit. Mike was 14 of 21 with 247 yards and two touchdowns. He completed many long passes that helped his yardage total tremendously. The O-line is still very bad though and he did suffer four sacks. Glennon could really use a good safety-valve receiver, but this team doesn’t really have one. I still have to give him credit for another solid game.
 
Geno Smith
– Well, the string has been broken. Smith was awful again this week against the Ravens. Weather may have been a factor, but I don’t think it would have mattered. The Ravens were in the face of Smith all day and he had no time to do very much. Geno ended up 9 of 22 for only 127 yards with two interceptions, one fumble, and two sacks. Smith also had three carries for six yards and another fumble. Smith also had one reception for 13 yards out of the “wildcat” formation. He had no answer for the Baltimore defense. This performance from Baltimore may provide others with a “blueprint” on how to hand the Jets offense.  
 
Matt McGloin
– There is actual talk in Oakland that McGloin may keep the starting job. Once again, Matt performed decently while going 19 of 32 for 254 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Consider that he did this with his top running back and top wide receiver out with injuries. Not bad for a “back-up.” The thing that concerns me is that he had four passes batted down at the line of scrimmage in the first half. The Raiders may want to start him again considering the prior struggles of Terrelle Pryor.  
 
Running Backs
 
Eddie Lacy – Lets face it, Lacy is a very vicious runner. He beat up the Vikings defense all day to the tune of 25-110-1 and six catches for 48 yards on 6 targets. The problem is that the Packers are not the same juggernaut now as they are with Rodgers at quarterback. He is still worthy of a start as a RB2. just not as high as we had him with Rodgers at quarterback. With Rodgers at the helm, he is an unquestioned RB1 – top-five back. If you can get him for the fantasy playoffs, with Rodgers returning, he could be gold.
 
Le’Veon Bell – The weather was a mess for the Pittsburgh-Cleveland game. I had a buddy who asked me whether he should start Big Ben or Luck at QB – I said Luck. Lookie what happened!! Beg Ben was very good in the bad weather, while the running game suffered. I guess it didn’t suffer that much considering Bell rushed for 80 yards. But we all know the old Pittsburgh mantra: run, run, and run some more. I thought Bell would and should have scored, but Ben was on a roll. Chalk this up as a fluke.
 
Zac Stacy – The Rams were set up for a monster running game against a horrible Chicago run defense. Stacy was right on line with that with an early start of 12-87-1 before his concussion. He was inline for a monster game. Obviously the concussion stopped Stacy, but his backup Benny Cunningham was able to put up a line of 13-109-1 in relief. Stacy would have been HUGE!! Watch his status for this week. Stacy is the preferred choice in the Rams offense and will be for the rest of the year. Remember that St. Louis is still in the playoff hunt.
 
Andre Ellington – Once again, it was a 50-50 spilt with time between Mendenhall and Ellington, with both doing well. The thing that stings is that the passing game was on fire, and that didn’t leave much. Ellington had 50 yards on the ground and caught both targets for 21 yards. The Cardinals were up so big, so early, that they actually brought in more running backs to finish the game.
 
Dennis Johnson – Is there a controversy in Houston? During this nightmare of a season, they have lost their QB, top RB, and several other starters on a team that was supposed to contend for the AFC title. The backup for the top running back (A. Foster) was Ben Tate. He ran seven times for one yard. Johnson showed off his fresh legs and showed us he deserves more time by taking 13 carries for 74 yards and also caught both of his targets for 13 yards. I would say in a lost season for the Texans, why not give the kid a chance?
 
Montee Ball
– I am getting more and more concerned with Ball. Knowshon   Moreno went nuts on Sunday night gainiing over 200 yards. When given the chance to rest Moreno, Bell came in and he actually ran for 40 yards on seven carries, but he fumbled again. He also had three catches for 17 yards, but with another fumble. This Denver team can win the whole thing, but will they trust a guy who fumbles this much?
 
Knile Davis – Another reminder to grab the backups to your studs. One carry for three yards, but that doesn’t matter. Get him Jamaal Charles owners.
 
C.J. Anderson – With all the weather, injuries, and fumbles causing issues in the game, you had to figure Anderson may get involved. He had three carries for 16 yards, but looked lost and confused at times. Only a very deep-desperation type play.
 
Khiry Robinson
– We all heard that Darren Sproles wasn’t going to play, but how would that play out. The Saints looked like they were asleep this week – almost looking forward to playing Seattle. I thought going in that Robinson would see significant playing time, but no. Because New Orleans was asleep for most of the game, Khiry only got one carry for four yards. 
 
Benny Cunningham – Now that’s what you call a relief performance! Zac Stacy was in store for a HUGE game before suffering a concussion. The Rams offense didn’t miss a beat when Cunningham took over at running back by going 13 carriers for 109 yards and a touchdown. Watch the injury report on Stacy, if he is uncertain, pick up Cunningham if you need help at running back.
 
Stepfan Taylor
– Like I said above with Ellington, the Cardinals had a big lead. Taylor was able to get some time at the end of the game to kill the clock and had five carries for 10 yards. Arizona is set on their two-back timeshare right now, so Taylor won’t see much playing time.



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