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ROOKIE REVIEW: Week 12

Happy Thanksgiving!  With me working in retail, let me tell you this is a LONG week.  I am working 60 hours at my primary job and am exhausted.  Thank goodness I have football to look forward to!  Also, thank goodness that we don’t rely on kickers to much…..wow, 12 extra points missed in one weekend.  To top it off, many games had terrible weather with high winds or rain/snow that helped determine the outcome.  There were also many significant injuries in Week 11.  Lets look to see how the rookies did.

Quarterback

Dak Prescott – Dallas – All he does is seem to improve.  Hard to say that when he is probably the runner-up for Offensive Rookie of the Year.  Dallas played against a very good Baltimore Ravens defense and Dak had a very nice game with 27 completions in 36 attempts for 301 yards and three touchdowns.  Dak started slowly, but made the appropriate adjustments and had a great second half to lead Dallas to the victory and a 9-1 start.

Carson Wentz – Philadelphia – I figured it would be a tough game going up against the Seattle defense.  Wentz had to throw a lot, but part of that is all the injuries that the Eagles suffered at running back.  Carson had 23 completions in 45 attempts for 218 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions.  Wentz did struggle some against and missed several of his targets, being it from pressure or just pure nerves.  He might have to throw it more going up against Green Bay on Monday night.

Cody Kessler – Cleveland – Talk about a bummer.  After all the injuries to Browns’ quarterbacks this season, it was looking like it finally may be his job to keep.  Not so much any more as there is talk of shutting him down for the year after Cody suffered his second concussion.  It is too bad because it would have been nice to see him grow with Pryor and Coleman.  Kessler was 8 for 14 for 128 yards with an interception when the injury occurred.  He has already been ruled out for this week.

Jared Goff – Los Angeles – We all figured it would be a slow start for Goff, and that the Rams would lean on the running game.   Let us also remember though that the Miami Dolphins defense has played better the past few weeks and this was Goff’s first start.  Jared completed 17 of 31 passes for 134, mostly of the short yardage type.  It might take a while before he becomes worthy of deeper fantasy discussion.

 

Running Back

Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas – It was #1 rusher vs #1 rushing defense against Baltimore on Sunday.  It proved to be a good battle and Elliott had 25 carries for 97 yards and added four catches for 30 yards on five targets.  Like I mentioned with Prescott above, Dallas performed much better in the second half and Zeke was able to have some nice runs after a slow start.  Look for him to bounce back on Turkey Day against Washington in what appears like a very entertaining contest.

Derrick Henry – Tennessee – Did not play

Tyler Ervin – Houston – Only used on special teams and had nine return yards and a fumble.

Jalen Richard – Oakland – Playing in Mexico must have felt weird.  Jalen only had two yards on three carries, but he also had three receptions for 50 yards and a 17-yard touchdown.  I like him, but the three-headed committee doesn’t like anybody in fantasy.

DeAndre Washington – Oakland – Only one carry for no yards.  Is he falling down a bit in the coaching staff’s eyes?

Josh Ferguson – Indianapolis – Nothing to report

Wendell Smallwood – Philadelphia – Will the last man standing please rise?  That man for the Eagles is now Smallwood with injuries to both Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles.  Wendell had 13 carries for 48 yards and added four catches for 31 yards against Seattle last Sunday.  Look for a lot of work for him this coming Monday night against Green Bay.

C.J. Prosise – Seettle – Boom, another running back down for the Seahawks.  C.J. was off to a great start with four carries for 76 yards and a touchdown of 72 yards.  Prosise suffered a shoulder injury and it sounds like he could be out eight weeks.  Please somebody, stop all the madness!

Alex Collins – Seattle – Inactive

Daniel Lasco – New Orleans – Inactive

David Fluellen – Tennessee – Inactive

Kenyan Drake – Miami – One carry for two yards, not a factor on offense.

Andy Janovich – Denver – Bye week

Devontae Booker – Denver – Bye week

Peyton Barber – Tampa Bay – Doug Martin is back, sending Barber back to limited action.  Peyton had four carries for 22 yards.

Don Jackson – Green Bay – Sent to IR

Jonathan Williams – Buffalo – Saw limited action behind Lesean McCoy and Mike Gillislee with only four carries for 26 yards.  Keep on eye on the injury to the thumb of McCoy, if he is out, Williams could see more work.

Kenneth Dixon – Baltimore – Dixon is still splitting time with Terrance West and only had six carries for 40 yards.   If figures to be a physical contest against Cincinnati on Sunday, so will the Ravens run it more?  I still like Dixon’s future.

Paul Perkins – Giants – The Giants seemed to favor Rashad Jennings a lot this past week, not giving much work to Perkins.  Paul had four carries for 16 yards and added two catches for 19 yards.  On Sunday, the Giants play at Cleveland, could Perkins see more work in what could become a blow out?

Rob Kelley– Washington – A week after a very good game against a top defense in Minnesota, Rob once again had a nice game against another good defense in Green Bay.  Kelley had 24 carries for 137 yards and three touchdowns.  Two touchdowns were very short, but Kelley used his down-hill style and was very effective.

Jordan Howard – Chicago – Nothing much positive is coming out of the Chicago offense right now, especially with the suspension to Alshon Jeffery and now the injury to Jay Cutler. Howard had 17 carries for 77 yards.  He looks to have a difficult rest of the year in the mess that is now the Bears offense.

Dwayne Washington – Detroit – I didn’t figure the Lions would have much of a running game, they don’t have that player on their roster.  Washington really found it tough with 13 rushes for only six yards.  It won’t be any easier this Thanksgiving against the Vikings.

Kenneth Farrow – San Diego – Bye week.

Troymaine Pope – Seattle – Pushed into duty, Pope had two carries for three yards, but suffered a high ankle sprain.  Sorry for the bad luck.

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