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ROOKIE REVIEW: Week 14

Welcome to the playoffs!  Hopefully you are all still alive and looking at the playoffs and how to tune-up your roster for a good run toward the championship.  Hopefully my coverage of the rookies has helped you make wise decisions and helped you out on your annual quest for your league’s bragging rights.  On to see how the rookies did last week.

Quarterback

Dak Prescott – Dallas – Hopefully you all listen to the podcast “Fantasy Football Feeding Frenzy” brought to you by FantasySharks.com.  If you do, then you would know that I had Prescott as my dud of the week at quarterback and I hit the nail square on the head with that call.  Dak had a tough game last Thursday in Minnesota and only had 12 completions on 18 attempts and only 139 yards and a touchdown with an interception and two fumbles.  It was his season-low in passing yardage as the Vikings played really great defense.  Prescott did also have six carries for 37 yards.   Will he have a comeback performance this coming Sunday night on the road against an underrated New York Giant defense?  You might want to select other options in your playoff matchup if you can.

Carson Wentz – Philadelphia – The wheels seem to have fallen off for the Eagles.  The offense struggled again last week and hardly did anything against Cincinnati.  It is hard to put all the blame on Wentz because he doesn’t have many tools around him to work with.  Carson completed 36 of 60 passes for 308 yards and a touchdown while throwing three interceptions and was lucky not to throw a few more.   He was high on a lot of his passes and seems to have lost the touch he showed earlier in the season.

Cody Kessler – Cleveland – Bye week. RGIII coming back.

Jared Goff – Los Angeles – After such an up-and-down performance two weeks ago, we were all curious how Goff would respond against New England.  Well, the outcome was not good.  Jared had a tough showing against the Patriots and completed 14 of 32 passes for 1651 yards with a touchdown.  Goff was also intercepted twice and was sacked four times, he used his mobility to escape many more.   He looked confused on the field and was under a lot of pressure throughout the game.

Paxton Lynch – Denver – In his first game since week five, it was sure to be a test against an improving Jacksonville defense for the rookie.  Lynch completed 12 of 24 passes for 104 yards while getting sacked twice.  Most of his throws were off and the rest were only dinks and dunks explaining his poor yardage total.

 

Running Back

Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas – Just like with Dak Prescott above, the Vikings were stingy against the run as well last Thursday, the defense really played well.  Elliott had his worst game since Week 2 with 20 rushes for 86 yards and a touchdown and a fumble while grabbing four passes for 19 yards.  As I stated last week, he could see less work in the coming weeks with the Cowboys two games up on everybody in the conference.  That being said, this is a HUGE game against the Giants and you should start him with confidence this week.  If Dallas wins, then owners need to be concerned some.

Derrick Henry – Tennessee – Bye week

Tyler Ervin – Houston – Inactive (ribs)

Jalen Richard – Oakland – It sure appears that he is locked in as the backup to Latavius Murray and is performing well in that role.  Jalen had nine carries for 53 yards against Buffalo in the Raiders’ come-from-behind victory.  His speed is noticed right away on the field and could garner a bigger role going forward.

DeAndre Washington – Oakland – Nothing to report

Josh Ferguson – Indianapolis – Had five carries for 11 yards in mop-up duty in the blowout win against the Jets on Monday night.

Wendell Smallwood – Philadelphia – As I mentioned above with Carson Wentz, the Eagles are struggling in all facets of offense.  The loss of tackle Lane Johnson is huge for the offensive line.  Wendell had eight carries for 19 yards against the Bengals last Sunday.  It could be another tough game again this week for him playing at Washington.

Alex Collins – Seattle – Inactive

Daniel Lasco – New Orleans – Nothing to report

David Fluellen – Tennessee – Bye week

Kenyan Drake – Miami – One carry for one yard and one catch for 4 yards.  Nothing to note about.

Andy Janovich – Denver – Placed on IR

Devontae Booker – Denver – Devontae hasn’t made the most of his chances as the lead back of late.  Booker only had 35 yards on 18 carriers with a touchdown last Sunday.  The Broncos have signed Justin Forsett, proving that they are also concerned with his performance.

Peyton Barber – Tampa Bay – Doug Martin is back, and Charles Sims is returning as well.  Barber got minimal use last week with only two carries for six yards.  Should not be on any fantasy rosters.

Jonathan Williams – Buffalo – Nothing to report

Kenneth Dixon – Baltimore –  In the ongoing committee in Baltimore, this week it was Dixon who played the better of the two-man backfield.  Kenneth had six carries for 56 yards and added four catches for 21 yards.  Unfortunately, West scored two touchdowns to rob Dixon of a bigger day fantasy-wise.  Look for a very different situation at New England next Monday night, both backs figure to struggle.

Paul Perkins – Giants – Just like the situation noted above, Perkins is in the same boat for the Giants with Rashad Jennings.  Also like above, Paul had the better week on the field with seven carries for 38 yards, but it was Jennings who scored the touchdown.  Look for both to get very similar usage going forward making both hard to trust in your fantasy playoffs.

Rob Kelley – Washington – Kirk Cousins has been on fire the past six weeks, that is the reason why he was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November.  That leaves little in the running game, but Kelley is doing what he can.  Rob had 14 carries for 63 yards against Arizona last Sunday.  It could be another tough week at Philadelphia in what promises to be a physical game.

Jordan Howard – Chicago – BOOM!!  Like how I started the player reviews with a shameless plug about how I picked Dak Prescott as my dud of the week on the “Fantasy Sharks Feeding Frenzy” podcast, I also nailed this pick as Howard was my stud of the week at running back.   Jordan was huge for fantasy owners last week against San Francisco with 32 carries for 117 yards and three touchdowns.  If you needed him to get into the playoffs, congrats.  If you were going against him, my condolences.  Howard is the lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal situation in Chicago.   Things will be tougher for him this week however in Detroit, so owner beware.

Dwayne Washington – Detroit – Washington had seven carries for 21 yards and two catches for 19 yards before getting an ankle injury last week against New Orleans.  Check his status for the game this week against Chicago.

Kenneth Farrow – San Diego – Four carries for 15 yards spelling Melvin Gordon.

Troymaine Pope – Seattle – Thomas Rawls looks back to full health, but needs to be spelled once in a while.  Pope did that with eight carries for 28 yards against Carolina.  Don’t count on him for much.

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