Hopefully you are still alive and well in your fantasy playoffs if you are still reading this. As Christmas approaches, we can see who has been good or bad (fantasy wise) for us during this most crucial time. Let us review and see how the rookies fared.
Dak Prescott – Dallas – Prescott struggled again last week against the Giants, and they have beaten the Cowboys both times this season and narrowed the gap to one game. Dak was under pressure and completed only 17 of 37 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown while throwing two interceptions, having a fumble, and getting sacked three times. He should have had a third interception, but it was dropped. Look for Dak to pick it back up some in what looks like a shootout against the fast improving Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night.
Carson Wentz – Philadelphia – The second half of the season has not been very kind to the Eagles offense. They have lost several players to injury and have struggled to move the ball. Not all of it can be put on Wentz, he needs other tools around him to succeed. Carson completed 32 of 46 passes for 314 yards and a touchdown against Washington last Sunday, but also had one interception and two fumbles. Carson actually had a good game and it could have been better, but his interception happened in the end zone that could have changed the game. Let’s hope that the Eagles can find another receiver besides tight end Zach Ertz for Wentz to throw to. It looks like a tough game this week against the Baltimore Ravens.
Cody Kessler – Cleveland – Did not play. RGIII played and looked brutal.
Jared Goff – Los Angeles – Can we all say FINALLY? Head Coach Jeff Fisher has finally been fired and change is afoot for the Rams. Can we actually get somebody who can coach some offense? Jared had a tough outing against Atlanta going 24 of 41 for 235 yards with two interceptions and a fumble with three sacks. Granted LA does not have a lot of great receiving options, so like Wentz, let’s hope they find some help in that area for the future.
Paxton Lynch – Denver – Nothing to report
Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas – Proving to be one of the more consistent rookies in memory, Elliott did his usual against the Giants rushing 24 times for 107 yards. Since the conference and division lead is now just a single game and with Dak Prescott struggling of late, look for a lot of “Zeke” on Sunday night against Tampa Bay. Start him with confidence.
Derrick Henry – Tennessee – The Titans figured to run the ball a lot considering Denver is great against the pass and weak against the run. Tennessee did just that and both backs fared well. Henry had 12 carries for 42 yards in the Titans win last Sunday. It may be a little tougher to run this coming Sunday playing on the road against a very hot Kansas City defense.
Tyler Ervin – Houston – Inactive
DeAndre Washington – Oakland – Nothing to report
Josh Ferguson – Indianapolis – Nothing to report
Wendell Smallwood – Philadelphia – Wendell suffered a right knee injury (MCL sprain) in the game and did not return. He had three carries for three yards.
Alex Collins – Seattle – Alex is finally back after a stretch of little action. Collins had seven carries for 23 yards and added three catches for 33 yards spelling Thomas Rawls in the surprising blowout loss to Green Bay.
Daniel Lasco – New Orleans – Nothing to report
David Fluellen – Tennessee – Inactive
Devontae Booker – Denver – As everybody projected, Booker has now taken a backseat to Justin Forcett in Denver. Devontae continues to disappoint with three carries for one yard while catching two passes for ten yards.
Peyton Barber – Tampa Bay – Nothing to report
Jonathan Williams – Buffalo – Inactive
Kenneth Dixon – Baltimore – It looks like it has finally happened. Dixon took over the backfield against New England and looked much better the Terrance West in the process. Kenneth ran hard and had 11 carries for 39 yards and eight catches for 42 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets. His 11 targets led the team and he was the primary focus on offense in the second half. Look for him to lead the team again this week against a Philadelphia Eagles team that seems to have lost some heart.
Paul Perkins – Giants – It was a split backfield for the Giants, especially with Shane Vereen going down (again) with another injury. Both Rashad Jennings and Perkins had identical rushing marks of 15 carries for 45 yards against Dallas. Look for more of the same this week against Detroit, making both backs hard to trust in such a pivotal week for fantasy owners.
Rob Kelley – Washington – Kelley is looking very much like long-time Redskin John Riggins with his pounding running style. Rob had 16 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown and added two catches for 25 yards in the Redskins hard fought win against Philadelphia. Kelley is a perfect fit in this offense to complement the passing game of Kirk Cousins.
Jordan Howard – Chicago – Continuing to be the lone bright spot on offense for the Bears, Jordan looked good again with 13 carries for 86 yards while catching two passes for 24 yards. Howard could be used a lot this week both running and catching passes out of the backfield as it looks like the Bears should be behind all day against Green Bay on Sunday. Start him again this week.
Dwayne Washington – Detroit – Washington led the rushing attack for the Lions this week and had 16 carries for 64 yards and added 10 yards on one reception. Things look to be difficult this week in what looks like a physical game against the Giants on Sunday.
Kenneth Farrow – San Diego – Farrow had to step in and lead the backfield with Melvin Gordon suffering an injury. Kenneth had 16 carries for 55 yards and added six catches for 23 yards against Carolina. It appears that the Chargers are going to go with a two-man committee this week in the backfield with Farrow and Ronnie Hillman against Oakland. Hard to trust either one of them.
Troymaine Pope – Seattle – One carry for 12 yards.