Welcome to the 2016 Rookie Review. For those of you new to this article, I review the rookies in all the key fantasy football positions from the previous week and may provide some input on some future play. I watch a lot of college football and have prior knowledge of players coming in, so I can refer to past play as well as the current NFL play. On to the report.
Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – Inactive – The Rams offense looked terrible on Monday versus San Francisco. Look for Goff to start sooner rather than later.
Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – Being a Vikings fan, I was thrilled that we got Sam Bradford via trade from the Eagles. Wentz took control early and played well against the Browns while completing 22 of 38 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns while suffering 2 sacks. On a short week knowing he was the starter, that is pretty impressive. He even suffered through four drops from his receivers, his numbers could have been even better. We should, however, take into consideration that it was Cleveland that he was facing. Can he keep it up against better competition and without TE Zach Ertz?
Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – The darling of the preseason found things a tad more difficult during his first real game. The Giants as an opener is a tough draw. Dak started well leading scoring drives on his first three possessions, but seemed to fade as the game progressed. Prescott ended the day completing 25 of 45 passes for 227 yards against New York. He found several different receivers, but could not find his main guy in Dez Bryant. To his credit, the Cowboys receivers committed many drops, so his stats could have been better. He also rushed two times for 12 yards.
Trevone Boykin – Seattle Seahawks – Russell Wilson accidentally had his ankle stepped on against Miami on Sunday, but kept on playing. He clearly wasn’t the same. Keep your eye on the injury report, Boykin is the next man up and could be in for a quick learning curve.
Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys
It was not the performance we were all expecting, but at least he scored a touchdown. The top fantasy rookie is running behind arguably the best offensive line in football and only had 51 yards on 20 carries. Thank goodness he at least scored on an eight-yard touchdown run. I had clear visions of over 100 yards for his first game. “Zeke” should have better days in his future though as he was going up against a top run defense in the Giants.
Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – Henry looked really good in the first half against Minnesota, especially in the passing game, but in the second half he really struggled. Derrick had 5 carries for three yards and also had two catches for 41 yards on two targets. The Titans should be fun to watch this year, especially in the AFC South games because there is not much defense except for the Houston Texans. Expect some nice games this year from Henry.
Jalen Richard – Oakland Raiders – Coming out of Southern Mississippi, Richard looks like a speed merchant for the Raiders. Jalen had a 75-yard touchdown run on one of his three carries and finished with 84 yards rushing It looks like the Raiders have some young talent behind Latavius Murray.
DeAndre Washington – Oakland Raiders – Like Richard above, Washington also looked decent as the direct backup to Murray and rushed 5 times for 14 yards and added one catch for 10 yards on his only target. DeAndre should see weekly carries and also be a weapon out of the backfield as a receiver. If Latavius goes down, he will be in for a big work load.
Josh Ferguson – Indianapolis Colts – Ferguson looked like the primary backup to Frank Gore early in preseason, but has struggled sincen. Josh only had one carry for minus-2 yards rushing, but he did catch both passes intended for him for 26 yards. Look for Josh to get some plays every week and see if he steals some plays later in the season.
Wendell Smallwood – Philadelphia Eagles – Many experts thought he might slide into the pass-catching back role for the Eagles at some point this season, and it may still happen. In his first game however, Wendell only had one carry for one yard. It could be a long, slow process for Smallwood to grow into that role during the course of the season.
C.J. Prosise – Seattle Seahawks – It looked like the Seahawks drafted Prosise as a third down – pass-catching back when the need was there. C.J. missed the majority of camp, so he is behind in learning the plays. Prosise did get on the field however in the opener and had one carry for minus-2 yards and also caught a pass for 13 yards. Look for him to slowly get worked into the game plan.
Andy Janovich – Denver Broncos – Andy only had one carry against Carolina on Thursday, but he made it count. Janovich took his lone carry 28 yards for a touchdown. The last rookie to take his first carry for that long of a touchdown was Brian Westbrook. How is that trivia buffs!
Devontae Booker – Denver Broncos – The Broncos seemed to have made up their mind and it looks like Booker is the backup behind C.J. Anderson. Should something happen to C.J., Booker will be in for a big work load. Devontae had three carries for 8 yards against the stingy Carolina defense. Look for Booker to get more carries as the season goes on.