Welcome to the initial installment of “Rookie Review.” I’ll be taking a look at the rookies in the key fantasy football positions and let you know how they did and what you can expect in the future. In the past couple of years rookies have had a big impact in fantasy football. It’s always a good idea to keep apprised of the current rookie crop and possibly pick up one or two during the season to help you in your quest for your league championship.
Geno Smith –
It is very hard for me to say this because I thought the New York Jets were a wasteland from a fantasy football prospective, but Smith actually had decent numbers. He went 24-for-38 with 258 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed six times for 47 yards. This was a very ugly game that saw Smith sacked five times and he also fumbled once. At times he looked good, but other times he looked like a rookie and did not react very well. I just don’t trust the Jets and don’t see Smith having a decent season.
E.J. Manuel –
The Buffalo Bills implemented a new offense this year with several rookie players that they want in the mix. In the first game of the season the Bills nearly upset the powerhouse we all know as the New England Patriots. Manuel went 18-for-27 with 150 yards, two touchdowns and he rushed three times for 23 yards. One of Manuel’s best assets is his speed and I wish that he would pull it down more and run with it. I like the potential of Manuel and this offense, I just hope that Manuel can grow in confidence and showcase what made him the first quarterback drafted in this year’fs class.
Eddie Lacy –
Lacy did not have the best of matchups for his first game going up against the stout San Francisco defense. Lacy did have a line of 14 rushes for 41 yards with one touchdown and he also caught a pass for another 31 yards. Lacy did get benched for a spell because of a fumble he had, but he was in the game a short while later. Lacy will have much better days in the future in the explosive Green Bay Packers offense. There is not much to the depth chart in Green Bay and Lacy will not have to worry about losing touches (unless he continues to have fumbling issues).
Giovani Bernard –
For the life of me I cannot figure out why the Cincinnati Bengals used BenJarvus Green-Ellis so much more than Bernard. Green-Ellis had a line of 14 rushes for 25 yards and a touchdown. That is 1.78 yards per carry. Bernard carried four times for 22 yards (5.5 yards per carry) and had one catch for eight yards. Bernard is the better runner and better receiver than Green-Ellis and should be starting sooner rather than later. Move heaven and earth to try and get him on your team, you will not be sorry.
Montee Ball –
Boy, talk about a disappointment. The way Denver exploded on offense you would have thought that Ball may have a touchdown or two. Sorry, not today folks. Ball is sitting at No. 3 on the depth chart and did not see a great deal of usage in this blowout over Baltimore. As it is, Ball had eight rushes for 24 yards. That’s three yards per carry against a very tired Baltimore defense. This should have been a great chance for Ball to get a lot of use to get experience and to help run the clock out. It looks as if Denver is still looking for improvement in Ball, both in the running and passing game. Remember, this is a Peyton Manning offense; he needs to be protected and to have good safety valves. I am not saying to write Ball off; he may very well become the main guy out of the backfield. I am saying that it may take some time for him to get there.