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Rookie Review – Week 3

Upsets were the big story coming out of Week 2 and a few rookies had big performances to help out their teams. Find out who below.


Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay – We knew it had to get better than it was in Week 1, and hopefully this is the start of a good career for Winston. Winston was solid in his second career start and led Tampa Bay to an upset win over New Orleans. Winston went 14-for-21 for 207 yards and one touchdown, which was a beautiful pass to Vincent Jackson. Winston also ran in a touchdown and added 23 yards on the ground while getting sacked three times and fumbling once. He could have had even more, but threw too high to Austin Seferian–Jenkins on another possible touchdown. He should post better numbers also with the improved health of Mike Evans. He belongs on your “watch” list.

Marcus Mariota – Tennessee – Just the opposite was the result with Mariota. We have to admit, it would have been very difficult to repeat his Week 1 performance. Tennessee suffered a bad loss to Cleveland and Mariota had a tough time against the Cleveland defense. Mariota suffered seven sacks and two fumbles while completing 21-of-37 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns. It might be a little more difficult for him in the coming weeks with the injury to Delanie Walker, who is a good athlete and has decent speed.

Garrett Grayson – New Orleans – Inactive

Sean Mannion – St. Louis – Inactive

Bryce Petty – New York Jets – Did Not Play/No Stat Line

Brett Hundley – Green Bay – Inactive

Trevor Siemian – Denver – Inactive



Todd Gurley – St. Louis – Inactive – Gurley may play this week; watch his practice reports for updates.

Melvin Gordon – San Diego – The performance from Gordon has me feeling much better about him after Week 2 than I did after Week 1. Gordon looked good and showed nice vision in his 16 carries for 88 yards while also catching one pass for 10 yards. Gordon is still losing many touches to Danny Woodhead, who continues to play well. It could be a tough game for Gordon this week playing an underrated Minnesota defense. I expect Woodhead to be on the field often in the game on Sunday.

T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville – In one of the more surprising games on Sunday, Jacksonville played really well and upset Miami. Yeldon was able to get more carries in Week 2 than he had in Week 1 and ended up with 25 carries for 70 yards against a good Miami run defense. Yeldon also added three catches for 16 yards on four targets. It may be much tougher to get that many runs this week against New England, but he could see many more targets in the passing game. Jacksonville is on the rise, but I don’t see a miracle this week.

Ameer Abdullah – Detroit – I fully expected Minnesota to play much better against Detroit than it did against San Francisco in Week 1. Minnesota dominated Detroit’s offensive line and did not allow any running room. Abdullah only had 9 yards on six carries and added 9 yards on one catch. About the only thing that he did look good at was kickoff returns with 84 yards on three returns. Abdullah will have better days ahead so if you have a chance to get him, now might be the time coming off of a down game.

Tevin Coleman – Atlanta – It was a little surprising that Atlanta had a tough time running against the New York Giants because they don’t seem to defend the run that well. Both Coleman and Devonta Freeman struggled and Coleman actually looked the better of the two. Coleman had 32 yards on nine carries and a touchdown before suffering an injury to his ribs. Watch the injury report, but I wouldn’t count on him very much this week against Dallas. Find better options if you can.

Duke Johnson – Cleveland – With Cleveland jumping out to an early 14-point lead against Tennessee, it provided Cleveland with the chance to run the ball and control the game clock. Both Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson had at least a dozen carries and performed well. Johnson ended up with 43 yards on 12 carries. Remember last year, when Cleveland kept changing its starting running back on a weekly basis? Well, it may not be a bad idea to get Johnson from your waiver wire and be ready for when it happens again this season.

David Johnson – Arizona – The starting job may be getting close. Johnson was the backup this week to Chris Johnson, but he was much more effective. For starters, David Johnson took the opening kickoff for a 108-yard touchdown. He then proceeded to get 42 yards on five carries for another touchdown. Do you know that he now has a touchdown as a return man, rushing and receiving in only two games? He is well on his way to getting the starting job and should be rostered in all leagues. If he is still available on your waiver wire, get him!

Matt Jones – Washington – Washington played much better in Week 2 than in Week 1 and was offered the chance to run the ball and control the clock. Washington ran the ball 37 times against St. Louis and it was an almost even split between Matt Jones and Alfred Morris. Jones was the much more effective runner on Sunday with 19 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns. There are many rumors flying around that Jones may take over as the main ball carrier for Washington. Don’t let him go to somebody else, make him a top priority in waivers this week.

Jeremy Langford – Chicago – With Arizona seemingly able to score at will, it took away the running game for Chicago. As it is, we know that Langford is the backup to Matt Forte and will not see much action anyways. Langford had six carries for 21 yards this week and will only be a factor in fantasy if Matt Forte gets injured.

Jalston Fowler – Tennessee – Did Not Play/No Stat Line

Javorius “Buck” Allen – Baltimore – Being listed as No. 3 on the depth chart does not give Allen many opportunities. Allen only had one carry for 5 yards. I still feel he is a better fit in the offense that Lorenzo Talieferro should Justin Forsett get injured, but for now, he is not playing enough to roster.

Mike Davis – San Francisco – We now know that Davis is the backup to Carlos Hyde with the injury to Reggie Bush. Davis replaced Carlos Hyde after he got injured with a concussion and a thigh contusion and had 14 yards on seven carries. Pittsburgh started out with a big lead and ultimately took away the running game for San Francisco Watch the injury report to see how Hyde is recovering throughout the week. It is a very difficult matchup this week in Arizona, so I would say monitor for now.

David Cobb Tennessee – Injured Reserve

Jay Ajayi Miami – Injured Reserve

Karlos Williams – Buffalo – In a high-scoring affair against New England, Williams, once again, vultured a touchdown from LeSean McCoy and had six carries for 21 yards and added 16 yards on two catches. Williams remains one of the bigger handcuffs to own.

Michael Burton – Detroit – Did Not Play/No Stat Line

Cameron Artis–Payne – Carolina – Inactive

Josh Robinson – Indianapolis – It was a very dominating performance by the New York Jets defense on Monday night. Indianapolis threw often trying to do something offensively with not much results. Robinson had five carries for 12 yards and caught all five passes thrown to him for 27 yards. He did not impress much and rumors have started that Ahmad Bradshaw may find his way back to Indy. Watch that situation before making any roster moves.

Aaron Ripkowski – Green Bay – Did Not Play/No Stat Line

Marcus Murphy – New Orleans – Did Not Play/No Stat Line

Zack Zenner – Detroit – Did Not Play/No Stat Line

Jarryd Hayne – San Francisco – Hayne only had two carries for 3 yards. With so few chances, he doesn’t warrant any roster consideration.

Thomas Rawls – Seattle – Did Not Play/No Stat Line

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