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Rookie Review – Week 5

Week 4 was another exciting week, especially in the kicking game. We also saw the long anticipated game from the top rookie running back. Find out more below.


Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay – The struggles just keep coming for Winston. If you play in a league where turnovers hurt you, than Jameis should be your Undertaker. Jameis ended up completing 28 passes in 43 attempts for 287 yards and 2 touchdowns. Now the bad numbers, four interceptions and and a fumble while suffering two sacks. Most of the yardage came after the game was already a blow-out and Tampa Bay was throwing on every play. Winston needs to start making more plays before you should consider him.

Marcus Mariota – Tennessee – Bye week

Garrett Grayson – New Orleans – Did Not Play/No Stat Line

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


Running Back

Todd Gurley – St Louis

St. Louis RB Todd Gurley.

This is what we all have been waiting for, and against a good defense no less. We knew with his injury we would have to wait, but it was worth it. Gurley burst open against the stout Arizona Cardinal defense to the tune of 19 carries for 146 yards and a 7.7 yards per carry average. Phenomenal. He also added two catches for 15 yards on two targets. He rushed for more yards than Mark Ingram, Matt Forte, and Carlos Hyde COMBINED on Sunday. He also very smartly ran in the middle of the field instead of getting tackled out of bounds to keep the clock moving at the end of the game. Todd (I love that name) had runs of 23, 52, 20, and 30 yards all in the 2nd half to help keep the Rams momentum going. He is a #2 with upside every week going forward.

Melvin Gordon – San Diego – I made the call on the FantasySharks.com radio show “Feeding Frenzy” that Gordon was my “stud of the week” at running back. My bad. I truly thought he would break out against Cleveland at home. I was very disappointed with his performance giving me 12 carries for 38 yards and two catches for eight yards. Come on, man, can’t you see I am trying to win a contest?!? After this performance, I don’t know if/when he will break out.

T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville – I figured it would take a few weeks, but Yeldon would get it going. Well, he is getting it going with 22 carries for 105 yards. If he could count on the entire offense to perform, he would be a true force to reckon with. As it is, T.J. is a fine #3 and I used him this week and won.

Ameer Abdullah – Detroit – To be honest, I thought this game was going to be ugly, and it was. Neither team looked very good, and very few played well (Ziggy Ahsah). Abdullah figured to have a tough game on the road against one of the best defenses in the NFL and it was true. Ameer had 13 carries for 33 yards and caught two of five targets for 11 yards. Things will be better, but remember Joique Bell will be back.

Tevin Coleman – Atlanta –.Inactive

Duke Johnson – Cleveland – Is this a sign of things to come? We all thought the Browns offense would struggle this season, but with Duke in the backfield it doesn’t appear so. Johnson had a nice day on Sunday with eight rushes for 31 yards while adding nine catches for 85 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. That kind of scoring will get you into EVERYBODY’S starting lineup. Get him now if you can, he will be gone soon and his price will go up.

David Johnson – Arizona – It is not surprising to see David score, after all he has done it many ways this season. I am, however, disappointed overall because he only had three rushes for 18 yards with a fumble and got his touchdown on four catches for 63 yards on 10 targets including a dropped touchdown. I know they played a great defense in St Louis ( I have them on two teams), but the way Arizona was scoring, I expected more.

Matt Jones – Washington – We all know that the Philadelphia Eagles defense has a good run defense. That is why it should come as no surprise that the Redskins struggled to run against them. Jones only had 11 yards on seven carries against them this week. In fact, this is the first time in several weeks that Alfred Morris has performed better. They should be able to run better once DeSean Jackson is back.

Jeremy Langford – Chicago – One carry for four yards. Langford has fallen to third on the depth chart behind Matt Forte and Jacquizz Rodgers.

Jalston Fowler – Tennessee – Bye week

Javorius “Buck” Allen – Baltimore – Buck had five carries for 19 yards. I may be stubborn, but I still think he fits this offense.

Mike Davis – San Francisco – Did Not Play/No Stat Line. Reggie Bush is back, so that pushes Davis back down the depth chart.

David Cobb – Tennessee – IR

Jay Ajayi – Miami – IR

Karlos Williams – Buffalo – Many people expected big things from Karlos with LeSean McCoy out again this week, especially Gary Davenport and Walton Spurlin, co-hosts of the FantasySharks.com radio show “The Feeding Frenzy.” Well he delivered. His rushing stats were not good with 18 rushes for 40 yards against the Giants, but he added three catches for 30 yards and a touchdown to save his day. With McCoy still out another three or four weeks, Williams should be going in all formats.

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

Cameron Artis-Payne – Carolina – I thought all along that Artis-Payne was worth grabbing, it may be even more so now. While his numbers may not have been stellar, remember that Jonathan Stewart hasn’t exactly lit the world of fire either. Stewart fumbled again on Sunday and may have left some room for Cameron. Granted the Panthers won comfortably, but Artis-Payne ran for 25 yards on eight carries. The key point to focus on here, is that he didn’t fumble while trying to run out the clock. He didn’t look that bad either. He is a great sleeper to keep your eye on, especially with the injury history to Jonathan Stewart and with Carolina playing well. Also remember, they get Luke Kuechly back to an already good defense.

Josh Robinson – Indianapolis – Three carries for two yards. With Andrew Luck out, the running game was not much of a factor.

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

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

Zach Zenner – Detroit – Two rushes for nine yards and one-catch for four yards on one target. That was it with Joique Bell OUT. Zenner won’t be a factor unless the injury bug hits Detroit.

Jarryd Hayne – San Francisco – Did Not Play/No Stat Line

Thomas Rawls – Seattle – Rawls was a spot-start for many teams because the Seahawks were careful with Marshawn Lynch and rested him. Thomas found things very difficult against a stout Detroit Lions’ run defense. Thomas had it very tough gaining 48 yards on 17 carries. It looked as if Marshawn may have been able to play, so expect Rawls back on the bench this week.

Terron Ward – Atlanta – The way Devonta Freeman has been playing, who pays attention to any other running backs in Atlanta? Well, I do. With Atlanta playing at a high level and Tevin Coleman hurt, it gives us a chance to see Terron Ward play. Ward played well with his initial chances with 19 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown. Remember though, that the game was already won, and Tevin will be back soon.

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