Week 5 saw several nice performances buy this years’ rookies. Find out below.
Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay – When Doug Martin has as big of a day as he did on Sunday, it takes a lot of pressure off of Winston. Winston played with composure and was a game manager with his best performance yet. Winston did not have to do much and went 13-of-19 for 209 yards and a touchdown and two sacks. This is the type of game that Tampa Bay wants with controlling the ball on the ground and eliminating the risks involved with a young quarterback. This will allow him to grow and learn and steadily improve, exactly what the doctor ordered.
Marcus Mariota – Tennessee – I figured Mariota would have a tough game last Sunday against a strong Buffalo Bills defense. Tennessee was in a dog–fight all day on Sunday and came out on the losing side, but Mariota actually played well enough to win the game. He connected on 21-of-32 passes for 187 yards and one interception and added 47 rushing yards while being sacked twice. The interception ended the game when Mariota was pressured and threw a long pass up for grabs. Mariota also missed on a touchdown pass when he threw it short of Kendall Wright.
Garrett Grayson – New Orleans – Inactive
Sean Mannion – St. Louis – Inactive
Bryce Petty – New York Jets – Bye Week
Brett Hundley – Green Bay – Inactive
Trevor Siemian – Denver – Inactive
Todd Gurley – St Louis – Gurley, once again, was the focal point of the St. Louis offense, running the ball 30 times for 159 yards. Obviously, St. Louis was correct in selecting Gurley and the comparison to Adrian Peterson looks legit. Barring injury, Gurley should be a beast the rest of the season.
Melvin Gordon – San Diego – Everybody is still waiting for the breakout game for Gordon. He did not have it again on Monday against Pittsburgh, rushing for only 42 yards on 15 carries with a fumble, but surprisingly, he also caught seven passes for 52 yards on nine targets. This is an encouraging turn of events and hopefully he can help out your fantasy team yet this year.
T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville – Truth be told, I had much higher hopes for Yeldon going against Tampa Bay. The running was difficult with only 32 yards on 11 carries, but he did find paydirt in the passing game with five catches for 31 yards on six targets. Hopefully he can get the running game going soon. Yeldon did leave the game with a groin injury so make sure to check the injury reports.
Ameer Abdullah – Detroit – Abdullah always has had an issue with ball security, just ask Nebraska fans. Well, he may be in the doghouse after fumbling again last Sunday. Abdullah ended up having six carries for 17 yards and actually had a second fumble overturned. Abdullah may end up losing carries to Zach Zenner if his fumbling issues continue.
Duke Johnson – Cleveland – Once again the running was tough for Johnson with only 22 yards on nine carries. But as we have come to know, he is more of an asset in the passing game with six catches for 55 yards on eight targets. Johnson should be owned in points per reception leagues at this point and will produce regularly with the running game struggling.
David Johnson – Arizona – It is really tough to trust a guy who doesn’t get many carries and listed third on the depth chart. Johnson made the most of it, however, scoring twice on three carries for 6 yards. He now has two touchdowns both running and receiving and another touchdown in the return game. He is the first rookie since Gale Sayers to accomplish that feat.
Matt Jones – Washington – The running lanes were tough to find for Washington against Atlanta on Sunday. Jones had 11 carries for 20 yards and a touchdown and also added a 17-yard reception. It is hard to trust Jones with Alfred Morris sharing carries with him.
Jeremy Langford – Chicago – Two carries for -2 yards. Nothing to see here.
Jalston Fowler – Tennessee – No carries, but had a nice tackle on a punt return that forced a fumble.
Javorius “Buck” Allen – Baltimore –
The Baltimore game plan was to run plenty with very little to offer in the passing game, and both Justin Forsett and Allen produced. Allen played more because Lorenzo Taliaferro was inactive and made the most of his opportunity with eight rushes for 56 yards. I have always said that he is a better fit in the offense than Taliaferro, and maybe he will move up the depth chart. If you own Forsett, keep Allen at the ready.
Mike Davis – San Francisco – Inactive
David Cobb – Tennessee – Injured Reserve
Jay Ajayi – Miami – Injured Reserve
Karlos Williams – Buffalo – Inactive
Michael Burton – Detroit – Did Not Play/No Stat Line
Cameron Artis–Payne – Carolina – Bye Week
Josh Robinson – Indianapolis – Three carries for 6 yards and one catch for 6 yards. Not getting much playing time.
Aaron Ripkowski – Green Bay – Did Not Play/No Stat Line
Marcus Murphy – New Orleans – Did Not Play/No Stat Line
Zach Zenner – Detroit – Detroit may give Zenner more opportunities to perform with the ball security issues that Ameer Abdullah is having. Zenner had 10 carries for 30 yards against a very good Arizona defense. Don’t be surprised to see his role increase.
Jarryd Hayne – San Francisco – Two carries for 9 yards. The story was nice, but his playing time will not offer much in fantasy.
Thomas Rawls – Seattle – Marshawn Lynch sat out again this week, giving us another look at Rawls, and he looked good once again. Thomas ran really well against a good Cincinnati defense and had 23 carries for 169 yards and a touchdown. Rawls looked eerily similar to Lynch on his 69-yard touchdown where he ran over defenders and shed tackles to make the score. Rawls must now be added in all leagues. It sounds like Lynch may be back this week, but Rawls should still be rostered for the rest of the season.
Terron Ward – Atlanta – No catches of two targets.