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ROOKIE REVIEW: Week 6

Welcome to Week 6 of Rookie Review.  The byes got into full swing with four teams off and the injury bug is still biting awfully hard.  Let’s review how the rookies fared in Week 5.

Quarterback

Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – Dak has set a record for most passes attempted to start a career without throwing an interception.  He played very well against a very good front seven from the Cincinnati Bengals and led the Cowboys to a nice win.  Dak completed 18 of 24 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown and added another rushing touchdown.  Keep in mind, he did that without Dez Bryant at his disposal.  The question has been asked often if he plays this well will Tony Romo come back as the starter?  Owner Jerry Jones has firmly stood by Romo and stated he would come back as the starter when he is ready.  Will that really happen if Dak continues his stellar play and Dallas keeps winning?

Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – Wentz has played at an extremely high level considering he was handed the job right before the season opener.  Carson finally threw his first interception last Sunday in the loss to Detroit, but still played well completing 25 of 33 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns.  You have to remember, the Eagles don’t exactly have the best WRs in the NFL.  Let us see how he responds to his first loss and first interception this week against Washington.

Cody Kessler – Cleveland Browns – Things started OK for Cody as he was 5 of 8 for 62 yards and a touchdown, but he had to leave the game with a rib injury.  He was replaced by Charlie Whitehurst and the Browns looked awful.  Cleveland has since cut Whitehurst, so hopefully the rib injury isn’t that serious.  It also looks like Josh McCown is coming back soon, so keep your eyes on the injury report.

Paxton Lynch – Denver Broncos – Paxton is the next man up in Denver at quarterback, but showed some nerves in the game against Atlanta last week in the Broncos’ first loss.  The numbers for Lynch don’t look terrible with 23 completions on 35 attempts for 223 yards with a touchdown and an interception and a fumble.  Those are very misleading however, because a lot of that came in garbage time.  Paxton struggled throughout this game and ended up getting sacked 6 times.  It sure looks like Trevor Siemian will be back for Thursday at San Diego, so at least Denver fans can be happy about that.

 

Running Back

Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – It sure looks like he is improving every week.  Against a good defense from Cincinnati, Elliot had 15 carries for 134 yards and two touchdowns and added three catches for 37 yards on four targets.  Ezekiel is the front runner for “Rookie of the Year” and is sure the leader in the clubhouse for “Fantasy Football Rookie of the Year.”  Elliot leads the NFL in rushing and now has five touchdowns in his first five games.  Not bad.  He can play.

Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – DeMarco Murray is still playing at a high level, but at least Henry got to touch the ball a little more this week.  Who knows, maybe Tennessee is a little worried about his injury history and wants to spell him more.  Henry looked good rushing seven times for 54 yards.   Derrick could see more work this week with a juicy matchup against Cleveland on Sunday.  Could he be a sleeper for you?

Tyler Ervin – Houston Texans – Only used on kickoff returns with two going for 53 yards.

Jalen Richard – Oakland Raiders – Jalen got some more use this week with the Latavius Murray out and ran hard for 31 yards on 8 carries and added six catches for 66 yards on seven targets.  Look for a full on committee from here going forward though, so it will be hard to trust any running back for Oakland.

DeAndre Washington – Oakland Raiders – See above.  DeAndre had 9 carries for 23 yards and caught five of six targets for 29 yards.

Josh Ferguson – Indianapolis Colts – Only in on passing situations and caught two passes for 10 yards on four targets.

Wendell Smallwood – Philadelphia Eagles – After a good showing two weeks ago and a bye week, Smallwood only played one snap.  The Eagles are standing behind Ryan Mathews, at least for now.

C.J. Prosise – Seattle Seahawks – Bye week

Andy Janovich – Denver Broncos – Used mainly as a fullback and had one carry for two yards.

Devontae Booker – Denver Broncos – Booker is still getting chances in Denver and rushed the ball six times for 23 yards and added four catches for and additional 36 yards.  There has been some talk the C.J. Anderson hasn’t impressed in Denver, is it time to invest in Booker on the chance he takes over the lead back duties?  Do you have dead roster space?  He could be worth the risk.

Kenneth Dixon – Baltimore Ravens – It was good to finally see Dixon get on the field, even if only for a little.  Kenneth rushed 3 times for one yard and had a six-yard catch.  Look for the Ravens to give him more chances to get into the game flow some.

Kenyan Drake – Miami Dolphins – The ugly running back situation in Miami is just awful with Arian Foster out.  None of the backs are worth much.  Drake had two carries for four yards and added two catches for 16 yards.

Paul Perkins – New York Giants – The Giants offense is not doing much right now and is in a major funk.  I really think Perkins can win the lead RB job this season, but the offense needs to be fixed.  Paul rushed two times for nine yards and had a 13-yard reception last Sunday at Green Bay.  The defenses get easier after playing at Minnesota and at Green Bay the last two weeks.  Paul is another guy I would look to possibly stash on my roster.

Alex Collins – Seattle Seahawks – Bye week

Rob Kelley – Washington Redskins – Rob only played to spell Matt Jones briefly and had three carries for 18 yards.

Jordan Howard – Chicago Bears – Looks like we have found a new leader at running back in Chicago.  Howard performed well on Sunday with 16 carries for 118 yards and added three catches for 45 yards and a touchdown.  He looked really good on a 57-yard run and looks to lead the Bears going forward.

Dwayne Washington – Detroit Lions – Inactive

Kenneth Farrows – San Diego – Nothing to report

Peyton Barber – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Injuries knocked out the first and second string running backs for Tampa Bay, giving Barber a chance for work.  Peyton rushed three times for six yards.  Don’t count on him for much.

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