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Rookie Review – Week 7

The top drafted rookies at quarterback, running back and wide receiver were all on bye, making this a quiet week for the rookies. See how the rest performed below.


Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay – Bye

Marcus Mariota – Tennessee – Mariota suffered an injury early in the game on Sunday but bravely played on. He was sacked five times on his first 22 dropbacks and suffered eight hits. His bravery is to be commended, though, because he stuck it out and led Tennessee to an end-of-quarter scoring drive to end the third quarter. Overall, he completed 21-of-33 passes for 219 yards and one touchdown, but was intercepted two times. Mariota suffered an MCL1 sprain during the game, and tried to play through it, but eventually was pulled for Zach Mettenberger. Miami seemed to be rejuvenated with the change at coach and took it out on Tennessee. There is still one reason why Mariota doesn’t post better numbers; Tennessee has no running game to speak of. Maybe when rookie David Cobb comes off of Injured Reserve in Week 10? Update: Mariota is doubtful for the game this week.

Garrett Grayson – New Orleans – Inactive

Sean Mannion – St Louis – Inactive

Bryce Petty – New York Jets – Bye

Brett Hundley – Green Bay – Inactive

Trevor Siemian – Denver – Inactive


Running Back

Todd Gurley – St Louis – Bye

Melvin Gordon – San Diego – I figured that San Diego would be playing catchup to Green Bay on Sunday, and that usually means a lot of Danny Woodhead. Well, Woodhead was used a lot, but there was also another reason. Gordon has really struggled this year and found it difficult at Green Bay with seven rushes for 29 yards and two fumbles. He was benched and did not play the final 36 minutes. Gordon has to be the front runner for most disappointing rookie so far this season.

T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville – Inactive – Jacksonville had no rushing game whatsoever without him.

Ameer Abdullah – Detroit – The entire fantasy universe was on the Abdullah freight train. He started off with a bang and Joique Bell was hurt. Here you go, take the ball and run with it, the job is yours. Well, that hasn’t happened. Detroit is LAST in rushing in the NFL, averaging under 70 yards per game. Detroit is close to 20 yards worse than the next team. What makes matters worse for Abdullah are his fumbles (which he had another on Sunday). He ran for 48 yards on 14 rushes and added three receptions for 21 yards on four targets. There is no denying his playmaking, it is his ball security that is the issue. That is why Theo Riddick was the player in the backfield at the end of the game when Detroit wanted to keep the ball. Riddick is becoming a major thorn in the upside of Abdullah.

Tevin Coleman – Atlanta – Coleman is only getting playing time to spell Devonta Freeman or in blowouts. He had four carries for 40 yards against New Orleans with a fumble. With Atlanta trying to play catchup, he did not have a single touch in the second half against. Coleman should only be rostered by those who have Freeman.

Duke Johnson – Cleveland – The backfield situation just got more muddled, just what we all wanted. Robert Turbin got thrown into the mix this week to create a three-headed monster to frustrate all fantasy owners. This takes away some opportunities for Johnson to put up good numbers. Last Sunday Johnson had nine carries for 38 yards and also caught three-of-four passes for 18 yards. All fantasy owners should avoid the Cleveland backfield until somebody gets injured or is traded/released.

David Johnson – Arizona – He had three carries for 9 yards. He is third on the depth chart, but appears to be the goal line back. He will be very tough to trust on a weekly basis.

Matt Jones – Washington – Inactive

Jeremy Langford – Chicago – Langford is still firmly behind Matt Forte, but he does spell him some in games. That was once again evident with Langford getting five carries for 10 yards and adding one reception for 17 yards. Langford did vulture a touchdown from Forte; however, Langford is still only worth owning if you have Forte.

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

Javorius “Buck” Allen – Baltimore – Allen has risen to No. 2 on the depth chart with the move of Lorenzo Taliaferro to Injured Reserve. Allen had four carries for 13 yards and also had one catch for 8 yards. Look for Allen to get more work going forward.

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 – Did Not Play/No Stat Line

Josh Robinson – Indianapolis – Inactive.  He may fall down the depth chart with the addition of Ahmad Bradshaw.

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

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

Zach Zenner – Detroit – Zenner was seriously injured in the game last Sunday with a collapsed lung and broken ribs. He will be out for quite a while and his recovery should be slow.

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

Thomas Rawls – Seattle – Marshawn Lynch was back, leaving little for Rawls.  Carolina has a great defense and offered little to both runners. Rawls had one carry for 8 yards. He is an obvious handcuff, but nothing else. With Seattle having a bad record, expect a lot of Lynch during the rest of the season.

Terron Ward – Atlanta – One catch for 7 yards. Not much of a factor.

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