We saw some historic performances in Week 8. How did the rookies fare? Find out below.
Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay – The game is much different when you have the lead. That was the situation on Sunday when Tampa Bay jumped out to an early lead against Atlanta. The Bucs jumped out to an early lead and let Winston control the game, and he did it well. Jameis went 16-for-29 for 177 yards passing with a touchdown with no interceptions and 2 sacks and also rushed three times for 24 yards and another touchdown. This is his third straight game without an interception. He showed no nervousness and looked very composed during several situations. This is the type of game that is best suited for Winston, where he doesn’t have to force throws and make mistakes. Also remember that he did this without Vincent Jackson, who was out with injury. I keep saying it, but he should be stashed on rosters, his schedule down the road is an easy one.
Marcus Mariota – Tennessee – Inactive. .The Titans offense looked very poor in the absence of Mariota. He provides a much needed spark and enthusiasm to the Tennessee Titans.
Garrett Grayson – New Orleans – Inactive
Sean Mannion – St Louis – Inactive
Bryce Petty – New York Jets – Inactive
Brett Hundley – Green Bay – Inactive
Trevor Siemian – Denver – Inactive
Todd Gurley – St Louis – Do we have a new leader for Fantasy Rookie of the Year? Yes, we may have after Gurley rushed for over 120 yards in his fourth straight game. All the hype that compared him to Adrian Peterson sure seems to be founded. It should be a fun game to watch this Sunday when they go head-to-head. Todd ran 20 times for 133 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the 49ers. Just imagine what he could have done had he not been injured for the start of the year?
Melvin Gordon – San Diego –
It was a really good sign that Danny Woodhead was not on the field much, but Gordon should have done more with his opportunity. Melvin had 18 carries, but for only 54 yards and added five catches for seven yards on six targets. I know the Chargers have had a ton of injuries, but Melvin needs to do more with his touches.
T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville – Bye week
Ameer Abdullah – Detroit – Abdullah seemed to disappear on Sunday. He did seem to get into an argument with QB Matt Stafford on the sidelines, so maybe that had something to do with it. Ameer looked to fall to third on the depth chart and only had one carry for three yards. The hype train has obviously left the station.
Tevin Coleman – Atlanta – Even though he is not seeing much playing time, he is still one of the top priorities for those who like to handcuff. All of you who have Devonta Freeman should take action immediately. Tevin had three carries for 11 yards and caught his only pass for 10 yards. All you with eyes on the future should take notice of him.
Duke Johnson – Cleveland – It is becoming very confusing in Cleveland. They don’t know what they want to do at quarterback or running back. Why not give the rookie a chance? Duke only had one carry for three yards, but added 68 yards on two catches. With his kind of skills with the ball in his hands, why doesn’t he touch the ball more?
David Johnson – Arizona – One carry for four yards. Has fallen to third on the depth chart.
Matt Jones – Washington – Bye week
Jeremy Langford – Chicago – It looks like Matt Forte will be out multiple weeks, giving Langford some significant time on the field. In the loss to Minnesota on Sunday, Jeremy had 12 carries for 46 yards, but had a crucial drop of a pass late in the game. Maybe the Bears should have given him more reps earlier in the year so he may not have been so nervous. It still should be said that he has a chance to shine, especially this week against the San Diego Charger run defense on prime time TV Monday night (attn: all daily league players).
Jalston Fowler – Tennessee – Did Not Play/No Stat Line
Javorius “Buck” Allen – Baltimore – Four carries for one-yard and three catches for 30 yards on four targets. Buck is another of my favorite handcuffs.
Mike Davis – San Francisco – Mike only had four yards on 10 carries before breaking his hand. That is too bad, because the 49ers have already had Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush go down with injuries. San Fran is desperate for help at running back right now.
David Cobb – Tennessee – IR
Jay Ajayi – Miami – IR
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
Aaron Ripkowski – Green Bay – Did Not Play/No Stat Line
Marcus Murphy – New Orleans – Did Not Play/No Stat Line
Zach Zenner – Detroit – Sent to IR
Jarryd Hayne – San Francisco – Cut on Saturday and re-signed to the practice squad.
Terron Ward – Atlanta – One catch for eight yards. Not getting playing time.