Week 8 saw a much anticipated matchup with three of the top rookies playing it out for the division lead. Find out how they did as well as the rest of the rookies below.
Dak Prescott – Dallas – You have to give Prescott credit, he struggled for most of the game against a good Philadelphia defense but he found a way to win the game in the fourth quarter. That is what winners do. Prescott completed less than half of his passes, going 19-for-39 for 287 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Prescott also ran seven times for 38 yards and an additional touchdown to really help out his fantasy owners.
Carson Wentz – Philadelphia – Even though he was without his starting right tackle, Wentz had a very good game on the road in a loud Cowboys Stadium. Wentz completed 32-of-43 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. His completion percentage and yardage would have been higher, but his receivers dropped six passes. Wentz did spread the ball around to nine different receivers, which shows he is taking his time and reading the defense. Can’t wait to see what he does with some teammates who can actually catch the ball.
Cody Kessler – Cleveland – Inactive with a concussion.
Kevin Hogan – Cleveland – Nothing to report. Will go back to being the No. 3 quarterback soon.
Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas – It is a rarity this year that Elliott does not find the end zone or rush for more than 100 yards. That was the case against Philadelphia, but just barely. Elliott rushed 22 times for 96 yards and added four catches for 52 yards. Elliott is indeed worth his lofty price in fantasy drafts this season.
Derrick Henry – Tennessee – It is a shame that DeMarco Murray is having such a great year, because we are not able to see more of Henry. Both backs were great last Thursday and combined for 225 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries. Henry had 16 rushes for 60 yards and one touchdown and added four catches for 37 yards. If Murray ever gets hurt, his numbers could soar.
Tyler Ervin – Houston – Only used on special teams returning kicks; had 32 yards.
JalEn Richard – Oakland – The three-headed monster that is the running back position is back and hurting all three of their values. Richard had five carries for 34 yards and caught two passes for three 3.
DeAndre Washington – Oakland – See above. Washington had five carries for 32 yards.
Josh Ferguson – Indianapolis – Nothing to report.
Wendell Smallwood – Philadelphia – One carry for (–5) yards. Not much doing right now.
C.J. Prosise – Seattle – Prosise is slowly getting going in Seattle and had four carries for 23 yards and added four catches for 80 yards. Seattle has let go of C.J. Spiller, so maybe Prosise will get more looks in the coming weeks.
Alex Colllins – Seattle – Nothing to report.
Daniel Lasco – New Orleans – It appears the Mark Ingram was benched and might be in the doghouse after fumbling issues. Will Lasco become more involved? He had five carries for 15 yards backing up Tim Hightower. How will the depth chart play out this week?
Andy Janovich – Denver – Used primarily as a blocking fullback, he did not touch the ball.
Devontae Booker – Denver – Taking over for the injured C.J. Anderson, Booker had his chance to shine, but didn’t. He struggled against San Diego and had 19 rushes for 54 yards and a touchdown and added five catches for 30 yards. Booker did hurt his shoulder during the game but returned. Make sure to check his status for this week’s game. Kapri Bibbs is next up if he can’t go.
Don Jackson – Green Bay – Aaron Rodgers was a throwing machine last Sunday, putting the ball in the air all afternoon. Because of that, Green Bay did not run very much. Jackson only had four carries for 10 yards. He probably will not be used much the rest of the season.
Peyton Barber – Tampa Bay – Barber only had one carry for 1-yard on Sunday. Tampa Bay has announced that it will use a rotation and ride the hot hand, so Barber may be of some use in the future.
Jonathan Williams – Buffalo – With LeSean McCoy out, Williams had a chance to get some work in against New England. New England stormed out to a big lead, negating any kind of a Buffalo running game. Williams had five carries for 12 yards and a touchdown. Watch the injury report to see how McCoy looks for this week. If he can’t go, Williams might be worth a look, but it is in Seattle and it is also Monday night.
Kenneth Dixon – Baltimore – Bye week.
Paul Perkins – New York Giants – Bye week.
Rob Kelley – Washington – Getting the start because Matt Jones was injured, Kelley looked really good with 21 rushes for 87 yards and a touchdown against a tough Cincinnati defense. He really impressed me with a nice run in overtime.
Jordan Howard – Chicago – Here is your star rookie of the week. Howard was going up against the top defense in the NFL (Minnesota) and demolished it. Howard sliced and diced his way to 26 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown and adding four catches for 49 yards. I believe he has firmly established himself as the lead back for the foreseeable future.
Dwayne Washington – Detroit – Inactive.