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The Rookie Report

Welcome everyone to the sixth regular season installment to the Rookie Report. In case you missed the report during the first five weeks of the season, the report will cover topics, trends and a game by game analysis of notable performances by the NFL’s 2007 Rookie Class to assist in your pursuit of dynasty championship gold.

This week we will analyze the two standout rookie kickers and their fantasy impact this year.

So sit back, but don’t get too comfortable because here we go with our second regular season week’s installment of this report on

Mason Crosby and

Nick Folk

The Kick is up and it’s…Timeout.

As a general rule in fantasy football, I have always tried to stay away from using rookie kickers due to their inconsistent natures. However, this year, both Mason Crosby of the Green Packers and Nick Folk of the Dallas Cowboys seem to the exception to this rule.

Through the first five weeks,

Mason Crosby has been as consistent as any kicker in the league. Crosby connected on 9 of 10 field goals (or 90%) with his only miss at 42 yards. Most of his field goals are occurring in the 30-39 yard range; however, he is 2 of 3 from 40-49 yards and 1 of 1 from over 50 yards with a 53 yard long. In addition to these field goal scoring opportunities, Crosby is perfect on extra points connecting on all 14 attempts to-date this year. All of these scoring opportunities have resulted in Crosby being the 6th highest scoring kicker through the first five weeks.

The Packers are ranked 31st in rushing offense to-date in 2007, and this is resulting in the team stalling out on the opponents side of the field. In 17 red zone opportunities for the Packers, approximately 35% of them have resulted in field goals. With a committee of sub-par running backs leading the Packers attack, the Packers will continue to pass in the red zone and stall out short of the end zone on drives. Due to Green Bay’s potent offense, these opportunities should continue to present themselves to Mason Crosby and deliver more points to his fantasy owners.

Nick Folk also has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners this year.Through the first 5 weeks, Folk connected on 10 of 11 field goal opportunities with his 53 yard game winner against Buffalo as his longest to-date. Folk’s field goal opportunities are pretty evenly distributed between under 30 yards, 30-39 yards, and 40-49 yards with 3 field goals at each distance. Folk has also added 20 extra points. All of these kicks have resulted in Nick Folk being the 2nd highest scoring kicker through the first five weeks, and this trend is likely to continue.

The high powered Dallas Cowboys offense continues to get plenty of scoring drives; however, in their 20 trips into the red zone 35% of them have resulted in field goals. Nick Folk showed he was a gamer by kicking two straight 53 yard game winning field goals as time expired against Buffalo; one of which was negated due to the Bills calling timeout just before the snap.

Both of these rookie kickers are fantasy relevant in 2007, and will continue to receive opportunities on teams with potent offenses. Will they continue to buck the trend of inconsistent rookie kickers? Or, revert back to the norm? I believe they will continue on their current pace and keep many a fantasy owner happy that they have such a reliable and high scoring kicker…

The following section of the rookie report will recap performances by rookies each week for each game.

Baltimore

Ravens vs. St. Louis Rams

Rams RB

Brian Leonard was swallowed up by the Ravens tough run defense as he rushed for 18 yards on 12 carries and caught 3 passes for 23 yards. RB

Antonio Pittman rushed 5 times for 11 yards.

Minnesota

Vikings vs. Chicago Bears

Vikings RB

Adrian Peterson went to town against the Bears registering 3 touchdown runs of 35 yards, 67 yards, and 73 yards. When all was said and done, AP accounted for 233 rushing yards on 20 carries and 1 catch for 9 yards. WR

Sidney Rice caught 1 pass for 13 yards.

Bears TE

Greg Olsen caught 5 passes for 63 yards.

Cleveland

Browns vs. Miami Dolphins

Dolphins WR

Ted Ginn, Jr. caught one pass for 32 yards and returned 5 kickoffs for an average of 24 yards.

Green Bay

Packers vs. Washington Redskins

RB

Deshawn Wynn rushed 13 times for 37 yards and a touchdown. PK

Mason Crosby went 1 for 3 on field goal opportunities and was perfect on extra point attempts.

Jacksonville

Jaguars vs. Houston Texans

There were no notable rookie performances in this game.

Kansas City

Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Chiefs WR

Dwayne Bowe caught 4 passes for 46 yards.

Philadelphia

Eagles vs. New York Jets

Eagles RB

Tony Hunt rushed 2 times for 5 yards. TE

Brent Celek caught 2 passes for 14 yards.

Tampa

Bay Buccaneers vs. Tennessee Titans

There were no notable rookie performances in this game.

Dallas

Cowboys vs. New England Patriots

Cowboys PK

Nick Folk went 2 for 2 on field goals and was perfect on 3 extra point attempts.

Arizona

Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers

Cardinals WR

Steve Breaston rushed 1 time for 10 yards and returned 5 kicks for a 24 yard average.

Oakland

Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers

Raiders TE

Zach Miller caught 3 passes for 17 yards and a touchdown. WR Johnnie Lee Higgins caught 2 passes for 15 yards.

Chargers WR

Craig Davis rushed 1 time for a 1 yard loss and caught 2 passes for 30 yards.

New Orleans

Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks

Saints RB

Pierre Thomas returned a 5 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.

Due to the timing of this report, a recap of Monday night games will not be included in the Rookie Report.

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