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The Rookie Report

everyone to the twelfth regular season installment to the Rookie Report. In case you missed the report earlier this
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.

numerous different happenings occurring this week, this week’s report will
provide a recap of rookie related news and offer analysis into each situation.

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

RB Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings

Peterson injured his knee in last week’s game versus the Packers.According to Dr. Andrews, Peterson suffered a
Grade 2 sprain/tear of his LCL tendon in his knee, and that his status will be
evaluated on a week-to-week basis. Peterson
returned to the practice field with a brace on the knee, which is a good sign
for him returning to the field sooner than expected; however, he is still
unlikely for him to play before Week 13 at the earliest and he must be cleared
medically by Dr. Andrews before returning to game action. Peterson was upgraded to questionable late in
the week, and Vike’s management indicates he could play if this were a playoff
game in Week 12.

RB Marshawn Lynch – Buffalo Bills

Lynch suffered a sprained ankle in last week’s game, and he missed the Week 11
matchup versus the Patriots. According
to Coach Dick Jauron, due to the nature of the sprain, Lynch could miss
multiple weeks of action. In Week 12,
the diagnosis on Lynch’s ankle was that it is in fact the dreaded high ankle
sprain. This likely could keep Lynch out
for up to a month depending on the severity, and fantasy owners will continue to
have to monitor the situation.

RB Kolby Smith – Kansas City

Larry Johnson potentially being out for the season and backup Priest Holmes
retiring this week due to a neck injury, RB Kolby Smith finds himself as the
only healthy running back active on the Chiefs roster before Week 12
started. Smith has an excellent
opportunity to handle the entire running load in a Herm Edwards offense that is
focused on establishing the running game.Despite this opportunity, one must temper their enthusiasm on Smith
based on his performance in the preseason and the regular season before this
week. In the preseason, Smith averaged a
putrid 3.5 yards per carry, while in the regular season, Smith has averaged 1.9
yards per carry in limited carries.
Kolby Smith performed well against the Raiders in Week 12 to begin his
tenure as the starting running back and no competition in the near term.

QB John Beck – Miami Dolphins

QB John
Beck made his first start in a Dolphins uniform this Sunday, and is expected to
start the remainder of 2007. Beck
struggled against Philadelphia
in windy conditions only completing 40.9% of his passes for 109 yards and lost
a fumble. Beck should continue to
struggle in 2007 as his supporting cast is awful.

RB Michael Bush – Oakland Raiders

Bush’s season ended before it started in Week 12 as the Raiders decided not to
activate him from the PUP list by the deadline.
Bush remains a sleeper candidate for the 2008 season.

RB Chris Henry – Tennessee Titans

Henry finally dropped his appeal for his four game drug suspension after
playing in Week 12. He will not be
eligible to return until Week 16; however, it is unlikely that he will provide
any help to fantasy owners for the remainder of the 2007 season.

CB Eric Wright – Cleveland Browns

Wright is expected up to the next month with a knee injury. This is disappointing to IDP fantasy owners
as Wright has been a tackling machine so far this year. With Wright out, Cleveland’s mediocre secondary becomes even
worse, and opposing wide receivers become must starts.

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


Lions vs. Green Bay

WR James Jones caught 5 passes for 75 yards.
PK Mason Crosby went 3 for 3 on field goal attempts and connected on all
4 of his extra point attempts.

Lions WR
Calvin Johnson was targeted early and often as he caught 7 passes for 83 yards
and a touchdown.


Cowboys vs. New York

PK Nick Folk connected on 2 field goal attempts and all 4 of his extra point


Colts vs. Atlanta

Colts WR
Anthony Gonzalez caught 6 passes for 105 yards filling in for the ever absent
Marvin Harrison.

RB Jason Snelling rushed 4 times for 6 yards.

New Orleans

Saints vs. Carolina

Saints RB
Pierre Thomas rushed 12 times for 32 yards.

QB Matt Moore completed 8 of 14 passes for 66 yards and 1 interception.


Bills vs. Jacksonville

were no notable rookie performances in this game.


Redskins vs. Tampa
Bay Buccaneers

were no notable rookie performances in this game.


Seahawks vs. St. Louis

Rams RB
Antonio Pittman rushed 5 times for 11 yards.
RB Brian Leonard caught 2 passes for no gain.


Vikings vs. New York

RB Adrian Peterson warmed up on the sidelined before the game; however, he was
held out until atleast next week. WR
Sidney Rice caught 3 passes for 82 yards, including a 60 yard touchdown catch.

Giants RB
Ahmad Bradshaw rushed 4 times for 29 yards.
TE Michael Matthews caught 1 pass for 3 yards.


Raiders vs. Kansas City

Chiefs RB
Kolby Smith had an impressive debut against one of the weakest run D’s in the
league. Smith finished the game with 31
rushes for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns.
WR Dwayne Bowe caught 4 passes for 63 yards.

TE Zach Miller caught 4 passes for 38 yards.


Titans vs. Cincinnati

were no notable rookie performances in this game.


Texans vs. Cleveland

Texans WR
Jacoby Jones caught 1 pass for 14 yards and rushed 1 time for an 8 yard

San Francisco

49ers vs. Arizona

TE Ben Patrick caught 2 passes for 19 yards and a touchdown.


Ravens vs. San
Diego Chargers

Ravens FB
Le’Ron McClain caught 1 pass for 13 yards and a touchdown.

WR Legedu Naanee caught 1 pass for 8 yards.
WR Craig Davis caught 1 pass for 4 yards.


Broncos vs. Chicago

Bears RB
Garrett Wolfe rushed 3 times for 29 yards.
TE Greg Olsen caught 1 pass for 10 yards.


Eagles vs. New England Patriots

were no notable rookie performances in this game.

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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