Welcome everyone to the sixteen
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.
With 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 sixteenth regular season week’s
installment of this report.…
QB Troy Smith – Baltimore Ravens
Due to the positive
performances in the past two weeks of Troy Smith when Boller went down with
different injuries, the Ravens are expected to use Smith in different packages
similar to the way JaMarcus Russell has been used this season. Smith is someone to watch as he is
auditioning for the opportunity to start for the Ravens in the future.
TE Kevin Boss – New York Giants
Following the broken
fibula and ankle injury of starting tight-end Jeremy Shockey, Kevin Boss takes
over the starting job for the NY Giants for the final two weeks. Boss looked good in relief of Shockey in Week
15 catching 2 passes for 31 yards and a tight-end. Boss’ excellent size and good hands will
likely make him a popular target for Eli Manning in a Giants offense that likes
to feature the tight-end position.
TE Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles
With L.J. Smith and Matt
Schobel both hurt, Brent Celek looks to be a candidate to step up and start in
Week 16. Following Schobel’s concussion
in Week 15, Celek finished the game with 3 catches for 50 yards. In the final two weeks of 2007, Celek has an
opportunity to secure in the 2008 starting TE job with the inevitable departure
of L.J. Smith this offseason. Keep your
eyes on him, and if he is on your waiver wire in a dynasty league, I would take
a flier on him.
RB Chris Henry – Tennessee Titans
Chris Henry returned to
the Titans this past week following his 4 game suspension for violating the
NFL’s banned substances policy. Henry
appears to be in good shape; however, with Chris Brown once again healthy, it
appears that Chris Henry’s role will be on kickoff returns or the inactive
QB Matt Moore – Carolina Panthers
In Matt Moore’s first
start, he led the depleted Carolina Panthers to victory over the Seattle
Seahawks. He turned in a solid
performance in managing the offense efficiently completing over 70% of his
passes and throwing for 208 yards. With
David Carr on his way out of Carolina and Vinny
Testaverde not able to stay healthy, Matt Moore is slated to start the final 2
games of the regular season for Carolina
and show them whether he has the potential to be the quarterback of the future
for the franchise.
WR Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson continues
to struggle with dropped passes this season; however, he did get his first 100+
yard receiving game in Week 15. With
such high expectations for Johnson in his rookie campaign, he has disappointed
many fantasy owners this year with his 42 receptions, 655 yards and 4
touchdowns. Calvin Johnson will likely
still be an elite player in the NFL if he can live up to his talent; however,
that does not stop us fantasy owners from being impatient in the meantime.
WR Sidney Rice – Minnesota Vikings
Sidney Rice was carted off
the field with an ankle injury on Monday Night Football in Week 15. It is believed to be that the injury is a
high ankle sprain, and Rice is in danger of missing the remainder of the
**Programming note: Week 16’s rookie report does not
contain a summary of rookie performances of each game. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday.