Welcome everyone to the Week 12 installment to the 2008 Rookie Report. Each week during the regular season, the report will cover trends, news items and analysis of notable performances by the NFL’s 2008 Rookie Class to assist in your pursuit of dynasty championship gold.
In this week’s edition we will analyze the happenings and news of the past week. So sit back, relax and let’s begin …
TE Dustin Keller,
In Week 11, Keller put together another strong performance with eight catches for 87 yards, and is quickly emerging as a favorite target for Brett Favre in recent weeks. Over the past four weeks, Keller has totaled 20 catches for 251 yards and a touchdown. The rookie TE continues to gain Favre’s trust and should continue to receive targets as Favre’s main weapon over the middle.
LB Jerod Mayo,
Fantasy owners who started Mayo in Week 11 against the Jets are dancing a jig after his 20-tackle performance. With Adalius Thomas out, Mayo has picked up the slack and gone on a tear racking up 37 tackles and three passes defended over his last three games. Mayo has been by far the best rookie linebacker of the 2008 class and should be in your fantasy lineups until further notice.
RB Kevin Smith,
For the second week in a row, Smith topped the 100+ yard combined rushing and receiving mark. Against the Panthers, Smith totaled 135 yards. With Daunte Culpepper at quarterback, the
RB Jonathan Stewart,
After taking a backseat to DeAngelo Williams over the past few weeks, Stewart looked healthy as he ran over the
RB Steve Slaton,
If Slaton hit the rookie wall against
LB Xavier Adibi, Houston Texans
After receiving limited playing time until Week 11, Adibi broke lose filling in for an ailing Marlon Greenwood. Adibi racked up 14 solo tackles and one assist against the Colts. With Greenwood potentially to miss Houston’s Week 12 game against the Browns, Adibi could be in line for another start, and if Zach Diles or Greenwood’s tackle numbers have shown fantasy owners anything, he could be in for another big game for his IDP owners.
Rodgers-Cromartie wreaked havoc on
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