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The Rookie Report: News and Notes

Welcome everyone to the Week 11 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.

This week we will monitor the news, notes and happenings of the rookie class headed into Week 11. So sit back and let’s begin …

RB Steve Slaton,

Houston Texans

After an impressive stretch since Week 2 of the season, Slaton hit a wall against the Ravens tough run defense. Slaton finished Week 10 with only four carries for seven yards and two catches for 17 yards. He did have a long touchdown called back on a holding penalty, but Slaton clearly was ineffective most of this past week. Coach Gary Kubiak came out and suggested that Slaton was hitting the acclaimed “rookie wall” after a heavy workload and without a bye week since Week 2. Slaton’s matchup against the Colts this week should spruce up his prospects and we should see another solid effort after struggling against the stout

Baltimore run defense.

WR Josh Morgan,

San Francisco 49ers

Morgan got the start at wideout for the 49ers, replacing Bryant Johnson, and he did not disappoint. Morgan finished the game with four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown before re-injuring his groin. When on the field, Morgan has look very fluid and runs good pass routes; however, the groin injury that plague Morgan late in the preseason and early in the regular season does not look like it is going to disappear anytime soon. Fantasy owners will have to temper their short-term outlook on Morgan with this injury plague, but the future looks very bright with a potential breakout season as early as 2009.

WR Eddie Royal,

Denver Broncos

Royal continues to be brilliant in his rookie season with a fine six-catch, 161-yard and a touchdown effort against the Browns last Thursday night. Royal is currently on pace for 1,170 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in his rookie campaign, which will make him a contender for offensive rookie of the year honors.

RB Ryan Torain,

Denver Broncos

The Torain hype train came to a screeching halt in Week 10 with a torn ACL after he came out strong against the Browns putrid run defense carrying the ball 12 times for 68 yards and a touchdown. Torain was placed on the injured reserve list officially ending his season. Despite Torain’s hyped up talent, his long-term prospects will be clouded by his recovery from ACL surgery which is never a good thing for a power back such as Torain.

LB Wesley Woodyard,

Denver Broncos

Following injuries to both D.J. Williams and Nate Webster, the undrafted rookie LB stepped in with a strong fantasy effort against the Browns. He finished the game with 10 tackles. Woodyard’s prospects over the next few weeks appear bright in a fantasy sense now that

Denver is forced to start three backup linebackers following a multitude of injuries. In all IDP formats, Woodyard is worthy of a roster spot over the next few weeks as he should continue to put up solid tackle numbers.

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis,

New England Patriots

Green-Ellis had a solid game in Week 10 finishing with 26 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown. He continually pushed the pile and gained yardage between the tackles. With Sammy Morris‘ status still up in the air, Green-Ellis appears to be carving out a spot in the Patriots’ backfield rotation for the remainder of the year. As he has shown over the last few games, Green-Ellis is a powerful back in a perfect scheme for his talents.

TE Dustin

Keller,

New York Jets

Keller had a breakout game in Week 10 with six catches for 107 yards and a touchdown to lead the Jets receivers. For the remainder of 2008, it is unlikely that Keller will turn into a consistent fantasy TE; however, if he works on his blocking skills this offseason he could be a breakout candidate in 2009 as Keller is an excellent receiving threat with good speed, agility and hands.

RB Matt Forte,

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears continue to find ways to get Forte the ball as he is the focal point of their offense week after week. Forte finished Week 10’s game with 20 carries for 72 yards and seven catches for 54 receiving yards and a touchdown. Forte is on pace to finish with over 1,750 combined yards from scrimmage and over 10 touchdowns. With the cold winter air starting to move into the

Chicago area, the possibility of a strong second half to achieve these totals seem very good.

QB Matt Ryan,

Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons continue to make themselves look like geniuses taking Ryan with the third overall pick in the 2008 draft. Ryan was impressive in Week 10 finishing with a 70% completion rate, 248 passing yards and two touchdowns leading the Falcons to yet another victory. The emergence of both Ryan and the Falcons in 2008 continues to be one of the biggest surprises of the year.

Well that wraps up this week’s edition of the Rookie Report. If you have any comments on this week’s article, please see the Article Discussions forum in the Shark Tank.

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