What a year it has been so far for rookie quarterbacks not taken as the first overall selection! The rookie signal callers from Dallas and Philadelphia make this week’s list, as they have both proven they can lead their NFL team to victory while stacking up a lot of fantasy points along the way. We search high and low for players from all positions. Something for everyone this week!
RB Jordan Howard, Chicago
The top add across the board this week is Jordan Howard. There were already grumblings in Chicago that the team was not pleased with the performance of Jeremy Langford. Add in an injured ankle that has the potential to keep him out of the lineup for more than a month, and Howard has a chance to run away with the starting job in Chicago. Against Dallas this past week, Howard was good for 45 yards on the ground, while also being active in the passing game to the tune of four catches for 47 yards. A player who has the potential to be the top runner is a rarity off the waiver wire. Grab him if you can at the top of this week’s list.
WR Jamison Crowder, Washington
We listed Crowder in our top section last week, and he once again gets a mention this week as he is still owned in right around half of online leagues. Though he only caught four passes this week, one of those was a long touchdown catch and run through the New York Giants defense. He has established a great rapport with Kirk Cousins, and he is here on the fantasy scene to stay. This may be the last chance to grab him off the waiver wire.
WR Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland
Playing the role of “Buggy Bunny,” Pryor ran, caught and passed his way to an amazing day for Cleveland. Of most importance, he caught eight passes that were good for 144 yards and also found the end zone in one of his four carries on the ground. He is the lone bright spot in a dismal Cleveland offense. Fantasy owners can ride him now while he is white hot.
These two rookies, with three weeks now under their belts, are proving that they are capable NFL quarterbacks. They are also capable backup fantasy quarterbacks and while only owned in about half of online leagues, those in need of a capable (and healthy!) player can look in the direction of either of these two players. The touchdowns have been tough to come by for Prescott, but he got his first of the season this week as he threw for 248 yards and rushed for a touchdown on the ground. Wentz lit the lamp for his first 300-plus yard passing performance that included two touchdown tosses. These guys are not making mistakes (neither has thrown an interception yet this year). Grab either to cover your starter’s bye week.
WR Cole Beasley, Dallas
Beasley has established himself as Dak Prescott’s favorite short yardage target this season. Against Chicago, he caught seven passes for 73 yards, pushing his catch total to 20 on this short season. Dallas has been spreading the ball around, and with Dez Bryant off to get his knee checked, Beasley is in line for even more action going forward. He is worth adding in all formats.
RB Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia
Philadelphia is off this week, but that does not prevent us from mentioning one of its players as a solid pickup. He ran the ball 17 times against Pittsburgh, which was good for 79 yards and a touchdown. He was not involved in the passing game, but those kind of numbers are enough to get him another look. Starter Ryan Mathews has been struggling with injuries all season, so look for Smallwood to continue to be involved even when Mathews returns to health.