Rookie Update

Posted: September 27, 2010 in Fantasy Football

Let’s take a look at how the new guys are doing after three weeks.

Sam Bradford has been impressive. He has completed 59% of his passes, and has four touchdowns and five interceptions. With the offensive line and receiving options he has to work with, Bradford has avoided most serious mistakes. He has played within himself and has been rewarded for it. He still isn’t a 12-team fantasy starter, but he is a useful bye-week fill in.

Jimmy Clausen wasn’t awful in his first start, completing 16/33 for 188 yards and one interception. He also did not have too many open receivers. It may be a rough year for Clausen, but there is certainly potential for the future.

Ryan Mathews was decent in his first start. He had 19 carries for 75 yards in week one, but then got hurt early in week two and was inactive for week three. He is questionable for week four, and Mike Tolbert looked good in his spot. The Chargers starting running back for any given week is a decent RB2.

CJ Spiller was handed the starting job in Buffalo. After the first two weeks, he had eight carries for nine yards and a comfortable spot on the bench. He had another four carries in week three, for 29 yards, but right now he looks like the third guy in the Bills backfield, behind Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch. Try to trade Spiller if you can, if not bench him.

Jahvid Best started slow, needing 14 carries to attain just 20 yards on the ground. But he exploded in week two for 232 yards and three scores. Unfortunately, he went down with turf toe during week three and is questionable for week four. If he is healthy, he is a solid RB2, with a monstrous ceiling.

Montario Hardesty and Ben Tate went down with season-ending injuries before the year began.

So far, rookie wide receivers have been impressive.

Mike Williams has 12 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns as the top target of QB Freeman. He is emerging as a decent flex.

Dez Bryant has good news and bad news. He has 14 receptions for 158 yards, and Romo habitually looks for him, however his main competition for targets, Roy Williams, just had the best game of his Cowboys career. He is borderline playable as a WR2, but I would only use him as a flex for now.

Demaryius Thomas has gotten off to a decent start in Denver, but he has three receivers ahead of him and they are all playing well right now. He is worth owning, but keep him on your bench.

Golden Tate and Dexter McCluster have the same problem. They are on running teams who aren’t putting them in spots to maximize their potential. McCluster is especially tricky because of his unique skill set. If the Chiefs find more ways to get him the ball, he could make some highlight reels, but neither is worth owning in 12-team leagues right now.

Jermaine Gresham landed in the perfect spot in Cincinnati. He has 13 catches for 99 yards and one score, and Carson Palmer isn’t afraid to look his way. However, in the process of keeping Owens and Ochocinco happy, the targets may be hard to come by. He is better left as a backup TE right now.

Best had a good week two, Mathews had a good week one. Both are injured. Bradford still has more interceptions than touchdowns and is averaging less than 220 yards per game. Clausen, Spiller, Tate, and McCluster aren’t worth owning. Gresham should not be starting. Only Bryant and Williams really hold any consistent appeal, and even then, they are flex options at best right now.

I still hate rookies.

NOTE: Keep a very close eye on Max Hall. He is the backup to Derek Anderson in Arizona. Getting rid of Matt Leinart was a vote of confidence for Hall and if Anderson gets any worse, Hall immediately becomes a very interesting add in fantasy leagues.


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