Rookie Watch: Week 5

Another week in the books another week for the rooks. This week saw 4 rookie QBs taking charge but we will try focus on all the rookies, not only the QBs taking most of the headlines.

QBs

Like I said, we were graced with 4 rookie QBs starting this week, and they didn’t disappoint with every one of them leaving the week with a win. Baker Mayfield will take most of the headlines for overseeing a scrappy game where the Browns earned their second win of the year after overtime against the Ravens. Baker throwing for 300+ yards and getting the win no doubt helped live up to expectations this week but the comments from the Ravens defence has really drummed up the media attention around him and the Browns. With Ravens DC calling Mayfield the next Favre or Elway, Suggs, Weddle and safety Jefferson all compliment him afterwards also.

“We talked about it all week. He’s a fighter, he’s a playmaker. He’s got that ‘it’ factor to him.”
– Ravens Safety, Tony Jefferson

Sam Darnold continued to impress throwing 3 TDs during the Jets win against the Broncos. Sam has given Jets fans a lot to be optimistic for this year and will have his eyes set on the game against the Colts where he can potentially guide them to a 3-3 start. There has been some mistakes and errors in judgement to begin his Jets career but that’s to be expected for any rookie QB, he has so far shown more than enough in my eyes to suggest the Jets made the right choice drafting him.

I’m going to tie in Allen and Rosen together here. Both left with wins. Allen was part of a very cagey game but most importantly got the W on the board. His stats were underwhelming, 82 yards and 1 INT, but he did manage to run one in. Rosen himself didn’t end the week with stats that would jump out at you, passing for 170 yards and 1TD but avoided throwing any turnovers and showcased his long arm during the game. Like Allen the most important part was getting the victory.

All in all, a very successful week for the rookies QBs.

RBs

FOXBOROUGH, MA – OCTOBER 04: Sony Michel #26 of the New England Patriots stiff arms Matthias Farley #41 of the Indianapolis Colts as he rushes for a 34-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Okay. Let me start with confessing I have Royce Freeman on my fantasy team, and it’s hurting me big time. Lindsay has started out exceptionally well cutting into the snaps of Freeman. This week however both Lindsay and Freeman struggled in their loss to the Jets. That being said, for another week Lindsay looked to be the one taking command of that position in Denver. More yards carrying and receiving has just piled more pressure on Freeman fantasy owners like myself. A big decision may be coming up if Lindsay continues to win that battle.

Now to one who did stand out, which is becoming the norm now. Saquon Barkley. What a man. The saving grace of my fantasy team. Yes I have two rookies starting at the running back position. For all the problems in New York with losses and players turning on Eli, Barkley is one of the few bright sparks of that lowly Giants team. Yet again he showed this. Despite the Giants losing last second to the Panthers Barkley dominated the offence with 48 yards rushing and 81 yards receiving with 2 TDs.

Sony Michel is another name who is growing in confidence as the weeks go. Tacking on over 100 yards combined with a rushing TD was another good step for the rookie. He’s becoming a big part of that Patriots offence, and was a key figure in their victory against the Colts. Barkley gets the headlines for the position but Michel is quickly turning the heads of all NFL fans.

Finally Kerryon Jonson continued to impress. He finished with the same amount of carries as Blount, but averaged 5.8 yards compared to Blount’s 1.8 yards per carry. Blount however continued to be the goaline threat with his 2TDs that helped the Lions to their victory. Kerryon has been one of the stand out rookie RBs this year, and during Week 5 he continued this trend.

There has been the odd spark from other RBs but the above definitely have been the stand out ones during the week.

WRs

Calvin Ridley has started out brilliantly but had a quiet outing this week in the Falcons defeat, with 38 yards total. Christian Kirk for the Cardinals didn’t see a crazy amount of receptions either, but from his 3 catches (leading the Cardinals) he made the most of them, with 85 yards and 1 TD. It was his first touchdown of his career and showed some promising signs of the link up expected between him and fellow rookie Rosen.

Keke Coutee probably wins the award for best named rookie but he also caught the headlines during the week for his play on the field. 51 yards and 1 TD receiving in a close win against the Cowboys helped elevate his status within the Texans receiving core.

DJ Moore has been a stand out himself this year but had a relatively quiet evening out with the Panthers. Still, he did end the game as their top target receiver with Funchess.

DEFENCE

Denzel Ward continued to shine in the Browns victory against the Ravens. After a quiet outing against Raiders Ward came firing back with 1 interception and 5 tackles (1 assisted). Ward has been one of the best rookie defensive players to watch this year. The Browns defence has looked solid, and Ward has been a big contribution to this. Dolphins Minkah Fitzpatrick also shone with 4 tackles and 1 assist himself. Taron Johnson for the Bills continued to impress also with his own interception during the tight win for the Bills.

In contrast Bradley Chubb was kept quiet agains the Jets, with only 1 tackle and 1 assisted. He has still looked immense this season but week 5 wasn’t a great success for him. Davenport for Saints managed to get himself 2 tackles, 1 assist and a sack in the Saints destruction of the Redskins.

 

Overall most of the rookies had a good week, I know this post is very heavy on the offensive rookies so if anyone slipped through the cracks feel free to comment and let us know!