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Rookie Risers and Fallers: Week 13
Antonio Gibson had a turkey against the Cowboys scoring 3 times on 20 carries for 115 yards. He caught 5 receptions for an additional 21 yards. After this game, he’s the RB5 in both standard and PPR leagues, but he’s got a tough schedule the rest of the year outside of Carolina in Week 16. He’ll be a mid-range RB2 but a high-end RB1 against the Panthers. I’d be surprised to see him again as a riser on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list, but he’s a must start because he’ll get the volume to prove serviceable.
Business stays boomin for the RB4 putting up 25.9 fantasy points against the Browns. He averaged 5.8 YPC on 22 carries for 128 yards and a TD while adding 5 receptions for 31 yards. He did fumble to football once, but it was fortunately recovered by the Jags. Robinson is matchup proof and has great matchups against the Vikings and Titans the next 2 weeks.
Justin Jefferson is on a roll, finding himself as a riser in my Rookie Risers and Fallers article for the 3rd time in a row. He saw a season high 13 targets and caught 7 of them for 70 yards and 2 TDs. Early on, I saw him as a boom or bust guy this year, but he’s been giving consistent production. He’s a guy who showed he can be the Vikings WR1 with 26 points in Adam Thielen’s absence.
In my Rookie Risers and Fallers: Week 6 article, Johnson made an appearance in the notable observations when he scored his first career TD. Outside of that he’s been nonexistent until this week. He went off for 96 yards and a TD on 4 receptions finishing with 19.6 points. He plays a terrible Minnesota pass defense next week and could be a sneaky flex option if you’re running thin. He’s worth the risk of picking him up off the waivers this week.
With John Brown inactive against the Cardinals, Gabriel Davis posted a respectable 16.9 points. He caught 3 of 4 targets for 79 yards and a score. He has his BYE this week, then a very hard rest of the season schedule. Brown will also be returning most likely, so Davis should stay on your bench and possibly on waivers the remainder of the year. I doubt we see any more of him in my Rookie Risers and Fallers articles.
It was a rough week for all Cowboys not named Amari Cooper as they got cooked on Thanksgiving against the Football Team. Lamb managed just 21 yards on 5 receptions, while dropping a potential TD. Next week the Cowboys face a tough Ravens defense, though Lamb remains a must start. Let’s hope to see him as a riser on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list next week.
CEH struggled against the great Tampa Bay run defense posting just 4.9 points. He only got 11 carries that he took for 37 yards and caught his only target for just 2 yards. He’s got a favorable matchup against Denver next week, but I think I’m sitting him in the fantasy playoffs if I have a better option. Unfortunately, the Chiefs don’t run enough to sustain a consistent RB after bringing Le’Veon in.
Targets weren’t a problem for Pittman in Week 12 as he saw 9 of them, but he only caught 2 for 28 yards. He’s still Rivers’ favorite WR, so lets just look at this game as a fluke. He plays a favorable Texans pass defense next week and is a must start in your flex spot. He’ll be a flex option until championship week against the Steelers shut down defense.
Shenault was outplayed by fellow rookie Collin Johnson, but Shenault was coming off an injury. He caught 3 of 4 targets for 31 yards. The reason I don’t use the excuse of him missing games is because he played in 91% of offensive snaps, so he was clearly good to go. He’s got a great matchup against the Vikings, but I’m hesitant to start him the rest of the year and especially in the fantasy playoffs.
It’s not a first time we’ve seen Herbert on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list, but it’s his first time being a faller on it. In a seemingly great matchup against the Bills, Herbert posted just 16.44 points. He did finish with 316 yards on 31 completions and a TD, but threw an INT, fumbled twice and ran twice for -2 yards. Herbert had an off week, but he’s still a must start despite the matchup.
Other Notable Observations
Some may be wondering how Hinton isn’t a faller on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list, and it’s because no one really had any expectations going into the game. You have to applaud the guy for getting out there and competing, but he completed more passes to the Saints than he did to the Broncos. He finished with 1 completion for 13 yards and 2 INTs while running twice for another 7 yards. He’ll be back to the practice squad before Week 13.
Henry Ruggs III
In 2020 Rookie Risers and Fallers: Week 12, I said Ruggs was a nonfactor the rest of the season due to his lack of volume. With that being said, he tied his season high in touches with 3 of 5 receptions for 56 yards and 2 kick returns for an additional 39 yards. He’s still not startable, but let’s hope Ruggs’ role continues to grow.
With Brandon Allen under center, Higgins lead the team in yards with 44. He caught all 5 targets and had a TD late in the game finishing with 15.4 points. He’ll be TD dependent the rest of the season. His next 2 games look favorable, but I’d hold off on putting him in your flex unless you’re desperate.
New Names To Watch For
- Nathan Cottrell – took 2 kick returns for 34 yards (0% offensive snaps)
- Lynn Bowden – failed to catch his only target (32%)
- Sean McKeon – no action (7%)
- Scottie Phillips – no action (7%)
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