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Rookie Risers and Fallers: Week 16


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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 20: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #2 of the Philadelphia Eagles scrambles with the football against the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 33-26. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Rookie Risers and Fallers

Justin Herbert

In a thriller against the Raiders, Herbert delivered some impressive numbers and a game-winning TD run. He completed 22 of 32 attempts for 314, 0 INTs and 2 TDs. He did have 4 carries for 15 yards and a TD. He did not go error-free fumbling the ball though it was recovered by the Chargers. I’m happy to see Herbert back as a riser in my Rookie Risers and Fallers article. Start him again in your fantasy championship against the Broncos.

Salvon Ahmed

With everyone on the Dolphins seemingly out this week, Ahmed stepped up in a big way scoring twice on 23 carries for 122 yards. He added an additional 5 yards on his lone reception. He was a top 5 scoring rookie this week, but Gaskin is expected to play next week coming off of COVID. The Raiders do have a weak run defense, so look for him to make the most out of the few opportunities he gets next week. With that being said, he needs to be on your bench but is a guy I’d hold onto in case Gaskin is unexpectedly held out of Week 16.

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Darnell Mooney

Mooney put up his 2nd most fantasy points with 16.5 this season. He caught 4 of 5 targets for 49 yards and a TD. He’s had a big role in the Bears offense this season, and though he’s not a play for the rest of 2020, he’s certainly someone to keep your eye on for next year in fantasy.

Jalen Hurts

This man put on a clinic for fantasy managers in Week 15 against the Cardinals posting a massive 40.8 points. Hopefully you read my 2020 Rookie Risers and Fallers: Week 15 article because I mentioned picking up Hurts as your backup QB for the playoffs. Well if you did, you’re probably very happy and hopeful for another big game in your championship against the Cowboys. This week he finished with 338 yards on 24 of 44 passing and 3 TDs while adding 63 yards and a TD on the ground. He did fumble 3 times, but all were recovered by the Eagles. Call me crazy, but Hurts is a low-end QB1 in Week 16.

D’Andre Swift

Swift continued his hot streak against the Titans finding himself again as a riser on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list. He carried the ball 15 times for 67 yards and 2 TDs while catching 4 of 5 targets for 15 yards. He did lose his first career fumble, but outside of that, Swift was very productive with his touches. He’s a low-end RB2 against a tough Tampa Bay run defense, but is a must start nonetheless.

Brandon Aiyuk

Posting his 3rd straight 20 point game, Aiyuk finished with 22.3 points on 9 receptions for 73 yards and a TD. He saw a team high 13 targets which is his 4th game over 10 targets this season. With Deebo missing the rest of the season, I expect his to continue to see 10+ targets even if Kittle comes back. He’s a low-end WR1 against the Cardinals in your championship, so ride this guy to a trophy and some championship money.


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INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 20: Los Angeles Rams Running Back Cam Akers (23) is tackled hard by New York Jets Linebacker Neville Hewitt (46) at the end of a run during an NFL game between the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Rams on December 20, 2020, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Rookie Risers and Fallers

Cam Akers

I was confident in Akers heading into a seemingly easy matchup against the Jets, but they shocked the world in their upset win against the Rams. Unfortunately, Akers only mustered up 7.2 fantasy points before getting injured with an ankle injury. He ran for 63 yards on 15 carries and caught 1 of 3 targets for -1 yards. He’s already been ruled out for Week 16 which is heartbreaking for fantasy managers who were banking on him to help them win the championship this week.

Cole Kmet

Last week in my my 2020 Rookie Risers and Fallers: Week 15 article, I said I was hoping to find Kmet as a riser, but his performance was disappointing as he finished with just 3.2 points. As we’d seen Kmet’s role increase over the past few weeks, many expected a possible breakout game for him against the Vikings. While he did play 100% of offensive snaps, he only saw 2 targets and caught both for 12 yards. Jimmy Graham did out target him with 3. Kmet isn’t a play for the rest of 2020 but has a very promising future nonetheless.

K.J. Hamler

I warned you in last week’s Rookie Risers and Fallers article to stay away from Hamler in Week 15 no matter what. He may have seen more targets than last week with 4, he only caught 1 of them for 4 yards. The volume just simply isn’t there and the Bronco’s offense is too inconsistent to trust. Continue to sit him, but if we’re being honest, he belongs on your waivers.

Gabriel Davis

After 3 straight double digit performances, Davis just managed 3.8 points against the Broncos. He caught 2 of 5 targets for 18 yards. I still see Davis as a low-end flex option next week against the Patriots, especially with Stephon Gilmore being out for the season due to injury. Josh Allen has proven to favor Davis in the redzone, so he is pretty TD dependent for the rest of 2020.

Other Notable Observations

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 20: Quez Watkins #80 of the Philadelphia Eagles scores a second quarter touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Rookie Risers and Fallers

Quez Watkins

While only playing 34% of offensive snaps, Watkins made quite the impact catching 3 of 4 targets for 40 yards and a TD. He’s on my dynasty radar as a hold after showing some chemistry with fellow rookie Jalen Hurts. He’s not a play this season as this is first time on my Rookie Risers and Fallers article, but I wanted to mention his solid performance.

Darrynton Evans

Darrynton Evans could be a riser on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list, but his production came from putting the second team in and a late TD in their blowout victory over the Lions. He’s not someone who’s going to put up double digits again this year. He ran for 30 yards on 8 carries and caught both targets for 27 yards and the late TD. He should remain on your waiver this final fantasy week.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire

A frequent on my Rookie Risers and Fallers lists this year, CEH has some heartbreaking news for fantasy managers. He suffered a high ankle sprain and will most likely be sitting the rest of the regular season to heal up for the NFL playoffs. He played half the game before his injury where he ran for 79 yards on 14 carries while catching 1 of 3 targets for 4 yards. He had a solid 2020 campaign, but sadly, it’s come to an end.

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