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Rookie Risers and Fallers: Week 2
Laviska Shenault starts off my Rookie Risers and Fallers list. He doesn’t have the flashiest stat line with 3 receptions for 37 yards and a TD adding another 2 carries for 10 yards. What sticks out most is that he was second in targets with 4 on the team, which was more than Chark. This will most likely not be the case going forward, but Laviska is going to get his this season. He has WR3 upside.
There has been some skepticism around CEH fitting into the Kansas City offense with all the signs pointing up. He proved his value as he posted 138 yards and a TD on 25 carries for 19.8 PPR fantasy points. The Houston D isn’t an impressive one, so there is still a lot to be seen of him this season. I was someone who wasn’t with the CEH hype this offseason, but he’s on his way to proving me wrong.
Justin Jackson was seen to be the clear backup for Ekler to start the year, but Joshua Kelley burst onto the scene with 12 carries for 60 yards and a TD. He led all RBs in fantasy points, showing he has potential to be the guy in the future for LA. The Chargers said they want to get the ball to Ekler more but look for Kelley to have a big role in the offense this year. He’s a sneaky flex value.
Zack Moss is another guy who lead his team in fantasy points at the RB position after putting up 11 rushing yards with 3 receptions for 16 yards and a TD. A pretty bland performance, but it shows that Singletary did very little as well. Moss has a serious chance to take over that Bills lead RB position this season. He gave a decent performance in a Covid-19 year with no preseason. I love that he found the endzone, and expect him to get more comfortable with that offense.
Quintez Cephus had just 3 receptions for 43 yards against the Chicago Bears in Week 1. The reason he made the Rookie Risers and Fallers list is because he lead the team in targets with 10(!!!). Though Kenny G was listed inactive for the game, it’s clear that Cephus gets open on his routes, and Matt Stafford is taking notice. He is someone who could sneak into the flex value range this year.
Antonio Gibson had all the hype in the world heading into Week 1 but fell very short of expectations. He was out-touched by Peyton Barber, and only had 9 carries for 36 yards with 2 receptions for another 8 yards. Gibson truthers remember, it is only Week 1, but I would tamper my expectations for him this season. Though the Football Team beat the Eagles this week, it was far from a dominant offense performance.
Akers was seen by many to be the guy for the Rams, but that was quieted after Malcolm Brown posted 79 rushing yards and 2 TDs adding another 3 receptions for 31 yards in their victory over the Cowboys. Akers had 39 rushing yards on 4 less carries and 1 catch for 4 yards. Look for the two to split carries again in Week 2, but if Brown outproduces Akers in the same fashion, 2020 won’t be the year of Cam Akers.
Bryan Edwards tied for 5th in targets with Jalen Richard and Nelson Agholor. In front of him was Jacobs, Booker, Ruggs and Renfrow. His 1 catch for 9 yards should be concerning for fantasy managers. Ruggs is the clear WR1 in Las Vegas, but Renfrow may have the number 2 spot. Week 2 will be an important indicator for his role in 2020.
Many saw Pittman as the possible WR2 over Campbell for the Colts heading into the season, but that is clearly not the case here. Campbell and Hilton lead the team in targets with 9 each, and Pascal had 3. In 4th for targets came Pittman with only 2. He did catch both for 10 yards but clearly needs time to form chemistry with Rivers. I expect him to become Indianapolis’ WR3, surpassing Pascal, by seasons end. Pittman has very little flex appeal or upside to me after Week 1, but I’m not saying that couldn’t change.
Justin Jefferson concludes my Rookie Risers and Fallers list because of the high expectation that were on him heading into the season. In an offensive showdown against the Packers, Jefferson finished with just 2 receptions on 3 targets for 26 yards. Though, I was high on him, it’s going to take him some time to work his way out of the WR3 spot on the Vikings. I think he could have flex appeal eventually but not until the second half of the year.
Other Notable Observations
Reagor isn’t on the Rookie Risers and Fallers section because he fell somewhere in the middle. He caught a 55 yard bomb from Wentz showcasing his speed and ball tracking. Unfortunately, the Eagles fell apart in the second half, and we didn’t see much of anything from the offense.
The rushing distribution was interesting from the Lions with Swift leading the charge with 44% of offensive snaps, then AP with 31% and Kerryon with only 26%. Swift only had 3 carries for 8 yards and a TD, but showed some pass catching abilities with 3 receptions for 15 yards. The most notable moment in the game came as Swift dropped the wide open game-winning TD with 4 seconds left. I think it was a rookie mistake, and he will continue to be an important part of the Detroit offense.
Week 1 consisted of just 2 carries for 14 yards from A.J. Dillon. What stands out the most to me is that Dillon was the clearly behind Jamaal Williams. I know Dillon was listed as the third RB on the depth chart, but I expected more than 2 carries with the possibility of him out-touching Williams.
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