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Rookie Risers and Fallers: Week 4


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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 24: James Robinson #30 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs for yardage against Jomal Wiltz #33 of the Miami Dolphins and Kyle Van Noy #53 during the third quarter of a game at TIAA Bank Field on September 24, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) Rookie Risers and Fallers

James Robinson

James Robinson keeps rolling! Scoring 30.9 points against the Dolphins was .1 shy of weeks 2 and 3 combined. He averaged a solid 4.2 YPC with 11 attempts for 46 yards and 2 TDs, then popped off with 6 catches for an additional 83 yards. Robinson has a serious chance at being a RB1 this season. The time to buy low on him is dead and gone; if you want him you’re going to have to respect his new fantasy value.

Tee Higgins

Though Boyd led the team in targets, Higgins was clearly Burrow’s favorite redzone target. He caught 5 of 9 targets for 40 yards and 2 TDs. From no targets in Week 1 to 6 in Week 2, this week should be encouraging to fantasy managers that the two rookies are starting to find some chemistry, especially in the redzone. Looks like Higgins might be the new A.J. Green replacement they were looking for, so that’s why I have him on the Rookie Risers and Fallers list.

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Justin Jefferson

The 22nd overall pick showed why he was a 1st rounder after catching 7 of 9 targets for a jawdropping 175 yards and a TD. Though he may not have another performance like that this year, he’s proving his fantasy value. It’s starting to look like he may be the Metcalf/Brown of last years breakout rookie WRs. It’s clear the ceiling on this kid is high, and the 21 year old is looking to continue to roll in Week 4 against the Texans.

Brandon Aiyuk

Aiyuk finally took advantage of the thin WR room putting up 5 receptions on 8 targets for 70 yards. His stats don’t jump off the page, but he led the team in targets for the first time. He played like we expected him to in Week 1. Even when Deebo comes back, Aiyuk has looked to be the team’s WR2 going forward.

Gabriel Davis

Davis is a guy who wasn’t on anyone’s radar to make an impact this season, but he caught all 4 of his targets for 81 yards against the Rams. He was known as a guy who had big play potential and proved it. I’m guessing he’ll be a boom or bust this season but has flashed his potential going forward.

Joe Burrow

How could I not put a guy who has back to back 300+ yard games on the Rookie Risers and Fallers list? Not only did he do that, but he also has back to back games with 0 interceptions. He did take 8 sacks, but they’re not his fault. He’s proving to be a franchise QB but has been running for his life, literally, with that O-Line. He did find a way to throw 2 TDs on his way to his first not loss in the NFL (tie).


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PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 27: Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers can’t make a catch in front of Bradley Roby #21 of the Houston Texans during the third quarter at Heinz Field on September 27, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) Rookie Risers and Fallers

D’Andre Swift

After posting double digit points in the first 2 weeks, Swift had no rushes and only caught 1 of 2 targets for 19 yards. He was only on the field for 9% of the offensive snaps. I don’t expect that to be the case all season, but AP has clearly taken lead of the Lions backfield with Kerryon being the RB2. Swift is a very talented back but will need to wait for his turn.

Chase Claypool

Chase Claypool followed up a big Week 2 performance with an underwhelming 1 catch on 4 targets for 24 yards making my Rookie Risers and Fallers list. He will continue to be a low volume boom or bust guy throughout the season, but could see more targets if Diontae misses time due to injury.

A.J. Dillon

Dillon has been underwhelming to say the least this season, but on Sunday he saw only 5% of offensive snaps and tallied 0 touches. Apart from an injury, Dillon will be a nonfactor in 2020 and will be a faller on the Rookie Risers and Fallers list this season.

Other Notable Observations

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FOXBOROUGH, MA – SEPTEMBER 27: J.J. Taylor #42 of the New England Patriots avoids the tackle of Erik Harris #25 of the Las Vegas Raiders in the second half at Gillette Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) Rookie Risers and Fallers

Laviska Shenault

Shenault continues to be used like a Swiss Army Knife as he saw 6 targets and 1 carry. He caught 5 balls for 33 yards and added just 1 yard on the carry. There’s been a lot of talk of using him in a lot of ways: WR, TE, RB and even QB for Jacksonville. For those keeping their eyes out for rookie risers and fallers, you have to love the opportunity this kid is getting. He’s a great talent on a bad team, so I’d go get him while the price is still low.

J.J. Taylor

J.J. logged the most offensive snaps of his career, though it was only 22%. He did have 11 rushes for 43 yards in the continued absence of White and Harris. He didn’t catch his lone target, but I like the fact that New England likes this guy. I’d keep my eye on him, especially in this injury heavy season.

Harrison Bryant

In the absence of Njoku, Bryant stepped in to play 64% of the snaps while only catching 1 of his 2 targets for 3 yards and a TD. Redzone targets are always encouraging for fantasy, and it’ll be interesting to see if his targets grow as the season goes on. He’s another guy who might become a TE streamer towards the end of the season.

Devin Duvernay

He did very little on the offensive side of the ball posting only 2 receptions for 7 yards, but he returned a kickoff for 93 yards. Kick return TDs aren’t something to rely on, though it’s just another way to put up points in your league. The only kick return TD of the season helps him make the Rookie Risers and Fallers list.

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