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Rookie Risers and Fallers: Week 6
4 TDs is the most for a Steelers rookie in one game, and Chase Claypool did just that. I talked a few weeks back about him being a boom or bust player this season with the normal inconsistencies most rookies tend to have, but this shows the magnitude of how high his boom weeks can be. It’s easy to get hype after a week like this but look to start this guy in favorable matchups. He’s not going to be a weekly starter, but his 7 receptions for 110 yards and 3 TDs plus 3 carries for 6 yards an another TD put the fantasy world on notice. There’s no doubt he’s the face of this weeks Rookie Risers and Fallers list.
With a similar stat line to Claypool, CeeDee caught 8 of 11 targets for 124 yards, though he failed to find the endzone. This was his second game going over 100 yards. Terrible news for any football fan as Dak suffers a season-ending injury with Andy Dalton taking over in Dallas. Dalton did target Lamb 3 times for 21 yards in the minimal minutes played, so I don’t expect the veteran QB to affect the rookie WRs value too much. I fully anticipate Lamb to have a few more 100+ yard games this season.
Henry Ruggs III
Coming back from injury, Ruggs didn’t have many targets, catching only 2 of 3, but posting a huge 118 yards and a TD. He produced for fantasy managers and the Raiders as he played a huge part in their victory over the Chiefs which is why he’s part of my Rookie Risers and Fallers list. He had his first game over 100 yards, and he will to continue to have a low volume as he’s had only 11 targets in 3 games played this season. He’s a boom or bust player in 2020.
Chase Claypool isn’t the only rookie setting records as Herbert becomes the first rookie QB to throw 4 TDs on Monday Night Football. He did this while throwing for 264 yards and no INTs and leading the Chargers down the field in the final minute with Badgley hitting the upright on a 50 yard FG attempt. He got the ball back in OT as the Saints were held to a FG but failed to march down the field again. It’s important to note that Keenan Allen was ruled out with a back injury for most of the game. Herbert is showing he can handle the pressure of this league and becomes a trustworthy weekly starter in all fantasy formats.
Laviska Shenault continues to get better every week, though he hasn’t found the endzone since Week 1. He saw a team and season-high 8 targets, catching 7 of them for 79 yards. If this kid starts to find the endzone, the opposition will need to watch out. With the Jags playing catchup most of the game, it’s encouraging to know Minshew trusts the 22 year-old with a higher amount of targets. He could become a weekly flex starter in the second half of the season, and a regular on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list.
After back to back to back 300 yard games, Burrow met the best defense in the NFL. Baltimore gobbled up 7 sacks, 3 forced fumbles recovering 2 and taking one for a TD. It’s clear they were in total control, limiting him to 19 completions for 183 yards a INT and a fumble. He added 3 carries for 10 yards. No time to hit the panic button as he’ll face another challenge against the Colts defense next week, but he’s still an elite QB and a starter most weeks.
You can’t finish with negative fantasy points and not be a faller on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list. Depending on how your league values fumbles he may have scored 0.5 points but still. He had just 2 receptions for 5 yards while taking a HUGE hit fumbling as the Bears recovered it. He very clearly took the backseat to Rojo with Fournette only seeing 1 snap due to injury.
James Robinson came into Week 5 with high expectations against a terrible Texans run defense. Ultimately, he only put up 48 yards on 13 carries. He did see a high target value catching 5 of 7 for 22 yards. This was because the Jags trailed Houston most of game, so they had to turn to the passing game. Next week against the Lions will be a good chance for him to have a bounce back week.
Coming off of 278 yards in the past 2 games, Jefferson posted just 23 yards on 3 catches against the Seahawks in a seemingly great matchup. Like Robinson, Jefferson has a great matchup against Atlanta next week, so let’s leave this week in the past and start him in your flex in Week 6.
A regular on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list, Josh Kelley continues to disappoint with Justin Jackson out-touching and out-producing him. He came off a Week 4 performance where he had 0.8 YPC, and did little again in the absence of Ekeler, putting up just 2.6 YPC. He had just 38 total yards from scrimmage against the Saints.
Other Notable Observations
Collin Johnson finds himself on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list for the first time. He also saw the endzone for the first time in his career on 3 catches for 30 yards. I liked him as a developmental guy who could come alive in year 2 or 3. He’s not a play in 2020 barring injury.
With OJ Howard and Chris Godwin out, Tyler Johnson was 2nd on the team in targets (6) and lead them in yards with 61 yards on 4 receptions. Scotty Miller had been their WR2 with Godwin’s absence, but the rookie took that spot in Week 5 against the Bears. With Godwin coming back soon, keep your eye out for Johnson. He’ll be on your waiver wire most likely and could be a sneaky bye week fill in.
I’ve talked a lot about Shenault being the Swiss Army Knife of this rookie class, but Duvernay has become one in his own right. He was on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list in Week 4 after taking a kickoff back for a TD. This week he caught both targets for 17 yards, but what stood out most was his 42 yard carry. He’s going to be used in a lot of ways on this Ravens team.
Davis played 100% of offensive snaps in Week 5. He had 9 targets, catching 5 for 58 yards. His offensive role continues to grow, and it’s important to note that he caught a TD that got called back due to an iffy illegal shift penalty. He needs to be rostered in most leagues outside of 10 man leagues. I expect him to continue to find himself on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list as his connection with Josh Allen grows.
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