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Rookie Risers and Fallers: Week 7


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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 18: Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings reaches the ball across the goal line for a touchdown in the third quarter of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Rookie Risers and Fallers

Justin Jefferson

In my 2020 Rookie Risers and Fallers: Week 4 article, I expected Justin Jefferson’s best week of the season to have come then, but I was wrong. This man decided to let everyone know that week 3 was no accident. He caught 9 of 11 targets for 166 yards and 2 TDs. His most receptions and TDs in a game so far in his career, while playing for a season high 89% snaps. I expect him to continue to be a weekly starter with the confidence Cousins clearly has in him.

D’Andre Swift

Swift put up 27.3 points on just 38% of snaps played… let that sink in. He averaged 8.3 YPC on his 14 attempts for 116 yards. In the second half, Swift ran for 2 goal line TDs. He may be the RB in Detroit that takes over goal line carries, so look to see if that continues in the next couple weeks.

Tee Higgins

Burrow is finding Higgins to be a more consistent targets every week, and fantasy managers are noticing his dependable double digit weeks since week 3. Tee put up 125 yards on his 6 of 8 caught targets. He’s a true flex play next week against the Browns. I love the rookie connection Higgins and Burrow have this year, but especially for years to come.

Chase Claypool

Coming off a dominant 4 TD week 5 performance, Claypool caught all 4 targets for 74 yards. He added a TD on his 2 carries for 7 yards. Though it’s not a 42.6 point performance, his 18.1 points this week was quite a follow up performance. Claypool is another guy could become a weekly flex guy, but continue to play him based on matchup.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Similarly to Justin Jefferson, I expected CEH to have had one of his best weeks in week 1, but he proved me wrong this week. Even though he went scoreless, due to a TD that was called back, he ran 26 times for 161 yards and caught all 4 targets for an additional 8 yards. He’s a riser on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list, but Le’Veon Bell could change the outlook for CEH for the rest of the season. CEH managers, make sure you see how Bell is used next week. Hope it’s mainly as a goal line back, since CEH was never that for the Chiefs.


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PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 18: Philadelphia Eagles Cornerback Darius Slay (24) tackles Baltimore Ravens Running Back J.K. Dobbins (27) in the first half during the game between the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles on October 18, 2020 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Rookie Risers and Fallers

James Robinson

James Robinson made my Rookie Risers and Fallers list because he averaged a season low 2.4 YPC. He ran 12 times for 29 yards but had more success through the air. He was a serviceable fantasy player due to his 4 catches for 24 yards. He’s a flex option next week against the Chargers. He hasn’t lived up to the expectations I had on him after a couple huge weeks. Hopefully he turns that around.

Jerry Jeudy

In an ugly game against the Patriots, Jeudy caught 2 of 5 targets for 32 yards. He’s not a flex play against the Chiefs and won’t be until week 9 against the Falcons.

Laviska Shenault

A constant riser on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list, this week he fell short of making a significant impact. While fellow teammate Keelan Cole went off for 143 yards on 6 receptions, Shenault caught just 3 of his 7 targets for 10 yards. The Lions were a great matchup, so it’s disappointing to see the outcome. The Chargers D have been playing better, so I’d sit Shenault this coming week.

J.K. Dobbins

With Mark Ingram exiting the game early, Dobbins would’ve been expected to step into that main RB role on the Ravens offense, but instead it was Gus Edwards who received more touches. Neither did much of anything, but J.K. had 9 carries for 28 yards and 2 receptions for 1 yard. He’s not going to be a play this season even if Ingram misses some time.

Other Notable Observations

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – OCTOBER 18: Cole Kmet #85 of the Chicago Bears makes a touchdown catch between Juston Burris #31 and Jeremy Chinn #21 of the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Rookie Risers and Fallers

Joe Burrow

Burrow put up another 300 yard game, ending with 313. That’s a big number, so why didn’t he make it as a riser on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list? He finished the game with 1 INT and 0 TDs. If he was on a better team than the Bengals, he’d be a weekly starter. Unfortunately, that team limits his consistency. He did rush for a TD on 3 attempts, finishing with 2 yards. It’s important to not that he was only sacked twice this week.

Tyler Johnson

He caught his only target for 7 yards and his first career TD. He’s coming off a 4 catch, 61 yard game, but he won’t be a play in 2020 barring injury.

Cole Kmet

The first TE off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft, Kmet is the future for the Bears at TE. Graham has been the guy to manage this year, but Kmet showed a flash of what’s to come catching both his targets for his first career TD. He probably shouldn’t make your roster this year but keep your eyes out for him in the coming weeks.

Tua Tagovailoa

Though Tua isn’t playing in week 7 due to their BYE week, he’ll become the starter the following week. This is big for the Miami Dolphins who’re 1 game behind the Bills in the AFC East. He’s a must own in all formats!

New Names To Watch For

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – OCTOBER 18: DeMichael Harris #12 of the Indianapolis Colts carries the ball against Amani Bledsoe #91 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Rookie Risers and Fallers
  • Isaiah Wright – caught 4 of 5 targets for 25 yards (78% of snaps)
  • Albert Okwuegbunam – hauled in only 2 catches for 45 yards on 6 targets (37%)
  • DeMichael Harris – gained 29 yards catching all 3 targets (19%)
  • Isaiah Zuber – 1 reception on 1 target for 16 yards (7%)
  • Austin Mack – 1 target, 1 catch, 1 yard (74%)
  • Marquez Callaway – BYE Week
  • JaMycal Hasty – 9 carries for 37 yards, blanking on his only target (20%)

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