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Rookie Risers and Fallers: Week 8


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CINCINNATI, OHIO – OCTOBER 25: Harrison Bryant #88 of the Cleveland Browns is tackled by Jessie Bates III #30 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Rookie Risers and Fallers

Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert had a MONSTER game against the Jags completing 27 passes for 347 yards with 0 INTs and 3 TDs. He added 9 rushing attempts for 66 yards and an additional TD. He put up the 4th most fantasy points by a rookie QB with 38.5 behind good company in Josh Allen, Russell Wilson and Cam Newton. He’s a must start in all fantasy formats for the rest of the season.

James Robinson

If you didn’t get a chance to watch Robinson run all over the Chargers on Sunday, take a look at his highlights. Last week on my Rookie Risers and Fallers article, I said James wasn’t living up to the expectations I had for him, but he looked dominant this week. He got back on track running for 119 yards and a TD, while adding 4 receptions for 18 yards and a TD. This was his best fantasy week yet finishing with 31.7 fantasy points. He continues to be a weekly starter without question but gets to rest as he heads into his BYE week.

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Harrison Bryant

A first timer on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list, Harrison Bryant made his presence known catching 4 of 5 targets for 56 yards and 2 TDs. With Baker throwing for 5 TDs, everyone seemed to get some fantasy value this week. Bryant led the charge as the main beneficiary, but don’t get fancy and start him next week against the Raiders unless you’re desperate for a streamer. He’s the teams TE3 behind Hooper and Njoku.

Donovan Peoples-Jones

Speaking of the Browns, DPJ decided to make just as big of an impact catching all 3 targets for 56 and the game winning TD with 11 seconds left. With OBJ tearing his ACL, he could see an uptick in playing time and targets. Before this game he was averaging 21% of offensive snaps, and today he posted 68%. Keep an eye out for DPJ and Higgins next week to see who steps into the OBJ targets.

Marquez Callaway

Without Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, Marquez Callaway led the team in targets with 10. He caught 8 of them for 75 yards making him a high candidate for my Rookie Risers and Fallers list. Unfortunately, he suffered an ankle injury toward the end of the game leaving his Week 8 availability questionable. MT and Sanders are both questionable for next week too, so Callaway is someone I’d stay away from in waivers unless you’re in a deep league where he can be more of a stash than a possible flex play.

Zack Moss

Devin Singletary may have received more touches against the Jets, but Zack Moss did more with his. He made my Rookie Risers and Fallers list because he finished with 10.2 points compared to Singletary’s 6.7 point, but even more impressive was his 6.7 YPC. He received 7 carries that he took for 47 yards while catching all 3 targets for 25 yards. He’s still seen as the number 2 in Buffalo, but that could change by the end of the season. He’s not a play now, but buy cheap now!

Brandon Aiyuk

Aiyuk posted his first career 100+ yard game Sunday against the Patriots. He finished with 115 yards and 6 receptions on 7 targets. He’s a solid flex option if you have weekly starters hurt or on BYE. He’s not consistent enough to be a weekly starter, and I doubt he will be this season. Look to see if Deebo landing on IR helps his production.

Antonio Gibson

It’s hard not to have Antonio Gibson as a riser on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list this week since they played a terrible Cowboys team. I can’t knock a guy for taking advantage of the great matchup as he had his first career game over 100 yards and career high 6.4 YPC. He finished the day with 128 yards on 20 carries, but failed to catch his only target. Hopefully he’s not on your radar next week as Washington has their BYE week, but he faces a favorable Week 9 against the Giants.

Tee Higgins

Higgins continues to produce at a consistent level in Cincinnati showing great rapport with fellow rookie Joe Burrow. He caught all 5 targets for 71 yards and a nice TD in a shootout with the Browns. He’s a weekly flex starter for me no matter the matchup due to volume and his 5th straight week of at least 10.2 points.


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LANDOVER, MD – OCTOBER 25: Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) drops a pass during the Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Football Team NFL game at FedEx Field on October 25, 2020 in Landover, MD. (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Rookie Risers and Fallers

CeeDee Lamb

Oh boy. If you’re a Lamb manager, you couldn’t imagine Dak’s injury hurting his production this much. He blanked on his only target that came in the end zone. As a constant riser on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list, let’s hope this week was just a fluke. If Ben DiNucci is their starter next week, sit Lamb. I know that’s hard to do, but if you have a streamer who could put up some numbers, do it. It may be the difference maker in winning and losing your Week 8 matchup.

A.J. Dillon

Aaron Jones was ruled out of Week 7 against Houston, and Williams and Dillon were looking to split carries. Dillon saw no change in his role receiving only 5 carries for just 11 yards. This is disheartening considering Houston has one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. Williams is clearly the backup for Green Bay, so Dillon should stay on your waiver wires this season.

Henry Ruggs III

In Week 6 against the Chiefs, Ruggs blew up for over 20 fantasy points but was clearly a boom or bust candidate with the volume he sees. Coming off their BYE week, he saw the same amount of targets (3) and receptions (2), but this time he didn’t find the end zone and only racked up 35 yards. Nelson Agholor has been the go to guy for Carr and has taken the role many thought Ruggs would this season. I’m not starting Ruggs until I see some consistency. He’ll probably continue to see both sides of my Rookie Risers and Fallers articles.

Other Notable Observations

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 22: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver John Hightower (82) catches a long pass during the game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles on October 22, 2020 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Rookie Risers and Fallers

John Hightower

Hightower has quickly become the deep threat guy Wentz goes to at the end of games. He caught 1 of 2 targets for 59 yards. He’s not a play at all this year, but it’s good to note rookies like him who could develop their game in the next couple years. Reagor is set to come back this week and possibly Alshon, so look for Hightower to see an even greater decrease in snaps going forward.

Joe Burrow

Cincinnati’s tiger king, Joe Burrow, became the first rookie QB in NFL history to throw over 400 yards and 3 TDs in a game. He completed 35 of 47 passes for 406 yards with 1 INT and 3 TDs. He ran for an additional 34 yards and a TD. He was sacked 4 times and had 3 fumbles only losing 1 of them. He remains a starter based on matchup and a rookie to keep a look out for in my Rookie Risers and Fallers articles.

Albert Okwuegbunam

College teammate to Drew Lock, the two have a connection that’s stayed strong. Fant was active but clearly not healthy as Okwuegbunam saw most of the targets at TE. He caught all 7 targets for 60 yards. This is 9 receptions for 105 yards in the past 2 games. I would make note of how his target share looks with a healthy Fant in the lineup.

La’Mical Perine

Perine scored his first NFL TD with Bell gone as he ran for 39 yards on 11 carries and 2 receptions for 16 yards. Gore ran well on Sunday, so I expect them to continue to split carries the rest of the season.

Jamycal Hasty

With practically all the 49ers RBs injured expect for McKinnon and him, Hasty may be a play in Week 8. After the injury to Wilson Sunday, Hasty finished with 6.3 YPC on 9 carries for 57 yards while catching his only targets for an additional 16 yards. If Coleman doesn’t come back this week, he would be a riser on my Rookie Risers and Fallers list.

Ben DiNucci

A newbie to my Rookie Risers and Fallers list, DiNucci will most likely be the starter in Dallas Week 8 against the Eagles with Dak and Dalton’s injuries. He’s not a play even in SuperFlex leagues.

New Names To Watch For

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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Ben Ellefson #86 of the Jacksonville Jaguars scores a two-point conversion against the Los Angeles Chargers in the third quarter at SoFi Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Inglewood, California. The Los Angeles Chargers won 39-29. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) Rookie Risers and Fallers
  • Ben Ellefson – caught a 2-point conversion (33%)
  • Jason Huntley – 2 carries for 13 yards and blanked on his one target, while taking one kickoff for a 16 yard return (10%)
  • Dalton Keene – caught only target for 8 yards (46%)
  • Raymond Calais – took 2 kickoffs for 41 yards (0%)
  • Reggie Gilliam – caught only targets for 15 yards (17%)

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