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Rookie Review: Week Two

Week Two on the NFL season is over and we have seen a little bit more out of the 2018 rookie class. Fantasy owners got a closer look at some rookie quarterbacks (good or bad). We were also treated with a glimpse of what D.J. Moore could be if Carolina involved him in the offense, which they claim is the plan. Let’s take a look at the top ten rookie performances, the good and the bad, in my “Rookie Review” for Week One.

Fantasy Football Rookie Review: Week Two

Some rookies come on slow. Some get going a little faster but eventually, the good ones stand out. Here’s a list of the top rookie performers from week two.

  • Sam Darnold QB NYJ (25/41, 334 yards, 1 TD 2 INT, 1-yard rushing)

Not a fantastic real-life start but a solid day for the rookie. Might be a decent option in 2QB leagues.

  • Josh Allen QB BUF (18/33, 245 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 8 rush, 32 yards)

It wasn’t always pretty but Allen gave Bills fans a little something to cheer about in his first start.

  • Calvin Ridley WR ATL (Caught 4/5 targets, 64 yards, 1 TD, 1 rush, 3 yards)

Hey Atlanta got Ridley in the end zone before Julio that’s a plus for him.

  • DJ Moore WR CAR (caught 1/2 targets, 51 yards, 1 TD, 1 rush, 7 yards)

Moore didn’t get a lot of work but he made it count.

  • Phillip Lindsay RB DEN (14 carries, 107 yards, caught 1/1 target, 4 yards)

He has definitely carved out of role but still said to be third on the depth chart after week two.

  • Saquon Barkley RB NYG (11 carries, 28 yards, caught 14/16 targets, 80 yards)

Outside of his one big 68-yard touchdown run in Week one, Barkley has 66 rushing yards on 28 carries. PPR machine though.

  • Will Dissly TE SEA (caught 3/5 targets, 42 yards, 1 TD)

Garbage time still counts. The second week in a row with a TD.

  • Royce Freeman RB DEN (8 carries, 28 yards, 1 TD)

He is still technically number 1 on the depth chart.

  • Brett Maher K DAL (2/2 XPs, 2/2 FGs)

Yeah… A kicker… Sorry.

  • Mark Andrews TE BAL (caught 3/4 targets, 17 yards, 1 TD)

The tight end position in Baltimore is usually a decent PPR option.

  • James Washington WR PIT (caught 1/5 targets, 14 yards, 1 TD)

He also received the second end zone target but failed to convert. A positive sign for him moving forward though.

  • Anthony Miller WR CHI (caught 2/3 targets, 11 yards, 1 TD)

Got a big TD in a Prime Time game.  We’ll see if this helps to build the connection between Mitch Trubisky and Miller.

  • Kerryon Johnson RB DET (8 carries, 43 yards, caught 5/6 targets, 23 yards)

With a banged-up backfield, Johnson could get an opportunity to gain a little headway in the running back competition.

  • Nyheim Hines RB IND (4 carries, 7 yards, caught 1/1 target, 1 TD)

The TD saved his day but I’d avoid this backfield unless extremely desperate.

  • Jordan Wilkins RB IND (10 carries/61 yards, caught 2/2 targets, 3 yards)

Again like Nyheim Hines, I would avoid this backfield. Marlon Mack is also there and if you have three you have none.

Other Notables

  • Ito Smith (9 carries, 46 yards, caught 1/1 target, 8 yards)
  • Sony Michel (10 carries, 34 yards, caught 1/2 targets, 7 yards)

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