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So this Sunday was a one of highs and lows, for me at least. How rude of me I didn’t even ask how Sunday was for you. So how was it? Did all of your players, especially your rookie players, dominate? And is your team the clear favorite early on?

That’s fantastic to hear. Oh and how was mine? Thanks for asking.

First, this past Sunday was the last day of the baseball season. You remember baseball right? It’s that sport where guys try and hit a small white ball with a wood stick. Anyway, some of us play Fantasy Baseball and right around the time the early games were ending, I was clinching my title. Also, my New York Giants were for once not blowing a big lead late. And I was inching closer to money on Fanduel! Could things have gone any better?

I’m not sure about better, but they did get worse. I sat Todd Gurley.

I know, how could I? Me, the guy who loves rookies didn’t give him a chance. At least let me explain. The Cardinals looked awesome through three weeks and Gurley didn’t do very much last week against the Steelers. That can take the air out of your day quickly. So why not start with my stupid mistake.

Enough about me, let’s get to why you are here, the Week 4 Rookie Rookie Report

Week 4 Rookie Report

Todd Gurley

I think we can all agree his knee is fine. 19 carries for 146 yards against a very stout Arizona Cardinals is a great way to show your healthy. Gurley’s big play potential was also on display throughout the game with his 7.7 yards per carry average. For good measure he added two receptions for 15 yards. He didn’t get into the end zone, which was the only thing owners were left wanting. It looks like the Rams might be taking the restrictions off Gurley which would be great news for us Gurley owners.

What is even more promising is how the rams distributed the carries between Gurley and Tre Mason. Gurley got the ball 21 times while Mason only got two. Todd Gurley’s stock is definitely soaring right now.

 

Duke Johnson Jr.

As the season has moved along, it seems like a new running back breaks out each week. We already talked about Todd Gurley’s big day, but he wasn’t the only rookie who produced. Cleveland’s Duke Johnson also put up some big Fantasy points for his owners.

What is surprising is that, for the most prolific rusher in University of Miami history, he did most of his damage as a receiver. He got eight carries and turned that into 31 yards, which is promising but not great. What was great are the 10 targets he received, nine of which he caught for 85 yards and a touchdown. Thats a fantastic stat line for any receiver let alone a running back. He isn’t the starter, but he’s definitely being utilized which is great news. He probably isn’t too widely owned and if you’re in a deep league, he could be a great pick up.

 

More of the Same

Amari Cooper just keeps trucking along. Another week and another productive game from Amari. He didn’t dominate the passing game like he has in earlier weeks, but four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown is nothing to sneeze at. He was targeted nine times , so he’s clearly still involved in the offense. This down week is nothing to be worried about. Its funny how quickly Amari Cooper’s production has become something we simply expect.

The budding Derek Carr to Amari Cooper connection is quickly becoming one of the most bankable pairings in Fantasy Football. Cooper is already a pro at route running and is great at locating the ball with his hands. If you ever had doubts about starting Cooper, the first four weeks should have erased all your fears.

 

Welcome to the Party!

We’ve got a deep rookie dive this week. Stefon Diggs was one of the most highly touted high school recruits a few years back but he didn’t really live up to the billing in collge. He is a physical freak and sometimes athleticism works better in the NFL than in college.

And we’ve got our first sighting of his potential this week. He matched Mike Wallace for targets with 10 and ended the day with six receptions for 87 yards. That also included a nasty move he put on Broncos top corner Aqib Talib.

Norv Turner knows how to take talented players and get the most out of their abilities. If Diggs is Turner’s newest project and the Vikings keep him involved, he could become a great WR2 option worth picking up.

 

Failure to Launch

While other running backs have broken out, Melvin Gordon still hasn’t had his coming out party. This week Gordon got more carries than San Diego’s swiss army knife Danny Woodhead but was out gained by Woodhead 54 to 38.

Gordon seems to be the first option for running the ball in San Diego, but he hasn’t dominated enough to keep Woodhead off the field. I know Gordon owners might be getting a little impatient, but give him some more time to adapt to the NFL and I think he’ll reward you. I’m not sure if he’s a must start for me right now, but he definitely isn’t one you should consider dropping.

 

A Day to Forget

The up and down season of Jameis Winston continued on Sunday. He did complete 60% of his passes, throw for two touchdowns and almost got to the 300 yard mark. The negative? He threw four interceptions. Ouch!

Winston has still only played four games, so bumps are to be expected. He tried to force some throws and that lead to problems. He was only sacked twice which is nice, but a few of those picks seem to be a result of pressure in the pocket and trying to get the ball out before he got sacked. He’s worth stashing at this point but he’s too inconsistent to start regularly.

That’s a wrap for the Week 4 Rookie Report.  Unit next time, continue to dominate!!

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Travis is a fantasy sports addict, runs a 4.4 forty yard dash and writes for So-Called Fantasy Experts. He enjoys advanced stats, puns, and witty, pop culture laden humor. In the past he wrote for SKYLLZONE.com, and worked for Rotoworld.com. Also one of those first three traits may have been a lie...
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