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Week 9 Rookie Report: The Former Mustang is Now the Lead Bronco

Week 9 Rookie Report
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Courtland Sutton will be given every opportunity to have Fantasy Football success now and without a doubt is the leader in the Week 9 Rookie Report.

With the Denver Broncos trading Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans, Sutton slides right into Thomas’ spot in the lineup. Gone are seven targets and almost five catches per game along with Thomas’ three touchdowns. Sutton is in line to pick up the majority of that slack.

Sutton has yet to have more than three receptions in a game, yet trailed Thomas by less than 10 yards receiving per game. Currently sporting a 19.1 yards per catch average, the former SMU Mustang should be able to do more with the older Thomas’ workload.

I think the biggest opportunity will be in the Red Zone. Thomas was getting at least one Red Zone target per game which led to all three of his touchdowns. The big bodied, 6’4’’ Sutton should be gobble those valuable targets up.

Courtland Sutton could end up being the most impactful rookie for Fantasy Championships. Considering most people were able to just snag him off of the waiver wire, if he produces at the level he’s capable with this much of a workload then he could be your Fantasy MVP.

Week 9 Rookie Report

Other Rookies on the Rise

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns

I mean, losing Hue Jackson and Todd Haley has to be a positive, right?

Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore is using the rookie quarterback more and more within their offense. He now has accounted for a touchdown in back-to-back weeks and could end up seeing even more action with his explosive potential.

Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns

Chubb got another 18 carries but also added two receptions in the loss to Pittsburgh. As I stated last week, he will get more involved in the passing game. With this much workload and Jackson/Haley being gone, he is a must-start every week.

Philip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos

With Royce Freeman out, Lindsay took off with the Broncos’ backfield job. The undrafted rookie had his second straight outing with at least 90 yards rushing and a score.

D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers

Moore got more than five targets for the first time as a rookie and delivered. He finished the game against Baltimore with 5 catches for 90 yards while also rushing for 39 yards on a couple of carries. I think he will get more and more (dad pun) involved in the offense and is FLEX-ible most weeks.

 

Rookies on the Downswing

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Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Smith could turn it right back around, but his game against the Giants was less than inspiring.

Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Ridley had 78.7 Fantasy Points in a three-week stretch earlier this year. In his other four games he has 24.8 Fantasy Points combined. He has not had a double-digit scoring week since Week 4. Julio Jones is going to score touchdowns at some point, meaning Ridley’s scoring could regress even more. If possible, sell high on the rookie in redraft formats.

Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys and Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans

Both of these guys had been cutting a niche in their separate offenses to Fantasy production. However, both teams traded for players that play the same position that run the same type of routes. I think Coutee could still be Fantasy relevant, but we will have to wait and see.

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Michael Tomlin is an ESPY-nominated, former college football player who stays associated with the game through Fantasy Sports. He has been writing his personal blog, Dirkland.blogspot.com, for three years and it focuses on Fantasy Sports, as well as handicapping. He was born and raised in the DFW Metroplex, and he follows all of the Dallas teams, along with Texas Tech athletics and Manchester City F.C.
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