So is everyone else confused by Week 2 or is just me? The Oakland Raiders beats the Baltimore Ravens. The Jaguars beat the dolphins, the Giants blew another late lead, and the Cowboys/Eagles game produced some of the most boring football of the season so far. Ok, I’m glad it’s not just me.
I’m happy to report that I was actually able to watch football on my home TV which is way nicer than trying to get updates on your phone.
When it came to the rookies, it also was an up and down weekend. And can you think of a better way to wrap your brain around all the Week happenings than by having me explain it all through cultural relevant metaphors!
Great! Neither can I so let’s get to the Week 2 Rookie Report!
Week 2 Rookie Report
Get on the Bandwagon
There were a lot of great performances in Week 2 and we’re going to start with who? Matt Jones! Duh.
If you’ve been reading my stuff going all the way back to June you’ll know I’ve been on the Matt Jones bandwagon. And it only took two weeks for Jones to bust out. Alfred Morris started the game but when it was all said and done, Jones had 19 carries to Morris’ 18. Beyond the carries, Jones thoroughly out gained Morris racking up 123 yards and scoring two touchdowns.
If I’m an Alfred Morris owner (which I am), I’d be a little worried about Jones’ breakout. Morris had a great first week and he’s Washington’s featured back but with a talent like Jones on the bench, I think this split in carries is going to continue. And while I’m proud to say I’m a charter member of the Matt Jones fan club, I think he’s definitely worth a pick up, but maybe wait a week or two to see how the carries shake out. I know you want to start your shiny, new free agent acquisition right away but patience is going to be the best option here.
Tale of Two Quarterbacks
Remember why back in Week 1 when Marcus Mariota was a front runner for the MVP award and Jameis Winston didn’t look ready to play in the NFL? Man that feels a lot further away than one week.
While a lot of rookies have had one great week and one bad week so far (see: Winston, Jameis), Marcus Mariota continued to play well just not as well as his Week 1 four TD performance. As opposed to last week, the Titans fell behind early which meant that Mariota got to throw more as they were playing from behind. Now that could spell danger for a rookie quarterback but Mariota avoided the usual fate. He racked up 257 yards and two touchdowns but wasn’t as efficient as last week, completing 21 of 37 passes. He should definitely be owned in all leagues, either as a starter or as your insurance back up, but he looks like he’s fitting in to the NFL very nicely.
Mariota’s draft mate, Jameis Winston, also found himself in the black this week. He made last week seem like a distant memory putting up a very efficient stat line completing 14 of 21 passed with a touchdown and adding another touchdown on the ground.
He ran the ball six times for 23 yards and made a nice move on his TD run, but I tend to think more of those attempts came from his line breaking down than his desire to tuck the ball and run. Still it’s good to see he is still willing to take the ball himself.
And he threw one hell of a touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson right before halftime.
That throw alone shows he can play, but his offensive line worries me. If he’s running for his life, he won’t help your team too much. I don’t think he’s a must add just yet, but definitely a guy to keep your eye on. He is closing the gap between him and Mariota but he’s still 2nd place.
Unleash Amari Cooper
Welcome to the Amari Cooper era! Cooper showed some flashes early last week but once Derek Carr left the game, so did Cooper’s production. Luckily for those of us who have Amari Cooper stock, or who just enjoy watching great players perform at the highest level, Carr was back for Week 2 which translated into a big day for Amari.
Being matched up with top flight cover corner Jimmy Smith for most of the day didn’t derail Cooper’s coming out party at all. He burned Smith for a 68 yard touchdown in the first quarter to open the scoring and continued to create havoc in the secondary for a 7-108-1 stat line.
As long as Carr stays upright, Cooper is going to be a productive receiver going forward. You shouldn’t have any doubts starting him.
A Deep Running Back Crop
The 2015 NFL draft was highlighted by big name running backs Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon. However, that’s slowly changing and becoming one of the deepest RB drafts ever. We already talked about Matt Jones, but Arizona’s David Johnson and Atlanta’s Tevin Coleman are helping round out this class.
In Arizona, Andre Ellington’s injury has opened the door for David Johnson. Well, Chris Johnson for now, but with David Johnson’s production and two touchdowns so far this season, it shouldn’t be too long before David, not Chris, is getting first team reps. David Johnson got five carries and came away with 42 yards on Sunday and after his long touchdown reception in Week 1, he’s shown he can make plays with the ball. If he hasn’t been picked up already, now is the time to go get him.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Tevin Coleman was off to a big day in East Rutherford before he got banged up. He was clearly Atlanta’s featured back on Sunday and even with the injury, he still came away with 32 yards and a touchdown one week after gaining 80 yards on 20 carries. Unfortunately for Coleman, he’s got some fractured ribs which should keep him out for a while, which is a downer but he should be a productive back when he returns. Devonta Freeman looks to be more of a pass catching back, so I’m not too worried about Coleman’s place when he returns.
Fight Another Day
Ameer Abdullah … not really sure what happened here. One week after showing off his dynamic playmaking ability, he was held to 18 total yards. What’s curious is he only got seven touches. Maybe Minnesota was determined to take him out of the game, but only giving him the ball seven times doesn’t seem like a smart idea.
Well, that wraps up the Week 2 Rookie Report, but stick around for all of our other great Fantasy Football content below to help you navigate through Week 3.
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