Week 9 was something of a boring week for rookies in the NFL. There wasn’t too much flash and we didn’t see many surprising performances.
Part of that is the amount of bye week teams in Week 9. Six teams were on bye in Week 9, and that means a lower amount of rookies were playing in the NFL this week.
Of the players who did play, it was a disappointing week for D.J. Moore especially. Moore was trending in the right direction in weeks past, and this week Moore had just one catch.
Let’s dig into the rookie report for Week 9.
Week 9 Rookie Report
Sam Darnold, NYJ
The development of Sam Darnold is a little concerning. Darnold threw four interceptions this week against the Miami Dolphins.
Turning the ball over has been a problem for Darnold all season. He should not be rostered in Fantasy leagues and he also lowers the value of other Jets players.
Lamar Jackson, BAL
Week 9 wasn’t really what stands out to me with Lamar Jackson, it’s what’s coming that has me excited for Jackson.
Head coach John Harbaugh has hinted at getting Jackson more involved in the offense. What that means exactly remains to be seen, but we could see Jackson commanding the offense for an entire series in the near future.
Nick Chubb, CLE
Even in a losing effort, Chubb was given 22 carries. The Cleveland Browns will be trailing in most games they play this season and it is encouraging for those who have Chubb that he will still be given the opportunity to run in games where they trail.
What does concern me for Chubb that we saw in Week 9 is how Duke Johnson’s role in this offense is expanding. This is still Chubb’s job on the early downs, but passing downs appear to be Johnson’s.
Phillip Lindsay, DEN
It was an uneventful week for Lindsay who rushed 17 times for 60 yards. Lindsay is the starting running back while Royce Freeman is out. Once Freeman comes back it will be interesting to see how this timeshare shakes out.
Kerryon Johnson, DET
In a losing effort, Kerryon Johnson received the most carries of any Lions running back with 12. Theo Riddick received a lot of playing time in a game where the Lions were throwing to get back into the game.
This was just a bad week for the Lions offense as a whole who failed to score a touchdown. Johnson is still locked in as the starter and should remain in your lineups this weekend.
Calvin Ridley, ATL
Another productive week for Calvin Ridley who appears to be locked in as the number two receiver in a productive Falcons offense.
Ridley has been nothing short of spectacular this season and he should remain in your lineups going forward.
D. J. Moore, CAR
As stated in the opening, it was a disappointing week for D.J. Moore. In a game where the Panthers offense exploded against the Buccaneers, Moore was held to just one catch. Moore also rushed one time for 32 yards.
Disappointing for sure, but this offense is humming right now and this is just one-game anomaly for Moore. He will bounce back and deserves consideration to be in your lineups on Thursday.
Mark Andrews, BAL
The tight end position is such an ugly position this year in Fantasy Football and the Ravens situation is no different. They drafted Hayden Hurst in the first round of the draft, but it is Mark Andrews who has been producing the most.
Andrews had somewhat of a down week against the Steelers, catching three passes for 50 yards, but he has been a consistent target for Joe Flacco who loves throwing to tight ends.