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It was an up and down week for my rookies this week.

Going into the week I knew I’d have at least one casualty and Amari Cooper was sacrificed to Revis Island in their game against the Jets. The Raiders won, but Cooper was just ok.

If you think about it being “ok” against Revis is pretty impressive. But for us fantasy managers he wasn’t helping any of us win. We had a down day from Duke Johnson, a horrible day from Ameer Abdullah and Tevin Coleman returned only to be stuck behind Devonta Freeman.

While those guys aren’t in this week’s Rookie Report, we’ve got plenty of guys who are!

Jameis Winston

Winston’s Bucs took on the 6-1 Atlanta Falcons and when the dust settled it was Winston’s Bucs who came out on top.

Now his day didn’t return the most fantasy value of the day (but he put up some solid numbers. His final line was 16/27 for 177 yards and 1 touchdown. For good measure he added 24 yards and another TD on the ground. Importantly he was only sacked twice which means he was comfortable in the pocket for most of the day. The Buccaneers continued to rely heavily on the ground game handing out 29 carries to their running backs which is crucial for Winston’s success.

In the three games Winston has thrown 30+ passes he’s thrown 7 interceptions and lost all three. In the three games he’s thrown less than 30 passes? 0 interceptions and 3 wins. While he doesn’t put up huge numbers in those wins we’d much rather see him take care of the ball and direct the offense as opposed to seeing him throw the ball up for grabs. I like this new version of Winston.

Todd Gurley

Here’s a riddle. If Marshawn Lynch is beast mode, what the hell is Todd Gurley? In the 5th game of his career 133 yards and 1 touchdown is just another day at the office. He’s also 5th in the league in rushing in just four full games with 575 yards. It’s scary how quickly the impression of Gurley went from worrying if his knee will hold up to penciling him in for 125 yards on the ground each week no matter who he’s playing.

And, in my mind, that assumption is correct. He’s the best running back right now without question. Unfortunately Le’Veon Bell hurt his knee and Adrian Peterson has been a little up and down this year. If you have Gurley on your team his should be in your starting line up no matter what. I’d start him against the freaking 1985 Bears at this point.

If I was voting for Rookie of the Year right now, or if I had a vote, it would be Gurley hands down.

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon was supposed to challenge Gurley for the crown of top rookie running back. Obviously that hasn’t happened yet. Mainly because Gordon hasn’t been in the line up enough to put up enough stats for managers to even start him. And this week wasn’t any different in the overall production, totaling just 61 yards.

The good news for you who still hold Gordon stock is he got a lot touches this week. He got 18 carries and even better 5 receptions which is way more than he’s got any week this season. Even more importantly his main competitor for touches, Danny Woodhead, only got 5. While Gordon’s stats aren’t great, seeing him as the featured back in San Diego is great.

Jeremy Langford

We’ve got a new addition to the Rookie Report this week! Langford had some great potential coming into the draft after following in Le’Veon Bell’s footsteps at Michigan State. Then he landed behind Matt Forte and faded from the fantasy.

Then Forte got hurt and he doesn’t have a timetable for his return. In steps Langford who got 12 carries and turned them into 46 yards. That stat line isn’t too much different from Forte’s 10 for 41 before he left the game. Now Langford doesn’t have the pass catching ability but if Langford is on the waiver wire, you can get yourself a starting RB right now. Better hurry.

Willie Snead

Well, the inability of the Giants secondary to cover anyone at all really, really worked out for Snead. He ended the day with 6 catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Yes, his numbers are obviously a little inflated from his quarterback throwing 7 touchdowns but he still had to beat the coverage to get that open.

In his last four games he’s averaging nearly 8 targets per which means Drew Brees and the Saints are looking his way often. He’s emerged as their deep threat and if the Saints get their offense rolling like years past, Snead is going to keep putting up big yards.

Stefon Diggs

Few things make me as happy when one of my sleeper picks takes off. And that is exactly what is happening with Stefon Diggs. Once again he was the only Vikings player with any sort of receiving success. His 95 receiving yards were the most on the team and 60 more than his team’s second leading receiver. He also found the end zone for the second week in a row which is a nice bonus.

While his production is great, having him become Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite target is even better. He’s played four games and averaged an elite receiver-esque 10 targets a game. The ball is going his way when Bridgewater drops back to pass and with his freakish athleticism, the Vikings, and us fantasy managers lucky enough to have added him, have found a legit #1 receiver.

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