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2018 Week 12 Rookie Review

Trade deadlines.  Playoffs looming.  It’s a hectic time of year for our fantasy squads, so let’s just jump into it!  As always, the Rookie Review Datasheet is updated and reflects each rookie’s opportunity and snap stats for the year.  Here’s the 2018 Week 12 Rookie Review.

RUNNING BACKS

gus edwards 2018 week 12 rookie review

It appears that Gus Edwards is indeed a thing.  Edwards followed up his 17-carry, 115-yard effort in Week 11 with 23 carries for 118 yards this past week.  Alex Collins being inactive made his path to carries easier, but Edwards isn’t going anywhere.  If you snagged him off waivers, enjoy the volume he’s getting or sell high while you can.

Another running back you likely grabbed from waivers and is seeing a recent surge in carries is Josh Adams.  Doug Pedersen claimed that Adams needed to get more touches and he stuck to his word.  After handling just seven carries the week prior, Adams handled nearly 76% of the Eagles’ running back touches.

After showing promise earlier in the season, Ito Smith‘s production has taken a considerable step back the past three weeks.  Since the Falcons’ bye week (Week 8), Smith has averaged fewer than 30 yards from scrimmage.  He was one of my favorite stashes just a few weeks ago, but his safety as the number two back in 2019 may be in question.

WIDE RECEIVERS

dante pettis 2018 week 12 rookie review

Taking advantage of injuries to Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon, Dante Pettis put up a new career high in yards and found the end zone for the first time since Week 1.  On his 13-yard touchdown catch, Pettis absolutely shook fellow rookie Carlton Davis off the line to give Nick Mullens a wide-open throwing window.  Pettis is somebody I would be targeting regardless of team situation.

The good Calvin Ridley showed up in Week 12, rewarding those who started him with a WR1 performance – sixth overall in PPR scoring.  Ridley currently sits at WR19 on the year, thanks to his blow-up weeks.  Ridley has either scored over 16 points (five instances) or fewer than 9.5 points (five instances) each week.  Basically, he’s either winning or losing you weeks every time you check the box next to his name.

After only seeing one snap last week, Auden Tate saw an increase to 32 snaps, good for 43% of the Bengals offensive plays.  Cincinnati should just shut down AJ Green, which would give us a more extended look at Tate.  With John Ross seemingly unable to stay healthy, and questions beyond Tyler Boyd, Tate is worth your end-of-roster stash.

TIGHT ENDS

 

chris herndon 2018 week 12 rookie review

The 2018 rookie tight ends have been a true dumpster fire all season long.  If we needed any more proof, Mark Andrews led the way in yards with 74.  That doesn’t sound too bad until you realize that was on one catch.  On one target.  Will Dissly ranks fourth amongst rookie tight ends in yards and he hasn’t played since week four!  2019 can’t get here soon enough to help buoy this positional wasteland.

That’ll do it for the 2018 Week 12 Rookie Review.  Be sure to use the Datasheet to find potential buy-lows and stashes, especially if your league shuts down for the playoffs.  Thanks as always to AirYards.com, Football Outsiders, and Pro Football Reference for their databases.  Good luck in Week 13!

 

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