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Week 13 Rookie Review

The playoffs are upon us, and unfortunately, that means some of you are out of contention.  The worst thing to do during this time is nothing.  This is where you can gain an edge by continually churning the bottom of your roster.  What kind of information would help with that?  How about the Week 13 Rookie Review!  Let’s get into it.

RUNNING BACKS

Alvin Kamara Week 13 rookie review

Jamaal Williams – 87% snap share (up from 82%), 123 yards, touchdown on 23 touches

Williams had another solid outing against the lowly Bucs.  He dominated RB snaps (48-2) and touches (23-1), but Aaron Jones returned from injury and scored the game-winning touchdown.  With Ty Montgomery on IR, it’ll be interesting to see how the Green Bay backfield plays out down the stretch.

Leonard Fournette – 79% (up from 44%), 79 yards, touchdown on 23 touches

Fournette owners will be happy with the touchdown, but LF has eclipsed sixty rushing yards just once in his past four games.  On the bright side, however, he hasn’t had fewer than 15 touches in a game.  With that kind of volume, you can’t sit him.

Samaje Perine – 57% (down from 70%), 69 yards on 15 touches

Washington was trailing 17-7 at halftime, so the game script was not in Samaje’s favor.  Perine has been able to produce the past couple weeks, but the offensive line is dropping one by one.  His ceiling is limited if game script isn’t at least neutral.

Alvin Kamara – 58% (up from 56%), 126 yards, two touchdowns on 14 touches

Alvin Kamara doesn’t care about your efficiency or regression statistics.  This is absurd.

Matt Breida – 32% (up from 10%), 49 yards on 13 touches

Breida is one of the names I’d look at adding if you’re out of contention.  Hyde might move on next year, and the depth chart would be wide open.  Is it possible the 49ers use higher capital on one of the studs coming out this year?  Sure, but he’s only costing you a (temporary) roster spot.

Kareem Hunt – 87% (up from 66%), 63 yards on 12 touches

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  The KC offense finally puts up points, and Hunt doesn’t contribute.  It’ll be hard for playoff-bound teams to put that check mark next to Hunt’s name.

Tion Green – 33% (first game), 51 yards, touchdown, on 11 carries

Another Rookie Review virgin!  The UDFA out of Cincinnati made the most of his opportunity against the Ravens with Ameer Abdullah inactive.  You probably don’t have to rush out and grab Tion just yet, but if you have the roster room and there aren’t many waiver options, this is the perfect time to add him.

Christian McCaffrey – 70% (up from 69%), 49 yards, touchdown on 11 touches

Outside of his 21-yard score, the Saints did a good job containing CMC.  If he doesn’t have any blow-up games down the stretch, there’s going to be a buying opportunity.

Joe Mixon – 27% (left game injured), 42 yards on 8 touches

In a game like we had Monday night, it puts a lot of things into perspective.  Joe Mixon was just one of several players that had to leave the game due to injury.  He was running well prior to his concussion, and his status for this week is unknown.

Marlon Mack – 43% (up from 32%), 54 yards on 7 touches

I’m really hoping that we can see at least one game from Mack in a workhorse role.  Against a stout Jacksonville defense, Mack continued showing flashes we’ve seen all year.

Tarik Cohen – 43% (up from 35%), 44 yards on 6 touches

In a game where Mitchell Trubisky threw an impressive for 102 yards, Tarik led the Bears in catches (4) and yards (39).  We obviously want to see his usage increasing, but his impressive games at the beginning of the season seem to be far gone.  It would be great to see an innovative coaching staff come in during the offseason to unleash the Human Joystick.

Austin Ekeler – 29% (down from 40%), 40 yards on 6 touches

With the Chargers controlling the game, Melvin Gordon was the beneficiary as Ekeler’s touches and snaps dropped.  The six touches Ekeler received were his fewest since week eight.

Corey Clement – 37% (up from 19%), 37 yards on 6 touches

Clement’s role seems to be game flow dependent, for this season, anyway.  The Eagles never had a lead against the Seahawks, and the running back snaps broke down as follows: Ajayi – 31, Clement – 28, Blount – 14, and Barner – 2.  Clement is a player I’m interested in stashing to see what happens with Ajayi and Blount after the season ends.

Elijah McGuire – 21% (down from 26%), 20 yards on 5 touches

Unless Forte or Powell miss time with an injury, the Jets are content rolling out all three backs.  This situation is one to avoid for the remainder of the season.

Wayne Gallman – 23% (down from 38%), 19 yards on 4 touches

Going into last week, it seemed as though we might see increased opportunities for the Giants youngsters.  After McAdoo and Reese were fired, Eli is starting again.  Run away from this backfield and don’t look back.

James Conner – 5% (down from 1%), 12 yards on 3 carries

He’s only valuable if you own Bell.

Aaron Jones – 4% (first game since week 10), 20 yards, touchdown on 1 carry

Returning from an MCL injury, Jones saw only two snaps, one of them being the game-winning touchdown.  I don’t foresee Jones or Williams running away with the job, so if you’re starting either one just cross your fingers and say a prayer.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Dede Westbrook Week 13 Rookie Review

Trent Taylor – 41% (down from 66%), 92 yards on 6 catches (6 targets)

Taylor’s snaps dropped with Louis Murphy getting the “start” and seeing 11 more snaps than Trent.  This didn’t translate to the box score, however, as Murphy caught just one of his targets for 16 yards.  Taylor and Marquise Goodwin certainly seemed to be Garoppolo’s favorite targets, combining for 65% of the receiving yards and nearly 38% of the targets.  If Taylor is still hanging around your waiver wire, snag him up this week.

Dede Westbrook – 82% (up from 70%), 78 yards on 6 catches (9 targets)

Westbrook’s involvement is increasing each week, through snaps and/or targets.  I had my doubts about Westbrook coming out of Oklahoma, but he’s looked good through three games.  If the Jaguars get a quarterback they aren’t trying to hide, this offense could take a Rams-like leap.

Cooper Kupp – 88% (up from 79%), 68 yards on 5 catches (6 targets)

Speaking of the Rams, Cooper Kupp delivered one of his floor performances for fantasy owners against Arizona.  With Jared Goff spreading the wealth, Kupp has been extremely reliable as far as not losing you a match-up.

Keelan Cole – 74% (down from 91%), 49 yards, touchdown on 3 catches (3 targets)

The rookie from Kentucky Wesleyan has been a pleasant surprise on a once-crowded depth chart for the Jags.  He won’t be contributing to your fantasy rosters this year, but it’ll be interesting to see how Jacksonville handles Lee, Hurns, and Robinson during the offseason.

ArDarius Stewart – 41% (up from 13%), 5 yards on 3 carries (0 targets)

Yes, carries.  Next.

Kenny Golladay – 76% (up from 42%), 44 yards on 2 catches (3 targets)

King Golladay of the Preseason is averaging 21.5 yards per catch, but can’t be trusted in your lineups.  If your league’s deadline still hasn’t passed (or doesn’t have one), check to see if Golladay is sitting on a contender’s roster.

Chad Hansen – 53% (up from 40%), 25 yards on 2 catches (3 targets)

With Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, ASJ, and the running backs getting targets, there’s not much room for anyone else.  Unfortunately for the Cal product, I don’t see him making enough of an impact to jump any of the aforementioned options.

Chris Godwin – 22% (down from 27%), 24 yards on 2 catches (3 targets)

Stash the Nittany Lion.

Zay Jones – 97% (up from 81%), 22 yards on 2 catches (7 targets)

After turning in a string of respectable performances, a game like this was bound to happen.  If the down week wasn’t bad enough for Zay truthers, we’re possibly looking at the return of Nathan Peterman.  Shed a tear and move on.

Taywan Taylor – 35% (up from 16%), 15 yards on 2 catches (2 targets)

Taywan might be sitting on your waiver wire, and I’d be adding him if you have the space to do so.  Mariota should have the benefit of positive regression next year, and I could see Taylor being the entrenched third receiver.

Corey Davis – 80% (up from 72%), 12 yards on 2 catches (4 targets)

Ugh.  That’s the sound of disappointment.  I was really hoping to see more from Davis up to this point.  He’s only a rookie, and Mariota’s recent play doesn’t help but is disheartening nonetheless.

Josh Malone – 52% (up from 44%), 9 yards on 2 catches (2 targets)

Malone must be a good little boy because fellow rookie John Ross has been a healthy scratch several times this season.  There’s not much value here with A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell eating up the majority of the Red Rifle’s production.

Josh Reynolds – 72% (down from 79%), 6 yards on 2 catches (6 targets)

After posting decent numbers last week, Reynolds took a backseat to Gurley, Kupp, and Sammy.  Again, with the “spread the wealth” offense he’s in, this is to be expected.

Chris Thompson – 62% (up from 1%), 11 yards on 1 catch (2 targets)

Braxton Miller, Bruce Ellington, and C.J. Fiedorowicz all left Sunday’s game with injuries, while Will Fuller and Ryan Griffin were already out.  This is how someone’s snap share jumps from 1% to 62%.  While Fuller may be nearing a return, the depth chart is still decimated.  Thompson could make a deep, speculative waiver add.

Mack Hollins – 23% (down from 49%), 10 yards on 1 catch (1 target)

With the Eagles trailing and needing an offensive spark, I’m surprised Hollins wasn’t targeted more.  I’m sticking to my Hollins stash despite the several lackluster games.

Jesus Wilson – 7% (first NFL game), 4 yards on 1 carry (0 targets)

Better known as “Bobo” to Hard Knock watchers, Wilson was promoted from the practice squad last week and saw five snaps in his first game.  Unless he gets plays designed specifically for him, he’s best left on waivers.

Noah Brown – 24% (up from 13%), -2 yards on 1 catch (1 target)

You may continue to the tight ends.

TIGHT ENDS

David Njoku Week 13 Rookie Review

Evan Engram – 85% (up from 84%), 99 yards, touchdown on 7 catches (8 targets)

After a down week, the top rookie tight end reclaimed his spot.  There isn’t much to say here, he’s a beast.

David Njoku – 54% (down from 59%), 74 yards, touchdown on 4 catches (6 targets)

This is the kind of outing I was imagining with the grouping of Corey Coleman, Josh Gordon, and Chief Njoku.  If the rookie from “the U” had been able to come down with his first target, he would have had his first 100-yard game.

Ricky Seals-Jones – 23% (same as week twelve), 44 yards on 2 catches (5 targets)

The wide receiver convert had his first scoreless game since bursting onto the scene.  If you didn’t add him after last week, you’re too late to the party.

George Kittle – 36% (up from 35%), 20 yards on 2 catches (3 targets)

As with Marlon Mack, I’m hoping Kittle gets a chance to see the majority of the snaps and workload.  Garrett Celek nearly doubled Kittle’s snaps (52-27) but saw only one more target.  Check your waivers to see if the Iowa Hawkeye has been dropped.

Gerald Everett – 31% (same as week twelve), 7 yards, touchdown on 2 catches (4 targets)

Unless you’re in a super deep league or play with a tight end premium format, Everett should be available on waivers.  Coach McVay had Everett as one of his top draft targets, and referred to him as “his Jordan Reed”.  Again, if you have the roster space (and patience), Everett could be a worthwhile addition.

Michael Roberts – 32% (up from 20%), 23 yards on 1 catch (1 target)

While this game brings Roberts season total to a gaudy four targets, there’s upside here.  Eric Ebron hasn’t broken out how Detroit would have hoped, and there’s a zero dead cap hit if he were cut after the season.  Even so, Roberts would be near the bottom of my “stash and hope” list.

O.J. Howard – 72% (down from 75%), 17 yards on 1 catch (2 targets)

Jameis comes back, and Howard is basically forgotten as Brate goes 2/39/2.  After having solid games with Fitzmagic at the helm, there’s a buying opportunity here.

Antony Auclair – 18% (down from 23%), 11 yards on 1 catch (1 target)

Auclair makes his Rookie Review debut because he caught a pass.  Nothing else to note here.

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