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Week 15 Rookie Review

For those playing in redraft leagues, the upcoming week marks the end of the fantasy season.  The beauty of dynasty leagues is that there is no end to the fantasy season!   With that in mind, let’s get into the Week 15 Rookie Review!


kareem hunt week 15 rookie review

Kareem Hunt – 65% snap share (down from 68%), 206 yards, two touchdowns on 31 touches

Hunt is here to win people leagues.  Except for the middle of the season.  Hopefully, you bought him during his slump, because unless he soils the bed week sixteen, you’re not getting him for any reasonable price.

Christian McCaffrey – 71% (up from 67%), 136 yards, touchdown on 18 touches

“Run CMC” was doing it all Sunday, again looking like the Panthers best offensive weapon.  These kinds of games are what dynasty owners were envisioning once McCaffrey declared for the draft last year.

Alvin Kamara – 47% (up from 12%), 89 yards, touchdown on 18 touches

After suffering a concussion in week fourteen, Kamara got back to doing Kamara things.  It wasn’t the absurd explosion game owners have grown accustomed to, but he definitely didn’t hurt you in your playoff matchup.

Samaje Perine – 62% (down from 80%), 66 yards on 16 touches

After a two week stretch where Perine looked like a legit running back option, he’s back to struggling.  Given that he’s a rookie and Washington’s offensive line woes, this should be expected.  The problem for Perine is that there are several other rookies making him look like JAG, and Kapri Bibbs (yes, that same guy) saw 30% of the snaps.

Wayne Gallman – 41% (down from 46%), 79 yards on 14 touches

The rookie out of Clemson led the Giants’ backfield in snaps and production, both on the ground and in the passing game.  If he could have broken a couple tackles, he could have had a much bigger game.  I’m not sure what this means for next year, as Saquon Barkley has been a name popping up in way-too-early mock drafts, but if he’s on your waivers he’s worth a stash.

Tion Green – 37% (up from 19%), 35 yards on 10 carries

Ummm…Ameer Abdullah only played eight snaps this past Sunday.  I have no idea what’s going on here.  Theo Riddick left the game early, and Tion was next in line.  My money is on Detroit addressing the position through the draft.

Jamaal Williams – 61% (down from 66%), 30 yards on 10 carries

After Jamaal’s disappointing showing and decreased snaps, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Aaron Jones take over next week.

Elijah McGuire – 28% (up from 2%), 72 yards, touchdown on 7 touches

This was easily the best McGuire has looked since week four (131 scrimmage yards).  I’d love to see the Jets give him an extended look these last two weeks, but if there’s anything I’ve learned this year, it’s to not expect rational coaching.

Tarik Cohen – 36% (down from 49%), 17 yards on 6 touches

Speaking of not expecting rational coaching.  Bears fans have to be frustrated, right?

Marlon Mack – 44% (up from 24%), 14 yards on 6 touches

Copy and paste from above.  Switch out “Colts” for “Bears”.

Corey Clement – 15% (down from 30%), 18 yards on 5 touches

With reports coming out of Philly that Ajayi should be more involved going forward, these lines may become more common for Clement.  I’d still be stashing in the event that Blount and possibly Ajayi aren’t on the 2018 roster.

Matt Breida – 27% (down from 44%), 16 yards on 5 touches

Assuming Carlos Hyde isn’t part of the 49ers future, Breida hasn’t done enough to prevent them from spending high capital on their backfield.  I think running back is a likely draft addition to San Fran.

Brian Hill – 9% (down from 13%), 12 yards on 5 carries

Once Mixon returns from his concussion, I’m doubting we see Brian Hill.  But, hey, this is the Bengals.

Aaron Jones – 37% (up from 11%), 53 yards on 4 touches

This backfield will be interesting to watch for the next two weeks to see if Jones or Williams can separate themselves.

Austin Ekeler – 16% (down from 25%), 19 yards on 3 touches

Handcuff only.

James Conner – 13% (up from 8%), 13 yards on 3 carries

If you were holding Conner as Bell’s handcuff all year, you can stash him in your IR spot and pick up Fitzgerald Toussaint and/or Stevan Ridley.

LeShun Daniels – 8% (down from 20%), 2 yards on 1 carry

Kapri Bibbs is moving his way up this depth chart.  I promise I’m not kidding.


Keelan Cole week 15 rookie review

Keelan Cole – 74% (up from 61%), 186 yards, touchdown on 7 catches (9 targets)

At one point of the game, Blake Bortles completed five straight passes to Cole for 104 yards (shoutout to Brian Baldinger for that one).  This group of misfit wide receivers has been looking legit.  I get they were playing the sieve-like Texans defense, but it’s still a promising sign.

JuJu Smith-Schuster – 99% (suspended last week), 114 yards on 6 catches (6 targets)

JuJu was having a quiet night until a nice 69-yard catch-and-run in the final minute of the game.  Considering he was still carrying a questionable tag earlier in the week, it was encouraging that he played 99% of the snaps.  With AB out, JuJu should expect a larger role.

Kendrick Bourne – 44% (up from 42%), 85 yards on 4 catches (6 targets)

Bourne could be an interesting deep-league stash for next year.  How well that plays out will depend on what the 49ers do between free agency and the draft.  If their efforts are focused elsewhere, Bourne could provide some bye-week/injury value to your team.

Trent Taylor – 49% (up from 42%), 40 yards on 4 catches (5 targets)

You can just reread my Kendrick Bourne analysis here.  The benefit Taylor has is that his role is probably safer regardless of what the 49ers do this offseason.

Kenny Golladay – 79% (down from 85%), 29 yards on 4 catches (5 targets)

Man, what a disappointing stretch of games for the NIU rookie.  After building up an incredible amount of hype going into the season and delivering two touchdowns his first game, Golladay hasn’t found pay dirt since.  He’s clearly the team’s third receiver, but that hasn’t provided much production.

Corey Davis – 84% (up from 75%), 28 yards on 3 catches (5 targets)

Another transition to a disappointing player.  Hopefully, the Titans get somebody on their coaching staff to shake up this offense.

JoJo Natson – 11% (up from 2%), 34 yards on 2 touches (2 targets)

The undersized receiver out of Akron posted one catch for nineteen yards and one rush for fifteen.  Unless you’re in a league where it’s a requirement that every player is rostered, you can leave Natson on waivers.

Dede Westbrook – 79% (up from 76%), 21 yards on 2 catches (2 targets)

Apparently, whenever you have Keelan Cole and Jaydon Mickens, you don’t need to even look Dede’s way.  This game was an outlier, and Westbrook will be more involved the rest of the season.

Cooper Kupp – 70% (down from 94%), 21 yards on 2 catches (3 targets)

Robert Woods returned and that Todd Gurley guy is pretty good.  I wouldn’t read much into this performance, especially given that Jared Goff threw for just 120 yards.

Chris Godwin – 56% (same from week 14), 18 yards on 1 catch (2 targets)

Godwin hauled in a difficult catch in traffic and wasn’t able to maintain possession of his other target.  Stash.

Noah Brown – 28% (down from 38%), 8 yards on 1 catch (1 target)

With Zeke returning, Brown’s role becomes even muddier.  He’s safe left on waivers.

Amara Darboh – 18% (up from 6%), 8 yards on 1 catch (1 target)

Leave alone on waivers.

Taywan Taylor – 6% (down from 10%), 8 yards on 1 rush (0 targets)

Taywan’s usage was looking promising earlier in the year, but the Titans offense has completely regressed.  I’d still be stashing based on those early flashes, but couldn’t blame anyone for looking elsewhere.

Josh Malone – 45% (down from 48%), 4 yards on 1 rush (3 targets)

The Bengals can join the Titans in offenses that have been massive disappointments.  We’ll see what happens when their new coaching staff comes in next year, but Malone can be left on waivers for now.


O.J. Howard week 15 rookie review

Evan Engram – 84% (up from 79%), 101 yards on 9 touches (13 targets)

Another week where Engram is by far the highest producing rookie tight end.  Nothing new here.

George Kittle – 40% (up from 27%), 52 yards on 4 catches (5 targets)

If Kittle is still available on your waiver wire, I’d be grabbing him now.  I don’t foresee him having a Gronk or Kelce-like ceiling, but can surely be a dependable tight end option as he continues to grow.

Ricky Seals-Jones – 35% (up from 28%), 11 yards on 2 catches (6 targets)

Welp, this well dried up pretty quickly.  Blaine Gabbert has turned back into Blaine Gabbert, and RSJ has suffered because of that.  The Cardinals are stuck with Jermaine Gresham’s contract for the foreseeable future, so I have no idea what this does to the former five-star recruit.

O.J. Howard – 21% (left game injured), 30 yards, touchdown on 1 catch (1 target)

I guess if you’re going to get injured and be placed on IR, this is the way to do it.  Howard will turn his attention to rehabbing and 2018, as he suffered an ankle injury while scoring a touchdown on his only target this past Monday.  If you were eyeing the ‘Bama product during the 2017 rookie draft, this will provide a buying opportunity.

Antony Auclair – 38% (up from 15%), 14 yards on 1 catch (1 target)

The Canadian saw his snap share increase as Howard was ruled out for the game and Cameron Brate missed time due to injury.  Leave him on your waivers.

Jonnu Smith – 27% (down from 48%), 5 yards on 1 catch (1 target)

Stash and wait for the depart of Delanie Walker.


That’s going to wrap up the Week 15 Rookie Review.  While your season-long leagues are winding down, make sure you’re checking out our DFS section for your daily lineups.  It’s easy to feel burnt out this time of the year, but don’t forget that by the time mid-February rolls around, you’re going to be counting down the days til September!  Good luck to everyone in championships this week, and don’t hesitate to reach out.

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