Week 4 Rookie Review
Another week in the NFL has passed, and we have another week of information to parse through for the rookies. Let’s jump right into the week 4 rookie review.
Leonard Fournette – 50% snaps (down from 51%), 145 yards and a touchdown on 28 touches
Don’t let the 50% snap share fool you. Fournette had 51.8% of Jacksonville’s total touches which accounted for 46% of their offensive production. That’s bell cow status. LF also had his first receiving touchdown while leading the team in receiving yards.
Kareem Hunt – 66% (down from 74%), 121 yards on 25 touches
Hunt continues to show that he gets better the longer the game wears on. Even without a touchdown in week 4, he still racked up double-digit fantasy points.
Joe Mixon – 48% (down from 56), 48 yards on 21 touches
Talk about a letdown. The silver lining here is that Mixon saw 17 carries to a combined 9 for Hill and Gio, who also did next to nothing with their attempts. Hopefully, their new OC keeps featuring Mixon and doesn’t take touches away going forward.
Alvin Kamara – 35% (up from 29%), 96 yards and a touchdown on 15 touches
The UT product was second on the Saints in both rushing and receiving yards in week 4, with 25 and 71 yards respectively. Most importantly he seems to be cemented as the number two back in New Orleans, as AP hasn’t eclipsed more than 11 touches or 24% of the snaps in any week.
Christian McCaffrey – 76% (up from 69%), 49 yards on 10 touches
In a game where the Panthers finally looked like an NFL offense, it was disappointing CMC only chipped in with 16 rushing yards and 33 receiving yards. I feel like this is going to be the roller coaster McCaffrey owners will be on all year.
D’Onta Foreman – 29% (up from 24%), 45 yards on 13 touches
Since week 2, Foreman has seen 12, 10, and 13 touches. Unless Miller goes down, this will be the range we’ll see.
Wayne Gallman – 39% (up from 0%), 50 yards and a touchdown on 13 touches
In his 2017 debut, Gallman topped all Giant running backs with 31 snaps as well as rushing yards with 42. This is the sad state of their run game. Gallman notched his first touchdown on a wide-open catch from 4 yards out. Gallman might be available on your waiver wire and would be a nice target for RB-needy teams. For other waiver adds, check out Kevin’s Week 5 Waiver Wire Rankings.
Aaron Jones – 55% (up from 0%), 49 yards and a touchdown on 13 touches
Another rookie debut, another touchdown on 13 touches. Aaron Jones took over after both Ty Montgomery and backup Jamaal Williams exited the game with injuries. Jones looked pretty solid, albeit against the lowly Bears defense. Both TyMo and Jamaal might play this week, but I’m still adding Jones wherever I can. He looked better than Williams has, so I don’t think it is out of the question that Jones takes over as the primary backup.
Tarik Cohen – 26% (down from 43%), 48 yards on 10 touches
In a game where the Bears were down multiple scores for basically the entire game, it is questionable at best that Cohen only had 10 touches. This is the Bears, however, so maybe we should have seen this coming. Maybe this presents a buy-low opportunity.
Elijah McGuire – 27% (up from 19%), 131 yards and a touchdown on 12 touches
With Jacksonville trekking back from London, the Jets ran all over the highly-touted Jags defense. McGuire had 93 yards on 10 carries, adding another 38 yards on 2 catches. This is another big waiver target if he’s still available in your dyno leagues.
Matt Breida – 31% (up from 20%), 20 yards on 10 touches
This is the back to own if you have Hyde, but he doesn’t offer much value outside of an injury.
Corey Clement – 24% (up from 9%), 30 yards on 10 touches
We’re looking at a full-blown committee in Philly, with Clement being the least attractive option. Look elsewhere for RB help.
Samaje Perine – 24% (down from 44%), 27 yards on 6 touches
You know things are bad whenever Fat Rob goes down early and Samaje sees the same number of touches (12). Like I said last week, he’s dead to me.
Jamaal Williams – 22% (up from 7%), 13 yards on 5 touches
Although he avoided a long-term injury, unless TyMo misses extended time, I think Jamaal’s value is on the downturn.
James Conner – 8% (up from 0%), 26 yards on 4 touches
This is the life of running backs behind a healthy Lev Bell. Nothing to see here.
Austin Ekeler – 5% (down from 8%), 58 yards and a touchdown on 3 touches
While there’s zero chance he’s this efficient moving forward, I’ll be monitoring his snaps in future weeks to see if he can push Oliver for backup duties.
I didn’t want to do this…
Dalvin. We’ll miss you, but we’ll see you next year. If you can buy low on him from a contender, or a frustrated bottom-feeder, do it. Fantasy owners also lost Chris Carson in week four. He could be had super cheap if you’re a believer.
Trent Taylor – 56% snap share (up from 47%), 47 yards on 5 catches
Taylor’s snap percentage has increased each week this season, and I’m liking what I’m seeing from him more and more. No, you can’t rely on him as a weekly start, but he’s definitely a player you should be rostering. Taylor had 10 targets against the Cardinals, good for second on the team. Something that won’t show up in the box score is Taylor beating the Honey Badger on a subtle double move that would have potentially gone for a touchdown with 25 seconds left, but Hoyer misplaced the throw.
Cooper Kupp – 71% (up from 58%), 60 yards and a touchdown on 5 catches
Cooper was second on the Rams in catches, yards, and targets, routinely making plays in the middle of the field. He’s also only one of three Rams players to have a receiving touchdown on the year (Gurley-3, Watkins-2, Kupp-2).
JuJu Smith-Schuster – 80% (up from 71%), 47 yards and a touchdown on 3 catches
Another week for JuJu in which he was second in WR snaps. As a Steeler fan, I admittedly did not see this coming this early in the season. The high snap percentages have yet to lead to big-time fantasy production, but with snaps will come opportunities.
Amara Darboh – 24% (up from 15%), 10 yards on 2 catches
Outside of several injuries, I don’t see Darboh contributing much to the Seahawks this year. If you have a taxi squad, he’s worth a stash to see how the depth chart shakes out after this season.
Keelan Cole – 59% (up from 51%), 10 yards on 1 catch
There’s no value for the third receiver for the Jags. He’s a JAG himself (get it?).
Zay Jones – 73% (down from 85%), 18 yards on 1 catch
The decrease in snaps isn’t an issue, especially considering Buffalo just lost Jordan Matthews for several weeks. What is an issue are the drops and being in a low-volume passing offense. We’ll wait and see if Zay can turn it around.
Taywan Taylor – 59% (up from 36%), 6 yards on 1 rush
The production looks ugly for TayTay, but then again the entire offense did this past Sunday. Not much to take away from this showing.
Evan Engram – 84% (up from 83%), 62 yards on 6 catches
Another week, another solid outing by the Giants rookie tight end. Nothing new here, you’re starting him.
O.J. Howard – 66% (up from 64%), 63 yards and a touchdown on 2 catches
Howard’s first NFL touchdown came on a broken play where he was wide open on the left side of the field and ran with no chance of being caught. His next target was a bad drop. #RookieLife.
George Kittle – 89% (up from 47%), 35 yards on 2 catches
Kittle has seen a whopping 82% of the tight end targets!!! Too bad that’s only 14 targets to Garrett Celek’s 3. Stash Kittle, don’t play him.
Gerald Everett – 30% (up from 17%), 8 yards on 1 catch
If you need to drop him for a waiver pick-up I wouldn’t blame you. I don’t see him blowing up anytime soon, so you could probably pick him later in the season.
Michael Roberts – 31% (up from 13%), 15 yards on 1 catch
This was the first game that Roberts saw offensive snaps, and caught his only target for 15 yards. Ebron has never played a full regular season slate, so Roberts snaps will be something to monitor going forward.
That’ll do it for the Week 4 Rookie Review! Make sure you’re constantly checking the pulse of other owners for their feeling about the rookies on their squad. There might be a value gap for you to exploit, which is where you win dynasty titles! Also be sure to check out Football Outsiders, which is where the snap information is coming from.