The first week of the fantasy playoffs has come and gone, and we’re still getting new names added to the Rookie Review Datasheet! Without further ado, let’s get into the 2018 Week 14 Rookie Review.
I haven’t really talked about Saquon Barkley in this space because let’s face it – it’s pretty boring. The dude is a baller and there’s not much else that needs to be said. If we needed any more evidence, how about this: Barkley played just 48% of the snaps against Washington, and still put up 197 total yards and a tuddy. He’s gonna be a lot of fun to watch for the next decade.
Any questions as to who would tote the rock for the Steelers were answered against Oakland last week. In Week 14, Jaylen Samuels saw 11 carries to Stevan Ridley’s 5. While Samuels struggled on the ground, only producing 28 yards, he made up for that in PPR leagues by catching all 7 of his targets for 64 yards. With Conner missing practices already this week, Samuels should be in line for another week of solid numbers.
Over their past four games, Nick Chubb has rendered Duke Johnson useless, both in fantasy and for NFL purposes. Since Johnson’s Week 9 blow-up, he’s averaging just 3.5 touches for under 23 yards. While I never doubted Chubb’s receiving ability, I assumed that Duke would stay involved in the passing game at least. As Chubb’s dynasty stock continues to climb, I would be testing the waters in the leagues that you don’t own him. What seems like an overpay today, may turn out to be cheap by September 2019.
As an alumnus, I’m going to continue the Penn State theme here and talk about DaeSean Hamilton next. With Manny Sanders sadly hitting IR last week, Hamilton saw 97% of the snaps, topping the 80% from last week. The Matt Harmon favorite took advantage of his snaps, snagging 7 balls for 47 yards and his first NFL touchdown. Hamilton is someone I’d be targeting once your trade deadline is lifted.
Another number two receiver you should add to your offseason buy list is Michael Gallup. Since Week 11, Gallup’s targets have increased every week, where he saw 5 and most recently 9 in Week 14. The production numbers weren’t there for him, but the 142 air yards were a season high. The addition of Amari Cooper has made the Cowboys realize they don’t have to run every play and has also opened things up for Gallup.
Trent Sherfield could be a sneaky waiver addition this week. With fellow rookie Christian Kirk on IR, and Chad Williams inactive, Sherfield was behind only Larry Fitzgerald in targets and led the Cardinals in receiving yards. With Arizona’s roster in full-blown disaster mode, it’s possible they don’t use high capital on their receiving corp this offseason.
After proclaiming I wasn’t going to fall for the Ian Thomas trap last week, Thomas proceeded to put up better numbers than in Week 13. I still wouldn’t feel comfortable starting him, but his 11 target, 9 catch, 77-yard effort makes me feel better about his status going into next season.
Other tight ends that I’m keeping an eye on for next year are Christopher Herndon and Mark Andrews. Dallas Goedert is the best of this group, but he’s firmly behind Zach Ertz for at least another season, if not more.
That’s going to do it for the Week 14 Rookie Review! Be sure to check out the Datasheet to spot trends and identify sleepers and buy-low candidates. Thanks as always to Football Outsiders, Pro Football Reference, AirYards.com and FantasyADHD.com for their databases. Good luck in Week 15!