How did your favorite rookies perform this past week? Check out the Rookie Review Datasheet for a full list of snaps, opportunity, and production. Let’s get right into some #takes in the 2018 Week 6 Rookie Review!
The man at the top of this class has been and will be Saquon Barkley. The last time the Eagles gave up over 100 yards to a running back was Ezekiel Elliott in week 16 last year. Before Zeke? Matt Jones, week 6 of 2016. Barkley was a yard away of having 100 receiving yards as well. He good.
Last week I told you to acquire Ito Smith and stash him for next year. Fast forward one week and Devonta Freeman has landed on injured reserve. So much for stashing. The opportunities and snaps were as close to equal as possible between Smith and Tevin Coleman. Ito saw 13 opportunities on 31 snaps, which he turned into just 21 yards and a touchdown, while TevCo saw 12 opportunities on 38 snaps, 41 total yards and a score of his own. This workload should remain fairly even the rest of the year (barring injuries), so if you can “buy high” on Smith right now, I think his value increases next year. I’d be comfortable sending a late second for him.
Nick Chubb continues to be more efficient with his carries, and Carlos Hyde continues to dominate carries. Chubb saw the field for just seven snaps as the Browns trailed the Chargers for the entire game. Sadly, those seven snaps are his second highest on the season. Buy low on Chubb while you can.
Preseason darling Gus Edwards made his regular season debut against the lowly Titans in a game they controlled from start to finish. Edwards toted the rock ten times for a respectable 42 yards. He’ll be worth keeping an eye on going forward, but I’m not using a roster spot on him just yet.
Rashaad Penny had his best game as a rookie, totaling 70 yards on 11 touches. The downside, however, is that eight of his touches came in the fourth quarter, with Seattle nursing a 27-3 lead. We’ll see if Penny can overtake Mike Davis, but regardless I think this is Chris Carson’s backfield until further notice
Antonio Callaway has been a major disappointment thus far. Since catching three of four targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in week two, Callaway has accumulated just 12 catches for 105 scoreless-yards on 36 targets. Fellow rookie Damion Ratley stepped in this past week and posted 82 yards on 6 of 8 targets. With Callaway struggling and Rashard Higgins still out, Ratley is worth a waiver pick-up. If you’re decimated by injuries/bye weeks, Ratley may even be in consideration for your lineups in deep leagues. The Browns face Tampa Bay in Week 7.
Calvin Ridley played just seven snaps before exiting with an ankle injury. On those seven snaps, he caught all three of his targets for 47 yards. The good news here is that Ridley’s injury doesn’t seem serious and he may even play this coming week. Remember when people were down on Ridley because he didn’t jump high and had a sub-optimal 3-cone? I ‘member.
Another rookie receiver that started off strong and fell off was Keke Coutee. The Texas Tech product had two catches on Houston’s first drive and then wasn’t heard from until the fourth quarter. It would behoove the Texans organization to scheme some quick passes to Coutee if they want their franchise quarterback to live through this season.
Even though Christian Kirk has put together two solid outings since Josh Rosen has taken over, there doesn’t seem to be much chatter about him. In Rosen’s three starts, Kirk has accounted for a 19% target share, 21% of the air yards, and 32% of the team’s receiving yards. The stench of Mike McCoy is lingering, and if you can grab Kirk at a discount, I’m going for it.
Chris Herndon slipped behind the Colts defense to nab his first touchdown of his career. With Quincy Enunwa’s injury, it’s possible we see a few more targets for Herndon, although I wouldn’t go crazy trying to acquire him.
Neither of the rookies in Baltimore appear to be separating themselves. After seeing just 21 snaps last week, Hayden Hurst was on the field for 18. Mark Andrews led the Ravens tight ends in catches and yards with a whopping 2 for 20, but saw just 26% of the snaps. Until there’s an injury to one of the four tight ends, you can’t consider starting either of these rookies.
Even with overtime being played between Chicago and Miami, Mike Gesicki still only saw 35% of the offensive snaps. That mark is his lowest since week one, where he played just 33%. This position group leaves a lot to be desired.
That’s it! Be sure to refer to the Rookie Review Datasheet to spot trends for yourself and use that information for identifying trade targets and start/sit decisions. Thanks as always to Football Outsiders and Pro Football Reference. If your season-long teams are out of contention, it’s time to put more effort into DFS! The crew at TFA is pumping out great content in both articles and podcasts to help you find the best plays each week. Good luck to you all in week seven!