Rookie Recap Weekly
Welcome, fellow IDP fantasy owners to Volume 9 of my newest weekly article. For those of you just reading this for the first time, each week I am going to recap the top performances of a handful of rookies. We will look at how they did the past week, what it means going forward and, most importantly, the impact in the fantasy world. I hope this will help your fantasy rosters. Let’s jump right into this week’s write up.
LB, Roquan Smith, Chicago Bears Roquan had possibly his best game to date with his thirteen tackles, eleven solo and one forced fumble performance against the Buffalo Bills. He was all over the field from sideline to sideline making tackles. This is what the Bears expected when they drafted him. He now has fifty-four total tackles on the season and is on pace to finish with one-hundred eight. He’s still a little bit of an inconsistent play, but that reliability will come. I have him currently graded as an LB2 in fantasy.
LB, Bradley Chubb, Denver Broncos I mentioned a couple weeks ago that Chubb was finally starting to heat up and be a force. He’s finally getting accustomed to playing as an outside linebacker instead of defensive end. Over the first five weeks, he only had one and a half sacks. However, in the last four, he has tallied six and a half. He now has a total of eight on the year and ranks among the league leaders. A must-start in leagues that score sacks heavily, and I currently have him graded as an LB2 in fantasy.
LB, Jerome Baker, Miami Dolphins Baker makes another appearance on this list after his stellar outing versus the New York Jets. He recorded five tackles and an interception which he returned for a touchdown. On the season he now has fifty-two tackles, two sacks and one pick six. He’s showing he has a well-rounded game and, along with Kiko Alonso and Raekwon McMillan, he’s formed a strong linebacking trio for the Dolphins. While not yet as good as the two linebackers listed above, he is a solid player. I currently have him graded as LB3 in fantasy, and with the bye weeks in full swing, he’s definitely worth starting.
S, Justin Reid, Houston Texans This is the second week in a row Reid has made the rookie recap. He’s getting better and better each week and is now a viable fantasy option as a rookie. This past Sunday versus the Denver Broncos, he had maybe his best game so far. He had a career-best ten tackles, with nine being of the solo variety, and also added a forced fumble. On the season he now has a total forty-nine tackles with forty being solos. He has nineteen total tackles in the last two weeks, which makes him valuable to fantasy owners. I currently have him graded as an S2 fantasy option.
CB, Donte Jackson, Carolina Panthers The rookie from LSU makes another showing on the rookie recap this week. He had five tackle, one interception performance versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jackson now has four interceptions on the season to go along with thirty-six tackles. He will continue to get playmaking opportunities since we all know that QBs pick on rookie corners. He’s a must-own and start in position specific leagues. I have a current grade of a low-end CB1 on him.
LB, Gernard Avery, Cleveland Browns Starting linebacker Christian Kirksey left Sunday’s game versus the Kansas City Chiefs with a hamstring injury. The extent of the injury isn’t known just yet, but they can be tricky and linger. Initial projections are that Tanner Vallejo will be the beneficiary. This may be true, but I wouldn’t rule out the Browns getting a look at Avery to see what he can do. This past Sunday he had three tackles and a sack which gives him a total of seventeen tackles and two and a half sacks. While he’s not a must-start option right now, he could develop into one quickly if given the opportunity. I have him graded as a LB4 currently.
LB, Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers Warner has been one of the better rookies over the first half of the season. That can be attributed to the consistency with which he has played so far. He recorded seven tackles on Thursday night versus the Oakland Raiders. That marks the seventh time he has hit that mark in the nine games played to this point. There were concerns that Rueben Foster would take away from him when Foster returned from a suspension, but that hasn’t been the case. He now has seventy-three tackles on the season, and fifty-six of them have been solo. I currently have a grade of a low-end LB1 on him in fantasy.
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