Rookie Report

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    11/14/2008 8:36 PM - 


    Contributed by: Jeff Williamson

    Quarterbacks
    Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
    Week 10 Stats: 16-23, 248 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
    YTD Stats: 149-250, 1,909 yards, 11 TD, 5 INT
    Prognosis: Nine weeks in to the season Ryan is still impressing and shows no sign of slowing down. He is a borderline starter in fantasy at this point.

    Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
    Week 10 Stats: 15-23, 185 yards, 2 TD
    YTD Stats: 151-243, 1,649 yards, 7 TD, 7 INT
    Prognosis: Flacco isn’t playing up to Ryan’s level just yet but he still looks pretty impressive. He struggled with interceptions at first but he hasn’t thrown one in the last four weeks and threw four touchdowns over the same span.

    Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins
    Week 10 Stats: DNP
    YTD Stats: 7-12, 67 yards
    Prognosis: With Chad Pennington playing well thus far through the season, Henne has seen only mop up action. Should Pennington falter or gets injured Henne is first in line for the job.

    Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers
    Week 10 Stats:
    DNP
    YTD Stats: 2-5, 6 yards
    Prognosis: Flynn saw some game action when Aaron Rodgers injured his shoulder in week four. If Rodgers misses any significant time he will get the first shot at the starting job.

    Brian Brohm, Green Bay Packers
    Week 10 Stats:
    DNP
    YTD Stats: None
    Prognosis: Brohm remains the number three quarterback on the Packers depth chart.

    Josh Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Week 10 Stats:
    DNP

    YTD Stats: None
    Prognosis: Johnson currently sits fourth on the Bucs depth chart and would need a big string of quarterback injuries to see game action this season.

    Running Backs
    Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
    Week 10 Stats:
    14 carries, 8 yards; 2 receptions, 15 yards
    YTD Stats: 160 carries, 723 yards, 5 TD; 26 receptions, 179 yards, 1 TD
    Prognosis: Johnson struggled last week but two weeks ago posted a monster 161 yard game against the Packers and a 172 yard game two weeks before, Johnson is the primary focus of the Titans offense and is a must start in fantasy.

     
    Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
    Week 10 Stats: 20 carries, 72 yards; 7 receptions, 54 yards, 1 TD
    YTD Stats: 189 carries, 713 yards, 4 TD; 37 receptions, 282 yards, 3 TD
    Prognosis: Forte is the workhorse of the Bears and currently ranks 5th in the NFL in carries. After a hot start Forte has slowed a bit. With Rex Grossman under center teams will stack the box and force the passing game to beat them.
     
    Steve Slaton, Houston Texans
    Week 10 Stats:
    4 carries, 7 yards; 2 reception, 17 yards
    YTD Stats: 124 carries, 545 yards, 5 TD; 32 receptions, 198 yards, 1 TD
    Prognosis: Found on the waiver wire in most leagues, Slaton has been the surprise of the year posting 89 or more total yards in five of the last seven games.
     
    Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
    Week 10 Stats:
    7 carries, 21 yards, 0 receptions, 0 yards
    YTD Stats: 103 carries, 383 yards, 5 TD; 4 receptions, 12 yards
    Prognosis: Stewart is in the middle of a time share with DeAngelo Williams and is being outplayed. A heel injury has limited his mobility over the last few weeks, so keep an eye on the injury report before starting him.
     
    Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
    Week 10 Stats:
    DNP
    YTD Stats: 67 carries, 341 yards, 1 TD; 10 receptions, 93 yards
    Prognosis: Just like the rest of the Raiders, McFadden has struggled this season and recently battled turf toe on both feet. Between the injury and the surrounding cast, McFadden is a better bet for 2009.
     
    Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
    Week 10 Stats:
    DNP
    YTD Stats: 30 carries, 266 yards, 3 TD; 2 receptions, 10 yards
    Prognosis: Jones has looked very effective early in the season but a hamstring injury has kept him out for the last three weeks. At this point Jones is not practicing but should be owned for when he returns later in the year.
     
    Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
    Week 10 Stats:
    7 carries, 17 yards; 2 receptions, 2 yards
    YTD Stats: 77 carries, 356 yards, 0 TD; 20 receptions, 190 yards
    Prognosis: For most of the year Rice saw only spot duty in the absence of Willis McGahee but exploded two weeks ago for 154 yards against the Browns. McGahee should return this week but if McGahee misses any significant time Rice is a must own.
     
    Kevin Smith, Detroit Lions
    Week 10 Stats:
    23 carries, 96 yards, 1 TD; 1 reception, 27 yards
    YTD Stats: 93 carries, 401 yards, 5 TD; 25 receptions, 189 yards
    Prognosis: Smith has struggled to make much progress in his rookie season and is currently splitting time with Rudi Johnson. Neither back is standing out and at this point neither back should be relied on as a fantasy starter.

    Tim Hightower, Arizona Cardinals
    Week 10 Stats:
    13 carries, 22 yards; 6 receptions, 28 yards
    YTD Stats: 84 carries, 264 yards, 7 TD; 24 receptions, 173 yards
    Prognosis: Hightower spent most of the season as the Cards goal line back but last week he stole the starting job away from Edgerrin James. With the starting job and the goal line work Hightower is a must own RB2.

     
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    Week 10 Stats:
    26 carries, 105 yards
    YTD Stats: 63 carries, 243 yards, 4 TD; 2 receptions, 17 yards
    Prognosis: With the rash of injuries to Patriots running backs Green-Ellis has been given a great opportunity to show off his ability. As long as Sammy Morris remains out Green-Ellis should at least get a share of the goal line action and is a flex starter.
     
    Jamaal Charles
    Week 10 Stats:
    3 carries, 8 yards
    YTD Stats: 50 carries, 274 yards; 17 receptions, 98 yards
    Prognosis: Charles was named the starter for the suspended Larry Johnson and the injured Kolby Smith. In his first full opportunity he torched the Bucs for 106 yards and, despite playing for the chiefs, is a decent start until LJ comes back.
     
    Ryan Torain
    Week 10 Stats:
    12 carries, 68 yards, 1 TD
    YTD Stats: 15 carries, 69 yards, 1 TD
    Prognosis: Well that was quick. Torain, the most talked about player in fantasy football over the past week, tore his ACL and will be placed on injured reserve. Ryan, we hardly knew ye.
     
    Rashard Mendenhall
    Week 10 Stats:
    DNP
    YTD Stats: 19 carries, 58 yards; 2 receptions, 17 yards
    Prognosis: Given a golden opportunity to start when Willie Parker was out, Mendenhall promptly fractured his shoulder and was placed on injured reserve. Dynasty league owners should inquire about Mendenhall for next season.

    Wide Receivers
    Eddie Royal, Denver Broncos
    Week 10 Stats:
    6 receptions, 164 yards
    YTD Stats: 52 receptions, 625 yards, 4 TD
    Prognosis: Royal has been somewhat inconsistent since his explosive 146 yard debut, but his upside is tremendous. This week he torched the Browns secondary for a six catch, 164 yard performance that included a 93 yard touchdown. Royal is a must start at this point.

     
    DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
    Week 10 Stats:
    4 receptions, 61 yards
    YTD Stats: 38 receptions, 586 yards, 1 TD
    Prognosis: Despite his bonehead play on Monday night a few weeks ago, Jackson has established himself as one of the top rookie receivers in the league. With Kevin Curtis returning to the Philly lineup, Jackson’s role may decrease but he is still worth starting.

    Donnie Avery, St. Louis Rams
    Week 10 Stats: 2 receptions, 29 yards; 1 carry, 13 yards
    YTD Stats: 25 receptions, 392 yards, 2 TD; 6 carries, 61 yards, 1 TD
    Prognosis: With Torry Holt fading quickly into oblivion, Avery has become the Rams go to receiver and has big play ability. He can be inconsistent, as most deep threats are, but he has earned a WR3 spot with some big games.

    James Hardy, Buffalo Bills
    Week 10 Stats:
    2 receptions, 21 yards, 1 TD
    YTD Stats: 9 receptions, 87 yards, 2 TD
    Prognosis:
    Dubbed as one of the rookie receivers to watch coming in to the year the big bodied Henry has been very disappointing catching just one touchdown pass and has just three multi catch games. He has ability but is probably a better receiver for 2009.

    Josh Morgan, San Francisco 49ers
    Week 10 Stats:
    4 receptions, 54 yards, 1 TD
    YTD Stats: 15 receptions, 214 yards, 2 TD
    Prognosis: Morgan showed a ton of potential in the pre-season but it hasn’t shown through in the regular season. He had a strong game against the Giants two weeks ago so there are signs of a breakout. Morgan is a receiver to keep an eye on for the second half.

     
    Limas Sweed, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Week 10 Stats: 0 receptions, 0 yards
    YTD Stats: 4 receptions, 39 yards
    Prognosis: Sweed wasn’t active for most of the Steelers early games but a potential drug suspension for Santonio Holmes could open up a big opportunity for Sweed. He isn’t worth rostering yet but add him to your watch list.
     
    Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
    Week 10 Stats: 2 receptions, 17 yards
    YTD Stats: 20 receptions, 228 yards, 1 TD
    Prognosis: With James Jones injured for most of the season, Nelson has evolved in to the third WR role for the Packers. He is a decent bye week fill in and a solid option should Donald Driver or Greg Jennings suffer an injury.

    Devin Thomas, Washington Redskins
    Week 10 Stats:
    3 receptions, 14 yards
    YTD Stats: 8 receptions, 63 yards
    Prognosis: The Redskins offense has been surprisingly productive this season but Thomas hasn’t been much of a part of it. At this point Thomas is playing behind James Thrash on the depth chart. Thomas is a receiver to watch for next season.

    Malcolm Kelly, Washington Redskins
    Week 10 Stats:
    0 receptions, 0 yards
    YTD Stats: 1 reception, 6 yards
    Prognosis: Kelly has battled knee injuries all season and is likely to be placed on injured reserve in the next few weeks.

    Tight Ends
    Dustin Keller, New York Jets
    Week 10 Stats:
    6 receptions, 107 yards
    YTD Stats: 19 receptions, 254 yards, 3 TD
    Prognosis: Keller is playing in a crowded Jets tight end corps and is battling for playing time. He has been hot lately and can catch a Brett Favre touchdown any time. He is a borderline starter at this point

    John Carlson, Seattle Seahawks
    Week 10 Stats:
    5 receptions, 54 yards
    YTD Stats: 27 receptions, 298 yards, 2 TD
    Prognosis: Carlson started strong but has slowed down in recent weeks, much like the rest of the Seahawks. A potential return of Matt Hasselbeck under center could boost Carslon’s stats and makes him a tight end to watch.

    Jacob Tamme, Indianapolis Colts
    Week 10 Stats:
    0 receptions, 0 yards
    YTD Stats: 1 reception, 6 yards
    Prognosis: With Dallas Clark back on the field Tamme is mostly irrelevant. Unless Clark returns to the injury report fantasy owners should look elsewhere.
     


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    Rookie Report

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      10/14/2008 6:51 PM - 

      Contributed by: Jeff Williamson

      Quarterbacks

      Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
      Week 6 Stats: 22-30, 301 yards, 1 TD
      YTD Stats: 93-161, 1,164 yards, 5 TD, 3 INT
      Prognosis: Through his first six starts, Ryan has looked poised and prepared. Coming off his first 300 yard game of his young career, Ryan has nothing but upside and makes an excellent fantasy backup.

      Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
      Week 6 Stats: 28-38, 241 yards, 3 INT
      YTD Stats: 90-144, 844 yards, 1 TD, 7 INT
      Prognosis: Flacco has looked solid so far his rookie season, but he has struggled some throwing seven interceptions to just one touchdown. The future looks promising for the young gunslinger and he should improve as he gains experience.

      Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins
      Week 6 Stats: DNP
      YTD Stats: 7-12, 67 yards
      Prognosis: With Chad Pennington playing well thus far through the season, Henne has seen only mop up action. Should Pennington falter or gets injured Henne is first in line for the job.

      Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers
      Week 6 Stats:
      DNP
      YTD Stats: 2-5, 6 yards
      Prognosis: Flynn saw some game action when Aaron Rodgers injured his shoulder in week four. If Rodgers misses any significant time he will get the first shot at the starting job.

      Brian Brohm, Green Bay Packers
      Week 6 Stats: DNP
      YTD Stats: None
      Prognosis: Brohm remains the number three quarterback on the Packers depth chart.

      Josh Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
      Week 6 Stats:
      DNP
      YTD Stats: None
      Prognosis: Johnson currently sits fourth on the Bucs depth chart and would need a big string of quarterback injuries to see game action this season.

      Running Backs

      Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
      Week 6 Stats: 20 carries, 76 yards, 1 TD; 5 receptions, 34 yards
      YTD Stats: 127 carries, 459 yards, 3 TD; 27 receptions, 206 yards, 2 TD
      Prognosis: Forte has looked extremely impressive so far this season, leading all rookie running backs with 459 yards and leads all rookies in carries. As long as he keeps the workload Forte will continue to be a must start this season.

      Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
      Week 6 Stats: Bye
      YTD Stats: 85 carries, 381 yards, 2 TD; 12 receptions, 69 yards, 1 TD
      Prognosis: Johnson has established himself as one of this season’s breakout stars and trails only Forte in rushing yards among rookie backs. Johnson has seen the bulk of the action on the resurgent Titans offense, with LenDale White getting the bulk of the goal line action.

      Steve Slaton, Houston Texans
      Week 6 Stats: 15 carries, 58 yards; 1 reception, 3 yards
      YTD Stats: 72 carries, 343 yards, 3 TD; 17 receptions, 103 yards, 1 TD
      Prognosis: Slaton got a chance to start when Ahman Green went down early in the year and has responded in a big way with three games of over 100 total yards.

      Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
      Week 6 Stats:
      8 carries, 30 yards
      YTD Stats: 59 carries, 302 yards, 1 TD; 7 receptions, 43 yards
      Prognosis: McFadden has battled a toe injury for most of the season but has looked impressive when healthy.

      Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
      Week 6 Stats: 6 carries, 12 yards, 1 reception, 1 yard
      YTD Stats: 71 carries, 284 yards, 4 TD; 2 receptions, 9 yards
      Prognosis: Stewart is currently stuck in a 50/50 running back by committee but has seen the bulk of the team’s rushing touchdowns. As long as he retains the goal line carries Stewart is a good second back or flex option.

      Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
      Week 6 Stats:
      3 carries, 22 yards
      YTD Stats: 30 carries, 266 yards, 3 TD; 2 receptions, 10 yards
      Prognosis: Jones has looked very effective as the change of pace back alongside Marion Barber but a strained hamstring will keep him out at least the next two weeks. When healthy he can be used as a flex option and if Barber goes down he is an excellent RB2.

      Kevin Smith, Detroit Lions
      Week 6 Stats:
      5 carries, 62 yards; 2 receptions, 11 yards
      YTD Stats: 42 carries, 195 yards, 2 TD; 14 receptions, 89 yards
      Prognosis: Along with most of the Lions, Smith has struggled so far this season and is slowly losing his job to veteran Rudi Johnson. Unless he gets his job back Smith should only be owned in dynasty leagues.

      Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
      Week 6 Stats:
      6 carries, 23 yards, 7 receptions, 64 yards
      YTD Stats: 34 carries, 108 yards; 10 receptions, 83 yards
      Prognosis: Once thought to supplant Willis McGahee in Baltimore, Rice lost his backup job to Le’Ron McClain. A solid effort in week six will keep his hat in the ring but there are too many Ravens running backs to make him a solid option for now.

      Tim Hightower, Arizona Cardinals
      Week 6 Stats:
      7 carries, 20 yards; 4 receptions, 29 yards
      YTD Stats: 43 carries, 130 yards, 5 TD; 14 receptions, 121 yards
      Prognosis: Hightower found a role as the goal line back for the Cardinals and is a change of pace when Edgerrin James needs a breather. He is a must handcuff for all Edge owners.

      Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers
      Week 6 Stats:
      DNP
      YTD Stats: 19 carries, 58 yards; 2 receptions, 17 yards
      Prognosis: Given a golden opportunity to start when Willie Parker was out, Mendenhall promptly fractured his shoulder and was placed on injured reserve. Dynasty league owners should inquire about Mendenhall for next season.

      Wide Receivers

      DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
      Week 6 Stats: 6 receptions, 98 yards
      YTD Stats: 29 receptions, 433 yards, 1 TD
      Prognosis: Jackson has looked as dominant as any receiver leading all rookie receivers in yards and ranks 10th among all NFL receivers. With injuries to the rest of the corps, Jackson appears to be Donovan McNabb’s go to receiver.

      Eddie Royal, Denver Broncos
      Week 6 Stats:
      DNP
      YTD Stats: 30 receptions, 321 yards, 2 TD; 3 carries, 15 yards
      Prognosis: Royal started off the year with a monstrous 146 yard effort but an ankle injury has brought him back to Earth. If healthy, he remains a must own in the high flying Denver offense.

      James Hardy, Buffalo Bills
      Week 6 Stats:
      Bye
      YTD Stats: 5 receptions, 47 yards, 1 TD
      Prognosis: Hardy is a raw receiver with big upside but for now he has been limited to a handful of receptions. Watch for Hardy to make a late season run as he learns the offense.

      Devin Thomas, Washington Redskins
      Week 6 Stats:
      0 receptions, 0 yards
      YTD Stats: 4 receptions, 40 yards
      Prognosis: Thomas currently sits behind James Thrash on the depth charts and should not be counted on as a fantasy receiver.

      Malcolm Kelly, Washington Redskins
      Week 6 Stats: 0 receptions, 0 yards
      YTD Stats: 1 reception, 6 yards
      Prognosis: Kelly has been struggling with a knee injury since pre-season and may be placed on injured reserve.

      Limas Sweed, Pittsburgh Steelers
      Week 6 Stats:
      Bye
      YTD Stats: 0 receptions, 0 yards
      Prognosis: Sweed has been a disappointment so far for the Steelers, playing in only one game this season.

      Josh Morgan, San Francisco 49ers
      Week 6 Stats:
      1 reception, 25 yards
      YTD Stats: 6 receptions, 74 yards
      Prognosis: Morgan was a pre-season superstar but has battled hamstring problems throughout the regular season. If healthy, Morgan could put up 3rd WR stats.

      Donnie Avery, St. Louis Rams
      Week 6 Stats:
      4 receptions, 73 yards
      YTD Stats: 10 receptions, 119 yards
      Prognosis: Avery had a breakout game in week six catching four passes for 73 yards. As the Rams improve look for Avery to become a larger part of the team’s offense.

      Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons
      Week 6 Stats: 5 receptions, 96 yards
      YTD Stats: 11 receptions, 148 yards
      Prognosis: Douglas had a huge game in week six against Chicago but currently sits behind Roddy White and Michael Jenkins on the depth chart. Douglas remains someone to watch for those in need of a wide receiver.

      Tight Ends

      John Carlson, Seattle Seahawks
      Week 6 Stats: 4 receptions, 22 yards
      YTD Stats: 16 receptions, 190 yards
      Prognosis: Through week six Carlson has been the most consistent rookie TE in the league ranking ninth in receptions and 11th overall in yards at the position.


      Dustin Keller, New York Jets
      Week 6 Stats: 0 receptions, 0 yards
      YTD Stats: 6 receptions, 84 yards, 2 TD
      Prognosis: Playing in a crowded Jets tight end corps, Keller should only be relied on in emergency situations.

      Jacob Tamme, Indianapolis Colts
      Week 6 Stats:
      1 reception, 6 yards
      YTD Stats: 1 reception, 6 yards
      Prognosis: With the return of Dallas Clark, Tamme will not see much action in the high powered Colts offense. Should Clark go down for any period of time, Tamme is a TE to watch.

       


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      Rookie Report

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        09/09/2008 5:36 PM - 


        Contributed By: Jeff Williamson

        Ah yes, football is back and a whole new crop of rookies have their first official taste of the league. We will be monitoring this year’s rookie standouts all year to help you find this year’s Adrian Peterson. We had some impressive rookie performances so far. Here is a look at how the youngsters fared in their first week.

        Quarterbacks
        Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
        Week 1 Stats:
        9-13, 161 yards, 1 TD
        YTD Stats: 9-13, 161 yards, 1 TD
        Prognosis: A touchdown on your first NFL pass? That’s pretty good. Ryan showed a lot of poise and composure in his first start.

        Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
        Week 1 Stats: 15-29, 129 yards; 4 carries, 37 yards, 1 TD
        YTD Stats: 15-29, 129 yards; 4 carries, 37 yards, 1 TD
        Prognosis: Flacco played well against a Bengals defense that looked lost. His impressive play came on a 38-yard touchdown run. Who knew the big man had wheels?

        Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins
        Week 1 Stats: DNP
        YTD Stats: None
        Prognosis:
        Henne beat out John Beck for the second quarterback job, but likely wont see much game time with veteran Chad Pennington on the team.

        Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers
        Week 1 Stats:
        DNP
        YTD Stats: None
        Prognosis: A seventh-round rookie, Flynn beat out second-round rookie Brian Brohm for the backup job. If Aaron Rodgers falters he will get first shot. 

        Brian Brohm, Green Bay Packers
        Week 1 Stats:
        DNP
        YTD Stats: None
        Prognosis: Brohm failed to live up to expectations this off-season and now finds himself buried on the Packers depth chart.

        Josh Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
        Week 1 Stats: DNP

        YTD Stats: None
        Prognosis: Currently fourth on the Bucs depth chart, 2008 will be a learning year for Josh Johnson. It would take a small miracle for him to see the field this year.

        Running Backs
        Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

        Week 1 Stats: 23 carries, 123 yards, 1 TD; 3 receptions, 18 yards
        YTD Stats: 23 carries, 123 yards, 1 TD; 3 receptions, 18 yards
        Prognosis: Forte stole the show for rookie running backs, racking up 123 yards and ripping off a 50-yard touchdown. The Colts have a tough defense and Forte made them look like a college team. This could be a big year for the Bears rookie.

        Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
        Week 1 Stats:
        15 carries, 93 yards; 3 receptions, 34 yards, 1 TD
        YTD Stats: 15 carries, 93 yards; 3 receptions, 34 yards, 1 TD
        Prognosis: Johnson showed off his wheels in week one against a tough Jaguars defense. A few more games like that and he’ll make a good case for rookie of the year.

        Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
        Week 1 Stats:
        10 carries, 53 yards
        YTD Stats: 10 carries, 53 yards
        Prognosis: Stewart is a big body back with speed to match. He is splitting carries with DeAngelo Williams for now, but Stewart has the makings of a great feature back someday.

        Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
        Week 1 Stats:
        22 carries, 64 yards; 3 receptions, 19 yards
        YTD Stats: 22 carries, 64 yards; 3 receptions, 19 yards
        Prognosis: Rice had a golden opportunity with a week one start, but was outplayed by Le’Ron McLain. When Willis McGahee returns to the mix, possibly as soon as this week, Rice could see his window of opportunity close quickly.

        Kevin Smith, Detroit Lions
        Week 1 Stats:
        16 carries, 48 yards; 4 receptions, 32 yards
        YTD Stats: 16 carries, 48 yards; 4 receptions, 32 yards
        Prognosis: Smith got the week one start, but his carries were limited when the Falcons jumped out to an early lead. He will likely split more time with Rudi Johnson as the season rolls on.

        Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
        Week 1 Stats:
        9 carries, 62 yards, 1 TD
        YTD Stats: 9 carries, 62 yards, 1 TD
        Prognosis: Jones played well in replacement duty in week one averaging close to seven yards per carry. If Marion Barber misses any time, Jones showed he is a more than capable replacement.

        Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
        Week 1 Stats:
        9 carries, 46 yards; 1 reception, 11 yards
        YTD Stats: 9 carries, 46 yards; 1 reception, 11 yards
        Prognosis: McFadden looked average in a loss to the Broncos and left early with a possible shoulder injury. If healthy, he will be stuck in a committee situation with Justin Fargas for most of the season.

        Steve Slaton, Houston Texans
        Week 1 Stats:
        13 carries, 43 yards; 3 receptions, 6 yards
        YTD Stats: 13 carries, 43 yards; 3 receptions, 6 yards
        Prognosis: With the Steelers absolutely pounding the Texans in week one, Slaton’s carries were limited. With the aging and fragile Ahman Green ahead of him, Slaton will get a good chance to show what he can do.

        Tim Hightower, Arizona Cardinals
        Week 1 Stats:
        8 carries, 13 yards, 1 TD; 3 receptions, 21 yards
        YTD Stats: 8 carries, 13 yards, 1 TD; 3 receptions, 21 yards
        Prognosis: Hightower scored his first touchdown, stealing a goal line carry from Edgerrin James, a role he should fill all season. He will have good value this season in all TD heavy leagues.

        Wide Receivers
        DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
        Week 1 Stats:
        6 receptions, 106 yards
        YTD Stats: 6 receptions, 106 yards
        Prognosis: With injuries to Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis, Jackson has quickly become Donovan McNabb’s new go to guy. He is a small receiver, but has blazing speed, giving the Eagles the deep threat they desperately needed.

        Eddie Royal, Denver Broncos
        Week 1 Stats:
        9 receptions, 146 yards, 1 TD; 2 carries, 9 yards
        YTD Stats: 9 receptions, 146 yards, 1 TD; 2 carries, 9 yards
        Prognosis: With Brandon Marshall suspended for week one, Royal got a start in his first game. He cashed in big time catching nine passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.

        James Hardy, Buffalo Bills
        Week 1 Stats:
        0 receptions, 0 yards
        YTD Stats: 0 receptions, 0 yards
        Prognosis: Hardy is in a battle for the starting job with Josh Reed and did not catch a pass during week one. He should be a big factor in the Bills red zone plans this season.

        Devin Thomas, Washington Redskins
        Week 1 Stats:
        1 reception, 5 yards
        YTD Stats: 1 reception, 5 yards
        Prognosis: Thomas has not looked sharp yet this season. He caught one pass against the Giants, but factored very little in the team’s game plan.

        Malcolm Kelly, Washington Redskins
        Week 1 Stats:
        DNP
        YTD Stats: None
        Prognosis: Kelly missed all of the pre-season and week one as he recovers from knee surgery. He should return for Week 2 against the Saints.

        Limas Sweed, Pittsburgh Steelers
        Week 1 Stats:
        DNP
        YTD Stats: None
        Prognosis: In a surprising move, Sweed was not active for the team’s opener against the Texans. He should see some game time as the season rolls on.

        Josh Morgan, San Franscisco 49ers
        Week 1 Stats:
        0 receptions, 0 yards
        YTD Stats: 0 receptions, 0 yards
        Prognosis: Morgan was active, but he did not catch a pass in week one against the Cardinals. The 49ers will rotate receivers opposite Isaac Bruce until one stands out, and Morgan remains a deep sleeper for 2008.

        Donnie Avery, St. Louis Rams
        Week 1 Stats:
        DNP
        YTD Stats: None
        Prognosis: Avery was inactive for the Rams beat down…err… week one game. With Drew Bennett out for 4-6 weeks, Avery will be counted on very soon.

        Tight Ends
        Dustin Keller, New York Jets
        Week 1 Stats:
        0 receptions, 0 yards
        YTD Stats: 0 receptions, 0 yards
        Prognosis: Keller is currently listed as the second TE on the Jets depth chart, but he should surpass Chris Baker as the season wears on.

        John Carlson, Seattle Seahawks
        Week 1 Stats:
        4 receptions, 52 yards
        YTD Stats: 4 receptions, 52 yards
        Prognosis: Carlson had a big week one, catching four passes, two deep in Buffalo territory. He could turn in to a solid pass catching tight end the Seahawks desperately need.

        Jacob Tamme, Indianapolis Colts
        Week 1 Stats:
        1 reception, 6 yards
        YTD Stats: 1 reception, 6 yards
        Prognosis: Dallas Clark was injured early in the Colts opener. If he misses any time, Tamme has the ability to be a nice weapon for Peyton Manning.



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