NFL Rookie Tracker Week 6

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NFL ROOKIE TRACKER WEEK 6

It’s the NFL rookie tracker, it’s week six already, so let’s get into the film and the box scores and see what’s up!

Rookie Of The Week – Evan Engram, TE, Giants

The G men went into mile high without their top three wideouts, against one of the top secondary’s in the NFL, and came away with their first win of the season. In a crazy upset, a huge part of the win was the play of rookie tight end Evan Engram. He secured five of eight targets for 82 yards and a score. Engram has been heavily targeted in the early weeks of the season, but this was his first real TE1 type of performance. He played a lot out of the slot in the absence of Sterling Shepherd and Brandon Marshall, and he appears to be a matchup nightmare for linebackers with his speed and run after catch ability. I’ve been championing Engram as a weekly start since the beginning of this column, and in week five I got burned with a goose egg. That said, going forward with his increased opportunity and the Giants playing every game like its an eliminator I expect him to be heavily involved and I’d even go as far as to say that there are only three, maybe four players I’d rather own at the position for the rest of the way. Engram will get plenty of targets, he will basically play as an orthodox wide receiver at times, he’s a physical freak with speed that belies his huge frame. The upside here is HUGE, and from a dynasty standpoint he could come out of his rookie season as one of the jewels in the crown of your team.

NOTABLE PERFORMERS

DeShaun Watson – QB – Texans

Another three passing scores for Watson and a two point conversion thrown in for good measure, in truth this was Watson’s worst game since his first start against the Bengals. He completed just over half of his passes and had an ugly interception that Jason McCourty took to the house. His accuracy was a little off at times, but in truth the Texans bossed this game and Watson didn’t have to push the pace. The appeal with Watson is his high fantasy floor, and though he only had 27 rushing yards this week, he still made good on his Fantasy line in a good matchup. Watson is a top ten QB the rest of the way, and an increasingly valuable dynasty asset.

Leonard Fournette – RB – Jaguars

Hey, remember when people started to get cute and select Joe Mixon over Leonard Fournette at the top of rookie drafts this summer? I do! I thought it was a huge risk then, and I still do now. At no point should Mixon have entered the 1.01 conversation ahead of Fournette, and I can only presume that people got bored of seeing the LSU runner sitting on top of the ADP for so long. This is not a slight at Mixon, who I think is a great talent with a great future ahead of him, but Fournette is just an absolute monster! A sledgehammer of a back, with long speed, and good enough receiving ability, he looks every bit the fourth overall pick in the draft through his first six games. He started off with a 75 yard score and everything after that was gravy for his owners. He did tweak his ankle late in the game and has not practiced as of yet this week, but the non contact injury looked worse than it actually was and he seemed to come away unscathed. If you didn’t get cute with Corey Davis or Joe Mixon with the 1.1 in your rookie draft, you are sitting on a top 10 overall dynasty asset with the situation and talent to be the top player overall in start up drafts. Fournette is elite.

Marlon Mack – RB – Colts

This one is a bit of a mea culpa from me, as I missed Mack’s electric performance against the Niners in week five off the list of notable performers in the rookie tracker. In week six he was criminally under used in the Colts loss to the Titans, which was a shame for his dynasty owners. There are a number of reasons Mack can’t be trusted as a weekly start just yet, but chief among them is how well Frank Gore is playing. Gore is still picking up the hard yards, and just as importantly he looks superb in pass protection, which will be important with Jacoby Brisett under centre for the foreseeable future. I just don’t understand the misuse of Mack in an offense that could use a spark and an outlet for its young QB to lean on. To put it into context, Mack ran nine times for 91 yards and a score in week five. After that game his coach Chuck Pagano said he’d earned more touches, then in the week he flipped and said Mack wasn’t ready for a bigger role, then he gave him just two carries against the Titans. Very confusing, as he seems to have much more juice than Gore at this stage. I don’t think Mack is startable just yet, but if I was a dynasty owner I’d be looking at acquiring some shares before he goes off properly.

Kareem Hunt – RB – Chiefs

First rookie to have 100 scrimmage yards in his first six games. Match up proof. Huge workload. Will be back in the end zone soon. Dynasty stud. Not much more to say about Hunt that we haven’t already said in this column. He’s legit.

Mike Williams – WR – Chargers

Hallelujah! One of the first round wide receivers was active and caught a pass! It’s been a rough season so far for the rookies at the position, but it’s great to see Williams on the field and hopefully he will become a bigger part of the game plan as the Chargers battle to save their season.

Taywan Taylor – WR – Titans

Taylor got in the endzone for the first time in his career on Monday night Football, and is just begging to be used more in this Titans offense! Corey Davis is still a no show with a hamstring injury, and while Eric Decker showed a little in this game against the Colts, he is not exactly setting the world alight. I expect Taylor’s role to grow as the season progresses and as Marcus Mariota gets healthier and more into his stride. He’s a boom or bust option in your starting line up, but definitely a player I want on as many dynasty squads as possible.

C.J Beathard – QB – 49ers

C.J Beathard is now the starting quarterback of the Niners. He came in in relief of Bryan Hoyer in the second quarter of this game against the Redskins. Beathard looked good as the Niners chased the game, throwing for 245 yards and a score, with a late interception. The offense seemed to lift when the Iowa product came into the game,and the skill players seemed to respond to the young signal caller moving them up and down the field. There is probably nothing to see here, Beathard was seen as a reach when the Niners spent a third rounder on him last April, but he’s a starting NFL QB, and in a dynasty league he should be owned, you never know what he may turn into, or what you might be able to get for him down the line. Go get him if you still can.

CAUSE FOR CONCERN

Christian McCaffrey – RB – Panthers

I said last week that I was concerned that McCaffrey hasn’t run between the tackles very well, and in this week six game against the Eagles he continued that worrying trend. I’ll say again that I do not have any long term worries about McCaffrey as a dynasty asset or as a player. He is a weekly start in PPR leagues already, and in this game he caught 10 balls for 56 yards and a score on a whopping 14 targets. I just feel for him to become a true monster for fantasy purposes, he has to grab a hold of that job between the tackles. If he does, then the sky is the limit, but if he doesn’t show something inside before the season is out, it would be a real concern that the Panthers look for a more bruising compliment next off season.I just feel like, for where people were drafting McCaffrey this past offseason, you expect more than a Theo Riddick/Chris Thompson type back who’s upside is built solely into PPR.

Corey Davis – WR – Titans

This one is more frustration than concern. I’m not privy to how the Titans have dealt with the hamstring injury that Corey Davis is missing games with, but let’s look at the facts….

He missed time in the pre season with the same injured hamstring.

He played in the Titans first three games and was bothered by it.

He re-entered the Titans third game of the season, after leaving with the injury, even though the Titans had the game well in hand against the Seahawks.

He’s now missed three games in a row, and will also miss week seven against the Browns.

Will Davis return after the Titans week eight bye? It seems to be up in the air at this point in time, and as I said earlier it’s so frustrating, because you know the guy can ball, and you know that Titans squad is crying out for someone to grab the lions share of the targets. Be patient with Davis, when he does take the field he will ball out, and I’m gonna go as far as saying you can book it.

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