Missed out on the Rookie Report last week. Marc had to put in some overtime at his real job, and I dropped the ball. My bad.
Anybody riding some of these guys this season? I have used Jonathan Stewart a few times in spot action. I know Matt Forte owners have used him pretty extensively, though he has slowed a little in recent weeks. Prediction: Rams’ wide receiver Donnie Avery cracks this list at some point this season.
The rookie report took last week off, but is back and better than ever with this weeks new rankings of fantasy rookie of the year.
Honorable Mention: DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles – Usually a bye week doesn’t drop you in rankings, but it does in this one due to other rookies having some good weeks. Jackson is still having a great rookie campaign and should continue his great play coming off a bye.
5. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers – I’m glad to see Stewart back in the top five since he was my pick before the season to win this prestigious award. He put up solid numbers against a defense that shut down Adrian Peterson and Darren McFadden in back-to-back weeks. His 68 yards and touchdown was a good outing this past week.
4. Eddie Royal, WR, Broncos – His team didn’t fair well against a prepared New England Patriots defense, but he still had good numbers. Royal continues to prove himself as the best rookie receiver in this past year’s draft.
3. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons – Ryan had a bye week and moved up in the rankings. He has led a mediocre Falcons team to a 4-2 record. He is showing experience beyond his years and is starting to put up solid fantasy numbers. His season should only get better from this point forward.
2. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans – Johnson ran all over a terrible Chiefs defense, but so did his counterpart LenDale White. Johnson finished with one touchdown while White had three. If he continues to lose touchdowns and carries to White it might be hard for him to overtake this weeks leader.
1. Steve Slaton, RB, Texans – Slaton also loses some carries and touchdowns to Ahman Green, but Green isn’t immediately put in the backfield in goal line situations. Slaton only finished with 80 yards and one touchdown last weekend, but it seemed like the Texans went vanilla after taking the lead.