Another week and another round of rookies ready to step up and play big for their teams. Many fantasy managers continue to insist they cannot win with rookies in their lineups, but savvy owners understand when to snatch up a young player before they become too hard to find.
Fortunately, I gave you running backs Eddie Lacy two weeks ago, and Zac Stacy last week, but the well of rookie running backs has run dry for now. Same for rookie quarterbacks unless you want to roll the dice on quarterback Geno Smith against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week. No, this group is all about the pass-catchers.
Some of these players are guys you should go get now, and others are players to keep an eye on as the NFL weekend approaches.
Here is the latest batch of rookies who are going to drop onto the fantasy scene in the coming weeks.
Stats courtesy of ESPN Fantasy Football
Put Williams firmly in the "keep an eye on" category this week. Last week, filling in for the injured wide receiver Miles Austin, Williams torched the Denver Broncos secondary for 151 yards and one touchdown.
William's value this week will depend on whether or not Austin is able to return to the Dallas Cowboys lineup. Williams is only owned in 1.3 percent of ESPN leagues, so look for him, and if Austin is ruled out, get him quick.
Ertz makes a sneaky play here because of the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback situation. With quarterback Nick Foles in for quarterback Mike Vick, the passing game should see a nice boost. Foles isn't going to run on those zone-read plays, so the play-action pass will be a significant weapon.
Ertz also already has good chemistry with Foles when you consider both he and Foles took all of those second-team reps together. The Eagles use a three-headed tight end monster, so don't expect a ton of targets, but if you are desperate, Ertz might score you an easy touchdown. Ertz is only owned in 1.0 percent of ESPN leagues, so keep an eye on him this week.
Robert Woods is another player in a position to do some damage because of a change at quarterback. If quarterback Thad Lewis is as advertised, this team could be playing from behind quite a bit, and with that, he will be winging it all over the field.
I wouldn't play Lewis if my life depended on it, but he's got to throw to someone, and Woods is turning into a very good WR2 in this Buffalo Bills offense. Get him now while only 10.3 percent of teams own him, and watch him develop with his new quarterback.
But one player who could end up getting some of his red-zone looks is tight end Levine Toilolo. He is a long target with a huge catch radius. The Falcons love to go with two tight ends, and minus Jones, that should mean even more meaningful snaps for the big rookie. Whether or not you need Toilolo will depend on just how deep your league is and your bye week tight end/flex situation.
The definition of a deep sleeper, or one-week plug-in, is Moye. And there is no guarantee Moye will even dress, so definitely keep an eye out. But, should Moye dress, he'll be in the WR4 role, but more importantly, he'll be a huge red-zone target for the Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
In Moye's only action of the season, he caught a perfectly thrown fade route for a touchdown. Don't be shocked—if he is on the field on Sunday—if they go right back to him for another.