For the most part—i.e. except for Cam Newton—rookies didn't play a huge part in fantasy football Week 1. Randall Cobb had a huge day, however on offense he still only had two receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown.
That's not exactly overwhelming for fantasy owners even as a rookie.
Here are four guys to look out for this week of the rookie pool.
Without his monstrous kick return, Randall Cobb was only really a small part of the Packers' offense. This week he should see more targets as the Packers look to use their depth advantage over the Panthers.
Cobb could see plenty of action in the second half, and even play a starters role, if the Packers push out far enough to bring in backups.
He should seize every advantage even if Matt Flynn is throwing him the ball. Finishing up with 70 yards and a touchdown should be the standard he is looking to meet.
Running on the Chicago Bears won't be an enjoyable experience for Mark Ingram. However with Olin Kreutz likely looking to prove a point, as well as the Saints' guards after last week's showing, Ingram will likely have some holes to run through.
The Bears don't give up a lot of rushing yards, which they evidenced by forcing Matt Ryan to throw the ball so much last week, but the Saints will be looking to stay balanced. The Bears likely won't jump out to a lead the way the Packers did, as well as the way they did on the Falcons, which will allow the team to feed Ingram.
I see a lot of two yard and three yard runs for Ingram but he should break off a big gainer at least once. If he can finish the game with 65 yards and a touchdown, he will be doing well.
Doug Baldwin may not be Julio Jones, but he had a big day last week. Baldwin led the Seattle Seahawks in receiving with 83 yards on four receptions with a touchdown. He probably wasn't even on a fantasy roster last week but may be worth looking at as a sleeper.
Baldwin will have a tough time in Pittsburgh this week, but the team's secondary isn't stellar.
The offense as a whole will be in trouble but if the game becomes a blowout, the Steelers will take their foot off the gas. Baldwin could finish the game with 50 yards and a late touchdown.
The Packers will once again be without Mike Neal which will hurt their pressure package. However they should be able to overcome that and win the game against the Panthers.
That said, Cam Newton can still be a relevant fantasy option this week. He may not be breaking more rookie records but he will be able to move the ball. His performance last week had enough signs with it to say that he is the real deal rather than one freak outing.
With his velocity and accuracy, he will have no problem getting big plays all year long. While his poise and understanding should also allow him to overcome Dom Capers' blitz packages.
Newton should finish the game with around 200 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. We must remember that he is still a rookie, but he may have some garbage time football to play in this game.