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Fantasy Football Week 8 Rookie Stock Watch

  • The Draft Network
  • October 28, 2020
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With nearly two months of the regular season in the books, the 2020 NFL rookie class is making some serious noise. With no preseason games to get acclimated to the game speed of professional football, the first few weeks of the regular season served as a pseudo-preseason for the incoming class. Now, we’re cooking with gas and rookies are making a major impact across the NFL.

Each Wednesday, The Draft Network, in conjunction with Panini, will be taking a close look at three rookies whose stock is on the rise in fantasy football. After Week 7, the spotlight shines brightly on a pair of quarterbacks and a running back who had a career day on Sunday.

QB Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

Are there any adjectives left to describe Herbert’s performance? He has been breath-taking, sensational, and downright special ever since he was thrust into the starting role for the Chargers. He’s played out of his mind over the last three games, but somehow keeps pushing his stock up. In Week 7, Herbert threw for a career-high 347 yards, rushed for a career high 66 yards, and tied a career high with four total touchdowns. He also earned his first career victory. Herbert must be considered a steady QB1 in the fantasy community moving forward. He has at least 22 fantasy points in four of his five starts this season. His 25.76-point average weekly output places him fourth behind only Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, and Dak Prescott among fantasy quarterbacks.

QB Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

After not throwing a touchdown in either Week 5 or Week 6, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft reemerged in a huge way against his cross-state rivals on Sunday. Burrow threw for a career-high 406 yards and four total touchdowns in a losing effort against the Cleveland Browns. The rookie completed nearly 75% of his passes as well, also a career high. And to top it off, he had a career-high 33.64 fantasy points. It was quite the performance. It’s unfortunate that the Bengals’ offensive line and defense aren’t able to hold up their end of the bargain, but Burrow is every bit as good as advertised and is going to be a special player for years to come.

RB Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team

While two other skill position players were in contention for this final spot—Cleveland Browns tight end Harrison Bryant and Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson—Gibson gets the nod because his stock was slipping in recent weeks. Gibson had fewer than a dozen carries in both Week 5 and Week 6 and finished with a combined 106 yards from scrimmage and no scores. With fellow running back J.D. McKissic getting a lot of work, many fantasy managers were starting to become concerned about Gibson’s upside. Well, he showed what his upside is against the Dallas Cowboys, rushing for a career-high 128 yards on a career-high 20 carries—he also scored his fourth touchdown of the season. Gibson is going to be in somewhat of a timeshare for the foreseeable future, but he’s the more dynamic runner. Sunday proved that if Washington can get an early lead, they are more than willing to let Gibson carry the load and pile up fantasy points.

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