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Fantasy Football Week 5 Rookie Stock Watch

  • The Draft Network
  • October 7, 2020
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With the first month of the 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 an 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 4, the spotlight shines brightly on three players at three different positions who made a huge impact last weekend. 

QB: Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

If there were any Herbert doubters out there, they’re long gone after his 290-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Facing a Todd Bowles-led defense known for pressuring and confusing rookies, Herbert aced the test by standing strong in the pocket and launching the ball downfield with defenders barrelling down. Aside from Keenan Allen, Herbert was throwing to former practice squad and XFL players and still had 23 fantasy points. Herbert’s confidence and passing prowess have solidified himself as the Chargers’ starter now and going forward. There’s no way head coach Anthony Lynn can give this job back to Tyrod Taylor. 

RB: Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team

They say patience is a virtue and Gibson’s fantasy managers are certainly being rewarded for not panicking after Week 1. Gibson’s role in Washington’s offense grows by the week. He led Washington in rushing yards (46) and total yards (128), while also scoring, in Week 4. He finished with a career-high 17 touches and 22.8 fantasy points. It was always going to take some time for Gibson to be the guy in the Washington backfield after playing wide receiver at Memphis. As his confidence and offensive coordinator Scott Turner’s confidence in him grows, he will only continue to thrive. His future outlook is bright. 

WR: Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

How one follows up a breakout performance is as important as the breakout itself. Jefferson got the entire football world’s attention with a seven-catch, 175-yard, one-touchdown performance in Week 3. It earned him a spot in this column last week. However, with a solid matchup against the Houston Texans on tap, many were curious to see what Jefferson did next. He didn’t disappoint. The former LSU star caught four of his five passes for 103 yards, which puts him in some darn good company:

Many believed Jefferson would be a star no matter where he landed in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Vikings need all the help they can get after starting 1-3, and Jefferson’s continued success will go a long way to helping Minnesota climb out of the early season hole it dug.

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