Top 10 Rookie of the Year candidates entering Week 9
After seven excellent weeks, Ronald Darby earned himself some rest and relaxation on the Bills’ bye week. holding onto the top spot in our race for Rookie of the Year. There was certainly a lot of movement throughout the remaining nine spots in our race, however, after an eventful Week 8 for rookies.
Let’s see how the race is stacking up entering Week 9.
1. Ronald Darby, CB, Buffalo Bills (90.6)
No change here. Darby returns to action in Week 9 with a chance to build on his excellent first half of the year.
2. Henry Anderson, DE, Indianapolis Colts (85.0)
Anderson jumps one spot with another strong effort in the run game; that’s where he really delivers on a consistent basis.
3. Leonard Williams, DE, New York Jets (84.1)
After making some big plays in Weeks 3 through 5, he’s had a couple of quieter efforts that cause him drop a spot on this list.
4. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (81.7)
No drop for Yeldon on his bye. He has done an excellent job in all phases, proving himself as an every-down back.
5. Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams (81.6)
Gurley jumps four spots this week, as he put concerns of playing time to bed. He’s a true home-run hitter.
6. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders (79.4)
Cooper slides forward a spot, despite one of his weaker efforts of the year in Week 8. He really missed a chance to threaten the top five, as other Raiders receivers cashed in.
7. Damarious Randall, CB, Green Bay Packers (79.6)
Randall had some rough moments on Sunday Night Football, but despite some yardage allowed, he still walked out with a pick against Peyton Manning and his head held high.
8. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings (87.4)
Diggs is only this low because of how much he’s played, but the Viking has been excellent since cracking Minnesota’s lineup. He’s simply on fire right now.
9. Adrian Amos, S, Chicago Bears (78.5)
Amos drops after earning his lowest grade of the year, featuring his first multi-missed tackle effort.
10. Mitch Morse, C, Kansas City Chiefs (76.9)
His pass protection prevents him from threatening to move up on this list.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: He wasn’t terrible against Atlanta, but missed a number of big throws that should have prevented any chance of a Falcons’ revival.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins: Crowder falls out on his bye week, but with a strong performance this week, has every chance of getting back in there.
Five to watch
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Mariota should return to action this week, and with a good performance, he could be in line for a return to the top 10.
Rob Havenstein, RT, St. Louis Rams: Havenstein is the most consistent of all the offensive tackles from the 2015 class.
Markus Golden, OLB, Arizona Cardinals: Golden has impressed, and if he can hold onto the bigger role he has carved out for himself, the Cardinal looks like a lock to break into the top 10.
Marcus Peters, CB, Kansas City Chiefs: Peters was better against the Lions, but still got beat for a touchdown, making that seven on the year.
La’el Collins, G, Dallas Cowboys: Now that the starting job is his, he’s starting to look the part.