A star is born in St. Louis after Thursday’s game?

St. Louis QB Sam Bradford is drawing some positive reviews after his performance against the Patriots on Thursday. And rightly so. But for purely fantasy purposes, it was a different rookie who should have captured your attention.

Rookie TE Michael Hoomanawanui had an outstanding night, hauling in four receptions for 53 yards and two touchdowns. Hoomanawanui has the kind of big body that can make a rookie quarterback seem pretty comfortable. Hoomanawanui could become a top receiver in the offense, especially if Avery is going to miss extended time.

You should temper your enthusiasm for rookie quarterbacks. Typically, they do not perform outside of maybe — maybe — a spot start against a weak opponent. But since St. Louis is typically the weakest opponent out there, how much opportunity will there be?

A rookie tight end can have an impact, especially if you play in an auction league or salary-cap league where you already blew your money. Keep an eye on this kid, Hoomanawanui, as he progresses and we find a fitting nickname for him.

Adam Rank

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