Here is why you do not trust a rookie

St. Louis QB Sam Bradford was the hot pickup this week, as enthusiasts scrambled to replace bye week starters Tom Brady and Chad Henne.

Bradford took this opportunity to be a fantasy stud and he threw it away. In fact, somebody thought that Bradford would have been a better fantasy option than Tony Romo this week.

How is that working out me? I guess somebody needs to realize that bold picks do not necessarily mean stupid.

Bradford faced one of the friendliest defenses in the league and made the Lions look like Lem Barney, Dick LeBeau and Dick Lane were still lurking in the defensive backfield.


Of course, losing Mark Clayton for the season hurts.

Cardinals QB Max Hall got some juice this week because many thought he could put up some points in Arizona. Yeah, Hall got knocked silly while lineman Levi Brown scooped up his fumble and scored.

Let this be a lesson for you going forward when you look for bye-week replacements for your quarterbacks. If you are going to start a rookie, you are taking a huge risk.

And it’s not just rookie quarterbacks, either. Buccaneers rookie RB LeGarrette Blount was a hot waiver-wire name because the team was going to start phasing Cadillac Williams out of the offense (even though I urged restraint). Williams received the most carries and Earnest Graham got the goal-line touches.

Rookies, can’t win with them but you would be better off without them.

Adam Rank

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