There really isn't much thinking involved in deciding which rookies to play in fantasy football. As the season passes the midway point, seven rookies have established themselves as must-starts while no others are even worth considering except in deeper leagues.
Here's a look at the seven rookie studs who should be started each week:
Robert Griffin III, Washington: Sadly, he may be hitting a rookie wall with a combined 24 points in standard leagues the past two weeks after scoring almost that many points each week early in the year. Still, if you have him, you are playing him because you know he's capable of putting up 30 points in any given week like he has done twice already this year.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis: Overshadowed by Griffin early in the year, the No. 1 overall pick has put up at least 15 fantasy points in each of the past three weeks and went over 20 points for the third time last week. It can be tough to trust that Indy offense, but Luck should not be doubted after putting up more fantasy points than Matthew Stafford, Mike Vick, and Eli Manning in the first half of the season. His upcoming schedule only gets better with the Jags, Pats, and Bills in the next three weeks.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay: The next-to-last pick of the first round has gone from inconsistent to incredible in the past two weeks. He reached double digits in his first two games, then single digits for two games in a row, but has now had four straight games in double digits including 32 and 51 in his last two weeks. That's simply ridiculous and has made him the top scoring running back in many fantasy leagues. San Diego at home this week, so you can hope for 30 more if you own Martin.
Trent Richardson, Cleveland: Another rookie who started out inconsistent, but has become a low-end RB1. He has scored in double digits in six of his last eight games and battled injuries during the other two. His workload has picked up with 49 carries in his last two games, so expect that to continue after a bye this week.
Alfred Morris, Washington: The sixth-round pick has been as consistent as any running back in the league this year. He has at least 13 carries in each game and three games over 100 yards. He has been in single digits for fantasy points the past two weeks, but was injured last week and should be good to go in two weeks when the Redskins return from a bye.
Blair Walsh, Minnesota: He has not missed a field goal all season and has hit four field goals in two games. He has at least seven points in all but one game this year.
Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis: Some of the buzz came off Zuerlein when he missed three field goals against Miami, but he has been perfect in every other game. He has 12 field goals from 40 yards or longer, including five from 50 yards or more.
Written by Steve Mims exclusively for TheFantasyFix.com. Follow Steve on Twitter @nwsportscards
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