Close this search box.

Rookie Report Week 8

Rookie quarterbacks are being relied on more this week than we thought would be. Here's our weekly report of the 2023 NFL rookie class!

Week 8 was unpredictable at QB. Jahmyr Gibbs finally blew up, and the WR group continues to look fantastic.


The QB group is about to get very interesting. Will Levis shined in his first start. Jaren Hall is going to start for the Vikings until who knows when. Clayton Tune is going to start for the Cardinals. Tyson Bagent is going to start against the Saints. Aiden O’Connell will be starting in Las Vegas.

Will Levis, Titans

Week 8: 19-29, 238 yards, 4 TDs | 11 yards

It’s tough to imagine a better start for a rookie QB we all had questions about. Levis earned the right to more starts and will likely be given every opportunity to see if he can win the job.

Bryce Young, Panthers

Week 8: 22-31, 235 yards, 1 TD | 11 yards

Season: 137-213, 1202 yards, 7 TDs, 4 INTs | 75 yards

Young won against fellow rookie CJ Stroud and outplayed him in the process, completing passes to eight different receivers. I am most excited about Jonathan Mingo’s four catches for 62 yards. I expect them to grow old together.

Tyson Bagent, Bears

Week 8: 25-37, 232 yards, 2 INTs | -1 yards, 1 TD

2023: 56-80, 477 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs | 27 yards, 2 TDs

Bagent looks like he is going to start for the foreseeable future. Justin Fields’ play hasn’t been great; he’s been injured, and he has an agent no one wants to deal with. The Bears will likely let him sit out long enough to ensure they get one of the top picks in the draft.

The Rest of Week 8

  • Stroud, Texans – 16-24, 140 yards | 13 yards, 1 TD
  • Hall, Vikings – 3-4, 23 yards | -1 yards
  • Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Browns – 1-1 9 yards
  • Tommy Devito, Giants – 2-7, -1 yard | 12 yards, 1 TD


Gibbs finally had a great game! Emari Demercado and Jaleel McLaughlin are for real. Bijan Robinson stays steady. The top two backs in this class are consistent, but beyond those two, there is no telling who will be in the top five.

Jahmyr Gibbs, Lions

Week 8: 26 carries, 152 yards, 1 TD | 5 catches, 37 yards

2023: 76 carries, 399 yards, 2 TDs | 28 catches, 165 yards

Gibbs was again the focal point, but this time in a dominant win. He was everything the Lions wanted him to be, turning tight lanes and small holes into big gains. They still let Craig Reynolds grind things out at the end, but Gibbs will get his touches. All this while being so light a woman in the crowd can scoop him up like a small child that’s tripped over their cape on Halloween.

Emari Demercado, Cardinals

Week 8: 20 carries, 78 yards | 1 catch, 1 yard

2023: 49 carries, 195 yards, 1 TD | 12 catches, 64 yards

Demercado appears to be the primary back in Arizona. He is putting up decent numbers, but the big plays aren’t there. His future likely lies as a rotational back. For dynasty, he is probably fools gold.

Bijan Robinson, Falcons

Week 8: 11 carries, 62 yards, 1 TD

2023: 89 carries, 466 yards, 1 TD | 26 catches, 189 yards, 2 TDs

A steady, if not spectacular, week eight for Bijan. Not much needs to be said about him. You are starting him every week.

Zach Charbonnet, Seahawks

Week 8: 5 carries, 53 yards | 2 catches, 11 yards

2023: 28 carries, 162 yards | 8 catches, 47 yards

Charbonnet had five carries to Kenneth Walker’s eight, and each had two targets. A balanced backfield is something Charbonnet owners would love to see but can’t count on.

Jaleel McLaughlin, Broncos

Week 8: 4 carries, 33 yards | 2 catches, 6 yards

2023:  38 carries, 268 yards, 1 TD | 12 catches, 65 yards, 2 TDs

I’m writing the same thing every week about McLaughlin, which is a good thing. McLaughlin will likely never be a lead back, but he is firmly entrenched as the Broncos’ number two guy and a true change of pace.

The Rest of Week 8

  • Spears, Titans – 3 carries, 27 yards | 3 catches, 9 yards
  • Johnson, Bears – 6 carries, 21 yards | 3 catches, 10 yards
  • Miller, Saints – 3 catches, 10 yards | 1 catch, 9 yards
  • Bigsby, Jaguars – 3 catches, 9 yards


Some new faces at the top, but this class remains overall very good.

Jayden Reed, Packers

Week 8: 4 catches, 83 yards

2023: 20 catches, 314 yards, 3 TDs

This Packers offense is probably the hardest to predict in all of football. It’s impossible to know who will get what each week and if the offense will go. I’d preach patience with all of them because it might end up being very good, and Reed, in particular, might have a big role.

Jordan Addison, Vikings

Week 8: 7 catches, 82 yards, 1 TD

2023: 36 catches, 482 yards, 7 TDs

Hall takes over at QB for the Vikings. The dropoff at the position is likely to be immense. However, this could mean many more passes going Addison’s way as the Vikings battle from behind. Even if this ends up a lost season, Addison has shown he is a significant factor for years to come.

Josh Downs, Colts

Week 8: 7 catches, 72 yards

2023: 40 catches, 473 yards, 2 TDs

The Colts are messy, and that doesn’t look like it’s changing any time soon. Despite the mess, Downs is as steady as they come, on pace for 80+ catches and nearly 1,000 yards.

Jonathan Mingo, Panthers

Week 7: 4 catches, 62 yards

2023: 19 catches, 195 yards

I am as high as they come on Mingo, so games like this are a welcome sight. He was the second option after Adam Thielen in this game and was a very efficient four catches on five targets for 62 yards.

Michael Wilson, Cardinals

Week 8: 4 catches, 58 yards

2023: 25 catches, 401 yards, 2 TDs

Wilson is another guy who has solidified his role despite the mess around him. That will only get worse with Tune taking over this week.

The Rest of Week 8

  • Rashee Rice, Chiefs – 4 catches, 56 yards
  • Quentin Johnston, Chargers – 5 catches, 50 yards
  • Puka Nacua, Rams – 3 catches, 43 yards
  • Jaxon Smith-Ngiba, Seahawks – 3 catches, 36 yards, 1 TD
  • Dontayvion Wicks, Packers – 2 catches, 28 yards
  • Demario Douglas, Patriots – 5 catches, 25 yards
  • Jake Bobo, Seahawks – 2 catches, 23 yards
  • Trey Palmer, Bucs – 3 catches, 22 yards
  • Zay Flowers, Ravens – 5 catches, 19 yards
  • Tank Dell, Texans – 3 catches, 16 yards
  • Tyler Scott, Bears – 1 catch, 11 yards
  • Rakim Jarrett, Bucs – 1 catch, 9 yards
  • Derius Davis, Chargers – 2 catches, 4 yards
  • Andrei Iosivas, Bengals – 1 catch, 2 yards, 1 TD
  • Marvin Mims, Broncos – 1 catch


Dalton Kincaid and Sam LaPorta. Back to back first and second. These two are two solid pieces on two good teams that will be amongst the top ten at the position for the foreseeable future.  

Dalton Kincaid, Bills

Week 8: 5 catches, 65 yards, 1 TD

2023: 30 catches, 258 yards, 1 TD

Kincaid caught his first career touchdown helping the Bills outlast Tampa Bay. He is at the very least the third-best option on an excellent team and option two, Gabriel Davis, is a free agent at the end of the year.

Sam LaPorta, Lions

Week 8: 8 catches, 57 yards, 1 TD

2023: 43 catches, 433 yards, 4 TDs

LaPorta partnered with Amon-Ra St. Brown as the primary targets for the Lions against the Raiders. He is a top-five tight end who will battle for the top spot for the foreseeable future.   

The Rest of Week 8

  • Luke Musgrave, Packers – 2 catches, 9 yards
  • Michael Mayer, Raiders – 1 catch, 19 yards
  • Will Mallory, Colts – 1 catch, 6 yards
  • Julian Hill, Dolphins – 1 catch, 4 yards

Get more of the Dynasty Nerds!! Download the Bettor Sports Network free app and listen to Dynasty Nerds Live, hosted by Dynasty Price, on Wednesday night from 9-11 p.m. When you download the app, you can call into the show with just a push of a button.

Share on Social

More to read


Rank Name Position Pos. Rank


Dominate your Dynasty leagues

Dynasty Nerds App is Mission Control for your Dynasty Leagues. Download Now!

Dominate your
Dynasty leagues

Dynasty Nerds App is Mission Control for your Dynasty Leagues. Download Now!

Black Friday Sale

25% OFF 

Coupon Code - holiday25
Sign-up Now
* Terms & Conditions Apply

Log In

Not a member yet?