What?! How did I get here? Where are the OF’s, SP’s and 3B’s?! Where are the thoracic outlet surgeries and 10 day DL stints? How are these guys playing through their blisters?!
Well with baseball season winding down, I’ll be moving from my weekly baseball injury article to taking over the weekly fantasy football waiver wire article. I’ll highlight players under-owned in most leagues who could provide you a boost when your starters are injured, facing a tough defense or are playing in a blizzard.
You obviously won’t see anyone over 50% owned in ESPN leagues. Heck, you might not even see guys owned in 40% of leagues. If I’m feeling REALLY saucy you won’t find anyone owned in over 25% of leagues! SCREW IT! I’M ONLY GOING TO LIST GUYS OWNED IN 0% OF LEAGUES! NO WAIT! ONLY CFL PLAYERS!
Anyway, if you’re still looking for a RCL to join may I recommend: Kerry’s RCL League! We’re drafting Wednesday night, September 6th @ 10 PM. Unless someone falls down the stairs while carrying deer meat at 3 AM on Thursday morning — you won’t have to draft anyone who gets injured before their first game even starts!
It is hard to make waiver recommendations when we’re all just excited to play our big name starters we spent high draft picks on, but here are some guys whose ownership is going to be going up in the first few weeks that you can jump on ahead of your league mates:
Carson Palmer, ARI, (33.2% owned): After flirting with MVP consideration in 2015, Palmer was pedestrian in 2016. So why am I recommending a 37-year old whose career is coming to an end? Because in week 1 he faces the Detroit Lions defense who Jay ranked as the 7th worst fantasy defense in the league and then in week 2 he’ll head to Indianapolis to throw against the Colts who Jay ranked as the 2nd worst. In week 3 Jerry’s kids from Dallas will wilt under the Arizona sun. Jay ranked the Dallas Cowboys defense as 8th worst. Week 4? 49ers. Jay says: 6th worst. Four weeks in a row of facing bad defenses? Count me in.
Rex Burkhead, NE, (45.8%): Short, speedy, white dude with good hands playing for Bill Belichick? Check please! With Julian Edelman out for the season someone is going to step up to fill that Tom Brady safety net role and why can’t it be Burkhead? Mike Gillislee is the unquestioned RB1 in New England, so Burkhead will have to share the ball with Dion Lewis and James White, but keep an eye on his targets in his week 1 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs to see who the not-racist Tom Brady trusts most.
Jermaine Kearse, NYJ, (1.8%): Look, someone has to catch footballs for the Jets right? Once Kearse recovers from his post-trade depression going from a Super Bowl contender to a #1 draft pick contender, he could have some deep, deep sneaky value. Kearse went from Seattle’s WR2/3 to the Jets WR1, 2, 3, 4 and probably RB1 and maybe even SS2. They’re that bad. Josh McCown will rely on Kearse to be his first (and maybe only) option in the passing game.
Evan Engram, NYG, (20.8%): Week 1 Engram faces off against 2016’s worst team against Tight Ends, the Dallas Cowboys. 2017 is a fresh season, but them ‘Boys haven’t done too much to change their defensive outlook. Engram is going to be an amazing mismatch this season and maybe it’s because I’m a Giants fan (it definitely is) but I have a feeling Engram ends this season as a top-10 tight end if there are enough passes to go around. If Eli Manning can stay on his feet, he’ll be licking his lips every time he lines up, but this time it won’t just be to clean up the drool from his mouth breathing.
L.A. Rams, (28.7%): I’m going to try my hardest to not just pick whatever defense is playing the Jets each week, so this week I’ll pick the team that is facing off against an Andrew Luck-less Indianapolis Colts in week 1. Something named Scott Tolzien will be filling in for Luck and he’s going to need a lot of that to have an impact against the Rams. Tolzien has only attempted 128 passes in his 4 year career and has 2 TDs and 7 INTs in that time.
Younghoe Koo, LAC, (5.9%): Hell yea I’m going to pick the Korean-born rookie kicker with the coolest name in the NFL. Koo won the starting kicker job from Josh Lambo after Lambo was wrecked by the Chargers and dropped. Koo’s first NFL game will come in the friendly thin air of Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High. The Bronco’s playing half of their games in a stadium named after a bankrupt and closed sporting goods store is not a good omen.
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