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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:

Quarterback:

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.

Running Back:

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.

Wide Receiver:

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.

Tight End:

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.

Defense/Special Teams:

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.

Kicker:

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.

 

 

You’ve got league specific questions — I’ve got league specific answers! Comment below!

  1. the imp says:
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    I waiting a little long in a 12 team PPR draft. With the top 16 other QBs owned, I went Luck and Palmer back to back late. I was glad to read your words on Palmer’s schedule.

    How long would you clog a 4 man bench to give Luck the chance to heal? Nobody on the wire now, but imagining the temptation to cut him for a WR/RB piece that excites next week.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @the imp: I’d hang on to Luck for at least those first 4 weeks Palmer has easy match-ups. Palmer is no sure thing, but 4 weeks is probably enough time to see how Luck plays and if this shoulder issue is going to linger.

  2. Steve Anus says:
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    oh my god that recurring skit kicked ass.

  3. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    week one,do i start Mixon or Lacy now that Rawls might not play

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: I’d roll with Lacy.

    • Rocky says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC:
      Rawls is expected to play, and I’m not sure how long Lacy will even be on the team. He seems destined for a Christine Michael fate. I respect that Pete doesn’t bach him publicly but it’s rather obvious they don’t like him and Rawls is listed as the starter. Even if Rawls is out, Prosise and Carson will be heavily involved with Lacy maybe playing a tiny role.

  4. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    also,i own lacy have Josh Gordon should i drop Gordon for Rawls

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Yea I’d drop Gordon. I really don’t know if he gets reinstated.

      • Al Koholic says:
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        @Kerry Klug: thanks for both answers. You guys are all awesome on here. Appreciate your time and knowledge

  5. Bye Felisha says:
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    good call on the TE stream,

    The jets WR pick is terrible though. I wouldn’t want any part of that shit show

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Bye Felisha: Yea you’re probably right…Might be the only Jets pick I make all year.

    • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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      @Bye Felisha: go see how good r.anderson did last year, it was valuable once he got the role. kearse is likely better than anderson, what’s more troubling is that kerley is back.

  6. Comatose says:
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    I have Russell Wilson. Is it worth burning my number 3 waiver slot to grab Roethlisberger off waivers? I’d be dropping my backup TE Hooper.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Comatose: Yea…tomorrow in the Razzball predictions article I have Russell Wilson as my bust for the year. I think he’s going to take a beating with that Seahawks o-line.

      • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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        @Kerry Klug: didn’t take that bad of a beating last year and he was hobbled whole year.

  7. Dom says:
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    Hey I’m doing a special kind of league where I pick 1 QB 3 RB 3 WR and 1 TE each week from any player in the NFL. I also get bonus points if I set a range of points I think each player will score and then they score in that range. The narrower the range the more points I get. So I was wondering if you could give me your lineup based on these positions for week 1? And maybe give me a scoring range for each. THANKS!!!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Dom: This is a lot to unwrap. It seems like you’d want to pick a lot of veterans with predictable performance.

      QB: Aaron Rodgers (22-27)
      RB: Le’Veon Bell (25-29)
      RB: Jordan Howard (15-22)
      RB: David Johnson (20-26)
      WR: Mike Evans (16-24)
      WR: Michael Crabtree (15-18)
      WR: Doug Baldwin (12-16)
      TE: Greg Olsen (8-15)

      But this all seems rather arbitrary.

      • Al Koholic says:
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        @Kerry Klug: wow. This fantasy stuff keeps getting more complicated. Great answer

  8. Chris says:
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    Hi Kerry,

    thanks for the recommendations.

    just complete my draft for 12 team STD League, flex (W/R). Please let me know your thoughts:

    QB – Matt Ryan
    WR – Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, Golden Tate
    RB – Isaiah Crowell, Marshawn Lynch
    TE – Ertz
    W/R – McFadden
    K – Gostkowski
    DEF – Eagles
    BN – RB Perkins, RB Terrance West, WR Beasley, WR Mike Wallace, TE Julius Thomas

    I was picking 4th and by RD 2 not a lot of great RB left, so i preferred to take Cooper and wait for RD 3 for a RB.
    My Rb i believe are the weak link. Hopefully Mcfadden can be productive in the next 6 weeks with Zeke out. Perkins is a wild card.

    Top Waiver: Amendola is available. take a chance on him over any of my guys?

    DEF – i like to stream. i like the eagles this week even though it can be a high scoring game. eagles should have good sacks and the occasional pick to Cousins.

    Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Chris: I agree — RB might be your achilles heel, but it was really smart of you to grab McFadden/Perkins/West as potential upside guys. Your 5 RB you can mix and match based on opponent and be fine. I think a lot of defenses might be too busy worried about Odell/Marshall/Shephard/Engram and Perkins might surprise a few teams. But that starting WR core is sweeeeeeeeet.
      Amendola — not yet. See what happens in the first week or two. Have to see who Brady develops trust with and Amendola will probably get injured tomorrow.
      Defensive stream: totally with it. Only 10/12 defenses play each week there’s bound to be someone playing a crappy offense.

  9. Teddy says:
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    Happy hump day man!

    With fins/ Bucs game being moved to week 11 that means I won’t have Winston this week, which QB to add & stream ? Palmer at Detroit
    or Bradford home vs saints.

    Gracias man!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Teddy: Palmer for me brother.

  10. bobbo says:
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    12 team league
    with no winston this week would you start taylor vs. NYJ or bradford vs. NO?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @bobbo: I get the feeling Taylor is going to run wild all over the Jets. He’s my pick.

  11. Muffin man is alive says:
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    Helllllloooooo klug!

    Week 1 waiver / streamer :

    Kick kicker for week 1?

    – McManus home in Denver MNF vs chargers & Monday appears to be high 80’s & sunny

    – kai Forbath MNF home vs saints (dome)

    – Wil Lutz (@ Minnesota on MNF/ dome)

    Now the wildcard: Younghoe Koo also on MNF but at Denver & weather is supposed to be pleasant

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Muffin man is alive: As much as I want to double down on Koo — I’d go with Lutz.

  12. fredtbn1gs says:
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    Thanks for the post, Palmer was a good later round draft pick especially with Winston out this week. Just drafted for a full PPR, 10 team, 2 QB, 1 WR, 4 FLEX, 1 D/ST (no K) team. I drafted 9 and ended up pretty happy with the results, but is there anywhere I should be worried before the first snap? Thanks.

    QB1: Winston (benched for now because of Irma)
    QB2: Palmer
    RB: Freeman
    WR: Green
    FLEX: Hopkins, McCaffrey, Robinson, Garcon
    D/ST: Rams (and streaming)
    Bench: Tyrod (starting this week b/c of Irma), Tevin Coleman, Tyrell Williams, Britt

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @fredtbn1gs: No worries there! That is a PPR dream lineup. I’ve always wanted to try the no-kicker thing but the traditionalists I play with are not about it.

      • fredtbn1gs says:
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        @Kerry Klug: (Crap I posted not as a reply. Sorry). Awesome. I was pretty happy with Green/Freeman in the first two rounds and Coleman as handcuff late. Thanks for the evaluation. The no kicker lineup is great, and I really like having lots of flex spots to not have to force a TE in there.

        • Kerry Klug

          Kerry Klug says:
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          @fredtbn1gs: Yea, my argument is always “let’s cut out the ‘but its tradition’ BS.” Let’s just have fun with it. I’d rather play more risky flex players than HAVE to start a boring kicker.

  13. fredtbn1gs says:
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    @Kerry Klug: Awesome. I was pretty happy with Green/Freeman in the first two rounds and Coleman as handcuff late. Thanks for the evaluation. The no kicker lineup is great, and I really like having lots of flex spots to not have to force a TE in there.

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