Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fantasy Football: Pre-Week One Waiver Wire Pick Ups

Fantasy Football: Pre Week One Waiver Wire Pick Ups

By: Michael Valverde
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It is always most difficult to decide on which players to pick up prior to the season starting. All five players have no or little experience in a regular season game, but they are, who I believe, will be the best choice for a position you need, prior to the start of the 2014 NFL season. I will be listing these players in positional order and not priority, unless indicated.

Derek Caar - QB Raiders
Once the Raiders decided to make Derek Caar the starter of the 2014 season, they made the choice to stick with him throughout. Caar is inheriting a big responsibility on a team that is not that good. Offensively though they have solid pieces. Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden will give Carr a boost in the running game, and his receivers are solid as well. Before his disasterous game against USC in the Vegas Bowl, Derek Caar was considered a high first round draft choice, and a possible number one pick, but he slid right to the Raiders in round two. He has an accurate cannon arm, and can extend plays with his legs. He will be tested, but at this point, he could also be a solid number three.

Travis Kelce - TE Chiefs

Kelce was drafted by the Chiefs in 2013, but missed the entire season due to a broken leg. He was picked by the Chiefs because of his athleticism and wide receiver depth chart reads: Donnie Avery, Frank Hammond. Junior Hemingway, Albert Wilson, A.J. Jenkins. Like the great line in the movie Major League, “Who are these fuc#ing guys?” Kelce has the size and frame to resemble Rob Gronkowski and when he runs away from the defensem he looks like him there as well. He was the Chiefs number one target in the preseason, and should develop very nicely in the KC system.

Jordan Matthews - WR Eagles
Matthews was a second round draft choice for the Eagles, and being in Chip Kelly’s system will give the 6-3, 212 pound receiver a good chance to thrive. Jordan Matthews was never injured while playing at Vanderbilt, and he also has the speed and the ability to battle off defenders while going for the ball. He can get downfield, but he is not the blazer DeSean Jackson was. Even though Kelly’s offensive system gets more plays in at a faster pace. The issue is that the Eagles are loaded all over the place. LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, Zach Ertz, Riley Cooper, and Jeremy Maclin.

Johnathan Grimes - RB Texans
Grimes will be the number two behind Arian Foster, and probably wont see the field much unless he is injured. But, I would be proactive here and grab now, as Foster has shown the propensity to get hurt. Even more of need to grab Grimes is that you own Arian Foster. Grimes was not drafted three years ago, and has little opportunity on the field, as he has only 23 rushing attempts. He is a multi-talented back who can run as well as receive, he also beat out Alfred Blue to win the second spot on the depth chart.

Allen Hurns - WR Jaguars
Hurns is an undrafted rookie, and will play the number three wide receiver role for the Jaguars. In other words he has an excellent chance to break his way through into being a starter. Ahead of him is Cecil Shorts and fellow rookie Marqise Lee. When the Jags do go into three-wide sets, Hurns will go to the outside and Lee will move into the slot. At 6'3" and 195 pounds, Hurns is one of the tallest receivers currently on the Jaguars roster. He led the Hurricanes in receptions (62) and receiving yards (1,162) in 2013, and was second in scoring with six touchdowns. What caused him to be undrafted was his speed. He ran a 4.55-second 40-yard dash at the combine and posted a 31-inch vertical jump. Hurns has learned all three receiver positions used by the Jaguars.

Stay tuned for my weekly waiver wire pick ups.