It’s that time, already. Fantasy Football folks, it’s time to get real acquainted with that waiver wire. Who is hurt? Who is worth dropping? Who is worth picking up? Who should you hold onto no matter what?
For those looking for answers at wide receiver in week two, I have an interesting prospect. Why is he interesting? Well, because he plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
I know, I know. Hear me out.
Rookie wide receiver Ace Sanders is heading into week two as one of only two Jaguars wideouts to be completely healthy. As if things couldn’t get worse in Jacksonville, well, actually I won’t go there.
Starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert is out this week, forcing backup Chad Henne into the lineup. Henne has a tendency to let it fly when he gets the opportunity, and I give him credit for breaking Justin Blackmon out of his rookie funk last year toward the second half of the season.
Speaking of Blackmon, the Jags will be without he and potentially fellow starting wide receiver Cecil Shorts due to suspension and a groin injury, respectively. Sanders will enter the game on tap for plenty of playing time and even in week one he had nine targets. Granted, Gabbert has a tough time hitting the broad side of a barn — but that’s a different story.
I like Sanders as a solid WR4 in deeper leagues, possibly looking to earn more playing time if he performs well against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The Raiders’ defense isn’t anything special, either, so Sanders should be able to do some damage.
Keep him in mind as you go forward this year, especially if the Jaguars continue having issues at depth here. Sanders is a small, quick slot guy with a lot of potential if the Jags could only solidify the quarterback position. Look for him to make the most of his opportunities in Week 2 as a potential starter.