September 07, 2008
Each week the Noise will guide desperate, deep-thinking owners into the dark corners of the waiver wire to mine a last-minute diamond. Turn on your helmet light and pack a pickaxe. We're digging for drop-jaw surprises owned in less than 10 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
A tisket. A tasket. Watch out for Hank Baskett.
Last season, novice fanatics cannonballed into free agent pools to obtusely pick up Eagles receiver Jason Avant after the then second-year wideout unpredictably snagged three passes for 54 yards and a score Week 1 in Green Bay. Although his 11.4 fantasy point outburst was a top-twenty WR performance, he failed to eclipse seven fantasy points in a contest the remainder of the season.
In a way, Avant was the Young MC of 2007's opening weekend.
This year, fellow Philly flapper, Baskett, is in a similar position to "Bust a Move."
With Kevin Curtis out and Reggie Brown expected to stand stationary on the sideline with a disgusted look washed over his face, Baskett, and rookie DeSean Jackson, are poised to see significant targets from Donovan McNabb. Jackson, who is already owned in over 74 percent of Y! leagues (started in 23%), is the obvious plug n' play in 12-team and deeper formats as a No. 3. But for those who relish the challenge of scantily clad leagues, the three percent-owned Baskett could be heaven sent.
Known for his deceptive wheels, the third-year wideout will be able to gain appreciable separation against a Rams secondary that yielded the fourth-most fantasy points to receivers a season ago. Given his wiry 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame he could sneak a critical score for your squad. The 26-year-old is even upbeat about his chances of making a grand first impression:
"I'm feeling very confident right now. It was a pretty good off-season for me and a good training camp."
Fantasy Shallow Hal's (10-team and smaller leagues) shouldn't bother with Baskett. But for those counting on questionable tertiary receivers (e.g. Ronald Curry, Drew Bennett and Robert Meachem), the former Lobo could pack a vicious bite.
Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 64 yards, 1 touchdown
Who's your "Shocker Special" this week? Post your selection with projection in the comments section below.
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