As is our usual practice on a Friday afternoon, later today we’ll
get naked take a journey around the training tables and Japanese massage rooms throughout the league, and give a final update on the injuries of the week as we take a brief sabbatical for, oh, eight hours or so.
But this injury warrants its own special place, because it will bestow more sadness on Hakeem Nicks owners, and more glee on Ramses Barden owners. Remember, Ramses foretold our destiny, and fathered over 100 children.
Perhaps an identity has been confused here, but we highly doubt it.
Anywho, Barden will likely be asked to play Hakeem Nicks to Victor Cruz’s Victor Cruz again this week, because Nicks is still a bad medical experiment. He’s now listed as doubtful for the Giants’ key divisional game Sunday night against the Eagles after experiencing swelling in his knee, in addition to his still lingering foot issue.
Hopefully if you’re a Nicks owner you’re also a Barden owner, and you were able to grab him off the waiver wire after his nine catch, 138-yard explosion last week against Carolina. Making such a move is still surprisingly possible now, although I’d act quickly and hope that the Nicks owner in your league doesn’t have access to the Internet, or any form of communication.
Likely due to the assumption that Nicks would return and push Barden back to his role as a No. 3 wideout at best, the 26-year-old is still owned in just 18 percent of Yahoo leagues, and only 6.4 percent of ESPN leagues. Barden’s matchup this week is something far less than ideal against a strong Eagles secondary and either Nnamdi Asomugha or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie lining up across from him, but at this point in the week free agent cupboards have been picked clean by dirty savages.
Donnie Avery is still widely available, and I’d suggest to pick him up if he was, you know, playing (the Colts are on their bye). Leonard Hankerson’s ownership is generally much higher, but even at 57.1 percent in ESPN leagues there’s still a very good chance he’s available for you, and he makes a decent play as a WR3 with 124 receiving yards over two games (he was injured in Week 1).
Jerome Simpson is pretty fast too, and his fast-ness will be used immediately by the Vikings upon his return from a suspension Sunday. And then there’s Andrew Hawkins and his love for 50-yard TD receptions. He’s still out there in 23.4 percent of ESPN leagues, a rate that spikes to 51 percent in Yahoo leagues.
So there are emergency options for you, the disgruntled Nicks owner who wishes to feel far more gruntled. But at best, they’re mostly WR3′s, and you’re trying to replace consistent WR2 value from Nicks. Godspeed.