Hakeem Nicks (foot) already being ruled out for Week 3 play scares the tar out of me. This is the same foot he fractured in the offseason that required surgery. I hate to get into the game of speculation, although I cannot help but see this as a harbinger. Nicks hasn't exactly been a model of healthy in his NFL career, so my doubts are not completely unfounded.
My waiver wire target as a Nicks owner is Rueben Randle. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound rookie from LSU is awfully similar to the man he is likely to replace. While Ramses Barden may cut into some looks or even outright start, I'm confident Randle will outplay him. Barden has toiled away, and all I see is a so-so red zone target on film.
Randle has looked the part this offseason with a strong training camp and acceptable preseason (5-97-1). He is fluid in the open field and has proven to be a polished route-runner as a rook.
My recommendation is to stash him if you have room to see what he does from your bench in Week 3. It takes a tough situation to play a rookie wideout without an NFL reception against a strong pass defense. Therefore, unless you feel like rolling the dice, play it safe this week. Should Nicks miss extensive time, you are at least ahead of the curve by adding him off the wire now.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
Don't miss these great reports....