Why I hit the waiver wire early

I woke up yesterday morning, hours after my fantasy football draft, and I did what I always do. Check the waiver wire. Check the waiver wire? You’re wondering who could have been waived, and the answer is no one.

The reason I check the waiver wire is because I always want to know who’s available. I reviewed the complete draft list, but I missed it. Imagine my surprise to learn that no one had drafted Jimmy Garoppolo.

Garoppolo was ranked 11thby ESPN on their quarterback list, 10thon the ADP list, 99th overall. I fully expected someone to pick him up, but they hadn’t. I put in a claim for him, and I found out today I got him.

Why did I pick up a second quarterback? Last year, ESPN drafted Andrew Luck for me and no one else. Luck never suited up for week one (or any week). The late, great Yogi Berra said it best: “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

Luck has been active in camp, practicing without restriction, so I have no reason to believe he will be out week one. Hopefully, he has a fantastic season. If he stays healthy, he could be a top five quarterback again. If…

The first NFL game of the season is Thursday night, when the the Philadelphia Eagles, the defending Super Bowl champions, host the Atlanta Falcons. I have no dog in the fight in that game, but my opponent does. Stay tuned.

Garoppolo is my insurance policy so that I won’t have to be desperately searching the waiver wire on Sunday if I have some bad Luck (pun intended). I would have settled for Garoppolo as my starter. I like him.

Tomorrow: Ask not for whom the Bell tolls.

 

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