Packers TE Jermichael Finley will be out indefinitely with a spinal cord contusion. Fantasy owners looking to replace Finley’s production in the Packers high powered passing attack raced to the waiver wire to pick up Andrew Quarless. In the 2 TE sets Quarless was used as the in-line Tight End while, Finley played as the move Tight End. My belief is that Brandon Bostick has the skill set to fit Finley’s role in the offense better than Quarless.
Bostick played both football and basketball at Newberry College in South Carolina. Newberry is a D2 school that plays in the South Atlantic Conference. Bostick was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in the spring of 2012. The Packers perceived depth at Tight End led to some trade calls from other teams in camp. Multiple media outlets reported teams contacted the Packers to inquire about Bostick’s availability. Bostick would probably have been a hot commodity if he was released in camp. D.J. Williams was cut instead and joined the Jaguars.
Blocking will probably curb Bostick’s snaps this season. This Packers coaching staff has a proven track record of coaching up their young players and getting them ready to play. I expect the Packers to find away to implement Bostick’s athleticism into their offensive needs down the seam and in the red zone. The Packers remaining schedule is a gold mine for fantasy owners. The Vikings (29th) twice, Bears twice (27th), Eagles (31st), Giants (20th), Lions (28th), Falcons (23rd), and Cowboys (30th) all struggle in pass defense.
Owners in deep keeper leagues should take a flier on Bostick. Racing out grab Bostick in a shallow league may not be necessary just yet. I went with gut instinct and own Bostick in a pair of 12-team leagues.
Jazz PF Derrick Favors is expected to be one of the biggest breakout players for the 2013-2014 season. Fantasy owners may be tripping over themselves to acquire his services in drafts. For those that miss out on the prized Jazz big man, remember there’s 2 young bigs in Utah ready to take off this season. C Enes Kanter is one of my favorite breakout players for the season. Kanter enters my Circle of Trust in 2 of 4 leagues this season.
A deeper look into Kanter’s bio shows he’s been viewed as a blue chip prospect. Kanter was declared ineligible to play for Kentucky and entered the 2011 NBA draft. The Jazz used a pick acquired from the New Jersey Nets in the Deron Williams trade. There’s a reason Kanter was so heavily recruited in college and selected with the 3rd overall pick in the draft. Thru 2 NBA seasons Kanter has been a bench player due to the presense of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap in Utah. The veteran duo is gone and Kanter’s time to shine starts now.
His career 36 Min avg. 14.9 PPG, while shooting 53% from the floor, with 10.7 RPG, and 1.0 BPG. Bargain basemen shoppers looking for value at the end of drafts should target Kanter. I expect his value to surpass the $3 I spent in an auction draft and pick 107 of a snake draft. In a league with more emphasis on stretch bigs and an uptempo game, Kanter is mauling back to the basket center. Kanter is a similar player to Nikola Pekovic of the Wolves in terms of a bruising style of play , but much less polished on the offensive end. Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors are options 1a and 1b in the Jazz offense. Kanter should be able to contribute on the offensive end with the help of good guard play and on put-backs. Fantasy owners looking for a big toward the middle to end of their drafts should target Kanter.