The 2018 NFL season isn't too far away from kickoff, but the first surprising fantasy took place earlier today.
Austin Carr, a former undrafted free agent out of Northwestern with almost no NFL experience, will be manning the slot for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. According to Ian Rapoport, Brees is the one who may have vouched for Carr to be in the lineup.
The prolific #Saints offense will feature a surprise starter today vs. the #Bucs: Slot WR Austin Carr. The former UDFA has played in one game, has zero catches, but impressed enough to earn QB Drew Brees’ trust. A potential fantasy sleeper.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 9, 2018
It's been quite a journey for Carr, who was initially signed by the New England Patriots in 2017; he was placed on waivers not long after and then claimed by the Saints before the season started.
Cam Meredith is jogging with a group of practice squad players and guys lower on the roster before the game.— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) September 9, 2018
The good news for Carr comes at the expense of former Bears wide receiver Cameron Meredith, who will seemingly get stuck being the odd man out.
Buccaneers CBs ...— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) September 9, 2018
Brent Grimes: out
Vernon Hargreaves III: PFF’s 97th-best corner out of 126 qualifiers in 2017
Ryan Smith: PFF’s 81st-best corner in 2017
Carlton Davis: Second-round rookie making NFL debut
Today's matchup for Carr is a glorious one as he'll go against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary that has been consistently bad over the years. Today's situation looks even more gloomy with injuries and inexperience downgrading their secondary.
The Saints have the most optimism of any team going into Sunday. If Carr gets in on just a fraction of the offensive production, he'll pay off in all fantasy formats at a very low ownership.
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