Kamar Aiken Dynasty Value
This time of year is great for researching the next crop of NFL Rookies, doing a few MFL10’s to pass the time, and, if you’re like me, get the jump on some early NFL season prop bets. My love for sports betting and Dynasty Football actually goes hand in hand. I want to buy low and sell high. I want to get in early on a prop bet for NFL team wins or predict a division winner in March and laugh about it in December when I win. It’s the same way I want to invest and stash a Dynasty player that turns out to be a great investment to have to win my league. To do this, you always need to be researching. You can’t always rely on your gut and need to get into the habit of paying attention to outside sources by sometimes avoiding the mainstream voices. You need to check out SBR’s Best Sportsbooks to compare odds to see what Las Vegas thinks, read local sports articles from beat writers to get an honest take from a person who’s job is that one team and most importantly, remain open minded to anything and everything. Never be quick to judge based on previous years.
The signing of wide receiver Kamar Aiken is a perfect example. The Indianapolis Colts signed Aiken, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, to a one-year contract this week. For most people, this isn’t news. However, Dynasty owners weren’t so quick to scroll right by. Especially since the day after the signing in a Wednesday conference call newly signed WR Kamar Aiken said GM Chris Ballard told him he’d be given a fair shake to win the Colts’ No. 3 receiver job.
Now that’s interesting, but what about Phillip Dorsett?
Well, this is where a dynasty owner can start to connect the dots. Ballard, the new GM for the Colts has no ties to former first-round WR Phillip Dorsett and likely doesn’t care whether he’s the No. 3 or 4 wideout.
If you had snagged Aiken off the waiver wire as our very own Tim Torch had suggested a few months ago, you’d be rooting for the former Raven to take his prove-it one-year deal and not only steal the WR3 job but potentially work himself into a deep flex Fantasy role playing with Andrew Luck.
Fantasy owners tend to be narrow-minded when it comes to seasoned players who don’t light up the scoreboard early in their career. Aiken showed off his athleticism at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine, where he displayed a 36.5-inch vertical and 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump, but has spent most of his early career as a journeyman, going undrafted and being signed by the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears and New England Patriots from 2011 to 2013.
Connect the Dots
What’s interesting, though, is that new Colts GM was the Director of pro scouting for the Chicago Bears back in 2012. Which was the same time that Kamar Aiken was signed to the practice squad. I might be grasping at straws here for nothing more than a potential depth wide receiver in dynasty, but it does appear to me that the new Colts GM knew Aiken from his time with the Bears scouting department and signed him from something he saw when working as a scout. Nevertheless, I’m happy as I have Aiken stashed on a bench and will be hoping he can carve out a minor role with the Colts in 2017.