UPNXT is a new weekly article series where the worlds of trading cards and fantasy sports collide. Our goal is to help you discover the sports superstars of tomorrow, today. Join us as we help you identify the best value opportunities on eBay, DraftKings, FanDuel, and in season-long fantasy leagues. Our aim is simple: Let’s make some money!
Let’s get this out of the way: 2020 has been one heck of a year. With everything that has happened, I’ve probably spent more time at home than ever before. As a result, not only have I bought and consumed way too many snacks, played way too many video games, but I’ve also gotten the chance to watch and re-watch my fair share of shows and movies.
Do you remember the classic 80’s movie Back to the Future Part II? The plot follows Marty McFly and his mad scientist friend, Doc Brown, as they traverse space and time inside of a DeLorean-turned-time machine. The duo travels into the future, and along their adventure, a bully named Biff steals a critical and valuable book. At this point, you’re probably wondering, “Okay, that’s nice, but what does this have to do with sports?”.
The book in question is a Gray’s Sports Almanac containing all the sports statistics from the years 1950 to 2000. By knowing the outcomes of 50 years’ worth of future sporting events, Biff places bets (and wins big), thus becoming ridiculously rich, powerful, and extremely corrupt.
So how does this help you? Great question! The reason I went down that movie rabbit hole (maybe wormhole is more appropriate) is because the goal of this weekly article is to make you ridiculously wealthy and powerful. Notice I didn’t say corrupt? Remember, POSITIVITY people! Much like the flux capacitor, I have no idea if any of this will work, but my hope is you’ll find yourself with a few more dollars in your pocket just by stopping by.
Here’s how this works: Once a week, we’re going to give you a few names to look out for in the world of sports. Think of these athletes as sleepers, value plays, under the radar talents, diamonds in the rough, up and comers, buy-low candidates, etc. You get the point. These will be athletes you might want to target in the trading card market or your fantasy sports leagues. We aim to be your Gray’s Sports Almanac of sorts by identifying tomorrow’s stars, today. Make sense?
With the NFL season set to get underway tomorrow in full, there's no better way to get the first installment of this article started than by “going deep” with America’s game: Football. In Week 1, we have a few promising names to go over that’ll hopefully help you make a couple of bucks over on eBay, DraftKings, FanDuel, or even in your season-long fantasy football leagues.
So, without further ado, here is who is “UPNXT” in Week 1 of the NFL.