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Sep 7, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback

Jake Locker

(10) throws a pass during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

 Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans

Ok, Jake Locker is hardly unheralded as a former no. 1 (and top 10) draft pick. Yet, he’s only owned in 5.8% of ESPN leagues after a disappointing start to his career and injuries that made him miss most of last season.

Yet, there are reasons to think the Locker is getting it together. First was his impressive start against an admittedly underwhelming Chiefs defense that was playing shorthanded after injuries to corner Marcus Cooper, ILB Derrick Johnson, and DE Mike DeVito. Still, Locker completed 22 of 33 for 266 yards and 2 TDs without a pick.

More importantly, Locker spread the ball around to 8 different receivers. No single target got more than 63 yards. Locker showed poise, and a command of his offense, that I haven’t seen before. And, last season, Locker put up more fantasy points-per-game than Carson Palmer, Joe Flacco, and Eli Manning.

Locker might be a good guy to stick on your bench with hopes to deal him to someone who suffers a QB injury/implosion.

Locker is especially valuable in leagues that play 2 quarterbacks. Such leagues often have scoring systems that favor quarterbacks, so someone is going to need Locker if you don’t.