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Truism of fantasy football: every year there are players that will not be drafted in a fantasy football draft but will emerge off the fantasy football waiver wire to be solid additions for a fantasy football team, sometimes exploding to stud status. Good work on the waiver wire involves knowing who is low on the radar just before their stock goes through the roof. But who has time for that? That answer is easy... the Docs. These are the geeks that live, breathe, and talk fantasy football 365 days a year. So just sit back, relax, and let the Docs do the work for you. Come check out FootballDocs Fantasy Football Pickup Drop Advice every Monday as the Docs boil it down for you nice and simple: who to watch, who to ignore, and most importantly... who to grab! Since each team's needs are unique, the Docs will suggest players to pick up based on the following significant positions: QB, RB, WR, TE, K, and D. Word of caution: While a quick trigger in the free agent market can make a bad team good, it can also make a good team bad. Before just adding the players listed below to your roster, here are a few guidelines to help ensure that the former happens rather than the latter.

1. Do not just randomly pick-up a player or drop a player solely based on the information given below - use some discretion - as the quality of the player varies from league to league due to the size and scoring system of each league. In addition, team needs vary from fantasy team to fantasy team, so some discretion can go a long way. The list posted below is to bring some players to your attention and give you a comment or two regarding their possibilities.

2. Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to drop any player you drafted in the first ten rounds of your draft in the first few weeks. Be patient, particularly with wide receivers as they are very inconsistent in most scoring systems, posting a horrible week one week and then backing it up with a good performance in the following week.

3. Be quick to grab running backs, especially as new starters are announced or as players emerge with huge games. This does not mean dropping a traditionally good player in order to pick up one of these running backs, but if you have an extra D, K, TE, or even a lower tier WR, it is probably in your best interest to drop one of them and take a chance.  RBs are in high demand and almost always carry value provided they are a primary back for a NFL team.

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FREE Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Advice
NFL Week 14

Monday, December 5, 2016

Welcome to the Team (a.k.a. Pick-Up)

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Ladarius Green, TE, PIT - Green was the highlight off-season acquisition for the Steelers, but injuries have kept him far off the fantasy radar. After Sunday, he is squarely on the fantasy radar posting 6 catches on 11 targets for 110 yards and a TD. Green is a great pass catching TE and offensive weapon. If you need a TE for your playoffs, Green is your target on the waiver wire. Green is owned in just 16% of fantasy leagues, so get him while you still can.

Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL - This is more of a try to ride the wave and hope it doesn't peter out. Pitta had 9 receptions on 11 targets for 90 yards and 2 TDs on Sunday. Similar to Green, Pitta has always been a pass catching weapon, but injuries have really plagued him. It remains to be seen if Pitta can continue to do it, but this late in the season you only need a 2 to 3 game wave to surf. Pitta is owned in 11% of fantasy leagues.

Taylor Gabriel, WR, ATL - Gabriel had an off week last week, but he had been very hot coming into the game. He still finished with 44 receiving yards, but more importantly, star WR Julio Jones now has turf toe. Turf toe can have a big impact on a WR, and Gabriel stands to benefit from this injury playing in an offense that loves to sling around the ball to WRs. Gabriel is THE WR target this week on your waiver wire. He is owned in just 19% of fantasy leagues.

Albert Wilson, WR, KC - Wilson had the hot hand on Sunday with 4 receptions for 48 yards and a 55 yard rushing TD on a fake punt. His prospects moving forward are not as good as you would hope, particularly if Jeremy Maclin returns; however, momentum, particularly for WRs, is key. Again, this late in the season in your one and done playoff format, you are only looking for a temporary hot hand if hurting at a particular position. We aren't all-in on Wilson, but we did want to bring him to your attention as you consider possibilities and see how the week unfolds. Wilson is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

DeAngelo Williams, RB, PIT - Playoff time means handcuff time. If you own Le'Veon Bell, now is the time to scoop up Williams as an insurance policy just in case an unexpected injury hits Bell. The Steelers ground attack is one worth protecting by going ahead and picking up Williams now. Williams is owned in 53% of fantasy leagues.

Alfred Morris, RB, DAL - Morris gets the same logic as Williams above, although Elliott is younger than Le'Veon Bell and has had much less abuse from hit after hit in his career. Hence, Elliott gets a slight bump up in duarablity, but an injury can hit any player at any time. Dallas has the best run blocking line in football, so locking that up for Elliott owners by also grabbing Morris is a good move for your playoffs. Morris is owned in just 6% of fantasy leagues.

Show 'em the Door (a.k.a. Drop)

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Robert Griffin III, QB, CLE - The Browns had high hopes for RGIII, but a shoulder injury in Week 1 has him sidelined for most, if not all, of the remainder of the year.

Brian Hoyer, QB, CHI - Hoyer broke his arm in Week 7 and will be on the shelf while he recovers.

Tony Romo, QB, DAL - Prescott is playing too good and Romo has too long of a history with injuries to warrant using a valuable roster slot with him. Rather, use that roster slot on an emerging player with fantasy upside that can help your team make a playoff run.

Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET - Abdullah is most likely done for the season with a torn ligament in his foot. Things do not look good, so best to go ahead and drop him now and move on.

C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN - Anderson's meniscus injury has landed him on injured reserve, which has ended his 2016 season.

Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN - Bernard tore his ACL in Week 11 and is done for the year.

Jamaal Charles, RB, KC - Charles has been placed on injured reserve and at best may return in Week 17.

Arian Foster, RB, MIA - Foster announced his retirement just after the Week 7 games.

Eddie Lacy, RB, GRB - Lacy had ankle surgery and has been placed on injured reserve. From a fantasy perspective, his 2016 season is done.

Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI - Langford is doing more damage than good on your roster right now. He is banged up with an ankle injury and the emergence of RB Jordan Howard will make it very tough for Langford to get enough touches to produce any real meaningful fantasy numbers week in and week out.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, FA - There was some early chatter about Lynch considering a comeback, but that window has closed.

Chris Johnson, RB, ARI - Johnson's best playing days are behind him. He underwent hernia surgery and has been placed on injured reserve. The earliest he could return is Week 13, and even then, he will need an injury to other RBs on the depth chart to even be considered as a fantasy option.

Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN - Peterson suffered a torn meniscus in Week 2. He underwent surgery and is targeting a late season comeback. Peterson has one of the strongest wills to overcome in the NFL, and we would say odds are higher than not he does return. However, it most likely will be too little too late, and your team will suffer holding a roster spot for him in the hopes of a return. You need to make the playoffs first before you can consider being a force in the playoffs. Use this roster spot on another player that can help your team win now.

C.J. Prosise, RB, SEA - Prosise suffered a scapula fracture in Week 11, and it's time to move on from a fantasy standpoint.

Charles Sims, RB, TAM - Sims was running well, but he sustained a knee injury in Week 4 that has landed him on injured reserve.

C.J. Spiller, RB, SEA - Spiller is bouncing around from team to team in the NFL, which is a red flag his playing days are almost over. He is now a role player at best in Seattle.

James Starks, RB, GRB - Starks underwent a cleanup procedure on his knee in week 6 and is expected to miss a few weeks as he recovers. You can't afford to hold a valuable roster spot with an injured back-up RB.

Shane Vereen, RB, NYG - Vereen suffered a triceps injury in Week 3 that will keep him sidelined for an extended period of time. Even if he does return later this season, it will be difficult to regain momentum, particularly if another RB emerges while he is out.

Charcandrick West, RB, KC - It's the Spencer Ware show in Kansas City. The Chiefs are all-in on Ware, leaving West little to no table scraps.

DeAngelo Williams, RB, PIT - Le'Veon Bell looks pretty healthy late in the season, and Williams is the one that is showing signs of wear and tear. At this stage in the season coupled with Williams' injuries, it's best to free up your roster space, let Williams go, and use that spot on another emerging player.

Danny Woodhead, RB, SDG - The gritty Woodhead suffered a season ending torn ACL in Week 2.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE - Gronkowski has been placed on the season ending injured reserve.

Ben Watson, TE, BAL - Watson was a big off-season acquisition for the Ravens, but he tore his Achilles tendon and will miss the entire 2016 season.

Kamar Aiken, WR, BAL - Things are just too crowded at WR in Baltimore for Aiken, who is struggling for targets from Joe Flacco.

Keenan Allen, WR, SDG - Allen tore his ACL in Week 1 and is done for the remainder of the 2016 season.

Eric Decker, WR, NYJ - Decker suffered a shoulder injury in Week 3 and will miss the remainder of the 2016 season.

Josh Gordon, WR, CLE - Gordon continues to struggle with substance abuse problems and remains banned indefinitely until further notice by the NFL. It is looking very likely that his football career may indeed be over.

James Jones, WR, FA - Jones was trying to land on an NFL roster, but ultimately wasn't able to survive final roster cuts.

Kevin White, WR, CHI - White is another player having a very difficult time staying healthy. After missing his entire rookie season with an injury, he has sustained a spiral fracture of his fibula driven by a severe high ankle sprain. White will miss an extended period of time, and he may or may not return this season. If he does return, the earliest will be Week 13.

Josh Brown, PK, NYG - Brown is in legal trouble and off the team.

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