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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.

As always, thank you for visiting and welcome to FootballDocs Fantasy Football - "Where the geeks meet the gridiron."

FREE Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Advice
NFL Week 16

Monday, December 15, 2014

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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Eli Manning, QB, NYG - With the rise of Odell Beckham, Manning has reemerged into fantasy relevance. He tossed the rock for 250 yards and 3 scores against the Redskins on Sunday, largely led by Beckham's huge game. Since Beckham made "the catch" against Dallas, Manning has averaged 273 passing yards, 2 TDs, and less than 1 INT during that stretch. He has a tougher match-up against the Rams on Sunday, but we know there are many fantasy teams with QB issues that have been surviving despite the hole in their line-up. Manning is owned in 42% of fantasy leagues.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN - Bridgewater makes our list for the second week in a row. The rookie has been delivering the past few weeks, and he did it again on Sunday against a tough Detroit front seven. Bridgewater finished the game with 315 passing yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, and 30 rushing yards. He has been hot over his past 4 games, and while he hasn't thrown up some big time numbers, he has thrown up some pretty solid numbers that could have helped a whole host of fantasy teams out there. Bridgewater is owned in just 6% of fantasy leagues.

Matt Asiata, RB, MIN - We had a Matt Asiata sighting on Sunday as he delivered with 36 rushing yards, 1 TD, and 7 receptions for 50 receiving yards. He saw plenty of action and led the Vikings in rushing. Asiata is a bulldozer with good hands, and he is a strong goal line option. Given the results he posted on the tough rushing defense of Detroit, he's earned some more playing time and could be the weapon of choice against a respectable Dolphins defense. Asiata is owned in 35% of fantasy leagues.

Kerwynn Williams, RB, ARI - Williams had a decent showing as the feature back for the walking wounded Red Birds on Thursday. He finished the game with 75 rushing yards and 11 receiving yards on 2 catches. RB Stepfan Taylor was also in the mix for touches, but he doesn't bring the same versatility that Williams brings as a receiver out of the backfield. We like Williams over Taylor at this point, and he provides an option for production at your RB slot when RB resources are hard to find this time of year. Williams is owned in 4% of fantasy leagues.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR - Stewart has been shining the past few weeks with DeAngelo Williams banged up. While he didn't have a great game, he had a decent game on Sunday getting the bulk of the workload with 22 carries and turning that into 73 rushing yards. Stewart has fresh legs and a very nice match-up against the wet tissue paper run defense of the Browns next week. If you can get him, enjoy. Stewart is owned in 30% of fantasy leagues.

Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA - Landry is bringing a nice balance to WR Mike Wallace with plenty of targets coming his way. He led all Miami receivers with 11 targets for 8 catches. He turned those 8 catches to 99 yards. Over his last four games, Landry has been targeted 11 times in three of those games. Notice served for those in point per reception leagues. Landry is owned in 7% of fantasy leagues.

Harry Douglas, WR, ATL - Julio Jones was a late scratch and Douglas got the benefit of a great match-up against a porous Steelers secondary. Douglas finished the game with 10 catches for 131 yards. While Jones is expected to return, the Falcons are still in the playoff hunt with a critical game against New Orleans on their speedy turf. Douglas presents an option for those in deep leagues needing to plug a hole at their flex position, particularly if Jones is unable to play again or is limited. Douglas is owned in 3% of fantasy leagues.

Stedman Bailey, WR, STL - Bailey is another WR coming on strong as the season comes to a close. He's had nice production in 3 of his last 4 games and finished the game on Sunday with 5 receptions on 8 targets for 74 yards. He also had one rush for 13 yards. Bailey will continue to be a strong option for the Rams moving forward, and he warrants consideration for those in very deep leagues. Bailey is owned in 1% of fantasy leagues.


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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Sam Bradford, QB, STL - Bradford tore his ACL in the preseason and is done for the remainder of the year.

Matt Cassel, QB, MIN - Cassel suffered a foot injury in week 3 that will require surgery and cost him the rest of his season.

Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS - There is all sorts of controversy in Washington, and it's best to just cut bait here and free up a valuable roster spot by letting RGIII go.

Zach Mettenberger, QB, TEN - Mettenberger is out for the rest of the year with a season ending AC joint separation.

Carson Palmer, QB, ARI - Palmer tore his ACL in week 10 and is done for the season.

Montee Ball, RB, DEN - Ball has been put on the shelf for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND - This veteran was a great add early in the season, but he eventually ran out of gas after sustaining a season ending injury in week 11.

Andre Brown, RB, HOU - Brown was released by the Texans and your team should follow suit if Brown is still on your roster.

Donald Brown, RB, SDG - A week 5 concussion and the emergence of explosive rookie RB Branden Oliver have made Brown expendable on your fantasy roster.

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, ARI - Dwyer was arrested for domestic violence, and the Cardinals have deactivated him from all team activities.

Andre Ellington, RB, ARI - Ellington had hernia surgery and is out for the rest of the season.

Jonas Gray, RB, NE - Gray's week 11 explosion was it for the entire year. Blount is now in town and Gray has dimmed to black.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN - The Law Firm has been shut down with no "Coming Soon" sign on the front door.

Jerick McKinnon, RB, MIN - McKinnon was a decent stop-gap RB for those in deeper leagues, but he is done after sustaining a season ending back injury.

Joe McKnight, RB, KC - After a week 3 flash of points, McKnight tore his Achilles' in practice the following week and killed what little positive momentum he had generated.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA - There was a reason Denver didn't sign Moreno, and it was because of their concern of him as an injury risk. Moreno has already dislocated his elbow in week 2 and has now torn his ACL in week 6, making him out for the remainder of the year. We pegged Moreno as a Fantasy Bust entering the season, and he will finish the season as a bust.

Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN - Peterson's legal troubles have ended his 2014 season.

Ray Rice, RB, BAL - Rice was released by the Ravens due to the circumstances of his domestic violence case with his wife, and the NFL has since suspended him indefinitely.

Stevan Ridley, RB, NE - Ridley tore his ACL and MCL in week 6 and is out for the rest of the year.

Denard Robinson, RB, JAX - It was a nice, brief run for Robinson, but the wear and tear of the NFL caught up to him and he is out for the rest of the year with a foot sprain.

C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF - Spiller broke his collarbone in week 7 and is out for the remainder of the year.

David Wilson, RB, NYG - Wilson has retired from football and is now focusing on the Olympics.

Danny Woodhead, RB, SDG - Woodhead broke his leg and ankle in week 3 and is out for the rest of the year.

Jarrett Boykin, WR, GRB - Boykin has struggled to find operating room in the Green Bay line-up, and his knee injury isn't helping at all.

Brandin Cooks, WR, NOR - This explosive rookie had his season come to an end in week 11 with an injury.

Riley Cooper, WR, PHI - Cooper is not in sync with the offense and getting left behind by the other WRs for the Eagles.

Victor Cruz, WR, NYG - Cruz tore his patella tendon in week 7 and is out for the rest of the year.

Harry Douglas, WR, ATL - It's just too crowded in Atlanta to be able to count on Douglas this year with any sort of confidence each week. Until an injury happens to another WR in ATL, Douglas is best left off your roster.

Marvin Jones, WR, CIN - There was hope Jones would return this season, but that hope was crushed in week 6 after the Bengals placed him on the season ending injured reserve.

Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI - Marshall got knocked out in week 14 and is out for the rest of the year.

Rod Streater, WR, OAK - Steater's foot injury coupled to erratic play at QB for OAK means it's time to let him go.

Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL - Pitta suffered another hip dislocation and is out for the remainder of the season.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN - Rudolph is out for several weeks as he recovers from sports hernia surgery. He is not an elite TE that warrants waiting it out for him to return.

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