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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire
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By FootballDocs Fantasy Football
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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
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 13
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA - For some reason, there are roughly 1 out of 3 leagues where Tannehill is immediately available for pick-up. He piled on another 228 passing yards, 4 TDs, only 1 INT, and 15 rushing yards for nearly a 30 point fantasy performance in a standard performance scoring system. Tannehill is owned in 67% of fantasy leagues.
Josh McCown, QB, TAM - McCown isn't a household name, but he has been solid from a fantasy perspective. Since regaining the starting job three weeks ago, he has averaged over 20 fantasy points / game during that stretch He has plenty of talent at WR, and the Bucs will need him to throw early and often. McCown is owned in just 5% of fantasy leagues, so he is immediately available for pick-up in almost all leagues.
Zach Mettenberger, QB, TEN - Mettenberger posted his second straight 20+ fantasy performance with 25 points against the Eagles on Sunday. He threw for 345 yards, 2 TDs, and only 1 INT. The Titans will be playing from behind often, giving Mettenberger plenty of chances to pile on "junk points" later in the game. Mettenberger is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN - Similar to Tannehill, Anderson is immediately available for pick-up in 1 out of 3 leagues. Holy moly! If you find yourself in one of those leagues, take off to your waiver wire and pick up Anderson right now. He scorched a very good Miami defense for 167 rushing yards, 28 receiving yards, and a TD. Now stop reading this and go! Just go! Anderson is owned in 62% of fantasy leagues.
Tre Mason, RB, STL - Mason didn't knock your socks off with 62 rushing yards and 26 receiving yards against the Chargers, but he did at least show up for your fantasy team. After a horrible two-game stretch in weeks 8 and 9, he has rebounded the last three weeks and continues to get the lion's share of the carries for the Rams. Best of all, he gets a suspect Raiders run defense this week, which should help Mason's trend of improved play continue to point upwards. Mason is owned in 54% of fantasy leagues.
LaGarrette Blount, RB, NE - Blount was dumped by the Steelers and it took all of half a millisecond for him to immediately find his way to the halfway house for troubled NFL players otherwise known as the Patriots. The Pats loved him when they previously had him, and they wasted no time unleashing him on the Lions to the tune of 78 yards and 2 TDs. Meanwhile, RB Jonas Gray watched from the sidelines as punishment for oversleeping. Now Gray's fantasy value is in serious question and Blount's is on the rise. Blount is owned in 14% of fantasy leagues.
Odell Beckham, WR, NYG - After nearly single handedly crashing Twitter, Beckham is on everyone's fantasy radar with an unbelievable three-finger catch on top of 10 receptions for 146 yards and 2 TDs. Beckham is owned in just 59% of fantasy leagues, so almost one out of every two of you can immediately pick him up and add him to your roster. Do so... immediately.
Justin Hunter, WR, TEN - You've always got to keep a sharp eye on the receiving situation when new QBs start lining up under center, and Hunter is a player that has been capitalizing on the switch. His targets have steadily increased, and he finished Sunday's game with 10 targets for 4 receptions, 64 yards, and a TD. Hunter has always had plenty of talent and one of those players that is a game or two from completely emerging and staying there. Hunter is owned in 40% of fantasy leagues.
Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA - Three TDs in two weeks will land you on this list every time. Landry is creating a buzz and discussing more and more by the national media. He had 10 targets on Sunday, which is another reason to get excited, as his QB is on the bandwagon as well. Landry is owned in less than 2% of fantasy leagues.
Timothy Wright, WR, NE - Wright is a WR playing TE. He is a little undersized for TE, but a little oversized for a WR. The end result is a nightmare mismatch for opposing LBs. Wright has been trending upwards, pulling in 3 TDs in his last 2 weeks (6 TDs in his last 7 games). Brady and the entire Patriots offense are hot, so if your TE position has been suspect, Wright is a player that brings some upside to your line-up. Wright is owned in 3% 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.
Carson Palmer, QB, ARI - Palmer tore his ACL in week 10 and is done for the season.
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.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN - The Law Firm has been shut down with no "Coming Soon" sign on the front door.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.