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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 4
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Kirk Cousins, QB, WAS - Cousins makes the list for the second week in a row, as he is only owned in 20% of fantasy leagues. If you find yourself in the 80% of fantasy leagues where Cousins is available, run, don't walk to your waiver wire and pick him up immediately. Cousins torched the Eagles for 427 yards, 3 TDs, and only 1 INT. In fact, he has made a strong case for keeping the starting slot for the type of offense Jay Gruden wants to run, even when RGIII does return.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, HOU -Fitzpatrick isn't going to turn heads when in your line-up, but he is more than serviceable for those in deeper leagues or in a bye week pinch. On Sunday, Fitzpatrick tossed the rock for 289 yards, 1 TD, and 3 INTs, but he also had 34 yards rushing on 7 attempts. The end result was over 20 points in a standard performance scoring system. In previous weeks, Fitzpatrick scored 17.30 and 14.95 points. He is only owned in 4% of fantasy leagues.
Blake Bortles, QB, JAX - For those in really deep QB leagues, note the switch has occurred from Henne to Bortles in Jacksonville. Bortles started the second half and finished with 223 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 INTs. He has already been named the starter for week 4. A word of caution though: most rookie QBs toss at least as many INTs as TDs, so keep that in mind. However, when faced with starting no QB due to a very deep league, any change at QB is important. Bortles is owned in 2% of fantasy leagues.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN - Here is another change at QB involving a rookie QB. Starter Matt Cassel left the game with a broken foot, and Bridgewater finished going 12 for 20 for 150 yards and 27 rushing yards on 6 carries. Bridgewater is the starter moving forward as Cassel is expected to miss several weeks. While he is a rookie, the nice thing about Bridgewater is his mobility. Sprinkle in some Norv Turner and the absence of star RB Adrian Peterson, and Bridgewater could prove to be a lower end viable fantasy starter as the season wears on. Bridgewater is owned in 3% of fantasy leagues.
Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, BAL - The RB situation in Baltimore is a mess. With RB Bernard Pierce sidelined with a thigh injury, Taliaferro split carries with RB Justin Forsett. Taliaferro got the better end of the fantasy production, turning 18 carries into 91 yards and a TD compared to Forsett's 11 carries for 63 yards. Taliaferro ran very well with power, and the 4th round rookie from Coastal Carolina probably earned the right to continue to get touches. In the fickle world of the NFL, you never know when a RB gets the hot hand and becomes the primary runner, particularly in a nasty Running Back By Committee (RBBC) situation like this. Taliaferro is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, PIT - For those that own LeVeon Bell and haven't handcuffed Blount to their roster, now is the time to do that while you still can. Blount torched the Panthers for 118 yards and a TD. He is a perfect fit in the Steelers system. Bell is such a talent, Blount doesn't serve as any real threat to Bell's job; however, if Bell were to miss time with an injury, Blount can get the job done. Blount is owned in 10% of fantasy leagues.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, CLE - Crowell has been quietly emerging in Cleveland, and he had another solid fantasy showing with 55 yards on 11 carries and a TD. That makes 3 TDs in 3 weeks, which always puts a player on the fantasy radar. Moving forward, RB Ben Tate is supposed to return next week, which will make a nasty RBBC situation with Crowell, Tate, and Terrance West. However, it is very possible Crowell emerges, and now is the time to add him to your roster to wait and see what develops if you have the space. Crowell is owned in 9% of fantasy leagues.
Kyle Juszczyk, RB/TE, BAL - With TE Dennis Pitta out with a dislocated hip, Juszczyk will be needed to step up in the Baltimore offense. A H-back by trade, Juszczyk is somewhere in between a full back and a TE, so in some fantasy leagues, you may able to sneak him in as a TE start even though he plays H-back. He ended the day on Sunday with 3 receptions for 54 yards and a TD. Juszczyk is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI - Matthews struggled early in the season with some alligator arms, but the rookie from Vanderbilt stepped up his game in a big way on Sunday pulling in 8 receptions on 9 targets for 59 yards and 2 TDs. The Eagles offense is way too explosive to not pay close attention to, and WR Jeremy Maclin is always a play away from an injury. Sprinkle in struggles by WR Riley Cooper, and Matthews is a player to keep in mind this week on your waiver claims. Matthews is owned in 3% of fantasy leagues.
Brian Quick, WR, STL - Quick has emerged as the #1 WR in St. Louis, and he pulled in 2 receptions on 4 targets for 62 yards and a TD. In previous weeks he had more targets and a nice number of receptions, which is an added plus for those in point per reception leagues. Once labeled "Baby T.O." entering the league, Quick seems to have finally made the adjustment to the speed and complexity of the NFL. Quick is owned in 5% of fantasy leagues.
Steve Johnson, WR, SF - The veteran Johnson is making the adjustment to his new team and QB, and on Sunday he flashed some of his talent that made him explosive in Buffalo. He went 9 for 9 on receptions vs. targets, turning those catches into 103 yards. Notice served for those in point per reception leagues. Sometimes a little momentum can go a long way, particularly for a player joining a new team and offensive system in the off-season. Johnson is owned in 2% of fantasy leagues.
Show 'em the Door (a.k.a. Drop)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
We are firm believers that QBs, WRs, and RBs with whom you thought had enough
value to draft should not be cut from your fantasy team in the first few weeks
of the season unless they get significantly injured or lose their starting
job. Give it some time before deciding that they are not fit for your team to see
if they can prove you right. Naturally you have to cut someone to make
room for any new additions to your team, and as a guideline, extra Ds, Ks,
TEs, or even a lower tier WR are great candidates to give the boot.