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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 12

Monday, November 17, 2014

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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Jonas Gray, RB, NE - Gray is only owned in 1.1% of leagues, but that is about to change. Gray had over 100 yards and 2 TDs before the half. He finished the game with nearly 200 rushing yards and 4 TDs. Gray is your #1 waiver choice in most leagues.

Alfred Blue, RB, HOU - It is probably too late to grab Blue in most leagues, but you should make sure you look anyway. Blue had a great game in the place of Arian Foster this week. Blue isn't a special player, but he is in a good system. That is all you need when looking for a fantasy prospect.

Knile Davis, RB, KC - If you are positioning yourself for a playoff run, Davis is a good addition to have on your bench. He scored again this week. The Chiefs have a great system, so you know Davis will produce if Charles misses time.

Isaiah Crowell, RB, CLE - Crowell has been the most talented RB in Cleveland all season long. This week his production started to reflect that. Crowell had 61 yards rushing and 30 yards receiving. Pick up Crowell if he is available in your league.

Josh Gordon, WR, CLE - Gordon will be back for the Browns November 23rd game against the Falcons. Gordon was the #1 WR last season. Go grab him if he is still available in your league.

Kenny Britt, WR, STL - The Rams shocked the Broncos and Britt was a big part of that with 128 yards receiving and a long TD reception. Britt has always had the skill, so he is worth nabbing in shallower leagues where he may still be available.

Charles Johnson, WR, MIN - In deeper leagues, you may need some WR depth in the form of Johnson. As Teddy Bridgewater continues to establish himself, different playmakers may emerge. Johnson had a great week 11 with 6 receptions for 87 yards. Minnesota's offense is nothing to get excited about, but Johnson could emerge as the WR Bridgewater can trust.

Larry Donnell, TE, NYG - After struggling with fumbles and a lack of production prior to the Giants bye, Donnell has rebounded with consistent production over the last 3 weeks. If he is still available, he makes a decent starting TE option.

Andy Dalton, QB, CIN - What a world of difference A.J. Green makes for Dalton's fantasy value. Some of the owners in your league may have dropped Dalton prior to the return of Green. Now that Green is back, Dalton makes a decent situation fantasy starter.

Ryan Mallett, QB, HOU - Mallet finally got his chance to start, and he delivered a decent game. He's got a cannon for an arm and plenty of talent at receiver to receive his cannon shots. He threw for 211 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT on Sunday and is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

Drew Stanton, QB, ARI - Stanton is another QB with big time arm strength. With Carson Palmer out the rest of the year, it's the Drew Stanton show to finish. He ripped a very good Detroit defense for 306 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 INTs. Stanton is owned in 6% 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.

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