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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 9
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Mark Ingram, RB, NO - Ingram needed one week to ease into NFL action, and he unleashed a monster game in his second week back from injury. Ingram carried the rock 24 times to the tune of 172 yards and a TD. He also caught a pass for 3 yards. With Thomas (shoulder) and Robinson (forearm) banged up, Ingram got nearly the entire RB workload and delivered a big time game. He looks exactly like a guy playing ball in his contract year. Ingram is owned in 80% of fantasy leagues, so many of you were patient with him keeping him on your roster while he was out, but 1 out of every 5 of you can immediately get Ingram for pickup in your league. Run, don't walk to the waiver wire if you are one of those folks.
Denard Robinson, RB, JAX - Robinson makes it on the list for the second week in a row. He continues to shine in a backfield desperately needing someone to shine. Robinson eclipsed the 100+ rushing yard mark again this week (108 on 18 carries) and is quietly putting away any rumors that he cannot be a feature back in the NFL. Robinson is owned in just 15% of fantasy leagues, so he is easy pickings for many of you. That will no longer be the case after this week.
Jonas Gray, RB, NE - It was Gray's turn to be the feature back in the New England offense, turning 17 carries into 86 yards. Shane Vereen only got 5 carries, and James White got 6 carries. Gray had the hot hand, and he has a shot to continue to fill the void (and role) left by Stevan Ridley. The New England RB situation is a risk, but we know some of you are hurting for any kind of production at RB. Gray is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Kyle Orton, QB, BUF - Don't look now, but Orton has become a viable QB option for those in deeper leagues with QB issues. He torched the Jets for 238 passing yards and 4 TDs on Sunday, and he was averaging nearly 20 fantasy points per contest entering the game in his previous 3 starts since being handed the starting reigns. Orton is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Derek Carr, QB, OAK - Carr is a much more risky prospect than the veteran Orton, but for those in really deep leagues, note he posted another decent fantasy game on Sunday with 328 passing yards and a TD. Carr is going to have up and down performances like any rookie, so he does present risk, but he has shown the ability to post the big game if you are backed into a corner. Carr is owned in 3% of fantasy leagues.
Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT - The rookie is big (6'4") and fast, and he has created a fantasy buzz since being called to action in week 7, where he pulled in 40 yards and a TD. He followed that performance with his week 8 showing of 80 yards and 2 TDs. Thanks in part to bad play and ball security issues from his competition, Bryant is solidifying the WR#2 role opposite of Antonio Brown. Bryant is a buy-now candidate and is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Donte Moncrief, WR, IND - With the injury to Reggie Wayne (elbow) and questionable play from Hakeem Nicks, Moncrief stepped his game up on Sunday to the tune of seven receptions on 12 targets for 113 yards and a TD. Few QBs are as hot as Andrew Luck is right now, and with the Giants on tap next week under the bright lights of Monday Night Football, Moncrief could be a nice fill for those with issues at WR. Moncrief is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Josh Brown, WR, ARI - Brown is more of an all or nothing player, and he was "all in" on Sunday with 119 yards and a TD. Most of that damage came off a 75 yard TD bomb, and the speedy Brown just got behind the Eagles and burned them. With Michael Floyd a little banged up, the speedy Brown is an option for those in deep bonus leagues that reward points for big plays. Brown is owned in 4% 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.
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.