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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.

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FREE Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Advice
NFL Week 4

Monday, September 26, 2016

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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA - Tannehill has become a staple on this list making it for the third week in a row. He torched the Browns for 319 passing yards and 3 TDs, but he did have 2 INTs and a fumble. His week 3 showing followed his 387 passing yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, and 25 rushing yards in week 2. New Head Coach Adam Gase will continue to help Tannehill pile on stats and fantasy points. Despite his fantasy production, Tannehill is owned in just 13% of fantasy leagues. Tannehill is a classic case of how a good fantasy player doesn't necessarily mean a good NFL player, as he has received a lot of criticism for his play. Think Blake Bortles here. Tannehill's turnovers are high, but his numbers are high enough to have it not really have an effect thus far on his fantasy production. Once the turnovers go down, his fantasy numbers will explode to an entirely different level. Even with the turnovers, Tannehill is still the #5 QB in fantasy points scored overall at this point.

Trevor Siemian, QB, DEN - Siemian had the best week 3 fantasy performance out of all QBs with 312 passing yards and 4 TDs. He did this against a very respectable Bengals secondary, and several of his passes were spot on and impossible to defend. Siemian has a very pass friendly schedule on tap, so this could be the start of a very nice fantasy wave to surf. Siemian is owned in just 3% of fantasy leagues, so he is pretty much out there for everyone to pick-up.

Carson Wentz, QB, PHI - With his second 20+ fantasy point performance in just 3 weeks, Wentz is playing anything but like a rookie. For one, he has yet to have a single turnover, which is unheard of for a rookie QB. He finished the game on Sunday with 301 passing yards, 2 TDs, and 10 rushing yards. Wentz is the perfect fit for what the Eagles want to do offensively, and he should continue to post some nice games this season. The real question mark is how consistent he will be. Regardless of the answer, the wavier wire waits for no one, so now is the time to pick him up and see what develops while his fantasy stock remains low. Wentz is owned in just 9% of fantasy leagues.

Dak Prescott, QB, DAL - Here is another rookie QB that is playing anything but like a rookie. Prescott also has yet to have a single turnover this year, and he posted a really nice game against da Bears with 248 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 36 rushing yards, and a rushing TD. Prescott looks to be the real deal and very Cam Newton Lite with his rushing ability and rushing TD presence. Similar to Wentz, this was Prescott's second performance of 20+ fantasy points in just three weeks of play. Prescott has been very impressive and owned in 28% of fantasy leagues.

Christine Michael, RB, SEA - Welcome to Marshawn Lynch Lite. Michael exploded against the 49ers for 102 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, and 5 receiving yards. With Thomas Rawls banged up and Michael running well, his stock is going up and up and up. Michael is owned in 68% of fantasy leagues, so a few of you out there can still scoop him up.

Charles Sims, RB, TAM - With Doug Martin out, Sims filled in nicely notching 55 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, and six receptions for 69 yards. Sims is a nice add for those in Point Per Reception (PPR) leagues, and brings even more value with Martin sidelined. Hamstrings can be odd injuries, particularly for a RB, so it remains to be seen when Martin returns and how effective (and durable) he will be when he does. Sims is owned in 90% of fantasy leagues, so only 1 out of 10 of you can still get him.

Terrelle Pryor, WR, CLE - Pryor dropped a fantasy nuke on Sunday with 8 receptions on 14 targets for 144 receiving yards, 21 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, and completed 3 passes for 35 yards. The former QB at Ohio State turned NFL WR was doing it all on offense for the Browns, and his whopping 14 targets clearly show him as their go to receiver. Playing as the goal line QB for the Browns in addition to his duty as WR, Pryor is bringing a lot of fantasy upside to the table. WR Josh Gordon returns in Week 5, but the key with the waiver wire is to get the early jump and then ride the wave to see what develops, even after Gordon returns. Cleveland has a lot of space for help offensively. Pryor is owned in just 2% of fantasy leagues.

Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA - There was a Jimmy Graham sighting on Sunday as he pulled in 6 receptions on 9 targets for 100 yards and a TD. Graham has been steadily getting healthier, and his fantasy numbers have increased over the previous week every week this season. Granted, there was a lot of room for improvement with only 11 receiving yards in Week 1, but it does help tell a story of him returning back to playing speed. Graham is owned in 63% of fantasy leagues, and it wasn't that long ago he was the unquestioned #1 TE in fantasy back when he played for New Orleans.

Zach Miller, TE, CHI - QB switch alert! Anytime there is a switch at QB, it's always important to pay particular attention to all the WRs and TEs on the roster as the QB-receiver chemistry deck reshuffles. So was the case with Miller, who benefited from the switch and nailed 78 receiving yards and 2 TDs. A little momentum can go a long way. Miller is owned in 32% of fantasy leagues.

Cameron Brate, TE, TAM - With Austin Seferian-Jenkins getting a DUI late last week and immediately released from the team, Brate instantly became the new #1 TE for Tampa. He wasted no time with a good showing posting 46 receiving yards and 2 TDs. Brate had a good preseason, and he clearly has good chemistry with Winston. Those are all good signs moving forward as a reliable, sure handed TE can be a young QB's best friend, particularly when under duress. Brate is owned in less than 1% 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.

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