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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 8
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA - Tannehill has stepped up his game over the last 3 weeks, scoring over 20 fantasy points in each of those games. With the Miami rushing attack less than solid, Tannehill has ran the ball more helping pad his fantasy stats. Tannehill is owned in 49% of fantasy leagues.
Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA - The Hawks traded WR Percy Harvin to the Jets earlier in the week, and Baldwin wasted no time establishing himself as the guy moving forward. Baldwin had 7 catches on 11 targets for 123 yards and a TD. Baldwin is pretty much option 1 and 2 now in the Hawks' passing attack, so get him if you can. Baldwin is owned in 31% of fantasy leagues.
Odell Beckham, WR, NYG - The rookie is healthy and taking full advantage of Victor Cruz being out for the remainder of the season. Beckham pulled in 4 catches for 34 yards and 2 TDs on Sunday. He also had a rush for 13 yards. Beckham is a very good route runner and lightning quick, so expect Manning to continue to look his way as the season unfolds. Beckham is owned in 15% of fantasy leagues.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN - Hillman continues to be the Broncos preferred RB while Montee Ball continues to recover from injury. Hillman had 14 carries for 71 yards and 2 TDs, as well as 4 receptions for 29 yards. Ball looks to be out for at least another week or two, so Hillman should continue to be a nice fill for those teams hurting at RB. Hillman is owned in 38% of fantasy leagues.
Tre Mason, RB, STL - It appears Mason has officially taken over the starting job in St. Louis, but a key, late game fumble by Mason that nearly cost the Rams the game is the only thing that muddies the water a little... but not much. RB Zac Stacy watched from the sidelines while Mason had 18 rushing attempts for 85 yards and a TD. The rookie from Auburn is built low to the ground ala MJD v 2.0. Mason is owned in less than 2% of fantasy leagues.
Denard Robinson, RB, JAX - The former Michigan QB had himself a nice fantasy day running the ball for the Jags on Sunday. Robinson was set to split carries with RB Storm Johnson, but Robinson had the hot hand so the Jaguars kept feeding him the ball to the tune of 18 rushes for 127 yards and a TD. Johnson did vulture a TD as well, but Robinson dominated the stat line. With starting RB Toby Gerhart still recovering from an injury, Robinson has made a strong case to get more carries moving forward, potentially for the remainder of the year if he can continue this kind of production coupled to Gerhart's horrible play. Robinson is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Bryce Brown, RB, BUF - We could see another late season fantasy burst by Brown (ref: 2012 season with the Eagles), who has a shot at doing just that with the season ending injury to RB C.J. Spiller. With RB Fred Jackson banged up, it's down to Anthony Dixon and Brown. Dixon is more of a FB, while Brown is more of a shifty RB with good acceleration. It remains to be seen what will shake out, but we like Brown, and the Bills may end up not regretting that 4th round pick they gave up to get Brown in the offseason. Brown is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Anthony Dixon, RB, BUF - With the Bills backfield banged up, Dixon saw much more playing time than usual on Sunday. Dixon had 13 rushing attempts for 51 yards and 3 receptions on 4 targets for 15 yards. Dixon is a bruising type of RB, and it remains to be seen how the entire RB situation is going to work itself out with all the injuries. Regardless, Dixon warrants consideration for those in deeper leagues with RB issues. Dixon is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Stefan Taylor, RB, ARI - For those in deeper leagues, note Taylor posted 40 rushing yards and a TD, as well as 2 receptions for 19 yards and a TD. Taylor was in the offensive package in the redzone, and starting RB Andre Ellington did leave the game with a rib injury. Ellington returned, but Taylor is a must handcuff for Ellington owners and an intriguing prospect with potential for other folks. Taylor is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Gavin Escobar, TE, DAL - Move over BFF, Escobar is becoming a redzone weapon for Tony Romo. Witten has struggled in the redzone this season, while Escobar has pulled in 3 TDs in his last 2 games. For those in deep TD heavy leagues, we wanted to put Escobar on your fantasy radar. Escobar 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.
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.