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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 7

Monday, October 17, 2016

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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA - Ajayi posted a monster game with 204 rushing yards and 2 TDs against the Steelers. He also caught 2 passes for 3 yards. Ajayi's fantasy stock has been creeping up, and after his Week 6 performance, it has sky rocketed. Arian Foster continues to be banged up, and Ajayi's big game will go a long way to him finally outright winning the starting job. Ajayi is owned in 75% of fantasy leagues, so roughly 1 out of every 4 of you can immediately pick up Ajayi. Run, don't walk, to your waiver wire and grab him if you can before your competition realizes what happened.

Terrance West, RB, BAL - West was the clear coaching favorite in the preseason after showing up to camp in tremendous shape, and he has emerged from the pack to become the primary rushing option for the Ravens. On Sunday, West posted 87 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, and 36 receiving yards on 4 receptions. West has averaged 17 fantasy points over his last 3 games and is owned in 74% of fantasy leagues. Similar to Ajayi, there are a few of you that can still pick up West, but that window of opportunity will close after this week.

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, TAM - Don't forget about Rodgers, who was on BYE last week. More details can be found in our Waiver Wire column from last week, but in a nutshell, the Bucs backfield has been decimated with injuries and Rodgers was the next man up after both Doug Martin and Charles Sims were sidelined with injuries. He delivered a nice game against the Panthers in Week 5 with 101 rushing yards on a whopping 30 attempts, as well as 28 receiving yards on 5 receptions. Sims is out for an extended period of time, but Martin may return. Rodgers still makes a nice add with Martin's status TBD. Rodgers is owned in just 6% of fantasy leagues.

Spencer Ware, RB, KC - Despite a Jamaal Charles sighting this week, Ware posted a big day with 131 rushing yards, 1 TD, and 32 receiving yards on 4 receptions. Ware received the bulk of the carries with 24, and despite Charles' return, Ware showed he can get the job done. Charles is older, banged up, and just one year removed from an ACL tear. In short, there are a lot of miles on Charles, while Ware is just getting started. This won't be the last good showing from Ware this season. Ware is owned in 52% of fantasy leagues.

Dak Prescott, QB, DAL - This is the QB to pick-up if you need QB help. Despite being a rookie, Prescott continues to shine at a position where rookies typically really struggle adjusting to the speed and complexity of the NFL. Prescott played extremely well against the Packers with 247 passing yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, and 6 rushing yards. After six weeks of play, Prescott is averaging over 20 fantasy points / game. Despite those strong numbers, he is only owned in 46% of fantasy leagues, so there are plenty of you that can jump on the Prescott train today.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF - While Kaepernick's passing numbers weren't that great with just 187 passing yards, 1 passing TD, and just connecting on 13 passes out of 29 attempts (45% completion rate), he has and continues to use his legs to pile on fantasy points. Kaepernick ended the day with 66 yards rushing, which helped to push his fantasy point total to over 20 points. It's a risky play after one game, but for those hurting at QB in deep leagues and want to roll the dice, Kaepernick is available for immediate pick-up in just about every league with only 3% ownership in fantasy leagues.

Cameron Meredith, WR, CHI - Meredith has emerged has a passing weapon for Chicago, and he posted his second consecutive 100+ yard receiving game this week with 113 yards following his 130 yard and 1 TD performance in the previous week against the Colts. Despite these big games, Meredith is owned in just 13% of fantasy leagues. That will change after this week.

Terrelle Pryor, WR, CLE - The converted QB continues to show big game potential and posted 75 yards and 2 TDs on 9 receptions. The Browns are using Pryor in many different ways, and he is very active in the offense. In Week 3, he had 144 receiving yards along with 21 rushing yards and a rushing TD. Pryor is just the type of explosive player to have on your roster to make your opponent sweat due to the threat of going off on any given week against any given opponent. Pryor is owned in 55% of fantasy leagues.

Cole Beasley, WR, DAL - Beasley is a gritty player and Prescott's favorite target. Against the Packers on Sunday, Beasley pulled in six catches for 58 yards and 2 TDs. His stock continues to rise as his chemistry with Prescott keeps building. Beasley has been steady all year, and despite that consistent production, he is still only owned in 29% of fantasy leagues.

Torrey Smith, WR, SF - QB switch alert! Any time there is a switch at QB, all WRs are back in play and the WR deck gets reshuffled. Smith is a good example, as he has had a horrible year, yet with the switch to Kaepernick at QB, Smith was targeted 7 times and posted 76 yards and a TD on 3 receptions. Smith is the veteran on the roster, and he has a history with Kaepernick. Smith is owned in 68% of fantasy leagues.

Kenny Britt, WR, LA - Britt pulled in 7 receptions for 136 yards and 2 scores. Britt is settling into the offense and becoming a steady option for the passing game. Over his last 3 games, he has averaged almost 100 receiving yards per game. Britt is owned in just 3% of fantasy leagues.

Hunter Henry, TE, SDG - Henry has become a staple on this list as folks continue to shy away from adding him to their roster. Henry did it again with 84 yards and a TD against a very good Broncos' secondary. Over his last 3 weeks, Henry has scored in every week and averaged 73 yards receiving per game. Despite that strong play, Henry is owned in just 24% of fantasy leagues. While others overlook Henry, you can capitalize and pick him up today.

Show 'em the Door (a.k.a. Drop)

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Robert Griffin III, QB, CLE - The Browns had high hopes for RGIII, but a shoulder injury in Week 1 has him sidelined for most, if not all, of the remainder of the year.

Tony Romo, QB, DAL - Prescott is playing too good and Romo has too long of a history with injuries to warrant using a valuable roster slot with him. Rather, use that roster slot on an emerging player with fantasy upside that can help your team make a playoff run.

Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET - Abdullah is most likely done for the season with a torn ligament in his foot. Things do not look good, so best to go ahead and drop him now and move on.

Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI - Langford is doing more damage than good on your roster right now. He is banged up with an ankle injury and the emergence of RB Jordan Howard will make it very tough for Langford to get enough touches to produce any real meaningful fantasy numbers week in and week out.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, FA - There was some early chatter about Lynch considering a comeback, but that window has closed.

Chris Johnson, RB, ARI - Johnson's best playing days are behind him. He underwent hernia surgery and has been placed on injured reserve. The earliest he could return is Week 13, and even then, he will need an injury to other RBs on the depth chart to even be considered as a fantasy option.

Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN - Peterson suffered a torn meniscus in Week 2. He underwent surgery and is targeting a late season comeback. Peterson has one of the strongest wills to overcome in the NFL, and we would say odds are higher than not he does return. However, it most likely will be too little too late, and your team will suffer holding a roster spot for him in the hopes of a return. You need to make the playoffs first before you can consider being a force in the playoffs. Use this roster spot on another player that can help your team win now.

Charles Sims, RB, TAM - Sims was running well, but he sustained a knee injury in Week 4 that has landed him on injured reserve.

C.J. Spiller, RB, SEA - Spiller is bouncing around from team to team in the NFL, which is a red flag his playing days are almost over. He is now a role player at best in Seattle.

James Starks, RB, GRB - Starks underwent a cleanup procedure on his knee in week 6 and is expected to miss a few weeks as he recovers. You can't afford to hold a valuable roster spot with an injured back-up RB.

Shane Vereen, RB, NYG - Vereen suffered a triceps injury in Week 3 that will keep him sidelined for an extended period of time. Even if he does return later this season, it will be difficult to regain momentum, particularly if another RB emerges while he is out.

Danny Woodhead, RB, SDG - The gritty Woodhead suffered a season ending torn ACL in Week 2.

Jared Cook, TE, GRB - Cook had the potential to be a weapon this year in the Green Bay offense, but a high ankle sprain in Week 3 will hold him back the rest of the season. He should return to the field at some point, but that type of injury takes a long time to heal and typically lingers for the rest of the season.

Ben Watson, TE, BAL - Watson was a big off-season acquisition for the Ravens, but he tore his Achilles tendon and will miss the entire 2016 season.

Kamar Aiken, WR, BAL - Things are just too crowded at WR in Baltimore for Aiken, who is struggling for targets from Joe Flacco.

Keenan Allen, WR, SDG - Allen tore his ACL in Week 1 and is done for the remainder of the 2016 season.

Eric Decker, WR, NYJ - Decker suffered a shoulder injury in Week 3 and will miss the remainder of the 2016 season.

Josh Gordon, WR, CLE - Gordon continues to struggle with substance abuse problems and remains banned indefinitely until further notice by the NFL. It is looking very likely that his football career may indeed be over.

James Jones, WR, FA - Jones was trying to land on an NFL roster, but ultimately wasn't able to survive final roster cuts.

Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF - There are just some players that are injury prone, and Watkins is one of them. Watkins has injured his foot in Week 2 and is most likely done for the season. It is possible he comes back, but it isn't worth holding a roster spot for him during that time on that outside chance.

Kevin White, WR, CHI - White is another player having a very difficult time staying healthy. After missing his entire rookie season with an injury, he has sustained a spiral fracture of his fibula driven by a severe high ankle sprain. White will miss an extended period of time, and he may or may not return this season. If he does return, the earliest will be Week 13.

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