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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 12
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA - Rawls exploded on Sunday in relief of Marshawn Lynch and ripped the 49ers for 209 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 46 receiving yards, and 1 receiving TD. Anytime a RB posts 255 yards of total offense and 2 total TDs, that is a fantasy nuke. Lynch was a scrub and elected to see an abdominal specialist. When Beast Mode is seeing a doc, you know it has to be bad. Now is the time to get Rawls while you still can, as he is owned in just 9.2% of fantasy leagues.
Javorius Allen, RB, BAL - Starting RB Justin Forsett broke his arm during the game and is done for the rest of the year. Allen filled in for Forsett and posted 67 rushing yards on 22 carries and 48 receiving yards on 5 receptions (6 targets). Allen should be the primary back moving forward, so it's a gift to be able to get a key RB this late in the season in fantasy. Allen is owned in just 0.8% of fantasy leagues.
Spencer Ware, RB, KC - Starting RB Charcandrick West hurt his hamstring on Sunday, and West piled on loads of yards (96 rushing and 5 receiving) and TDs (2) in relief. A hamstring is not the best place to be hurt if a RB, and Ware's fantasy value would blow sky high if West were to miss more time or be significantly limited. Now is the time to go ahead and pick-up Ware while we wait on the news regarding West's health. Ware is owned in 0.1% of fantasy leagues.
Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL - Starting RB Devonta Freeman had to exit Sunday's game early with a concussion. Coleman received 17 carries in relief. While Coleman didn't exactly light up the stage and posted only 48 rushing yards, he would be a key waiver wire target if Freeman were to miss more time. Concussion are poorly understand animals, and once you get one, you are more prone to get another on a lesser hit. Coleman is owned in 54.9% of fantasy leagues.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND - For those in deeper leagues that are TD heavy, Bradshaw has nailed 3 TDs in his last 2 games. While he is the clear back-up to Frank Gore, Bradshaw is seeing some action near the goal line and still involved in the passing game. Bradshaw is owned in 0.8% of fantasy leagues.
Shawn Draughn, RB, SF - For those in PPR leagues, Draughn is a decent option, particularly for as long as Carlos Hyde remains sidelined with a foot injury. Draughn pulled in 8 receptions for 40 yards to go along with 37 rushing yards on 12 carries. The dual-threat run-catch RB will continue to see work from both phases of the game. Draughn is owned in 1.4% of fantasy leagues.
Robert Turbin, RB, DAL - Attention all Darren McFadden owners: Now is the time to handcuff Turbin to your fantasy line-up. In many fantasy leagues, teams are not allowed to add players once their fantasy playoffs start. McFadden has a long history of being prone to injury, and he flashed a reminder notice to all this week with a tweak to his groin during practice. With Tony Romo back, the Cowboys should start getting back on track, which should give a boost to their RB play. Turbin has separated himself from the back as the primary back-up to DMAC and the RB to target as a handcuff. Turbin is owned in 1.4% of fantasy leagues.
Brock Osweiler, QB, DEN - Osweiler posted a nice game on Sunday with 250 passing yards and 2 TDs. There are many weapons in Denver at Osweiler's disposal, and Peyton Manning looks pretty much done for the season. The upside is here, and Osweiler makes an attractive grab for those with QB issues. Osweiler is owned in 7.4% of fantasy leagues.
Blaine Gabbert, QB, SF - With Colin Kaepernick done for the year with a shoulder injury, Gabbert is the guy in San Francisco. The 49ers are a dumpster fire, but they should always be playing from behind, which means more passes and opportunities for Gabbert to pile on junk fantasy points late. Gabbert posted a decent fantasy game on Sunday against a good Hawks defense with 264 passing yards, 22 rushing yards, and a passing TD. Gabbert's legs help round out the sharp corners on his fantasy performance as he adds a cushion of rushing yards each week. They also help keep him from posting an awful showing. While his ceiling isn't high, he does present a nice fill for those teams with QB issues. Gabbert is owned in 0.4% of fantasy leagues.
Terrance Williams, WR, DAL - Anytime there is a switch at QB, you should always reevaluate all the WRs as QB-WR chemistry is a key component to the game. With Tony Romo back, Williams became relevant in fantasy again and posted 4 receptions for 79 yards and a TD. Williams is owned in 22.7% of fantasy leagues.
J.J. Nelson ,WR, ARI - Nelson exploded out of no where to rip the Bengals for 142 yards and a TD. Nelson is an undersized, but quick receiver and benefited from Michael Floyd's absence. At this point Nelson's future prospects look murky at best, but you never know when some QB-WR chemistry takes off, and Nelson could have a future if Floyd were to miss more time. Nelson is owned in 0.1% of fantasy leagues.
Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA - Lockett posted a solid fantasy game with 4 receptions for 48 yards and 2 TDs. WR is the toughest position for a rookie to adjust from college to the NFL as the speed, timing, and complexity of the NFL game is immense. Oftentimes we will see rookies such as Lockett post solid games later in the season as they gain experience and confidence in the offense. Lockett is owned in 5.1% of fantasy leagues.
Crockett Gillmore, TE, BAL - Gillmore had been coming on strong and emerged as a go to receiver for the Ravens in a post-Steve Smith world. He pulled in 5 catches for 101 yards on Sunday, but unfortunately he also lost his QB for the year with an injury late in the game. This has muddied the water for Gillmore with a new QB now lining up under center, but the Ravens are decimated on offense with injuries, and Gillmore is one of the few reliable options still left. That alone makes him attractive enough to take a chance if needing help at TE and see what develops. Gillmore is owned in 4.8% of fantasy leagues.
Show 'em the Door (a.k.a. Drop)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Joe Flacco, QB, BAL - Flacco tore his ACL and MCL in Week 11 and is done for the rest of the year.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF - Kaepernick was placed on the season-ending injured reserve as a result of his shoulder injury.
Montee Ball, RB, FA - The Wisconsin TD machine flopped in the NFL and is now currently unemployed.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT - Bell tore his MCL in Week 8 and is done for the rest of the season.
Reggie Bush, RB, SF - The return to California for Bush has proven brutal. He is playing for a struggling team, and he is banged up. The end result has been awful fantasy production from Bush. He is doing more damage than good on your roster. (11/2 UPDATE: Bush suffered an ACL tear in Week 8 and is out for the rest of the year).
Jamaal Charles RB, KC - Charles suffered a season ending knee injury (torn ACL) in Week 5 and is done for the year.
Anthony Dixon, RB, BUF - Dixon had his chance to shine in Week 5 and absolutely blew it. Game over. Time to let him go.
Lance Dunbar, RB, DAL - Dunbar was proving to be a decent flex play in Point Per Reception (PPR) leagues, but he tore his ACL in week 4 and is done for the remainder of the year.
Justin Forsett, RB, BAL - Forsett broke his arm in Week 11 and is out for the rest of the year.
Arian Foster, RB, HOU - Foster suffered a season-ending torn Achilles tendon in Week 7.
Dion Lewis, RB, NE - Lewis tore his ACL in week 9 and is done for the rest of the season.
Branden Oliver, RB, SDG - Oliver's 2015 season is officially done after the Bolts placed him on the season ending IR in Week 8.
Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ - It's way too crowded in the backfield of the Jets, and Powell is getting the squeeze on touches. Injuries haven't helped him either.
Joseph Randle, RB, DAL - Some folks paid a high price in thier fantasy draft on Randle, and he now has completely flopped after being cut by the Cowboys in Week 8. We were never in the pro-Randle camp this year, so luckily most of you should be clear of this situation and enjoying the benefits of McFadden, who is proving to be a late round steal.
Trent Richardson, RB, FA - Richardson's NFL career has nose-dived and officially crashed. The 3rd overall pick from the 2012 NFL Draft is officially a bust and currently not on any NFL roster. Ouch.
Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN - Sankey hasn't panned out like the Titans coaching staff and his fantasy owners had hoped. He could turn things around later in the year, but for now, there just isn't enough signs of fantasy life from him to warrant keeping him around unless you play in a league with deep rosters not forcing the issue with limited roster slots.
Pierre Thomas, RB, FA - Thomas was signed by the 49ers mid-season and dropped a week later after just playing 4 snaps. He is out of football shape and effectively done for 2015.
Keenan Allen, WR, SDG - Allen suffered a season ending injury in Week 8 and is done for the remainder of the year.
Devin Funchess, WR, CAR - The rookie was supposed to fill the void left by the season ending injury to WR Kelvin Benjamin, but that just hasn't happened. The learning curve from college to the NFL is a steep one, particularly for wide receivers, and Funchess has struggled in making that transition. He will have ups and downs, which will be difficult to predict and do more damage than good on your roster.
Percy Harvin, WR, BUF - It didn't take long, and Harvin is already missing time with injury. Your roster and sanity would be better served by dropping him now.
Charles Johnson, WR, MIN - There was some hope for Johnson entering the season, but the Vikings are struggling in their passing attack, and Johnson is banged up with some bumps and bruises. For now, best to use your valuable roster slot on a player with better upside.
Steve Smith Sr, WR, BAL - Smith suffered a torn Achilles in Week 8 and is done for the remainder of the season.
Reggie Wayne, WR, FA - The veteran ultimately couldn't find employment and still remains a free agent waiting for the phone to ring.
Roddy White, WR, ATL - White's best years are behind him, and the Falcons are doing just fine without him actively involved in the offense. There are trade rumors with White, but until something happens there, White is going to do more damage than good on your roster as you try to guess which week he will actually produce.
Josh Hill, TE, NOR - Hill was a TD machine last year, and some thought with Jimmy Graham leaving for the Saints that Drew Brees would lock in on Hill. Hill will eek a TD every now and then, but the emergence of Ben Watson has really hurt Hill's upside in 2015.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN - Rudolph is establishing we are going to see more of the same from him this year (stinky!), which means you need to look elsewhere for a fantasy TE.
Nick Folk, PK, NYJ - Folk was placed on the season ending injured reserve after suffering a quadriceps injury.