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Our weekly "Waiver Wire" column is part of FootballDocs In-season content. All of FootballDocs In-season content is 100% free and starts September 7, 2011.

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 10

Monday, November 5, 2012

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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Isaac Redman, RB, PIT - Redman had a career day on Sunday nailing 147 yards and a TD on 26 carries. He also had two receptions for 4 yards. It remains to be seen if either Dwyer or Mendenhall will be ready to go in week 10, and Redman has the hot hand. Redman is owned in 62% of fantasy leagues.

Pierre Thomas, RB, NO - Darren Sproles is going to miss some significant time with a hand fracture, and Thomas is most likely to benefit the greatest from Sproles' absence. In a world where RBs are a hot commodity and in high demand, it's always good to jump on news like this as soon as you can. Thomas is owned in 72% of fantasy leagues.

Joique Bell, RB, DET - Bell's stock is rising, and he delivered a solid game on Sunday with 13 carries for 72 yards and a TD, as well as 3 receptions for 36 yards. Bell has great hands and is a perfect build as a NFL RB (5'11" / 220 lbs). He is the Lions' favorite RB in passing downs, and he is starting to creep his way into the line-up on traditional running downs as well. Bell is a RB to keep in mind, particularly for those in leagues that reward points for receptions. Bell is owned in 2% of fantasy leagues.

Marcel Reece, RB, OAK - Both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson suffered injuries on Sunday, throwing Reece into the spotlight. Reece delivered with 8 receptions for 95 yards and a TD. Pending the news on the injury front with McFadden and Goodson, Reece could emerge further on the fantasy radar. Reece is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

Taiwan Jones, RB, OAK - Again, with McFadden and Goodson suffering injuries, it has also boosted Jones' fantasy value. Reece has great hands, but he is a FB. Jones is a natural RB with 4.3 second speed. If McFadden and Goodson are unable to play in week 10, Jones could emerge. While Reece makes the safer fantasy play, Jones has a higher ceiling to pop a big game for those chance takers out there. Jones is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

Mike Williams, WR, TAM - Williams continues to deliver, yet there are many leagues where he still remains available for immediate pick-up on the waiver wire. On Sunday, Williams nailed 4 receptions for 68 yards and a TD. Over his last four games, he has had 43 targets with 3 TDs during that stretch. With Josh Freeman and Vincent Jackson delivering at high levels, there is plenty of room for Williams to operate. Williams is owned in 68% of fantasy leagues.

Sidney Rice, WR, SEA - Rice pulled in 4 catches for 54 yards and a TD. That gives Rice 3 TDs in his last 4 games, and he is starting to regain his Pro Bowl form. Rice is owned in 28% of fantasy leagues.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND - Donnie Avery left in the middle of the 3rd quarter with a hip injury. Hilton replaced him and exploded for 102 yards and a TD on six receptions. He ended up leading the Colts in targets (11) and makes an interesting prospect on the waiver wire, particularly if Avery is unable to play in week 10 due to his injury. Hilton is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

Cecil Shorts, WR, JAX - With WR Mike Thomas being traded to Detroit, Shorts has cemented his role as the #1WR in Jacksonville. Over his last three games, Shorts has averaged over 8 targets per game, and he has made strong inroads with his QB. Shorts is owned in 5% of fantasy leagues.

Brandon Myers, TE, OAK - Carson Palmer is finally looking like his old self prior to suffering that horrible injury in the playoffs a few years ago. He is very comfortable in Oakland's offense, and is a big fan of it. It is starting to show in many areas, including Myers at TE. Myers has been a steady producer, particularly over his last four weeks. On Sunday, he took that to another level pulling in 2 TDs. It's also important to note Palmer targeted Myers 13 times. He also targeted him 10 times in week 7. Myers is owned in 5% of fantasy leagues.

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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Jackie Battle, RB, SD - The shelf-life on Battle is past its expiration date, and his days of helping your fantasy team are done now that Ryan Mathews is back.

Jahvid Best, RB, DET - Best failed his neurological test from his concussion and is out for the season. Unfortunately, it's very possible his career is over.

Tashard Choice, RB, BUF - The door of opportunity for Choice has closed as both Jackson and Spiller are healthy enough to carry the load.

Roy Helu, RB, WAS - Helu was placed on season ending injured reserve after week 3 due to an ongoing Achilles problem and turf toe.

Peyton Hillis, RB, KC - Hillis is banged up and not playing well. He has been a big disappointment. Use the valueable roster slot he is taking on your team with another player with better upside.

Mark Ingram, RB, NO - Ingram has looked awful in the first five weeks of the season, and his competition has looked great. The former Heisman winner is killing your team and taking up roster space, so best to let him go and grab another player with better upside.

William Powell, RB, ARI - Powell had his shot, but he wasn't able to capitalize. It's time to let him go and move on.

Kevin Smith, RB, DET - After a hot start in week 1, Smith has slid far on the Lions' depth chart and should not take up one of your valuable fantasy roster slots.

Beanie Wells, RB, ARI - Wells is out until week 12 with a turf toe injury. Wells was struggling prior to the injury, and he doesn't bring enough value to warrant carrying him on your roster until his return (unless your league has an injured reserve designation where you can place players in IR with no penalty to your total roster space).

David Wilson, RB, NYG - Fumbling and pass protection issues have killed Wilson's fantasy value, although he did flash a fantasy pulse on week 5 with a 40 yard TD run.

Ramses Barden, WR, NYG - Barden flashed a big game in week 3 providing the hope he could continue to get better as the season unfolded, but a concussion has slowed his progress down and the other receivers for the Giants have stepped up their game.

Austin Collie, WR, IND - Collie is out for the season after suffering a ruptured patella tendon in week 3.

Stephen Hill, WR, NYJ - After a great week 1 one showing, Hill has battled injuries and has struggled. His up and down play will leave you chasing the good game all season long. Time to let him go.

Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ - Holmes suffered a season ending Lisfranc foot injury in week 5 and has been placed on injured reserve by the Jets.

Randy Moss, WR, SF - Moss is getting frustrated, and you can sense the wheels about to come off the bus. Trade him if you can get something for him while the brand of "Moss" might push a trade through, but this is not the Randy Moss of the Minnesota Vikings (or Patriots!), rather, the Randy Moss of the Tennessee Titans.

Kevin Ogletree, WR, DAL - Ogletree was the darling of week 1, but he has since struggled and fading. The improvement in Jason Witten's health has hurt Ogletree's value, and now he will hurt your team more than help as you guess over and over again which week Ogletree will show up and be worthy of a fantasy start.

Brian Quick, WR, STL - Quick just hasn't blossomed, and it is clear the rookie doesn't feel comfortable in the Rams' offense. He is a player to keep in mind and watch closely as the season progresses, but for now, it's best to let him go.

Fred Davis, TE, WAS - Davis suffered an Achilles' injury and is lost for the season.

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