"Trust me, you should pick up Danario Alexander - I was at the game." (Ric Tapia / Icon SMI)
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire
FREE weekly fantasy football pick-up / drop advice
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
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 11
Monday, November 12, 2012
Welcome to the Team (a.k.a. Pick-Up)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Danario Alexander, WR, SD - Fed up with Robert Meachem, Head Coach Norv Turner has been talking up Alexander. To his credit, he backed up his talk with Alexander now assuming a prominent role in the Bolts' offense. Alexander popped a monster game on Sunday, pulling in 5 catches for 134 yards and a TD. At 6'5" / 217 lbs, Alexander is the perfect build that Turner loves in his wideouts. Watching the game, it was clear Rivers and Alexander have developed very good chemistry in a short amount of time. Rivers went to Alexander on some very key downs and placed the ball in a tight window trusting Alexander to deliver, which he did. The future looks bright for Alexander moving forward. Alexander is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK - DHB has quietly been coming on strong, and now he is squarely on the fantasy radar with his 82 receiving yards and a TD on 5 catches on Sunday. Recall DHB finished last year very strong, and he is very much worth a roster spot on your team. The Raiders ground game is questionable at best, and it has been translating into an air assault by Palmer to try to keep the Raiders in the game and play catch-up. DHB is owned in 69% of fantasy leagues.
Sidney Rice, WR, SEA - Despite Rice continuing to deliver, folks won't get on board with him as he is still owned in only 33% of fantasy leagues. Well, Rice did it again on Sunday, pulling in 54 yards and 2 TDs. That brings Rice's TD total to 5 in his last 5 games played. If he is available, pick him up, although note he does have a week 11 BYE.
Cecil Shorts, WR, JAX - Shorts makes the list of the second week in a row. With Mike Thomas being shipped to Detroit, Shorts is the #1 WR in Jacksonville. He delivered on Thursday night with 105 yards and a TD on 6 catches. Shorts is owned in 4% of fantasy leagues.
James Starks, RB, GRB - Starks led the Packers in carries prior to the BYE, and due to that BYE is available for immediate pick-up in many fantasy leagues. For those hurting at RB, Starks is worth a roll of the dice. Recall he got hot a couple of years ago late in the year, and the Packers desperately need someone to step up at RB. Starks is owned in 23% of fantasy leagues.
Danny Woodhead, RB, NE - With RB Brandon Bolden out for 4 games with a suspension, the door has opened a little wider for RBs in New England. Ridley is the primary ball carrier, but Woodhead was able to get some extra playing time as well and delivered with 15 rushing yards, a rushing TD, 4 catches for 45 yards, and a receiving TD on Sunday. It's a risky proposition, but for those in deep leagues with flex requirements, we wanted to bring Woodhead to your attention. This isn't the first time Woodhead has proven serviceable this year. Woodhead is owned in 13% of fantasy leagues.
Carson Palmer, QB, OAK - We weren't going to put Palmer on the list as we figured he is not available in many leagues, but then we checked, and he is only owned in 69% of fantasy leagues. That means approximately 1 out of every 3 of you can immediately pick-up Palmer off your waiver wire. Palmer is red hot, and the Raiders are leaning heavily on his arm due to the inability of their rushing attack to produce. Palmer tossed the rock for 368 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT on Sunday against the Ravens. In the previous week, he scorched the Bucs for 414 yards, 4TDs, and 3 INTs. In week 11 he faces the Saints, which is guaranteed to be an air assault as he duels it out with Drew Brees. Notice served!
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF - There was a rash of head injuries to QBs on Sunday, and Alex Smith was one of the victims. Kaepernick stepped in midway in the 2nd quarter and finished the game with 117 passing yards, 66 rushing yards, and a rushing TD. Kaepernick is a great runner, and he brings a nice dual threat to both the 49ers and your fantasy team. Pending the news on Smith, Kaepernick could be in line for a few starts downstream. Kaepernick is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Greg Olsen, TE, CAR - Cam Newton is desperate, and when men get desperate, they start trying new things to shake things up in the hopes it yields a different result. That is exactly what has happened to Olsen. Olsen has led the Panthers in targets for two consecutive weeks (19), and on Sunday, he pulled in 9 catches for 102 yards and 2 TDs. Jump on the train while it's hot. Olsen is owned in 35% of fantasy leagues.
Show 'em the Door (a.k.a. Drop)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ - Sanchez is a fantasy train wreck and should not be soaking up a valuable roster spot.
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.