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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 12

Monday, November 18, 2012

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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Danario Alexander, WR, SD - Evidently folks didn't get the memo last week, so we've got Alexander listed again this week. You better stop what you are doing, and run, don't walk to your waiver wire and pick-up Alexander right now! The guys is beyond hot and Rivers' new best friend. Alexander popped another big game on Sunday with 7 catches for 96 yards and 2 TDs. Even more impressive was how Rivers kept going to him again, and again, and again with the game on the line, which is a very, very good thing to see in fantasy. Despite over 200 receiving yards and 3 TDs in his last two weeks, Alexander is owned in 4% of fantasy leagues.

Cecil Shorts, WR, JAX - This is just deja vu when looking at our week 12 waiver wire list compared to our week 11. Shorts also can be found on both, and he also can be found dishing out some serious fantasy points. He did it again on Sunday with 3 catches for 81 yards and a TD. Despite the solid production over the last five weeks, Shorts is owned in just 9% of fantasy leagues.

Sidney Rice, WR, SEA - Oh heck, why start to try to make things different now. So Rice makes the list again as well. Due to his BYE, many owners didn't want to occupy a roster spot with Rice, but the BYE is over and Rice has been a TD machine, pulling in 5 TDs over his last 5 games. Rice is owned in 37% of fantasy leagues.

Justin Blackmon, WR, JAX - New QB, new life. That is exactly what happened to Blackmon as Chad Henne stepped in to replace the injured Blaine Gabbert. Henne was locked onto Blackmon all day, and Blackmon delivered with 7 catches for 236 yards and a TD. Blackmon is owned in 50% of fantasy leagues.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND - Hilton made the most of the opportunity given to him when starter Donnie Avery left the game on Sunday with a concussion. Hilton ended the day with 6 catches for 100 yards and 2 TDs. This is Hilton's third 100+ yard receiving performance of the season, and in each of those performances he has also tacked on at least 1 TD. It has pretty much been feast or famine with Hilton, but if Avery were to miss more time, Hilton's stock gets a boost. Hilton is owned in 8% of fantasy leagues.

James Starks, RB, GRB - Starks is another player that we've listed for the second week in a row. Starks has completely taken over the Packers lead rushing role, and he amassed 25 carries for 74 yards. He also had 1 reception for 6 six yards. With the Giants' shaky rush defense on tap for week 12, Starks warrants some thought for those in a pinch at RB. Starks is owned in 25% of fantasy leagues.

Chad Henne, QB, JAX - Henne has been waiting and waiting and waiting for his chance to play this year, and he got it on Sunday in the form of an elbow contusion to starter Blaine Gabbert. All Henne proceeded to do was light up one of the best defenses in football to the tune of 354 passing yards, 4 TDs, and 0 INTs. It remains to seen if Gabbert will be ready to go in week 12, but early sign point to no. We know there are teams out there with serious QB issues, so we wanted to bring Henne to your attention. Henne is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

Garrett Graham, TE, HOU - Graham posted a big day at TE on Sunday with 8 catches for 82 yards and 2 TDs. Owen Daniels has been bothered by a hip injury, and with the short week, we don't see that getting any better over the next few days. For those in a TE pinch, Graham warrants some thought in week 12. Graham is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

Marcedes Lewis, TE, JAX - Again, anytime you get a new sheriff in town at QB, all receiving weapons get a facelift. Lewis is another Jacksonville receiver that benefited from a change at QB and pulled in 40 receiving yards and 2 TDs. In the near term it appears the future may be Henne at QB, and if that is the case, Lewis gets a bump up in fantasy value. Lewis is owned in 2% 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.

Alex Green, RB, GRB - Green's fun in the sun is over as James Starks has taken over the workload.

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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