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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.
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FREE Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Advice
NFL Week 13
Monday, November 26, 2012
Welcome to the Team (a.k.a. Pick-Up)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF - Kaepernick has the hot hand in San Francisco and delivered yet another solid performance on Sunday with 231 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 1 INT, 27 rushing yards, and 1 rushing TD. He is one bad half away from being benched, but for those in a pinch at QB, his legs and the rushing points that come with him make him a nice fantasy roster fill. Kaepernick is owned in 9% of fantasy leagues.
Chad Henne, QB, JAX - Here is another QB that has emerged late to plug a hole in your fantasy roster. After a monster week 11 performance, he followed that with a respectable week 12 performance with 261 passing yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT. Not too shabby for those in a QB pinch. Henne is owned in 3% of fantasy leagues.
Michael Bush, RB, CHI - Forte suffered an ankle injury and Bush picked up the tab for the rest of the game to the tune of 21 carries for 60 yards and 2 TDs. It remains to be seen the severity of Forte's injury, and Bush's stock would go through the roof if Forte were to miss some time. Bush is owned in 72% of fantasy leagues, so roughly 1 out of every 4 of you can immediately pick Bush up off your waiver wire.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN - In a somewhat surprising move, Moreno was named the starter for the injured Willis McGahee. With his back against the wall for his NFL career, Moreno delivered with 85 rushing yards on 20 attempts and 26 receiving yards on 4 catches. Hillman barely sniffed the turf on Sunday, which means Moreno is the hot ticket in Denver moving forward for now. Moreno is owned in 2% of fantasy leagues.
Shane Vereen, RB, NE - The Pats' offense is on fire and Vereen is starting to heat up. He posted a big game on Thanksgiving Night with 133 total yards of offense (rush and receiving) and a TD. Vereen is the most explosive back in the New England stable, and it's not a bad thing to have the most explosive back in the most explosive offense in the NFL right now. Vereen is owned in 23% of fantasy leagues.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL - Michael Turner is showing serious signs of wear and tear, as his age is starting to catch up to him. Slowly but surely Rodgers has been seeing more action for the Dirty Birds, and that recipe should continue as Atlanta knows they will need Turner for a playoff run. While Rodgers won't knock your socks off, he will contribute solid points to your team. On Sunday, he posted 49 yards and a TD on 10 carries and 30 receiving yards on 2 receptions. He is a speedy and quick run-catch option out of the backfield, which is an added perk for those in leagues that reward points for receptions. Rodgers is owned in 9% of fantasy leagues.
Bryce Brown, RB, PHI - Starter LeSean McCoy is suffering complications from a concussion, and Brown is slated to start later tonight in his place. It remains to be seen how well Brown will play or how much longer McCoy will be out, but Brown presents a starting RB for a fantasy start, which is a very hard thing to find on the waiver wire this late in the season. Brown is owned in 4% of fantasy leagues.
Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS - While not 100%, Garcon made a big step in becoming a viable fantasy option on Thanksgiving with 5 receptions for 93 yards and a TD. On his TD catch, Garcon just looked explosive, and his recovery from his injury is going well. He led the Skins with 7 targets, and these are all very good signs moving forward. Garcon is owned in 66% of fantasy leagues.
Cecil Shorts, WR, JAX - We just can't get folks to buy any stock in Shorts, despite his big time production over the past few weeks. Shorts delivered yet again with 4 catches for 105 yards and a TD on Sunday. He is one of the hottest fantasy WRs in the game right now, and he is only owned in 23% 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.
Willis McGahee, RB, DEN - McGahee was placed on the short-term IR, which ended his 2012 regular season.
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.