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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire
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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 14
Monday, December 3, 2012
Welcome to the Team (a.k.a. Pick-Up)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Donnie Avery, WR, IND - Avery popped a big time game on Sunday with 5 receptions for 91 yards and 2 TDs. He led all Coltsí receivers with 14 targets, and nailed the all important game winning TD. Avery is owned in 10% of fantasy leagues.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE - Gordon has been heating up over the past three weeks and exploded against the Raiders to the tune of 6 catches for 116 yards and a TD. It was the first 100+ yard performance from this rookie, but he has made major in-roads with his QB recently with 7 targets in each of his last 3 games. Gordon is owned in 17% of fantasy leagues.
Rod Streater, WR, OAK - If there is one thing the Raiders have proven to do this year is throw the ball. Streater, who is a 6í3Ē / 200 lb rookie from Temple, has played a steady role for Oakland. Twice this year he has had games with 10 targets, and on Sunday he posted his best game to date as a pro with 3 catches for 96 yards and a TD. Given all the bumps and bruises to Oakland receivers, Streater has some upside to finish the year. Streater is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Brandon Myers, TE, OAK - Despite solid production, Myers has been flying low on the fantasy radar. Take a look at his production, which has been remarkable consistent for a TE. Not only has he shown consistent play, but he has also shown the ability to pop the big game, which he did on Sunday to the tune of 14 receptions for 130 yards and a TD. Myers is owned in just 22% of fantasy leagues.
Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN - Tamme is another TE that warrants a look. After playing second fiddle to Joel Dreessen earlier in the year, Tamme has been coming on strong, particularly as of late. He pulled in 9 receptions for 89 yards on Sunday. Tamme is owned in 52% of fantasy leagues.
Bryce Brown, RB, PHI - Folks, Brown has been a mega fantasy nuke the past two weeks. He exploded yet again on Sunday for 169 rushing yards, 2 TDs, and 4 receptions for 14 yards. Despite his big time play, he is owned in only 33% of fantasy leagues. Run, donít walk, to your waiver wire and pick Brown up if he is available.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN - Moreno makes the list for the second week in a row. In a landscape where finding a workhorse RB is very tough, Moreno is getting the lionís share of the touches in Denver. In week 12 he had 20 carries and 4 catches, and he did the exact same thing in week 13. Despite his heavy workload, Moreno is only owned in 33% of fantasy leagues.
Chad Henne, QB, JAX - If you are in a pinch at QB, Henne is your guy that can be had of the waiver wire. Henne has played well over the past 3 weeks. On Sunday, he posted another solid day with 208 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 1 INT, and 1 rushing TD. Thatís a fantasy QB that can hold his own with the upside to post the big game like he did in week 11. Henne is owned in 3% 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.