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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,
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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 15
Monday, December 10, 2012
Welcome to the Team (a.k.a. Pick-Up)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN - Moreno keeps getting it done, and he has been on this list for multiple weeks. Slowly but surely folks are starting to get the message, as his % ownership has been creeping up each week. Moreno is now owned in 35% of fantasy leagues, and that number will drive up even further after posting 119 rushing yards, a rushing TD, and 48 receiving yards on 4 catches against the Raiders on Thursday Night Football.
Montell Owens, RB, JAX - With Rashad Jennings (concussion) and Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) banged up with injuries, the Jaguars looked to Montell, who is a seven year veteran from the University of Maine. Owens delivered with 91 rushing yards and a TD on 14 carries. He also had 1 reception for 11 yards. With Owens dishing out that kind of production and the status of Jones-Drew and Jennings still in doubt, Owens may get the bulk of the load in week 15 against the Phins for those in a pinch at RB. Owens is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
David Wilson, RB, NYG - Wilson finally flashed some of the crazy skill seen in practice during a game. With Ahmad Bradshaw left with a knee injury, Wilson made the most of the opportunity and delivered. While Bradshaw did return to the game, Wilson was able to amass over 327 all-purpose yards and 3 all-purpose TDs (100 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 227 return yards, and a return TD). The status of Bradshaw's knee injury this week will drive Wilson's value. Wilson is owned in 48% of fantasy leagues.
Nick Foles, QB, PHI - Foles had a breakout game on Sunday and delivered 381 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 27 rushing yards, and 1 rushing TD. Sometimes the light just comes on for a QB, particularly a young one trying to adjust to the speed of the NFL. Foles is owned in less than 2% of fantasy leagues.
Danario Alexander, WR, SDG - Alexander has been a gem off the waiver wire for those that picked him up after week 9. He posted another solid game on Sunday, pulling in 7 receptions for 88 yards and 2 TDs on 11 targets. Alexander has averaged 10 targets per game over his last 4 games, and he has nailed 5 TDs over his last 5 games. Despite that production, Alexander is only owned in 27% of fantasy leagues.
Brandon Gibson, WR, STL - After posting a doughnut in his previous two games, Gibson exploded for 6 receptions for 100 receiving yards and a TD on 9 targets. It's a risky proposition as far as Gibson's prospects moving forward, but WRs are streaky and Gibson does have momentum. Gibson is owned in less than 2% of fantasy leagues.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE - Gordon has been on fire and a consistent performer for those that needed help at WR. Gordon did it again on Sunday and pulled in a team-high 8 receptions for 86 yards. Gordon is owned in 21% of fantasy leagues.
Jason Avant, WR, PHI - With DeSean Jackson out for the remainder of the season, someone needs to step up in the Eagles' WR corps to help out their young QB. Avant was that someone and pulled in 133 receiving yards on 12 targets. Avant is owned in less than 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.
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.
James Starks, RB, GRB - Starks injured his knee in week 13 and is expected to miss several games.
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).
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.
Julian Edelman, WR, NE - Edelman flashed a couple of nice games late in the season, but he suffered a broken foot and is done for the rest of the year.
Percy Harvin, WR, MIN - Harvin was placed on IR and is officially done for the year.
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.
DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI - Jackson suffered broken ribs in week 12 and is out for the remainder of the season.
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.