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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 16

Monday, December 17, 2012

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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF - What more can you say about this guy that hasn't already been said. He's playing like a veteran and has been a fantasy weapon for those hurting at QB. On Sunday Night, he toasted the Pats to the tune of 216 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 1 INT, and 28 rushing yards. Kaepernick is on fire and owned in just 27% of fantasy leagues.

Russell Wilson, QB, SEA - Wilson has been up and down all year, which is typical for NFL rookie QBs. He was definitely up on Sunday after scorching the Bills for 205 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 92 rushing yards, and 3 rushing TDs. That is known as a fantasy bomb. Wilson has a tough match-up next week against the 49ers and ends the season against the Rams. Both games are at home. Wilson is owned in 22% of fantasy leagues.

Vick Ballard, RB, IND - Ballard has been coming on strong and posted his first 100+ yard performance on Sunday (Note in week 14 he had 94 rushing yards). He has established himself as the primary ball carrier for the Colts and gets a shot at the Chiefs next week to further cement that role. Ballard is owned in 35% of fantasy leagues.

Beanie Wells, RB, ARI - Wells didn't play well, but he did pop 3 rushing TDs against the Lions. He has a tough stretch to finish against the Bears and 49ers, but he is a bruising back that will get goal line carries. If in a real pinch, you roll the dice and hope he punches in a garbage TD. Wells is owned in 61% of fantasy leagues.

Danny Woodhead, RB, NE - The most important thing to note is that Woodhead took care of the ball on Sunday when fellow RBs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen kept fumbling. Woodhead finished the day with 61 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, and 23 receiving yards on 5 receptions (10 targets). Fumbling is a big deal in the NFL, and Woodhead proved to his coach he can deliver. Woodhead is owned in 16% of fantasy leagues.

Jackie Battle / Curtis Brinkley / Ronnie Brown, RB, SD - Ryan Mathews is out for the year meaning the RB workload gets passed down the depth chart. It's unclear at this point who will get the start, and more importantly, the bulk of the carries next week. In all likelihood, the bulk of the carries will go to the hot hand. Brown was inactive last week, and Brinkley ended up posting the most yards (42 yards on 6 carries). Battle struggled, but he was a TD presence earlier in the year. For those in a pinch at RB, we wanted to bring this to your attention as something to keep a close eye on. Battle, Brinkley, and Brown are available for immediate pick-up in just about any fantasy league.

Danny Amendola, WR, STL - Amendola is back and Bradford looked his way all game to the tune of 12 targets. He finished the game with 6 receptions for 58 yards and a TD. Amendola has a great match-up next week against the Bucs and is owned in only 47% of fantasy leagues.

Rod Streater, WR, OAK - Streater has averaged 86 yards over his last three games, emerging as a roster plug for those hurting at WR. Oakland will throw the ball early and often, and Streater has really capitalized on the opportunity presented to him by other struggling OAK wide receivers. Streater is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL - Pitta turned on the TD flood waters just when you need him the most. He posted a monster day on Sunday with 7 catches for 125 yards and 2 TDs. With 5 TDs over his last 6 games played, he warrants a good look as a TE option. Pitta is owned in just 17% 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.

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 has struggled and just can't seem to get it done despite plenty of opportunities.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fred Davis, TE, WAS - Davis suffered an Achilles' injury and is lost for the season.

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