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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 2
Monday, September 10, 2012
Welcome to the Team (a.k.a. Pick-Up)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Alex Smith, QB, SF - Smith isn't going to knock your socks off, but he does have a load of offensive weapons to toss the rock to during a game. As the offense gets more settled and the receivers get on the same page, Smith could surprise this season. He posted a solid effort on Sunday, throwing for 211 yards and 2 TDs.
Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ - After a dreadful offensive showing in the preseason, the Jets and Sanchez were an offensive force in week 1. Sanchez ended the day with 266 passing yards, 3 TDs, and 1 INT.
Blaine Gabbert, QB, JAX - Gabbert is another player to keep your eye on. He has no choice and must produce this year or perhaps watch his NFL dreams fade away. In short, he has his back against the wall. He had a nice showing in week 1, throwing for 260 yards and 2 TDs. He is still considered a fantasy project, but he is a project with some positive momentum.
Kevin Kolb, QB, ARI - For those in very deep leagues with demanding QB requirements, Skelton was knocked out of the game with an ankle injury. Kolb stepped in and looked great, going 6 for 8 for 68 yards and a TD, leading the Red Birds to a comeback win. With play like that, the QB competition in Zona has reopened.
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF - Spiller wasted no time picking up where he left off the end last season. He roasted a respectable Jets' defense to the tune of 169 rushing yards, 25 receiving yards, and a TD. If Spiller is available for pick-up, run, don't walk to your league's waiver wire.
Stevan Ridley, RB, NE - Along with Spiller, Ridley is another back we were high on in the preseason, and he torched the Titans in his season debut to the tune of 125 rushing yards and a TD. He also tacked on 27 receiving yards for good measure.
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS - Morris was the lucky recipient of being Mike Shanahan's favorite RB on Sunday. Morris delivered with 96 rushing yards and 2 TDs. Shanahan likes Morris for two reasons: (1) he takes good care of the ball and (2) he always falls forward. As long as Morris keeps up his end of the deal, Shanahan will keep up his. Shanahan is known for producing stud RBs out of no where in the past, so this is a situation to keep a close eye on.
Michael Bush, RB, CHI - For those in deeper leagues, note there is plenty of leftover action in Chicago for Bush to flash a fantasy pulse. He wasted no time showing off his talent as a TD Vulture, and he notched not one, but two TDs in his Bears' debut near the goal line.
Randy Moss, WR, SF - The 49ers wasted no time showing they plan to use Moss as a redzone target. While he played a limited number of snaps, he was in there when they got in the redzone and caught one TD pass and was targeted for another. Moss ended the day with 4 catches for 47 yards and a TD.
Stephen Hill, WR, NYJ - Hill had a great NFL debut and nailed 89 receiving yards and 2 TDs. Hill is a little raw, but he has the size and skills to be a key redzone target for the Jets.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI - Jeffery is another rookie that had a great debut. Jeffery was a force when playing in South Carolina, and he was a force on Sunday pulling in 80 receiving yards and a TD. Marshall is the clear #1, but Jeffery could emerge as the #2 option in Chicago; however, expect some ups and downs as Jeffery transitions from college to the speed and complexity of the NFL.
Kevin Ogletree, WR, DAL - Ogletree has a huge week 1 showing, pulling in 114 receiving yards and 2 TDs. With Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and Jason Witten to compete with for catches, Ogletree will have his up and down games; however, momentum is a strange thing, and if Ogletree can give Romo confidence that he can deliver, Romo will continue to look his way as opposing defenses will be focused on shutting down those other players mentioned.
Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR - The Panthers need another WR not named Steve Smith to step up, and LaFell is making is bid to be that receiver. LaFell ended the day with 5 targets and caught three passes for 65 yards and a TD. LaFell also has a couple of things Smith doesn't have: (1) height and (2) youth.
Billy Cundiff, PK, WAS - For those needing a kicker on waivers, take a good look at Cundiff, who is available in 80% of fantasy leagues. The Redskins offense showed no problems moving the ball, which should translate to plenty of opportunity for Cundiff. Against the Saints, Cundiff went 4 for 4, including two field goals between 40 - 49 yards in length.
Cleveland Browns Defense - The Browns gave Michael Vick and the Eagles fits. They ended the day with 2 sacks, 4 INTs (one returned for a TD), a fumble recovery, and only surrendered 17 points. Not a bad day at the office as this unit proved to play fast, mean, and with a chip on its shoulder.
Show 'em the Door (a.k.a. Drop)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
We are firm believers that QBs, WRs, and RBs with whom you thought had enough
value to draft should not be cut from your fantasy team in the first few weeks
of the season unless they get significantly injured or lose their starting
job. Give it some time before deciding that they are not fit for your team to see
if they can prove you right. Naturally you have to cut someone to make
room for any new additions to your team, and as a guideline, extra Ds, Ks,
TEs, or even a lower tier WR are great candidates to give the boot.