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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 3

Monday, September 17, 2012

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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Sam Bradford, QB, STL - Bradford looked very sharp on Sunday. He torched the Skins for 310 yards, 3 TDs, and only 1 INT, which translated to a QB rating of 117.6. Watching the game on Sunday, it was clear the Rams are starting to develop some chemistry. The Rams are the youngest team in the NFL (average age of 25), and they are learning; however, they are growing together and starting to gel. Bradford is available for pick-up in 91% of fantasy leagues, and now is the time to try to snag him before his stock goes through the roof.

Carson Palmer, QB, OAK - Palmer had a big day on Sunday throwing for 373 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. It's clear Palmer is getting comfortable in the offense, and he is starting to get some of his weapons at receiver returning to the field. Lost in last season were a couple of monster games by Palmer, so he represents a good pick that comes with risk, but big upside. Palmer is available in 38% of fantasy leagues.

Alex Smith, QB, SF - Smith represents the most stable option at QB if you need stability (reasonably consistent scoring) at your QB position. He has proven to be consistent and leads the charge for a very good team. Smith won't win fantasy games for you, but if you are needing a QB to hold his own to let other more explosive players at other positions win the game for you, Smith is your QB and available for pick-up in many leagues. Smith is available in 58% of fantasy leagues.

Danny Amendola, WR, STL - Amendola looks and plays the part of Wes Welker for the Rams. He is a big reception presence that is very shifty and leaves nothing on the field. He exploded for 15 receptions, 160 receiving yards, and a TD on Sunday and was clearly the favorite target of QB Sam Bradford. Bradford is looking for a WR to become his #1 option, and Amendola made huge strides in that direction on Sunday. For those in leagues the award return yardage to the player, Amendola also gets action in punt return duty. Amendola is available in 87% of fantasy leagues.

Mike Williams, WR, TB - Williams is 2 for 2 in the TD category, pulling in another TD in week 2 after nailing a TD in week 1. Williams was a major TD force in his rookie season, but that dropped off significantly in his sophomore season. Now that Vincent Jackson is suiting up for the Bucs, Williams can slide into the WR#2 role. He doesn't get many targets; however, for those in TD heavy fantasy leagues, we wanted to bring Williams' TD production to your attention. Williams is available in 86% of fantasy leagues.

Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR - Now is the time to get LaFell while you still can. He has really stepped up his game and cashing in on all the attention WR Steve Smith draws from opposing defenses. LaFell lead the Panthers with 6 receptions for 90 yards. LaFell is available in 83% of fantasy leagues.

Andre Brown, RB, NYG - Ahmad Bradshaw was injured on Sunday, and Brown picked up the slack rushing for 71 yards and a TD on 13 carries. Brown leap-frogged the rookie Wilson on the depth chart to become the leading carrier for the Giants. Pending the news on Bradshaw, Brown is a player to keep in mind. Brown is available for pick-up in 99% of fantasy leagues.

Ben Tate, RB, HOU - For the 9% of you out there that play in leagues where Ben Tate is available for immediate pick-up, you should seriously look at Tate, particularly if you own Adrian Foster. Tate ran very well on Sunday and looked explosive, ending the day with 74 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, and 23 receiving yards.

Jackie Battle, RB, SD - It's hard to get too excited here, but we did want to bring to your attention that Battle rushed for 69 yards and 2 TDs. Ryan Mathews will eventually take this role, but in the meantime, Battle won round 2 against Ronnie Brown while the Chargers wait for Mathews to be ready. Battle is available for pick-up in 99% of fantasy leagues.

Daryl Richardson, RB, STL - Steven Jackson left Sunday's game against the Skins with a groin injury, and Richardson took up the slack to the tune of 83 rushing yards, 19 receiving yards, and a fumble. The fumble was almost a killer and nearly cost the Rams the game, but other than that, Richardson looked very good. In fact, he looked like he was shot out of a cannon every time he touched the ball. He is very fast and very quick and caught a lot of folks' attention with his solid play on Sunday. If you own Jackson, it's not a bad idea to handcuff Richardson, particularly if you have the roster room and play in a deep league. Richardson is available for pick-up in 99% of fantasy leagues.

Brent Celek, TE, PHI - Celek popped a big time game against the Ravens pulling in 8 catches for 157 yards. He was Vick's #1 option in the receiving game, and for those playing in leagues that award points for receptions, he brings a nice presence to your line-up. Celek is available in 63% of fantasy leagues.

Martellus Bennett, TE, NYG - Manning appears to be hitching his wagon to Bennett, who is getting his shot to demonstrate what he can do as a receiving weapon at TE. Bennett ended the day on Sunday with 10 targets (5 catches) for 72 yards and a TD. Bennett is available in 92% of fantasy leagues.

Dante Rosario, TE, SD - Antonio Gates was inactive on Sunday due to a rib injury, and Rosario stepped up to pull in 4 receptions for 48 yards and 3 TDs. Anytime a player gets 3 TDs, it warrants mentioning his name. Long term Rosario's prospects are not strong; however, he is a name to keep in the back of your mind if you hear of Gates being inactive downstream this season. Rosario is available in 99% of fantasy leagues.

Blair Walsh, PK, MIN - If you need a kicker, give a good look at Walsh. The rookie struggled in the preseason, but he has brought his A+ game to start the regular season. Walsh has already nailed two FG's of > 50 yards, and he has been deadly accurate anywhere on the field. The Vikings are a team that can move the ball, but eventually stall to setup the FG chance. Walsh could be just what the doctor ordered to fix your kicker problems. Walsh is available in 94% of fantasy leagues.

Justin Tucker, PK, BAL - Tucker is another kicker to try to target. He has flashed a big leg, and similar to Walsh, he has also nailed two kicks already of 50+ yards. The Ravens offense is a scoring machine, so Tucker is a kicker to keep in mind. He is available in 95% of fantasy leagues.

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.

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