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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.

As always, thank you for visiting and welcome to FootballDocs Fantasy Football - "Where the geeks meet the gridiron."

FREE Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Advice
NFL Week 4

Monday, September 24, 2012

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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Jamaal Charles, RB, KC - Most owners didn't part ways with Charles, but some did. In those leagues, you need to make that owner pay! If you can get him, he is an obvious great grab. Charles is only available in 1% of leagues, so your odds aren't good for getting him. IF YOU OWN CHARLES, we feel like now is a great time to trade him away for some fantasy riches. Don't trade him away for just anyone, but now is a good time to sell high on Charles.

Andre Brown, RB, NYG - We told you to pick up Brown last week, and he is probably already gone in your league. He was a star on Thursday night. After that production, he will continue to have a role in the Giants' offense even when Ahmad Bradshaw returns. We still feel like Bradshaw will continue to be the primary ball carrier when he is healthy, but Brown has now become what David Wilson was supposed to be.

Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET - Kevin Smith had done nothing to lose the starting job in Detroit, but he lost it. Leshoure has made an amazing comeback from his season ending Achilles injury from last year. The Lions showed that they believe in him by giving him 26 touches on Sunday. Leshoure is only owned in 71% of fantasy leagues.

Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA - Thomas was pushed into additional action when Reggie Bush was forced to leave the Dolphins game with a left knee injury. If this turns into something more serious for Bush, Thomas might get a chance to shine. For his part, Thomas had a nice week in relief of Bush with 19 carries for 69 yards and a TD. Thomas is owned in only 2% of leagues.

Tashard Choice, RB, BUF - CJ Spiller had to leave the game with a shoulder injury, and Choice had a nice game with 20 carries for 91 yards and 2 receptions for 8 yards. Buffalo is going to move the ball, so you need to keep an eye on the medical tent to see who is the-next-man-up in deeper leagues. Choice is only owned in 0.1% of leagues.

Shaun Hill, QB, DET - Stafford left with an injury on Sunday, so it would be a smart move to grab Hill in deep QB leagues. Hill has performed in the past.

Danny Amendola, WR, STL - Amendola is looking to get paid next year and he has some serious chemistry going on with Sam Bradford right now. Amendola is only owned in 69% of leagues. Amendola is the 4th most targeted WR in the NFL through 3 weeks. Do yourself a favor, and go get him if he is out there!

Ramses Barden, WR, DET - Barden had a huge game this week and he could have a big year if he continues to catch Eli Manning's eye. Manning has a history for turning unknown WRs into stars. Hakeem Nicks historically misses a lot games. In addition, Barden could be a fantasy contributor if he is the #3 beside Victor Cruz and Nicks. Barden is owned in only 0.5% of leagues.

Andrew Hawkins, WR, CIN - Hawkins has scored in back-to-back weeks and has rolled up 138 total yards in those two weeks. Hawkins looks like he has nailed down the spot opposite AJ Green and that could be a lucrative role. Hawkins is only owned in 3% of leagues.

Martellus Bennett, TE, NYG - Bennett is owned in only 37% of fantasy leagues, but he could end up as a top 5 fantasy TE by season's end. Eli is force feeding him the ball because he has no other TE option. Bennett has the physical ability of an young Antonio Gates, and now he is adding the confidence to his game.

Heath Miller, TE, PIT - Miller continues to be a favorite target of Ben Roethlisberger. Miller is the #3 TE in fantasy points through 3 weeks and he is only owned in 20% of leagues. He will be a hot acquisition this week in almost all leagues.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN - Rudolph is going to provide you lots of fantasy goodness all the way though the holiday season. Owned in only 17% of leagues, Rudolph is the #6 fantasy TE through 3 weeks.

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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