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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 5



Monday, October 1, 2012


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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Brandon Bolden, RB, NE - Bolden ran extremely well on Sunday and led the Pats in rushing with a 100+ yard effort. He looked explosive and ran with determination every time he touched the ball. Bolden adds a fly to the ointment for Stevan Ridley owners, and you just never know when the Pats will lean to a new RB, particularly one with a hot hand. Bolden is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

Joique Bell, RB, DET - Bell led the Lions in receiving with 6 receptions for 72 yards. He was targeted 8 times and has the perfect size and build for a NFL RB (5'11" / 220 lbs). With all the injuries in the Detroit backfield, Bell has a shot to emerge and has proven to be a receiving threat thus far in the season. Bell is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

Brian Hartline, WR, MIA - Hartline went off on Sunday with 12 catches for 253 yards and a TD. He was targeted an unbelievable 19 times and has made a strong in road with his new rookie QB. Hartline is owned in less than 3% of fantasy leagues.

Davon Bess, WR, MIA - Hartline may have the inside track, but there is still opportunity for Bess, who pulled in 7 catches for 123 yards on Sunday. Historically Bess has squeaked by as a flex option in deep leagues that reward points for receptions; however, this year Bess has the potential to offer more. The Phins are paper thin at WR. Bess is also owned in less than 3% of fantasy leagues.

Andre Roberts, WR, ARI - Roberts has as many TDs as games played this year and posted a very solid outing on Sunday pulling in 6 catches for 118 yards and 2 TDs. Kolb has locked onto Roberts, and opposing defenses are locked onto Larry Fitzgerald, which opens the door for Roberts. Roberts is owned in less than 2% of fantasy leagues.

Jerome Simpson, WR, MIN - Simpson made his season and Vikings debut on Sunday and pulled in 4 receptions for 50 yards. He was also targeted 5 times. Nothing to write home about, but Simpson is a player to keep an eye on as every opposing defense is focusing on Percy Harvin in the passing game. Simpson has the talent to emerge, and if Adrian Peterson keeps running as well as he has been running, it will give Simpson a further opportunity to emerge as opposing defenses creep a safety into the box to try to stop Peterson. If you have extra roster space, now is the time to get Simpson before his stock potentially goes up. Simpson is owned in 5% of fantasy leagues.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF - Fitzpatrick has been a TD machine with 12 passing TDs in his first 4 games. He is currently on pace to end the season with 48 TDs. While that won't happen, what will happen is the Bills will play from behind and they have given Fitzpatrick the green light to throw, throw, and throw. He had a monster day against the Pats on Sunday, throwing for 350 yards, 4 TDs, and also got 14 rushing yards. However, he also had 4 INTs. He makes a nice project to pick up and stash on your bench, even potentially start depending on your QB situation. Note in week 5 he faces the 49ers, so you will need to wait a week before thinking about starting him. Fitzpatrick is owned in 27% of fantasy leagues.

Tim Tebow, QB, NYJ - Uh-oh, we've got turmoil in the Jets' locker room. Mark Sanchez has looked awful, and he couldn't be playing any worse to give the Tebow camp a shot in the arm. While Tebow may be an odd fit at QB for the NFL, he can make it happen on the fantasy front when starting. Tebow is owned in 8% of fantasy leagues.

Scott Chandler, TE, BUF - Chandler is riding the Fitzpatrick wave and pulled in 4 catches for 62 yards and 2 TDs. He was targeted a whopping 8 times for a TE. The downside is that he left the game early with a head injury, so keep a close eye on that developing situation. Chandler is owned in less than 10% of fantasy leagues.

Blair Walsh, PK, MIN - We had Walsh listed a couple of weeks ago, but we will stick his name on here again. For those looking for a Kicker, this rookie from Georgia has proven to be solid. He has a big, accurate leg and the Vikings offense is able to put him position to make the kicks. Walsh is owned in 12% of fantasy leagues.

Show 'em the Door (a.k.a. Drop)

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Tashard Choice, RB, BUF - The door of opportunity for Choice has closed as both Jackson and Spiller are healthy enough to carry the load.

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, PIT - There was a brief ray of sunlight early in the year by which Dwyer could potentially capitalize, but the light is no longer there and it is time to let him go.

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.

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.

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).

David Wilson, RB, NYG - Fumbling and pass protection issues have killed Wilson's fantasy value.

Austin Collie, WR, IND - Collie is out for the season after suffering a ruptured patella tendon in week 3.

Stephen Hill, WR, NYJ - After a great week 1 one showing, Hill has battled injuries and has struggled. Time to let him go.

Robert Meachem, WR, SD - Meachem has been a huge disappointment, and he is doing more damage than good even being on your roster. His targets have been low, and he has struggled to get on the same page as his QB.

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.

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.

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