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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 6

Monday, October 8, 2012

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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT - Mendenhall is back and played well. When watching the game, it was clear Mendenhall was the best ball carrier for the Steelers, despite not being 100% yet. He ended the day with 81 rushing yards and a TD on just 14 carries. He also had 2 receptions for 20 yards. Mendenhall is owned in 77% of fantasy leagues, so there are over 20% of you playing in leagues where you can pick Mendenhall up off your waiver wire.

Alex Green, RB, GB - Starting RB Cedric Benson left Sunday's game early in the 2nd quarter with a foot injury. He did not return. In his absence, Green ran well pilling up 55 rushing yards on 9 carries. If Benson were to miss time, Green's fantasy value would shoot up. Green is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

Joique Bell, RB, DET - Bell made the list last week, but with the Lions having a BYE, we thought we would keep him on one more week. Bell led the Lions in receiving with 6 receptions for 72 yards in their game before the BYE week. 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.

Brandon Bolden, RB, NE - Bolden is another RB that makes the list for the second week in a row. For those sitting on the sidelines seeing how he would fair, he has a solid outing with 14 attempts for 54 yards. That brings his two week total to nearly 200 yards. Another important aspect to consider is that Ridley has fumbled in two games, so the door of opportunity is opening a little wider than it should otherwise for Bolden despite Ridley's otherwise strong play. Bolden is owned in 19% of fantasy leagues.

Alex Smith, QB, SF - Smith had a monster day and threw for over 300 yards and 3 TDs against Buffalo. He also brings the added fantasy plus of mobility to the table and posted 49 rushing yards. Smith has proven serviceable in the first two weeks of the season, awful in the next two, and now he popped a big game. Momentum is a strange thing, and it is closely tied to confidence. The receivers at Smith's disposal are very talented and very deep, so if Smith could build on this showing with another solid outing, he could prove to be a fantasy nugget for you. Smith is owned in just 45% of fantasy leagues.

Michael Crabtree, WR, SF - Crabtree nearly doubled his season receiving total on Sunday pulling in 6 catches for 113 yards and a TD. The Bills made Alex Smith look like Joe Montana and Crabtree look like Jerry Rice. There are some favorable passing match-ups on tap, so be sure to grab Crabtree is available on your waivers. Crabtree is owned in 84% of fantasy leagues.

Robert Meachem, WR, SD - Nothing like facing your old team to breathe a little life into you. Meachem finally posted a nice showing pulling in 3 catches for 67 yards and 2 TDs. The Bolts showed Meachem the money in the off-season, and a little positive momentum could go a long way with his QB. Meachem is owned in 71% of fantasy leagues.

James Jones, WR, GB - Jones is on fire with 4 TDs over his last 2 games. The 6'1" / 208 lb veteran is starting to fill shoes needed on a banged up receiving corps, and Rodgers has actively gotten Jones involved in the passing attack since week 1. With Greg Jennings hampered, Jones' role could grow as the season progresses. Jones is owned in 31% of fantasy leagues.

Josh Gordon, WR, CLE - Gordon went two for two on Sunday, pulling in two catches for two touchdowns on 8 targets. As with most rookie WRs, Gordon has been inconsistent, but he showed on Sunday he can be explosive. And you never know when a little QB-WR chemistry has begun to take root. Gordon is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

Domenik Hixon, WR, NYG - Hixon is going to knock your socks off, but he brings a serviceable option to the table for those in deeper leagues. He has averaged nearly 10 targets a game over his last two outings. Granted, those targets have come at the benefit of Hakeem Nicks watching from the sidelines, but Hixon is a veteran that has proven to be a reliable option for Manning. Hixon is owned in 10% of fantasy leagues.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN - Rudolph has proven to be Ponder's favorite target in the redzone, and he nailed yet another TD on Sunday bringing his season total to 4 TDs. Outside of a goose egg against the Lions, Rudolph has been a sneaky play for his owners playing in deeper leagues. Rudolph is owned in 34% of fantasy leagues.

Minnesota Vikings Defense - The Vikings are starting to believe they can do it, and the defense is starting to ramp up. After stuffing the 49ers in week 3, this defense has been rolling ever since. The Vikings are owned in just 23% of fantasy leagues.

Miami Dolphins Defense - While not as eye popping as the Vikings, the Dolphins have been very consistent and playing well. They had another nice showing on Sunday stuffing the Bengals for less than 300 total yards allowed, 2 INTs, a fumble recover, and 3 sacks. Note in the prior week they held the Red Birds to less than 300 total yards allowed, 2 INTs, and 8 sacks. They's turned up the heat on the blitz, and they are rewarding fantasy teams that have been starting them. The Dolphins are owned in less than 2% 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.

Mark Ingram, RB, NO - Ingram has looked awful in the first five weeks of the season, and his competition has looked great. The former Heisman winner is killing your team and taking up roster space, so best to let him go and grab 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, although he did flash a fantasy pulse on week 5 with a 40 yard TD run.

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.

Stephen Hill, WR, NYJ - After a great week 1 one showing, Hill has battled injuries and has struggled. 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.

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.

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.

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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