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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire
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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 7
Monday, October 15, 2012
Welcome to the Team (a.k.a. Pick-Up)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Josh Freeman, QB, TAM - For those needing a new option at QB, note that Freeman has been heating up. He had a monster day on Sunday, tossing for 328 yards, 3 TDs, and only 1 INT. Prior to his week 5 BYE, he threw for 299 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT in week 4. Freeman has plenty of weapons to spread the ball around, and he presents a nice option as a BYE week fill or situational start with the potential to be an every week starter depending on how things develop. Freeman is owned in 62% of fantasy leagues.
Christian Ponder, QB, MIN - Ponder isn't going to win you any fantasy games, but he does provide an option that can hold his own if the match-up is right. The match-up has been right the past two weeks, and Ponder has responded averaging a little over 300 passing yards per game in weeks 5 and 6. He had 52 passing attempts on Sunday against the Redskins, which shows the Vikings' coaching staff is comfortable with giving him a shot when trying to comeback. Ponder is owned in 31% of fantasy leagues.
Russell Wilson, QB, SEA - For those with roster space and willing to take on a project at QB, Wilson is your guy. Wilson emerged in the preseason to wrestle the starting job away from Flynn. Outside of a week 4 disaster, he has steadily improved and posted a monster week 6, throwing for 293 yards, 3 TDs, and 0 INTs. He also had 17 yards rushing. As a rookie, Wilson will have his up and down games, but he is also adjusting well to the NFL and could provide some relief with a spot start here and there for your team is having QB issues. That spot start won't happen next week facing the brutal 49ers defense, but there are some possibilities downstream of that later in the year and something to keep in mind. Wilson is owned in 8% of fantasy leagues.
William Powell, RB, ARI - With all the injuries to the Red Birds backfield, Powell finally got a chance to follow-up his outstanding preseason performance (led league in rushing) with some meaningful regular season action. Ponder did not disappoint and responded with 70 yards on 13 carries and had one catch for 8 yards. While Powell didn't start, he significantly outperformed starter Stephens-Howling, who only had 22 yards on 11 carries. Powell has the upside moving forward and worth a roster slot if you can make it happen. Powell is owned in 23% of fantasy leagues.
Felix Jones, RB, DAL - DeMarco Murray left Sunday's game against the Ravens with a foot injury. X-rays were negative, but more tests are on tap to diagnose the full extent of the injury. Jones got the bulk of the workload in Murray's absence and responded with 92 rushing yards and a TD on 18 carries. He also had one reception for 13 yards. Jones has his back against the wall having been pushed down the depth chart, so don't underestimate the variable of sheer "will" playing into his performance now and moving forward. Pending the news on Murray, Jones could be in line for a significant increase in workload. Jones is owned in 12% of fantasy leagues.
Baron Batch, RB, PIT - For those in very deep leagues and desperate, here is your Hail Mary. Both RB Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles') and RB Isaac Redman (ankle) were injured in week 6. Batch took up the torch and finished the game with 22 yards and a TD. While it appears both Mendenhall and Redman's injuries are minor, they could be limited in week 7, which would open the door of opportunity for Batch a little wider. Batch is owned in 1% of fantasy leagues.
Mike Williams, WR, TAM - As QB Josh Freeman has been heating up, so has Mike Williams. Williams had 113 receiving yards and a TD on 4 catches on Sunday. In his previous showing before the BYE week, Williams had 115 yards on 4 catches. That kind of production is hard to ignore, as are his 3 TDs in 5 games. Recall Williams was a TD machine a couple of years ago, and it appears Freeman and Williams may have reconnected after a tough year last year. Williams is owned in just 14% of fantasy leagues.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE - Gordon has made major in-roads with his fellow rookie, QB Brandon Weeden. Gordon had another big day on Sunday, pulling in 3 catches for 99 yards and a TD. Note in week 5 he had 2 catches for 82 yards and 2 TDs. At 6'3" / 225lbs, Gordon provides a big target and has the wheels to take it all the way to the house from anywhere on the field. Gordon is owned in 3% of fantasy leagues.
Sidney Rice, WR, SEA - After leading the Hawks in receiving in week 5, Rice posted a solid week 6 performance with 81 yards and a TD on 3 receptions. He has a very tough match-up in week 7 against the 49ers, but things get better after that. Rice is owned in 23% of fantasy leagues.
Denarius Moore, WR, OAK - Don't sleep on Moore, who developed a nice connection with his QB Carson Palmer last season. Moore was injured to start the season, but since coming back, Palmer has looked his way early and often. What isn't shown in Moore's stat sheet is his targets, which have been 8, 10, 8, and 9 in his last four games since coming back in week 2. He followed his 4 catch, 71 yard performance in week 4 with 5 catches, 104 yards, and a TD in week 6 (OAK had a week 5 BYE). It's time to get on the Denarius Moore bandwagon. Moore is owned in 75% of fantasy leagues, so 1 in 4 of you still have a shot to get him off waivers.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN - After a slow start to season in his first two weeks (averaged 3 catches for 33 yards), Gresham has stepped his game up over his last 4 games (averaged nearly 5 catches for 60 yards). On Sunday, he had 3 catches for 68 yards and a TD, but the TD was off a big play that went for 55 yards. It's the big play ability that separates Gresham from the pack, and he makes a nice option for those hurting at TE. The best part of all is that thanks to his slow start, Gresham is available for immediate pick-up in most leagues, as he his owned in just 14% of them.
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. His up and down play will leave you chasing the good game all season long. 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.