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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 8

Monday, October 22, 2012

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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Josh Freeman, QB, TAM - Freeman's stock has been sky rocketing, and this will be the last week he makes our list. Hopefully you were able to cash-in on Freeman and pick him up earlier because Freeman exploded on Sunday for 420 yards and 3 TDs. Freeman is owned in 69% of fantasy leagues.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF - For those in a QB pinch, Fitzpatrick is a player you can dust off and put in the starting line-up if the match-up is right. The match-up in weeks 5 and 6 was not right, and Fitzpatrick's numbers suffered. However, the match-up in week 7 was right, and Fitzpatrick delivered with 225 passing yards, 3 TDs, and only 1 INT. He also sprinkled in 23 rushing yards. Once again, the match-up is tough in week 9 against the Texans (BUF has a week 8 BYE), but there are some prospects later that are favorable for Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is owned in 34% of fantasy leagues.

LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, ARI - Stephens-Howling won round 2 of the Zona RB competition over William Powell. Despite his small size, Stephens-Howling nailed 104 rushing yards and a TD on 20 carries. He also had 4 catches for 45 yards. At this time, the path forward for Stephens-Howling vs. Powell is unclear other than to say the 49ers and their brutal run defense is on tap. Stephens-Howling is owned in just 7% of fantasy leagues.

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, PIT - Dwyer had a big day on Sunday rushing for 122 yards on 17 carries and was the primary benefactor of both Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman being out. The problem with Dwyer is that once those two are ready, his fantasy value will plummet. It appears both will be ready next week; however, in the event there are unexpected complications with their health, we wanted to be sure Dwyer made the list to bring to your attention as a situation to watch. Dwyer is owned in 7% of fantasy leagues.

Santana Moss, WR, WAS - Moss has made strong in-roads with RGIII and has nailed 3 TDs in his last 3 games. That kind of production is hard to ignore. Neither is the fact RGIII looks Moss' way on critical downs. Moss is owned in 52% of fantasy leagues.

Devery Henderson, WR, NOR - Henderson is another WR that is heating up and followed his monster week 6 showing with a decent day on Sunday pulling in 3 receptions for 75 yards. The Saints have been looking for a replacement for Robert Meachem and Henderson is starting to fill those shoes. Henderson is owned in 16% of fantasy leagues.

Chris Givens, WR, STL - For those in leagues that award bonus points for big plays, Givens is emerging and is the Rams' deep ball threat. He pulled in 3 receptions for 73 yards, which included a 56 yard bomb. He has been flashing a fantasy pulse over the last three weeks and has proven to be a serviceable start for those in deep leagues. He is staying a little low on the radar due to not having caught a single pass until week 3. However, since that time Givens has averaged 65 yards / game froms week 4 - 7. Givens is owned in 5% of fantasy leagues.

Jeremy Kerley, WR, NYJ - The Jets are paper thin at WR, and Kerley is doing everything he can to take advantage of that. He had a big day on Sunday pulling in 7 receptions for 120 yards. Over his last 3 games, Kerley has averaged nearly 9 targets per game. The former TCU star is shifty and quick, but at 5'9", he is vertically challenged for his position. Kerley is owned in 3% of fantasy leagues.

Dustin Keller, TE, NYJ - After missing most of the season with an injury, Keller couldn't have returned at a better time. The Jets need help in their passing attack, and Keller seems to always get open. Sanchez locked on him on Sunday with 7 targets, which Keller converted to 7 receptions for 93 yards and a TD. Keller is owned in 51% of fantasy leagues.

Dallas Clark, TE, TAM - There was a Dallas Clark sighting on Sunday. After stinking for most of the season, Clark showed up with 5 receptions for 51 yards and a TD. The Bucs passing attack is starting to get in gear, and the trickle-down effect is making it to Clark as well. It is odd how just a little positive momentum can have a big affect, so now is the time to keep a close eye on Clark and potentially pick him up if you have the roster space. Clark is owned in 3% of fantasy leagues.

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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Jackie Battle, RB, SD - The shelf-life on Battle is past its expiration date, and his days of helping your fantasy team are done now that Ryan Mathews is back.

Jahvid Best, RB, DET - Best failed his neurological test from his concussion and is out for the season. Unfortunately, it's very possible his career is over.

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

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.

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