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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 9



Monday, October 29, 2012


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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Titus Young, WR, DET - With Nate Burleson out for the year, Young stepped up in a big way on Sunday to the tune of 9 catches for 100 yards and 2 TDs. More good things should be in store for Young as Calvin Johnson commands the attention of the opposing secondary. Young is owned in 57% of fantasy leagues.

Cecil Shorts, WR, JAX -Shorts has established himself as the number one WR in Jacksonville. He has been heating up big time, amassing a whopping 22 targets in just his last two games. He ended the day on Sunday with 8 receptions for 116 yards. In the previous week he had 4 receptions for 79 yards and a TD. Shorts is owned in 1.9% of fantasy leagues.

Santana Moss, WR, WAS - Moss pulled in yet another TD on Sunday. This gives him 5 TDs in his last 6 weeks played. That kind of production is hard to ignore, and the veteran WR has copied the recipe for success shown by CAR WR Steve Smith as far as getting a rookie QB to latch onto you as a veteran WR. Moss is owned in 58% of fantasy leagues.

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, PIT - Dwyer posted his second 100 yard performance in as many weeks with 107 yards on 17 carries. He also had one catch for 8 yards. The Steelers are feeding him the ball, and Dwyer is delivering. On the minus, he did suffer strained right quad, but seems to be fine. Dwyer is owned in 17% of fantasy leagues.

Dustin Keller, TE, NYJ - Keller continues to impress now that he has fully recovered from his injury. He followed his 7 catch, 93 yard, and a TD performance in week 7 with 7 catches for 67 yards in week 8. The best part about week 8 is that Keller had a whopping 11 targets. The outlook is solid for Keller moving forward. Keller is owned in 54% of fantasy leagues.

Logan Paulsen, TE, WAS -With Fred Davis out for the year, Paulsen has stepped up as the number one TE in WAS. He has had two decent weeks. In week 7, he pulled in 4 catches for 76 yards on 6 targets. In week 8, he grabbed 4 catches for 43 yards on 6 targets. Prior to his injury, Davis' role in the offense was solid, and the outlook appears just as good for Paulsen moving forward. Paulsen is owned in 1% of fantasy leagues.

Miami Dolphins Defense - The Phins' defense is for real this year, and they delivered in a big way on Sunday with 4 sacks, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery, 1 blocked FG, 1 blocked punt recovered for a TD, and only surrendered 9 offensive points. If you are in a bind at defense, give a good look at Miami. For the most part, they’ve been pretty solid all year. The Miami Defense is owned in 19% 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.

Fred Davis, TE, WAS - Davis suffered an Achilles' injury and is lost for the season.

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