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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire
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By FootballDocs Fantasy Football
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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.
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 10
Monday, November 4, 2013
Welcome to the Team (a.k.a. Pick-Up)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Nick Foles, QB, PHI - Concussion or not, Foles returned ready to play. He tied an NFL record with 7 TD passes. He packed 406 passing yards with those 7 TDs, and it could have been even more if he wasn't pulled in the 4th quarter due to the game being out of hand. With that kind of performance, the starting job will most likely remain Foles for the rest of the season unless he reverts back to play like he showed in Dallas. Foles is owned in 7% of fantasy leagues.
Case Keenum, QB, HOU - Keenum had a tremendous game throwing for 350 yards and 3 TDs. The all-time Division I record holder in passing TDs and passing yards showed he can do it at the NFL level too under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football. Keenum has played well since taking over the starting job, and he has plenty of offensive weapons at his disposal. While Matt Schaub has returned to practice, he wasn't in the good graces of the fans prior to missing time, and Keenum is the breath of fresh air this team needed. Keenum is owned in just 1% of fantasy leagues.
Jason Campbell, QB, CLE - Campbell is flashing his experience and bringing the veteran presence the Browns were looking for when signing him. He is now 2 for 2 as a starter had another very good game against a very good defense. He finished the day with 262 passing yards, 3 TDs, and 20 rushing yards. In two starts against the Chiefs and Ravens, he has posted over 20 fantasy points in both starts. That is a head turner. Campbell is owned in 2% of fantasy leagues.
Keenan Allen, WR, SD - Allen has been coming on strong, and he and Philip Rivers are on the same page clicking. They clicked again on Sunday pulling in 8 catches on 11 targets for 128 yards and a TD. Eleven targets are a load of targets, and that speaks to the trust Rivers has in Allen. Allen has posted 100+ receiving yard / 1 TD performances in 3 of his last 4 games played, and he is owned in 52% of fantasy leagues meaning 1 out of every 2 of you have a shot to pick him up immediately.
Riley Cooper, WR, PHI - Make no mistake, Cooper and Foles are on the same page. Foles returns to the starting job, and suddenly Cooper looks like a fantasy man child again pulling in 5 catches for 139 yards and 3 TDs. Note Cooper had a big game in week 6 with 120 yards and a TD... back when Foles was under center. Grab Cooper if you can, which most of you can as he is just owned in 2% of fantasy leagues.
Aaron Dobson, WR, NE - The Pats passing game is a sleeping giant, and the sleeping giant appears to be awakening now the Gronkowski has returned. Dobson has been a huge benefactor, and he posted another solid week with 5 catches for 130 yards and 2 TDs. This makes 3 TDs in his last 2 weeks, and you must find room on the roster for Dobson if he is available. Just owned in just 4% of fantasy leagues, yup, he's available.
Percy Harvin, WR, SEA - This is to put Harvin on folks' radar, as the Hawks are making some noise about his return. Harvin has been practicing with Russell Wilson, and by all reports they are clicking. Seattle needs serious help at WR, and they aggressively went after Harvin in the offseason to try to bolster their receiving corps. When Harvin returns, we expect it won't take long before he makes an immediate impact. Harvin is owned in 46% of fantasy leagues.
Zac Stacy, RB, STL - Stacy's name has worn out this list for several weeks, and there are still 32% of you that can immediately pick him up (Stacy is owned in 68% of fantasy leagues). Stacy has taken over the starting job in St. Louis with authority. He popped a big game on Sunday rushing for 127 yards and 2 TDs, while also catching 6 passes for 51 yards. Stacy has great hands and good vision and should be on a fantasy roster in all fantasy leagues.
Rashad Jennings, RB, OAK - McFadden left the game on Sunday with a hamstring injury, and it appears he may miss some significant time. In his place Jennings got the bulk of the work, and Jennings posted a gem of a game rushing for 104 yards, 1 TD, and caught 7 passes for 74 yards on 10 targets. Jennings is just what you need if hurting at RB, and he is owned in only 1% of fantasy leagues.
Mike James, RB, TAM - James ran well against a very tough Seattle defense. He racked up a career high 158 rushing yards and also tossed an 8 yard TD on a jump pass. Doug Martin's future this year looks shaky at best given the complications with his injured shoulder, and James makes a nice fill for many fantasy teams out there now that he has shown he can do it against a quality defense. James is owned in 22% of fantasy leagues.
Shonn Greene, RB, TEN - For those in very deep leagues with very little options on the waiver wire, note the Titans backed up their talk regarding Greene having an increased role in the offense on Sunday. Greene delivered with 38 rushing yards, a rushing TD, and 28 receiving yards. Granted Chris Johnson had an even bigger game, but Greene will be the Titans goal line back and then some, as the Titans were talking about an ideal game being one where Johnson got 20 carries and Greene got 15 carries. Green is owned in 25% of fantasy leagues.
Show 'em the Door (a.k.a. Drop)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Sam Bradford, QB, STL - Bradford suffered a season ending torn ACL in week 7.
Brian Hoyer, QB, CLE - Hoyer was hot while healthy, but a torn ACL has ended his 2013 season.
Carson Palmer, QB, ARI - Palmer hasn't developed as well as we hoped, and he is struggling with very little help from his ground game. At this point, it's best to let Palmer go while the Cardinals try to figure things out.
Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ - Sanchez has been shelved with a shoulder injury, and the Geno Smith era has begun in New York.
Lawrence Tynes, PK, TAM - Signed in the off-season, Tynes' never made it to the field due to complications from a staph infection on his foot. He is out for the season after being placed on the non-football injury list.
Cedric Benson, RB, FA - Benson is another aging RB that can't find employment. His best days are behind him.
Vick Ballard, RB, IND - Ballard tore his ACL and is lost for the season.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND - Bradshaw suffered a neck injury and has been out. Neck injuries in a full contract sport don't exactly mix, and the arrival of Trent Richardson has further dampened the chances of any significant fantasy production for Bradshaw this season.
Andre Brown, RB, NYG - Brown makes the list for now to free up roster space for your team; however, he is a player to keep an eye on later in the season. After suffering a broken leg early in the year, he was placed on short turn injured reserve and will be available as early as week 10. The signing of Brandon Jacobs and Peyton Hillis muddies the waters for Brown, as both will compete for the role as the Giants TD vulture.
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, PIT - Early in the season Dwyer had a chance to show a fantasy pulse, but the door has slammed on his fantasy prospects.
Mark Ingram, RB, NO - This former Heisman winner has been a flop in the NFL and is doing more damage than good on your roster.
Felix Jones, RB, PIT - Jones got a rare opportunity to take control of the RB situation in Pittsburgh, but he wasn't able to get it done.
Isaac Redman, RB, PIT - Redman also had his shot at the starting RB slot for the Steelers, but he squandered that opportunity and is now buried on the depth chart.
Michael Turner, RB, FA - The Falcons dumped Turner in the off-season, and at 33 years of age, it appears his playing days are over as he has yet for a NFL team to contact him.
Shane Vareen, RB, NE - Vereen had a big week one, but a broken wrist landed him on the short term injured reserve. He is eligible to return in week 10 (with a week 10 BYE for the Pats, really week 11). For now we recommend dropping Vereen, but he is a player to keep in mind to potentially add to your roster as we approach week 11.
Beanie Wells, RB, FA - The former first round pick of the 2009 draft as flopped and has no place on your fantasy roster.
Owen Daniels, TE, HOU - Daniels is out for 8 weeks with a leg injury and is targeting week 14 for his return. In the meantime, your roster can't afford to take that kind of hit with a player occupying a valuable slot injured. Unless you play in a league that allows you to place Daniels on IR, best to let him go.
Fred Davis, TE, WAS - Davis may have talent, but he can't stay healthy. Ankle issues continue to hold him back.
Dustin Keller, TE, MIA - Keller tore his ACL, MCL, and PCL and is out for the season.
Dennis Pita, TE, BAL - Pita suffered a tough hip injury that was originally thought to end his season. However, Pita has his sights set at trying to return late in the season.
Zac Sudfeld, TE, NYJ (NE) - There was excitement surrounding Sudfeld with his preseason play coupled to the huge holes at TE for the Pats, but that excitement is gone as Sudfeld stunk it up in the regular season and has been released by New England. He was claimed off waivers by the Jets.
Danario Alexander, WR, SDG - Alexander tore his ACL and is out for the season.
Justin Blackmon, WR, JAX - Blackmon was playing extremely well and evidently juiced. He violated the league's substance abuse policy again and has been suspended for the rest of the year.
Ryan Broyles, WR, DET - Despite all sorts of opportunity, Broyles has been really stinking it up. He may flash a decent game or two this season, but he is doing more damage than good on your roster.
Brandon Gibson, WR, MIA - Gibson suffered a season ending knee injury in week 8.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, FA - After a monster 2010 season, Lloyd finds himself without a team. Despite nearly eclipsing 1,000 yards in 2011 and 2012, his phone remains silent as NFL teams are staying clear of him.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL - Jones is out of the season after suffering a foot injury in week 5.
Sidney Rice, WR, SEA - Rice tore his ACL in week 8 and is out for the remainder of the season.
Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, NE - The feel good story is over, as Thompkins alligator arms have caught up with him. He has been sliding on the depth chart and now does not warrant a spot on your fantasy roster.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND - Wayne tore his ACL in week 7 and is out for the remainder of the season.
Mike Williams, WR, TAM - Williams suffered a torn hamstring in week 8 and is out for the rest of the season.