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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 11
Monday, November 11, 2013
Welcome to the Team (a.k.a. Pick-Up)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Andre Brown, RB, NYG - Well, the conventional plan was to ease Brown back into the line-up in his first game back after breaking his leg in the preseason. Thirty-one carries later, and you can flush that convention down the drain. Brown looked very good and posted 115 rushing yards and a TD on those 31 carries. He also had one reception for 4 yards. Hillis fumbled early in the game (killer for Tom Coughlin coached teams), and Brown got his chance and never looked back. Brown is going to be a very hot commodity on the waiver wire this week as all indications are that he will be the workhorse back for the Giants. He has always had a strong TD presence as a goal line back, but now it appears he will be used extensively all over the field too. Brown is owned in just 32% of fantasy leagues, so roughly 2 out of every 3 of you have a shot to get him.
Rashad Jennings, RB, OAK - Jennings continues to remain a short term fantasy fill for those at RB while McFadden remains sidelined. He had another decent showing with 88 rushing yards on 20 carries and 19 receiving yards on 2 receptions. McFadden stands a very good chance of missing another week or two, meaning Jennings is a great drop in replacement for those teams hurting at RB. Jennings is owned in just 16% of fantasy leagues.
Mark Ingram, RB, NOR - There actually was a Mark Ingram sighting on Sunday. He posted a career best (not really saying much there BTW) of 145 rushing yards and a TD on 14 carries. Pierre Thomas still was the feature back, and the Saints could pretty much do anything they wanted against the beat-up Cowboys. However, we know many of you are fighting for your RB lives in very deep, competitive leagues, so we wanted to be sure to bring Ingram and what he did to your attention. Surprisingly, Ingram is already owned in 54% of fantasy leagues.
Dennis Johnson, RB, HOU - With Arian Foster out for the year and Ben Tate playing hurt, Johnson makes the list for those in very deep leagues. He is now the #2 RB on the depth chart. Playing in college for Arkansas, Johnson was a physical runner that runs harder than his height may suggest and somewhat similar to MJD. He didn't do much on Sunday, but his position on the depth chart makes him fantasy noteworthy for those in deeper leagues. Johnson is owned in 1% of fantasy leagues.
Riley Cooper, WR, PHI - Our electronic voices are getting hoarse on this one as he has been on our list for a few weeks now, yet Cooper remains on the waiver wire for immediate pick-up and currently owned in only 27% of fantasy leagues. Any time you get a switch at QB, all WRs are potentially in place. QB-WR is difficult to pin down other than to watch it happen on the field. Cooper clearly has chemistry with Foles, and he posted another big week with 102 receiving yards and 2 TDs against the Packers.
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.
Jerricho Cotchery, WR, PIT - Cotchery continued his TD surge with another one on Sunday, bringing his total to 4 TDs in just 2 weeks. He also had 31 yards on 2 receptions, but it's the redzone production that gets the fantasy attention. Cotchery has made strong in-roads with Big Ben and has been a favorite target for him in the end zone. Again, QB-WR is tough to predict but easy to watch on game tape. Cotchery is owned in 7% of fantasy leagues.
Nick Foles, QB, PHI - Foles continues to post some big time numbers. He dropped almost 30 fantasy points on Sunday tossing for 228 passing yards and 3 TDs. He also sprinkled in 38 rushing yards, although he did cough out a fumble. With 10 TDs in 2 weeks, Foles has been fantasy gold. With play like that, it's hard to see the Eagles making a switch at QB, even when Vick is healthy. Foles is owned in 32% of fantasy leagues.
Case Keenum, QB, HOU - The hometown college hero from Houston continues to shine. Keenum is blazing a trail and had yet another good fantasy showing with 201 passing yards and 3 TDs. Keenum is digging his roots in and has the inside track to remain the starter the rest of the season for Houston. Houston is loaded with receiving talent, so Keenum makes an attractive grab off the waiver. He is currently owned in just 7% of fantasy leagues.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF - For those in very deep leagues with Foles and Keenum already on other teams' rosters, note Fitzpatrick had a nice day in relief of Locker, who may be out for the season. Fitzpatrick ended the day with 264 yards and 2 TDs. He also had 13 rushing yards and a rush TD (as well as a lost fumble). In four games played this year, Fitzpatrick has eclipsed the 20+ point fantasy mark in 2 of those games. Not bad production for a player that can be grabbed immediately off the waiver wire. Fitzpatrick is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
John Carlson, TE, MIN - With Kyle Rudolph out 3 to 6 weeks with a broken foot, the door has swung wide open for Carlson to step up. He did just that, pulling in 7 receptions for 98 yards and a TD against the Redskins. He caught 100% of his targets and is filling a big role in the Vikings offense not named Adrian Peterson. Carlson has long been known in the league to have good hands as a pass catching TE, and he should continue to be worth noting fantasywise for as long as Rudolph remains sidelined. Carlson is owned in less than 1% 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.
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.
Arian Foster, RB, HOU - Foster is done for the year with a back injury. Turns out the workload on him last year was just too much with too much abuse.
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.
Doug Martin, RB, TAM - Martin was placed on season ending injured reserve after week 10.
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.
Beanie Wells, RB, FA - The former first round pick of the 2009 draft as flopped and has no place on your fantasy roster.
David Wilson, RB, NYG - Wilson has been placed on IR and is done for the year.
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.