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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 13
Monday, November 25, 2013
Welcome to the Team (a.k.a. Pick-Up)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Andre Brown, RB, NYG - There are those of you out there playing in leagues where Brown is available for pick-up. If you are one of those lucky few, we want you to take full advantage of that situation and pick Brown up right now. Brown has been a beast since returning for injury and just what Tom Coughlin and the Giants needed at RB. He had another huge showing with 127 rushing yards and 4 receptions for 11 yards. Over his last 3 games, he has averaged well over 20 carries per game. His fresh legs are an asset going down the stretch, and he should continue to be a fantasy force to finish the season.
Dennis Johnson, RB, HOU - The Texans have fallen apart, and Tate struggled with sore ribs against the Jags. Johnson on the other hand was much more productive with his carries gaining 74 yards on 13 carries and 13 receiving yards on 2 receptions. Johnson had success at Arkansas and is built low to the ground like Maurice Jones-Drew. He also has good hands like MJD. Tate will remain the starter, but his ribs are problematic. For those in very deep leagues needing help at RB, we wanted to bring the situation with Johnson to your attention. Johnson is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues, making him immediately available for pick-up in virtually all leagues.
Philip Rivers, QB, SD - Just as Rivers starts slipping away out of good fantasy fortune, he pops a monster game against what was supposed to be a very tough Chiefs defense. Rivers finished with the best day in fantasy in week 12 tossing for 392 passing yards and 3 TDs.
Mike Glennon, QB, TAM - Glennon continues to do anything but play like a rookie QB in the NFL. He had yet another solid week with 247 passing yards and 2 TDs. It is no wonder the Bucs cut Josh Freeman loose. Despite Glennonís very solid play in 6 of his last 7 games, fantasy owners remain cautious with him. We understand the reasons why with Glennon being a rookie QB and the past history of rookie QB success in the NFL being anything but stellar, but there are always exceptions to the norm, and Glennon appears to be just that. Seven weeks of data is hard to ignore.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, TEN - Since taking over the starting job from Jake Locker in week 10, Fitzpatrick has been a very solid fantasy QB. During that stretch he has thrown for 806 passing yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs, rushed for 65 yards and 1 TD. He has averaged over 20 fantasy points / game over those last 3 games and has proven to be a champion for those team really hurting at QB. Sometimes in fantasy it doesnít have to make sense or look pretty. Seeing Fitzpatrick at the top of your line-up can give you an ulcer if you think about it too much, but the production is hard to ignore and the results are what matter.
Julian Edelman, WR, NE - The thing with the Pats is you just never really know who is going to pop the big game at WR this year. Under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football, Edelmanís number was called, and he responded with a big game pulling in 9 catches on 11 targets for 110 yards and 2 TDs. At least in that game, Edelman and Brady were completely in sync. Wide receivers are streaky and can get hot, and production like that in a very remarkable comeback win can oftentimes carry over for a few weeks.
Nate Burleson, WR, DET - Burleson is back and he wasted no time making an immediate impact with 7 catches for 77 receiving yards and a TD on 10 targets. After 8 weeks of missing action due to an injury, Burleson is fresh and going to be a key ingredient for the Lions down the stretch. If you can get him, run, donít walk to your waiver wire and grab Burleson now.
Tavon Austin, WR, STL - Austin followed up his huge week 10 performance with another big fantasy showing in week 12 (The Rams had a week 11 bye). He finished the day with 65 rushing yards and a TD, as well as 39 receiving yards on 2 catches (5 targets). Austin has speed to burn, and the Rams have showcased it in back to back games now. He is a streaky fantasy play, but when he is on he is on for a huge eruption.
Delanie Walker, TE, TEN - Anytime you have a switch at QB, all WRs and TEs get a fresh chance to start a new trend. That is exactly what has happened with Walker after Ryan Fitzpatrick took over the starting reigns for Buffalo. Over his last three games, Walker has caught 19 passes for 199 yards and 2 TDs on 27 targets. That kind of production at TE off your waiver wire is hard to ignore, and there are no signs of it slowing down.
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.
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.
Mike James, RB, TAM - They are dropping like flies in Tampa. James is out for the season with a broken ankle.
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.