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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire
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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 14
Monday, December 2, 2013
Welcome to the Team (a.k.a. Pick-Up)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Michael Crabtree, WR, SF - Crabtree made his season debut returning from an ugly Achilles injury, and he delivered 68 yards on 2 receptions. He looked pretty good on the field and was limited to roughly 60% of the snap counts as the Niners were easing him back into action. San Francisco has sorely needed help at WR this season, and Crabtree should factor in quickly. Crabtree is owned in 22% of fantasy leagues.
Brian Hartline, WR, MIA - Hartline's production had been steadily increasing going into Sunday's game against the Jets. He exploded on Sunday with 9 catches for 127 yards and a TD. What is also interesting is Hartline had 15 targets. Note he does have a tougher match-up next week against the Steelers, but an argument could also be made that the Steelers will be focused on shutting down x-teammate Mike Wallace, which could help open up things for Hartline a little more. Hartline is owned in 25% of fantasy leagues.
Roddy White, WR, ATL - Little strange to see White on this list, but the fact remains he is owned in just 70% of fantasy leagues. White had a big showing on Sunday with 10 catches for 143 yards. He was targeted 14 times and should continue to factor in heavily into the passing game as the Falcons continue to suffer through an awful season. It appears White's ankle is in pretty good shape, and he has some favorable match-ups down the stretch.
Shane Vereen, RB, NE - Vereen led all Patriot RBs in snaps playing 41 of 70. He is a great dual threat out of the backfield with his rushing and pass catching abilities. He finished the game on Sunday with 38 rushing yards, 37 receiving yards, and a receiving TD. He's a nice add if you can get him, as he is currently owned in 60% of fantasy leagues.
Rashad Jennings, RB, OAK - Jennings keeps getting it down. He had 43 total yards of offense and 2 TDs against Dallas on Thanksgiving. Despite Darren McFadden's return, Jennings will continue to get his share of the workload. He's been a solid back and great fill for those teams hurting at RB. Note he did suffer a concussion, but it appears he should be fine. However, it's something to keep a close eye on. Jennings is owned in 49% of fantasy leagues, so 1 out of every 2 of you can immediately go to your waiver wire and pick him up right now.
Donald Brown, RB, IND - Brown continues to get it done while Trent Richardson continues to do nothing. Brown had 64 total yards of offense and a TD. He is a bright spot on the Colts' roster and a nice grab for those fantasy teams out there hurting at RB.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, TEN - We know Fitzpatrick doesn't get folks excited, particularly seeing him lead the charge at the top of their line-up. But just flush that mentality down the drain and get him in there. Fitzpatrick has been a gem of a find for those teams hurting at QB. He had yet another solid fantasy performance on Sunday, throwing for 201 yards, 1 TD, while rushing for 54 yards with a rushing TD. He did throw 3 INTs, but his fantasy numbers didn't dip too far thanks to all those rushing yards. Over his last 4 starts, Fitzpatrick has averaged over 20 fantasy points per game. That's a solid showing for your QB slot, particularly off your waiver wire. Despite the production, Fitzpatrick is owned in just 13% of fantasy leagues. So if you need a QB, he is there and ready for you.
Zach Ertz, TE, PHI - Ertz has been inconsistent this year with up and down games, but when he's up, he's been solid. Ertz delivered 68 receiving yards and 2 TDs on five receptions. Ertz is owned in less than 2% 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.
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.