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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 15
Monday, December 9, 2013
Welcome to the Team (a.k.a. Pick-Up)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Jason Campbell, QB, CLE - Campbell erupted for a monster game (#1 out of all fantasy QBs last week) to the tune of 391 passing yards, 2 TDs, and 27 rushing yards. Campbell flashed some very nice fantasy games back in week 8 and 9 of this season, and for the most part, when healthy and playing, he has been very good. He gets to face the Bears next week, which is a favorable match-up for him. Campbell is owned in 2% of fantasy leagues.
Shane Vereen, RB, NE - Vereen is one of the few players on the Pats roster that is healthy. He had a solid effort on Sunday with 12 receptions on 17 targets for 153 receiving yards. With Rob Gronkowski potentially lost for the season with a torn ACL, Vereen's workload, particularly as a pass catch option may increase. Vereen is owned in 64% of fantasy leagues.
Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA - Thomas had a great day at the office with 105 rushing yards and a TD on 16 carries. He also tossed in a one reception for 4 yards. Lamar Miller left the game with a concussion, which made Thomas the feature back. Concussions are strange animals that are poorly understood, and it's very possible Miller may miss more time. The run friendly Pats defense are on tap next week for the Phins, so Thomas could prove to be a nice start depending how the news develops this week. Thomas is owned in 9% of fantasy leagues.
Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN - Adrian Peterson had to leave the game early due to an ankle injury. In his absence, Gerhart finished the day with 89 rushing yards and a TD on 15 carries. Pending the news on Peterson, who may be limited for next week, Gerhart's fantasy value could get a noticeable step increase. Gerhart is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Joique Bell, RB, DET - Bell was the feature back due to Reggie Bush's groin injury flaring up. Bell had 69 rushing yards on 23 carries, 58 receiving yards on 4 receptions, and a 2 point conversion. He also had 2 fumbles, but considering the blizzard he was playing in, Bell gets a pass on those. If Bush continues to have issues, Bell will be the feature back once again in week 15. Bell is owned in 47% of fantasy leagues.
Shonn Greene, RB, TEN - For those in very deep leagues, note Green scored 2 TDs on Sunday. He also had 46 rushing yards as well, while Chris Johnson had just 48 yards on 12 carries. It's been a few weeks since Greene has flashed his TD Vulture might, but we saw again on Sunday. Greene is owned in 25% of fantasy leagues.
Da'Rick Rogers, WR, IND - Who? Exactly. Rogers registered his first NFL catch on Sunday. And 5 others as well for 107 yards and 2 TDs. The rookie out of Tennessee Tech burst onto the scene literally out of nowhere. At 6'3" / 215 lbs, Rogers has a nice frame for a NFL WR, and Luck found him several times, including connecting on two scores. Colts WR LaVon Brazil also scored twice (3 receptions for 53 yards and 2 TDs), so it was an odd week for Indianapolis. Regardless, WRs can be very streaky, and it's possible we see more from Rogers before the year is out. Rogers is owned in virtually no fantasy leagues.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN - Patterson's talent is off the charts, and he popped a nice game on Sunday for 141 yards and a TD on 5 catches. A gob of those yards came on a 79 yard TD in the closing seconds of the game. Patterson's role on the offense has steadily increased, and he has an interesting match-up facing the pass happy Eagles next week. With Adrian Peterson potentially out (or limited), perhaps the Eagles suck the Vikings into a passing contest to try to keep up. Patterson is owned in 5% of fantasy leagues.
Justin Hunter, WR, TEN - Hunter has been one of those receivers that has plenty of talent, and for the second year in a row we start to see some production out of him late in the year. He had 4 receptions for 114 yards and a TD against Denver on Sunday. Note just two weeks earlier he had 6 receptions for 109 yards and a TD. That kind of production is hard to ignore, and it's clear Hunter has made some in roads with his new QB. Hunter is owned in 4% of fantasy leagues.
Matthew Mulligan, TE, NE - This is a Hail Mary for those scrambling at TE. Star TE Rob Gronkowski is believed to be out for the season with a torn ACL (MRI to confirm later today). In the very least, he most likely won't be playing in week 15. The depth chart at TE for the Pats is a mess, and Mulligan, who buried on it, is the only one really healthy enough to play. He had 1 catch for 15 yards against tCLE on Sunday. TE Michael Hoomanawnui did not play due to an ongoing knee injury that has caused him to miss several games. The entire situation isn't pretty, but we wanted to bring it to your attention to get those of you really hurting at TE thinking and aware. Mulligan 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.
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.