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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 16
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Kirk Cousins, QB, WAS - Cousins made Shanahan look good throwing for 381 yards, 3 TDs, and 2 INTs. Cousins has shown plenty of fantasy pop in the past, and he will be the Redskins starting QB to finish the year. Cousins is owned in 4% of fantasy leagues.
Matt Cassel, QB, MIN - It's been a wild season, so it seems fitting Cassel makes the pick-up list in week 16. With their ground game in shambles due to injuries just about everywhere, Cassel stepped up and delivered a big time game to the tune of 382 passing yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 19 rushing yards, and 1 rushing TD. It's crazy. The thing is, he tossed for 265 yards and 2 TDs in the previous week against Baltimore. Five TDs in 2 weeks is hard to ignore. Cassel is owned in less than 1% of all fantasy leagues.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, TEN - Fitzpatrick has been camped out on this list for the better part of a month. Outside of a questionable performance in week 14, Fitzpatrick has delivered week in and week out since week 10. He popped a monster game on Sunday with 402 passing yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs, and 22 rushing yards. Feast your eyes on his performance to finish the season for yourself. Despite the solid play, Fitzpatrick is owned in just 9% of fantasy leagues.
Matt Flynn, QB, GB - We finally had a Matt Flynn sighting as he threw for 299 yards, 4 TDs, and 1 INT in a wild comeback win over Dallas. Aaron Rodgers may be ready for next week, but just in case he isn't, we thought we would bring Flynn's performance to your attention. Flynn is owned in 2% of fantasy leagues.
Jordan Todman, RB, JAX - Due to Maurice Jones-Drew being sidelined with an injury, Todman got his chance to be a feature back. If you watched the game, Todman ran well and at times looked explosive. He finished the day with 109 rushing yards and 44 receiving yards. Depending on the news regarding MJD for next week, Todman is a wildcard to keep in the back of your mind. Todman is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Matt Asiata, RB, MIN - This is just so odd, we are just putting it on here to comment. In a freak set of circumstances, Asiata got the workload due to both Adrian Peterson (foot) and Toby Gerhart (bad hammy) being inactive. Asiata nailed 3 rushing TDs, Matt Cassel looked like Peyton Manning, and the Vikings got the W over an Eagles team that desperately needed a win in a tight division battle. Asiata is big and slow (4.77 sec 40 yard dash). Two of his TDs came from 1 yard out, and the other was from 5 yards out. In a very freaky performance, Asiata gets his one day in the sun. Asiata is owned in virtually no fantasy leagues.
Andre Caldwell, WR, DEN - Much to the dismay of Wes Welker owners, Caldwell took Welker's place in the slot and delivered a big fantasy performance with 59 receiving yards and 2 TDs. Welker has been battling concussions, which are very poorly understood. Once you receive one, subsequent concussions seem to pile on with lesser hits. This could spell more work in the slot for Caldwell. Keep a close eye on what develops this week regarding Welker's status. Caldwell is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Robert Woods, WR, BUF - Woods played a heck of a game on Sunday that goes well beyond his solid stat line of 82 receiving yards and a TD. Woods was all over the place sucking in any ball even remotely near him like a Kirby vacuum cleaner hooked up directly to a nuclear power plant. He had good chemistry with his QB, which often times can spill over into the next week. Woods is owned in 2% of fantasy leagues.
Andre Holmes, WR, OAK - Holmes has been turning heads the past three weeks, and he did it again on Sunday pulling in a ridiculous one handed grab while being pass interfered. He ended the day with 4 catches for 58 yards and a TD. He's been fairly hot the last 3 weeks and a favorite of his QB. Holmes is owned in 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.
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS - RGIII has been benched by his coach for the rest of the season.
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.
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.