FREE weekly fantasy football pick-up / drop advice
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.
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FREE Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Advice
NFL Week 2
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Carson Palmer, QB, ARI - Palmer has all sorts of weapons in Arizona, and he wasted no time having a big game in his debut for the Cardinals. Palmer threw for 327 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT against the Rams on Sunday. Palmer is owned in just 37% of fantasy leagues.
Alex Smith, QB, KC - Smith has settled in nicely with his new team and coaching staff, and he posted a very solid 173 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, and 25 rushing yard performance. Smith is a great fit for what Andy Reid wants to do offensively, and he is a solid grab off the wavier wire if available for pick-up.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, OAK - Pryor showed on Sunday what has folks in Oakland excited. He gave the Colts fits with both his arm and legs, throwing for 217 yards and 1 TD while rushing for 112 yards. On the minus, he did toss two picks to the other team, but that is to be expected for a young QB adjusting to the speed and complexity of the NFL. However, it's the 112 rushing yards that have our attention.
Shane Vereen, RB, NE - (9/10 UPDATE: It was just reported Vereen has a broken wrist, so there goes this recommendation. Blount is an option as a substitution, but we wouldn't go there unless you had a deep bench that allowed you to grab and stash him without too much consequence.) And here we go! It's always a risk when you own a Belichick player not named Tom Brady, and Stevan Ridley owners got a good taste of that Sunday. After Ridley put the ball on the turf for the second time, Shane Vereen got the call and made the most of it. Vereen ripped the Bills for 101 yards on 14 carries and had 7 catches for 58 yards. The future will be murky. In the meantime, punch your Vereen lottery ticket and see what develops.
Joique Bell, RB, DET - Bell played the role of TD Vulture and was the only thing keeping Reggie Bush from dropping a fantasy mega nuke. Bell had just 6 carries, but he turned those carries into 25 yards and 2 TDs due to getting the goal line carries. He also had 5 receptions for 67 yards. Bell enjoyed the roll due to Mikel Leshoure being a late scratch. Once Leshoure returns, the waters will be very muddied, as Bell should slide down on the depth chart. However, stranger things have happened, and for those in very deep leagues, Bell's performance is worth noting.
Felix Jones, RB, PIT - For those in very deep leagues with major issues at RB, note that Isaac Redman had a horrible game with 9 rushing yards on 8 carries and 2 fumbles. It really doesn't get much worse than that. Back-up RB LaRod Stephen-Howlings left the game with a knee injury. Now we are down to Jones. The Steelers can't wait for rookie RB Le'Veon Bell to return (probably week 5, but maybe week 4). In the meantime, Jones has plenty of opportunity to try to get more carries in the near term while the Steelers wait for Bell's return.
Anquan Boldin, WR, SF - So much for Boldin being old, as he exploded in week 1 to the tune of 13 receptions for 208 yards and a TD. The Niners are hurting at WR and have some depth issues, so they needed Boldin to step up in a big way. Mission accomplished.
Julian Edelman, WR, NE - With all the changes at receiver (WR & TE) for New England, it will be important in these first few weeks to keep a close eye on what develops. Edelman had a very solid day on Sunday, pulling in 7 receptions for 79 yards and 2 TDs. Amendola's health is always a concern, and Edelman is capable of stepping up if needed.
Brian Hartline, WR, MIA - With all the attention being focused on new free agent signee Mike Wallace, Hartline slipped off the fantasy radar. After Sunday, Hartline is back on the radar. He had 15 targets for 9 receptions, 114 yards, and a TD against the Browns. The Phins backfield looks like a dumpster fire, so Miami will need Hartline to continue step up while they try to get their RB situation under control.
Jerome Simpson, WR, MIN - Ponder was locked onto Simpson like white on rice. Simpson caught 7 passes for 140 yards on 8 targets. Considering the next highest yardage by any Minnesota receiver was just 33 yards, it helps give you a feel for how focused Ponder was on Simpson.
Kenny Stills, WR, NO - For those that play in big play bonus leagues, Stills is going to be the deep target for Brees this year. He lived up to expectations hauling in 86 yards on just 2 passes. Look for the rookie to stretch defenses deep all season long.
Jared Cook, TE, STL - The Rams went out and got Cook in the off-season, and they wasted no time utilizing him in the passing game. Cook finished the day with 7 receptions for 141 yards and 2 TDs. His only knick on an otherwise outstanding day was he did lose a fumble.
Julius Thomas, TE, DEN - Thomas is another TE that is worth a roster spot if needing help at TE. Manning looked his way early and often, and Thomas finished the day with 5 receptions for 110 yards and 2 TDs. Manning has always liked to use TEs in the passing attack, and he made Dallas Clark a household name in fantasy a few years ago. Whether Thomas can emerge to fill that role remains to be seen, but he did everything right in week 1. A little momentum can go a very long way in the NFL.
Greg Zuerlein, PK, STL - Zuerlein posted a big day capped off by a 58 yard bomb. He ended the day with 2 FGs made and 2 PATs. Playing in the kicker friendly conditions of a dome and having arguably one of the strongest legs in the NFL are two assets working for Zuerlein this season.
Kansas City Chiefs Defense - The new coaching staff has brought some much needed energy to this once proud franchise. The Chiefs defense went nutts on Sunday, hammering the Jaguars for 6 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 defensive TD, and allowing only 2 points. Granted, Jacksonville is a great match-up to have for your defense, but the Chiefs could surprise some folks this year.
Show 'em the Door (a.k.a. Drop)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
We are firm believers that QBs, WRs, and RBs with whom you thought had enough
value to draft should not be cut from your fantasy team in the first few weeks
of the season unless they get significantly injured or lose their starting
job. Give it some time before deciding that they are not fit for your team to see
if they can prove you right. Naturally you have to cut someone to make
room for any new additions to your team, and as a guideline, extra Ds, Ks,
TEs, or even a lower tier WR are great candidates to give the boot.