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 3
Monday, September 16, 2013
Welcome to the Team (a.k.a. Pick-Up)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
James Starks, RB, GRB - Eddie Lacy suffered a concussion, and Starks stepped up in a big way and erupted for a monster game against the Redskins posting 132 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, and 36 receiving yards on 4 receptions. It was the first time Green Bay has had a 100+ yard rusher in a game in over 3 years. As for Lacy, concussions are very strange and not well understood. The problem with concussions is that once you receive one, you can get another one on a lesser hit. Not the best of scenarios for a position such as RB that is expected to get receive multiple hits every time the ball is carried. Lacy is young and does not have a history of concussions, so both of those factors are in his favor. However, if he were to miss time, Starks showed he can turn heads if called into duty. Starks is a must grab for Lacy owners, and a good grab for opportunistic vultures. Starks is owned in just 0.4% of fantasy leagues.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN - Just when you thought Moreno was done, he pops 93 rushing yards and 2 TDs, as well as pulls in 3 catches for 14 yards. Moreno is getting a foothold on the starting RB job in Denver. He has superior pass blocking skills than either Ronnie Hillman or rookie Montee Ball, and now he is showing he can outrun them too. Ball coughed up the ball on the goal line, which led to even more playing time for Moreno. Now is the time to pick up Moreno and see what develops in week 3. Moreno is owned in 49.9% of fantasy leagues.
Philip Rivers, QB, SDG - Rivers had a monster game throwing for 419 yards and 3 TDs. He also had zero interceptions. The players in San Diego are buying into the new coaching staff, and Rivers is showing us production we haven't seen in years. Rivers is owned in just 18.9% of fantasy leagues.
Alex Smith, QB, KC - Smith makes the list for another week. For those sitting on the sideline after his week 1 performance, he posted another solid effort in week 2 with 223 passing yards and 2 TDs. He also had 57 rushing yards. Folks forget Smith is very mobile, and he will be expected to scramble and produce on the ground with his leagues in Andy Reid's offense. Smith is a great fit for what the Chiefs want to do offensively and is owned in 20.7% of fantasy leagues.
Sam Bradford, QB, STL - Bradford is another QB to keep an eye on. He followed his 299 passing yards/2TDs/1 INT week 1 performance with a 352 passing yards/3 TDs/1 INT week 2 performance. He finally looks comfortable in the pocket, and the addition of TE Jared Cook has really helped open up the full battery of options in the passing attack. Bradford is owned in 15.5% of fantasy leagues.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU - This rookie is exciting to watch, and he is wasting no time making a strong impression in the NFL. He stepped up in a big way with the game on the line and finished with 7 catches for 117 yards and a TD on 13 targets. That's a load of targets, and shows how his QB is looking his way early and often. With Andre Johnson knocked out of the game with a possible concussion, Hopkins could play an even bigger role this year if Johnson were to experience complications. Hopkins is owned in 53.1% of fantasy leagues.
Eddie Royal, WR, SD - Royal has been a TD machine with 5 TDs in just 2 games. He had a huge performance in week 2 with 7 catches for 90 yards and 3 TDs. Malcom Floyd is out indefinitely with a neck injury, which makes Royal an even sweeter morsel on the waiver wire. Royal is owned in just 4.0% of fantasy leagues.
Marlon Brown, WR, BAL - For now, Brown has settled into the WR2 position opposite of Torrey Smith, particularly with Jacoby Jones out with a knee injury. In each of his first two weeks of play, Brown has nailed a TD. He has been steady averaging 4 receptions, 55 receiving yards, and 1 TD. Brown is owned in just 5.5% of fantasy leagues.
Charles Clay, TE, (RB) MIA - Clay is a very talented player that appears to have found a niche as a TE. Entering his third year in the league, Clay was drafted as a FB. He will occasionally play RB, but due to the season ending injury to TE Dustin Keller, the Phins have Clay playing predominately TE. He has responded with a 54 receiving yard week 1 performance, and a 109 receiving yard week 2 performance. Oh yeah, he also got a goal line carry and punched it into the endzone for a 1 yard rushing TD in week 2. Clay is one of those sneaky, versatile players you may be able to start at RB or TE, depending on your league setup. Clay is owned in 0.3% of fantasy leagues.
Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI - Bennett has made strong in-roads with his new QB and has 3 TDs in the first two weeks of play. He is an ever-present safety valve for the interception happy Cutler, and Bennett also has soft hands as a redzone target. He did suffer a mild shoulder injury, but it didn't keep him out of the game. Bennett is owned in 26.3% of fantasy leagues.
Alex Henery, PK, PHI - The Eagles offense looks to be the real deal after the first two weeks of the season, and this means Henery can expect plenty of action. He has two very solid showings in the first two weeks of the season, and it's hard to imagine much changing. Henery is owned in just 3.5% of fantasy leagues.
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.