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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 their possibilities.

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 4

Monday, September 23, 2013

Welcome to the Team (a.k.a. Pick-Up)

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Josh Gordon, WR, CLE - Cleveland wasted no time putting Gordon to good use on his return from a two game suspension. Gordon popped a huge game with 10 catches on 19 targets for 146 yards and a TD. He also had 22 rushing yards. There are even some rumors that Gordon is begin shopped around in a trade. With Cleveland these days, anything is possible. Gordon is owned in 74% of fantasy leagues.

Donnie Avery, WR, KC - The Chiefs had a great match-up for their WRs and Avery took advantage to the tune of 141 receiving yards on 7 catches. As the Chiefs settle into Andy Reid's offense, they will need someone to step up opposite of Dwayne Bowe. Avery is proving to be that WR and is owned in just 2% of fantasy leagues.

Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ - Holmes pulled in 5 catches for 154 yards and a TD against the Bills on Sunday. The Jets receivers will be up and down as their performance is predicated on the up and down play of their rookie QB; however, oftentimes veteran WRs will take rookie QBs under their wing, and the rookie QB ends up favoring the veteran WR when passing the ball. Whether that is happening with Holmes and QB Geno Smith remains to be seen, but it's something to keep in mind. Holmes is owned in just 4% of fantasy leagues.

Stephen Hill, WR, NYJ - Hill is heating up and is proving to be the deep threat for the Jets. While he only had 3 receptions, he posted 108 yards and a TD. For those in big play bonus leagues, Hill is a player to keep an eye on. Hill is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

Sidney Rice, WR, MIN - Folks started jumping off the Rice bus after his horrible first two weeks of the season, but he made many of them regret that move on Sunday by pulling in 5 catches on 7 targets for 79 yards and 2 TDs. Seattle is a run-first / play defense type of team, but a healthy(ier) Rice is a key cog in the offense when they need to go downfield. Rice is owned in 82% of fantasy leagues.

Joique Bell, RB, DET - Bell posted another solid day, largely due to Reggie Bush being inactive. Bell had 63 rushing yards on 20 carries and a TD, as well as 69 receiving yards on 4 receptions. Bell did flash a very nice week 1 performance as well and should continue to play a meaningful role in the offense even when Bush does return. Bell is owned in 62% of fantasy leagues.

Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ - With Chris Ivory out, Powell posted a monster day rushing for a career high 149 yards on 27 carries. He also had 9 receiving yards on 2 receptions. The Jets are in flux, and Powell showed them he can get it done if called upon. He could be a nice play in week 4 depending on the injury prognosis of Ivory. Powell is owned in 8% of fantasy leagues.

Jonathan Franklin, RB, GRB - The injuries keep piling up in the backfield for Green Bay. With Eddie Lacy out from a concussion, James Starks got the start. Problem is Starks got injured in the 2nd quarter, meaning now the RB duties got placed on the shoulders of Franklin, who responded with 103 rushing yards and a TD on 13 carries, as well as 3 receptions for 23 yards. The backfield is starting to look very murky now in Green Bay, and a huge Running Back By Committee (RBBC) looms large. In the meantime, enjoy unleashing Franklin on your opponents IF Lacy and Starks continue to be sidelined. Franklin is owned in 39% of fantasy leagues.

Jason Snelling, RB, ATL - Snelling may not get you too excited, but he is a very serviceable fantasy RB while Stephen Jackson remains sidelined. Snelling had 53 rushing yards on 11 carries and 58 receiving yards and a TD on 4 catches. Snelling has great hands and is owned in just 2% of fantasy leagues.

Willis McGahee, RB, CLE - McGahee looked very rusty on Sunday and managed only 9 yards on 8 carries. However, for those desperate at RB, McGahee got the most touches and appears to be in line to be the starter. With Norv Turner there, that's just enough to give you hope that McGahee could prove serviceable as the season wears on. McGahee is owned in 18% of fantasy leagues.

Geno Smith, QB, NYJ - As rookie QBs typically will do, Smith continued his up and down performances. In week 3, it was definitely up as he posted 331 passing yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 14 yards rushing and 1 rushing TD. For those backed far in a corner and had to start Smith this weekend, you are very, very happy. It's hard to say at this point what the future holds for Smith, but the talent is there and he has shown he can post the big game. He has also shown he can post the terrible game. Smith is owned in 3% 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.

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