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Week 5 Waiver Wire: Strike a Pose!
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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 5

Monday, September 30, 2013

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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI - Jeffery popped his first big game of the year for 107 yards and a TD on 5 catches (11 targets). Jeffery is a player that is primed to have a breakout season, and he entered camp in unbelievable shape. He was a monster playing college ball in Carolina, and after an up and down rookie year (mostly down) he's ready to emerge this season. We liked him as a late sleeper in your draft, and we still like him, particularly as the season wears on. Jeffery is owned in 41% of fantasy leagues.

Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, NE - This undrafted rookie is making a name for himself, and he does not lack in the confidence category. He has pretty much willed his way into the starting line-up, and he led the Pats with a team high 11 targets last night. He finished the game with 6 catches for 127 yards and a TD. While he still drops a couple of passes every now and then that he should catch, he did make a head-turn TD catch that was nothing short of spectacular. With 3 TDs in his last 2 games, Thompkins is a must waiver wire addition for your team. Despite his production, he is only owned in 48% of fantasy leagues.

Nate Washington, WR, TEN - Washington has been heating up, nearly doubling his fantasy point output each week for 3 weeks in a row. He ended his day with 4 catches for 105 yards and 2 TDs. Granted, 77 of those yards and a TD came on a bomb from back-up QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, but with Locker banged up, Fitzpatrick may be the starter in the near term. QB-WR chemistry is a fickle thing, and Washington is a player to keep an eye on, particularly if Fitzpatrick gets more playing time moving forward. Washington is owned in just 11% of fantasy leagues.

Jerricho Cotchery, WR, PIT - Cotchery had a solid game in London with 5 catches for 103 yards and a TD. The Steelers defense is awful and they don't have much of a ground game to keep defenses honest. This means we will see them uncharacteristically toss the rock much more often as they attempt to keep pace with their opponents scoring. While RB Le'Veon Bell should help their rushing attack, their defense still looks awful, meaning Cotchery should continue to be active all season long. He is owned in 12% of fantasy leagues.

Philip Rivers, QB, SDG - Hey, he's staying classy San Diego. Rivers did it again and posted his second 400 yard passing performance this season. He ended his huge week 4 performance with 401 passing yards, 3 TDs, and an INT. The Bolts have shown they really can't run the ball, and it's clear they will ride out Rivers' arm to try to make up the difference. Despite his good play, Rivers is owned in just 53% of fantasy leagues.

Alex Smith, QB, KC - At the risk of sounding like used car salesmen, you've got to buy now while you still can! Smith has proven to be a very reliable fantasy QB through 4 weeks of the season, yet many fantasy owners remain on the sidelines. So, Smith makes our pick-up recommendation yet AGAIN this week. We suspect things will change this week now with another data point as many fantasy owners on the fence will jump on board after seeing Smith torch the Giants for 288 passing yards, 3 TDs, and 37 rushing yards. Unfortunately, he did have 2 INTs, but that was uncharacteristic for Smith. Smith is owned in 54% of fantasy leagues, so get him if you can, particularly with bye weeks on tap.

Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT - The Steelers ground game is in shambles (among other things), and Bell was a welcome addition to their struggling rushing attack this week. He finished the game with 57 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, and 27 receiving yards on 4 catches. He didn't exactly light up the stage with his yards per carry (3.6), but he did post a solid fantasy effort, and the Steelers look more than happy to give him the majority of the carries. Pittsburgh has a week 5 bye, so Bell will get another week to rest and get healthier. It also means if you pick him up this week, you won't be able to use him to help you with a bye. Now is the time to get him though, as he won't last long. Bell is owned in 56% of fantasy leagues.

Garrett Graham, TE, HOU - Three TDs in four games is hard to ignore. While he posted a goose egg in week 4, Graham has nailed a TD in his other 3 games. He posted his best game of the season yet with a 5 catch, 69 yards, and 1 TD effort on Sunday. Despite Owen Daniels being active and healthy, Graham has carved out a key role in the Houston offense. If in a pinch with TE production, take a look at Graham, who 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.

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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