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 6
Monday, October 7, 2013
Welcome to the Team (a.k.a. Pick-Up)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI - Jeffery makes the list for the second week in a row. Hopefully you were able to cash-in on our advice last week and scoop him up early because after the uber fantasy nuke Jeffery dropped on Sunday (franchise record 218 yards... along with 10 receptions and a TD), he will be a very hot commodity on the waiver wire. Jeffery is owned in 48% of fantasy leagues.
Justin Blackmon, WR, JAX - Blackmon made a huge debut posting 136 yards on 5 receptions (9 targets) and a TD. A load of folks forgot about Blackmon as he is owned in just 49% of fantasy leagues. Get him if you can.
Terrance Williams, WR, DAL - This rookie (3rd round pick) is gaining steam and posted a career high 151 yards and a TD on rough passes (four targets as well). Williams is proving to be a deep threat, and with Miles Austin out in the near term, he presents a fantasy option for those in deeper leagues. Williams is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Zac Stacy, RB, STL - There's been a changing of the guard and St. Louis has Stacy got the start last week and responded with 78 yards on 14 carries. The rookie from Vanderbilt could be emerging from the pack and is set to get the start again in week 6. Now is the time to scoop up Stacy while you still can.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, NE - The Pats need a Red Cross unit to camp out next to their RBs, as Blount is one of the few left of the walking wounded. Blount was decent against the Bengals with 12 carries for 51 yards, but he did have a critical fumble. For those scrambling for RB help, Blount brings an option to the table facing the Saints in week 6 if Ridley is unable to go again. Blount is owned in 32% of fantasy leagues.
Terrell Pryor, QB, OAK - The Raiders released Matt Flynn, which has cemented Pryor as the starter. Pryor had a good game against San Diego posting 221 passing yards, 2 TDs, and 31 rushing yards. If Pryor is available and you need QB help, he is the guy the get. Pryor is owned in 38% of fantasy leagues.
Sam Bradford, QB, STL - Bradford is flying low under the fantasy radar and only owned in 17% of fantasy leagues. Outside of a misfire in week 4 against what is supposed to be a very tough San Francisco defense, Bradford has posted some nice fantasy efforts this year. He had another one on Sunday throwing for 222 yards and 3 TDs.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, TEN - Fitzpatrick is fighting for his NFL life and making the most of the opportunity given to him by the injury to Jake Locker. He posted a good fantasy game on Sunday throwing for 247 yards, 1 TD, and rushed for 50 yards and a TD. He did have two picks though. In week 6 he has a very tough match-up with the Seahawks, but he is a player to keep in mind over the next few weeks if needing some QB help. Fitzpatrick 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.
Brian Hoyer, QB, CLE - Hoyer was hot while healthy, but a torn ACL has ended his 2013 season.
Jake Locker, QB, TEN - Locker is going to be out for 4 - 6 weeks with a hip injury. He wasn't explosive enough prior to the injury to warrant suffering through him costing you a valuable roster spot for your team while you wait for him to get healthy.
Carson Palmer, QB, ARI - Palmer hasn't developed as well as we hoped, and he is struggling with very little help from his ground game. At this point, it's best to let Palmer go while the Cardinals try to figure things out.
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.
Andre Brown, RB, NYG - Brown makes the list for now to free up roster space for your team; however, he is a player to keep an eye on later in the season. After suffering a broken leg early in the year, he was placed on short turn injured reserve and will be available as early as week 10. The signing of Brandon Jacobs muddies the waters for Brown, as both will compete for the role as the Giants TD vulture.
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.
Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ - Things just aren't working out as the Jets has hoped for Ivory, and now he has a host of bumps and bruises that are limiting his chances at reclaiming a significant fantasy role moving forward.
Mark Ingram, RB, NO - This former Heisman winner has been a flop in the NFL and is doing more damage than good on your roster.
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.
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.
Shane Vareen, RB, NE - Vereen had a big week one, but a broken wrist landed him on the short term injured reserve. He is eligible to return in week 10 (with a week 10 BYE for the Pats, really week 11). For now we recommend dropping Vereen, but he is a player to keep in mind to potentially add to your roster as we approach week 11.
Beanie Wells, RB, FA - The former first round pick of the 2009 draft as flopped and has no place on your fantasy roster.
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.
Dennis Pita, TE, BAL - Pita suffered a tough hip injury that was originally thought to end his season. However, Pita has his sights set at trying to return late in 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.
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 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.