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Week 7 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.

As always, thank you for visiting and welcome to FootballDocs Fantasy Football - "Where the geeks meet the gridiron."

FREE Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Advice
NFL Week 7

Monday, October 14, 2013

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

Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG - From on the verge of being out of football to now the darling in New York, Jacobs carried the Giants against the Browns to the tune of 106 rushing yards and 2 TDs on 22 carries. Jacobs will receive most the goal line work, but he has now shown he can carry the load elsewhere on the field as well. There isn't much competition at RB other than David Wilson, who is nursing a sore neck. Jacobs could be just what you need to get you through your bye and beyond. He is owned in only 4% of fantasy leagues.

Joseph Randle, RB, DAL - Murray left the game on Sunday night with a knee sprain, and Randle filled in. Although Randle didn't turn heads with his stat line, he did score a TD and would most likely be option #1 while Murray is out. Randle has plenty of talent to get the job done, and he plays for a good team. He is a tasty nugget on the fantasy waiver wire this week. Randle is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

Nick Foles, QB, PHI - Foles looked fantastic in Chip Kelly's offense on Sunday. He tossed the rock for nearly 300 yards (296) and 3 TDs. Vick may be sidelined for another week, and Foles is a quality option immediately available for pick-up if needing to get through your bye week, provided Vick rests for one more week. Foles is owned in just 2% of fantasy leagues.

Brandon Weeden, QB, CLE - It's hard to get too excited about Weeden, but he has the experience and talent to produce. He showed that on Sunday against the Lions throwing for 292 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 INTs. The Browns have momentum, and although they lost a little on Sunday with the loss, Weeden could serve a role on your team if they can get it back, particularly if hurting at the QB slot. Weeden is owned in just 1% of fantasy leagues.

Mike Glennon, QB, TAM - The Bucs have moved on from the Josh Freeman era and have given the starting QB reigns to the rookie Glennon. Glennon throws a very nice ball, and he is starting to get settled in the offense (this could spell very good things for Vincent Jackson owners BTW). He responded on Sunday with a solid game of 273 yards, 2 TDs, and just 1 INT. Moving forward, Glennon will have up and down games as a rookie, but he is surrounded by plenty of receiving talent and a solid rushing attack to keep defenses honest. For those in leagues with tough QB starting requirements that make you reach deep, Glennon is a must grab as the new starter. Glennon is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

Harry Douglas, WR, ATL - With Julio Jones out of the season and Roddy White battling hamstring and ankle injury issues, Douglas' fantasy stock gets a huge shot in the arm. With the Falcons on bye last week, a load of folks couldn't afford to add Douglas due to roster space limitations. Now with the Falcons' bye behind them, Douglas will be a hot commodity on the waiver wire this week. Douglas is owned in just 8% of fantasy leagues.

Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR - LaFell had 4 catches for 107 yards and a TD on Sunday. He did most of that damage off a 79 yard TD, but for what it's worth, he leads all Carolina WRs in TDs. He also has pulled in 3 TDs in his last 3 games. That's the stat that makes him fantasy noteworthy and perhaps could be showing some chemistry being developed with his QB. After all, the aging Steve Smith isn't going to be around in Carolina forever, so Newton better find another WR to develop. LaFell is owned in 7% of fantasy leagues.

Riley Cooper, WR, PHI - Anytime there is a switch at QB, watch the WRs closely. In Cooper's case, Nick Foles is one of the best things that could have happened to him. Cooper pulled in 4 catches for 120 yards and a TD on 6 targets. Prior to the switch at QB, Cooper's numbers were nonexistent. If Foles gets the start for another week, Cooper is a WR to keep in mind. Cooper is owned in in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

Marvin Jones, WR, CIN - Jones is starting to emerge in the Bengals offense. With A.J. Green commanding double and sometimes triple teams, Jones is left facing single coverage more times than not. He responded on Sunday with his best day as a pro pulling in 3 catches for 71 yards and a TD on 5 targets. The TD catch was impressive, and if you watch the Bengals, Jones will catch your eye. For those in deep leagues or leagues with deep rosters with plenty of bench space, keep an eye on him. The key to the waiver wire is getting guys early and stashing on your bench before they breakout and end up being consumed by the worst team in your league with the #1 waiver priority. Jones is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.

Jermichael Finley, TE, GRB - With injuries to WRs Randall Cobb and James Jones, Finley's role in the offense should see an increase. There are even some preliminary discussions about having Finley play WR. Much of this increased role is predicated on how long Cobb and James will be out. Early reports on Cobb look positive as it appears he may have only suffered a sprained knee (rather than being lost for the season with torn ligaments). James also appears to have avoided a major injury and seen icing his shin. More details will become available later today. There are only a few of you that can take advantage of getting Finley as he is owned in 87% of fantasy leagues.

Joseph Fauria, TE, DET - Fauria is complete feast or famine, and on Sunday it was a feast. He just had 3 catches on 3 targets for 34 yards, but every one of those catches was for a TD. Fauria now has 5 TDs on the season, and the Lions have shown he is their red zone weapon of choice after Calvin Johnson. In fact, on Sunday Johnson was limited with an injury, which helped Fauria explode for his big fantasy day. The danger with Fauria is he also has a few doughnuts this season, and again, is complete feast or famine. For those in deep, TD heavy leagues, you may want to consider rolling the dice with Fauria, 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.

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.

Owen Daniels, TE, HOU - Daniels is out for 8 weeks with a leg injury and is targeting week 14 for his return. In the meantime, your roster can't afford to take that kind of hit with a player occupying a valuable slot injured. Unless you play in a league that allows you to place Daniels on IR, best to let him go.

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.

Julio Jones, WR, ATL - Jones is out of the season after suffering a foot injury in week 5.

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