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 9
Monday, October 28, 2013
Welcome to the Team (a.k.a. Pick-Up)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Harry Douglas, WR, ATL - How Harry Douglas is still available for pick-up baffles us, but for 43% of you, that is exactly the case. The Falcons receivers have been decimated by injuries, and Douglas is pretty much the last remaining option that is healthy with experience. He had 18 (yes, 18) targets on Sunday, converting those targets to 12 catches for 121 receiving yards. Douglas is option A and B for Matt Ryan right now, and even when Roddy White does return, Douglas will still be a key focal point in the offense with Julio Jones out for the year. Douglas is owned in 57% of fantasy leagues.
Marvin Jones, WR, CIN - We've been beating the Marvin Jones drum for three weeks in a row now, and folks still are sitting on the sidelines as he is owned in just 3% of fantasy leagues. That number should finally jump up after he torched the Jets for 8 receptions for 122 yards and 4 TDs. For those of you that were already able to capitalize on Jones earlier from previous pick-up / drop columns - congratulations! With 6 TDs in 3 games, Jones is going to be a tough ticket to get on the week 9 waiver wire.
Terrance Williams, WR, DAL - Williams is another young WR we really like, and he has come on very strong over the past four weeks. His latest showing against Detroit yielded 64 receiving yards and a TD, which continued his TD streak to 4 consecutive games. Word has gotten out as he is currently owned in 55% of fantasy leagues, but there are 45% of you that can still get him right now. And you should do just exactly that.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, IND - The Colts were on bye last week, so some of you may have waited a week before trying to get DHB. For those of you that did, this is a friendly reminded to get him. With Reggie Wayne out for the year, DHB should see his stock increase. He is currently owned in just 13% of fantasy leagues.
Kenny Stills, WR, NOR - For those in big play bonus yardage leagues, Still is a player to keep in mind. He punched the Bills in the mouth with 3 catches for 122 yards and 2 TDs. Sweet heavens that averages to over 40 yards per catch! Stills is Brees' favorite for the deep bomb, and the rookie seems to be clicking better as the season wears on. Stills is owned in just 2% of fantasy leagues.
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI - There hasn't been much to cheer about in Arizona these days, but Ellington is a bright spot definitely worthy of that cheer. He completely capitalized on Rashard Mendenhall being sidelined and torched the Falcons for 154 rushing yards and a TD. He also had one reception for 8 yards. Ellington has shown an explosive step missing in much of the Red Birds backfield this year, and he has earned the right to be featured in the offense. The Cardinals are on bye this week, but EIllington is still worth a roster spot if you can get him. He is currently owned in 25% of fantasy leagues.
Mike James, RB, TAM - The Bucs are New England South given their wishy-washy information regarding the health of starter Doug Martin. In the near term, James will see an increase in production. How long that will continue is fuzzy at best. It's hard to get too excited about James as he isn't an explosive back, and he averaged just 4 yards per carry in his last two years playing for the Miami Hurricanes. However, any RB that can be picked up and used at this point in the season is worth noting, particularly for those in deeper leagues. In his first week of action with Martin sidelined, James had just 39 yards on 10 carries and caught 4 passes for 25 yards in week 8. Leonard was brought in for all passing downs as James struggles in pass protection. That trend should continue to hold. Through week 8, James is owned in 28% of fantasy leagues.
Terrell Pryor, QB, OAK - Yes the Raiders are a mess, and yes Pryor has yet to throw for a 300 yard game this year. However, in fantasy, it doesn't matter. As Pryor can more than make up for his lack of production in passing with his legs. He did just that on Sunday roasting the Steelers for 106 rushing yards and a TD to go along with his 88 passing yards. He did throw 2 picks, but given in most fantasy point systems rushing yards are rewarded more than passing yards, it didn't really matter. Over his last three starts, Pryor has been more than serviceable and is a nice add for those teams hurting at QB, particularly with the lowly Eagles defense on tap. Pryor is owned in 48% of fantasy leagues.
Jason Campbell, QB, CLE - Campbell had a solid debut against a tough Chiefs defense throwing for 292 yards, 2 TDs, and rushing for another 17 yards. There are plenty of offensive weapons in Cleveland for Campbell to target in the passing game, and for those in deep leagues with tough QB starting requirements, Campbell's performance is definitely worth noting. Note he has another tough match-up with Baltimore next week followed by a bye, so keep that in mind. We just wanted to bring him to your attention. Campbell is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Mike Glennon, QB, TAM - Glennon is playing anything but like a rookie QB, and he had yet another solid game tossing the rock for 275 yards and a TD. Except this time he did it against a very respectable Carolina defense. Glennon has averaged over 20 fantasy points per game over his last 3 starts. He is owned in just 1% of fantasy leagues.
Show 'em the Door (a.k.a. Drop)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Sam Bradford, QB, STL - Bradford suffered a season ending torn ACL in week 7.
Brian Hoyer, QB, CLE - Hoyer was hot while healthy, but a torn ACL has ended his 2013 season.
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.
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.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND - Wayne tore his ACL in week 7 and is out for the remainder of the season.