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December 5th, 2011

Fantasy Football playoffs are here for a lot of us this week. For others, we’re in what seems to be a 5-way tie for second place looking for the edge that gives us a playoff spot. Personally, I’m in both of those positions, so I have a team in need of some waiver assistance.

If you have question marks or need help at some positions, the waiver wire can make or break your season at this point, so add and drop wisely. Based upon statistical trends, remaining schedules and player availability, the guys on this list could help your fantasy team if it has a need…

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October 3rd, 2011

With the bye weeks approaching in the NFL and Fantasy Football, now more than ever it is important to have the right depth on your bench. Who are some players that might surprise in Week 5?

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

I have been really impressed with this rookie out of TCU. Dalton threw for just shy of 300 yards and a TD this week in the Bengals victory over the Buffalo Bills.

More importantly, it seems that fellow rookie A.J. Green and Dalton have developed a solid rapport. Dalton is available in 90 percent of leagues, and it is important to remember the matchups from week to week. In Week 5 the Bengals play the league’s worst pass defense when they travel to Jacksonville to face the reeling Jaguars…

Which other players to pick up this week?

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September 28th, 2011

There were quite a few surprises in Week 3 of the NFL season. For one, the Bills upset the New England Patriots and remained unbeaten. The Green Bay Packers are also proving that they are not suffering from the notorious Super Bowl hangover. It appears that the lockout has benefited the offensive side of the ball much more this season as evidenced by big time numbers by several offenses.

The biggest story of the weekend is perhaps the play of the Philadelphia Eagles. With yet another injury to Michael Vick (contusion on non-throwing hand), the city of :Brotherly Love” will be desperately searching for answers in Week 4.

Fantasy owners will search for answers, or a waiver wire gem, as well this week. We have a few options we recommend if your team has been hit with injures too.

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September 22nd, 2011

The first two weeks of the NFL have produced many exciting games, as well as a lot of injuries and poor performances. No team has been hit worse than the Kansas City Chiefs. In the offseason, they lost offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, who took the same job with the University of Florida Gators.

In the final preseason game, they lost TE Tony Moeaki to a season-ending knee injury. In the first regular season game, they lost their best defender, S Eric Berry. Then in Week 2, they lost their best offensive player, RB Jamaal Charles.

QB Matt Cassel has struggled the first two games of the season producing just 252 yards passing, one touchdown, four interceptions and a QB rating of 50.4. Their only receiving threat has been WR Dwayne Bowe. He leads the team with 118 receiving yards. Steve Breaston is second with just 33 yards. As a result, they are 0-2 and been outscored 89-10. This team looks to be a prime candidate to finish with the worst record in the NFL.

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August 30th, 2011

In Fantasy Football there is nothing worse than making a draft pick that does not pan out. How about that pick that was a “lock”, then the player goes down for the year with an ACL injury? One way to counteract the infamous draft “busts” is doing your homework and finding players that the average fan may not know. A key component for continuous success throughout the fantasy season is the ability to discover hidden gems in the waiver wire.

This past season players that were available on the wire in most leagues were Michael Vick, Peyton Hillis and Danny Woodhead. These players all were pleasant surprises last year.

Vick came out of nowhere for the Eagles, initially many speculated that the scrambling QB would serve in more of a wildcat role, boy were we wrong. The former Atlanta Falcon QB had a season in which he found himself in the conversation for the MVP only to lose to Tom Brady, not bad for a “wildcat” QB.

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December 13th, 2010

Last week saw WR Blair White contributing off the waiver wire with five receptions for 52 yards against the Tennessee Titans. With the Fantasy Playoffs underway it is essential to have the right players on your team.

Whether it is to pick up a player and stash him away or simply to keep from other owners, it is always important to review the waiver wire before setting your lineup.

Quarterbacks:

Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers

Smith returned as the starter and has his best performance of the year.  He threw for 255 passing yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

In Week 15, the San Francisco 49ers face a tough San Diego Chargers defense. However, in the last two games of the season, the Niners will face the Rams and Cardinals. The Rams rank 19th and Cardinals rank 24th against the pass.

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December 6th, 2010

The Fantasy Football playoffs are finally here and Fantasy Owners are always looking for any extra edge they can get. Well, this week a rookie leads the latest candidates that should have all Fantasy Owners wanting to add him to their team.

James Starks, Green Bay Packers

In a previous Waiver Wire article, I wrote about the ability of Starks and he finally received the opportunity to play and produced.

With injury to the backup running back, Starks was activated in Week 13 and outplayed starting running back Brandon Jackson. He rushed 18 times for 73 yards as Jackson only had four carries for 13 yards. Starks showed explosiveness and speed against the 49ers rush defense.

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December 1st, 2010

As the fantasy regular season comes to an end, I’ll be using this column to highlight the players I’ll be watching for a role on dynasty squads for next year. This means I’ll most likely mention players already covered in previous columns, but with a different perspective. These players may help you win (or at least not lose) a playoff game, but are more likely to help you get into the playoffs in 2011.

Defensive Linemen

Brandon Graham, Eagles – I’ve written before about overzealous expectations for rookie DEs. It’s the hardest position in the league to make the transition from the college to the pro game. People talk about third-year WRs, so maybe I should start writing articles about third-year DEs.

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November 30th, 2010

One aspect is true of Fantasy Football: Every year there are players that will not be drafted but will emerge off the waiver wire and become solid additions for a fantasy football team. Who are the latest players on the rise?

Toby Gerhart, Minnesota Vikings

After an injury to RB Adrian Peterson, Gerhart stepped in and had his best game as a pro. He had 22 carries for 76 yards with a touchdown and had two receptions for five yards.

In Week 13 the Vikings will play against the Buffalo Bills, who have struggled all year to stop the running game. Coming into play in Week 12, the Bills ranked last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (163.5) and 26th in rushing touchdowns allowed with 10.

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November 21st, 2010

Can you believe it’s already Week 12 of the Fantasy football season? It seems like yesterday we were getting prepared for the upcoming year and now we are heading into the Fantasy Playoffs.

In every Fantasy season there will be a few speed bumps along the way, especially when it comes to injuries. Last week my recommended quarterback pick up was QB Shaun Hill, (subbing for Matthew Stafford) who threw for 289 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

This week we have an up and coming signal caller that is quietly turning heads since becoming the starter, a RB that that was third in the depth chart a few weeks ago, a well-known WR that should have been stashed away a few weeks ago in anticipation of his imminent return and another wideout that is starting because of injures to starters in one of the most suddenly prolific passing attacks in the AFC East.

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