NEWS & ADVICE
October 18, 2016
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 7 Pickups
Kevin Payne's weekly look at the league's best waiver-wire pickups includes San Francisco wide receiver Torrey Smith, who is back on the fantasy radar with Colin Kaepernick's return.
October 11, 2016
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 6 Pickups
Kevin Payne's weekly look at the best free agents to pick up includes quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who could be back at the helm for the 49ers sooner than later.
October 4, 2016
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 5 Pickups
Kevin Payne analyzes the Week 5 waiver pickups, including running back Zach Zenner, who could be in line for double-digit rushes in Detroit this week.
September 27, 2016
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 4 Pickups
Kevin Payne finds some waiver-wire gems in this week's look at free agents to target, like Philadelphia's Carson Wentz, who does not look like a rookie.
September 20, 2016
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 3 Pickups
Kevin Payne sniffs out the Miami backfield situation, among others, in this week's look at the NFL waiver wire, as Jay Ajayi hopes to hold off Kenyan Drake if Arian Foster misses time.
September 13, 2016
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 2 Pickups
Kevin Payne picks through the waiver wire for players who could make a difference for fantasy owners, including the Browns Josh McCown, who takes over at quarterback with RG3's injury.
September 5, 2016
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 1 Pickups
Kevin Payne features players available in most leagues who could be fantasy factors in Week 1 and beyond, including Trevor Siemian, who won the starting QB job in Denver.
August 11, 2016
NFL Waiver Wire: Early Look at FAAB Options
Kevin Payne checks for players who have been overlooked in drafts and could make for decent waiver pickups as the season approaches, including Jets running back Bilal Powell.
December 29, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: Keep an Eye on Gillislee
Kevin Payne finds some potential gems on the Week 17 waiver wire, including Buffalo's Mike Gillislee, whom keeper-league owners should look at as well.
December 22, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: Time for Randle to Step Up
Kevin Payne scours the waiver wire for the players to put owners over the top in championship week, but just how effective will the Giants' Rueben Randle be in place of Odell Beckham?
December 15, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: Bengals Turn to AJ
Kevin Payne scours the waiver wire for the fantasy playoffs, profiling the Bengals' new quarterback AJ McCarron, who will start while Andy Dalton is out with a broken thumb.
December 8, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: Sproles Taking Off
Kevin Payne scours the waiver wire for a gem or two, including Darren Sproles, who could get more touches in Philadelphia as the Eagles go to a backfield committee.
December 1, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: The Other Johnson
With Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington going down with injuries Sunday, rookie David Johnson should finally get his shot in Arizona. Kevin Payne has that and more in this week's look at the waiver wire.
November 24, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: Beast Mode II
Kevin Payne offers up free agents for Week 12, and at the top of the list is Seattle's Thomas Rawls, if he's still available in your league.
November 17, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: The Brock Osweiler Show
Kevin Payne runs down the waiver-wire options for Week 10, including a new quarterback in Denver in Brock Osweiler as Peyton Manning sits.
November 10, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: Starks Situation in GB
Kevin Payne hashes out this week's waiver wire picks, including Green Bay's James Starks, who could be in the midst of taking over for Eddie Lacy as the go-to back in Green Bay.
November 3, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: Injuries Create Opportunities
This week's waiver wire is flush with secondary players like San Diego's Malcom Floyd, pushed into a bigger roles because of injuries to teammates. Kevin Payne has the Week 9 breakdown.
October 27, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: Houston's Blue
Kevin Payne finds some waiver-wire gems this week, but not in the Houston backfield where the Texans have to figure out if Alfred Blue will replace the injured Arian Foster.
October 20, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: Watson Turns Back Clock
Kevin Payne weeds through the waiver wire for players to target for this week, including Ben Watson, who's turning back the clock in New Orleans.
October 13, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: Chiefs Go West
Kevin Payne spotlights the hot pickup of the week, Kansas City's Charcandrick West, and much more in this week's rummaging through the waiver wire.
October 6, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: Gates Returns
Kevin Payne scours the waiver wire for Week 5's best pickups, and at the top of the list is Antonio Gates, who returns from suspension this week for Philip Rivers and the Chargers.
September 29, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: Vick Gets the Call
Kevin Payne picks through the waiver wire to find players that will help in Week 4, including the Steelers' new starting quarterback, Michael Vick.
September 22, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: Riding the Raiders Carr
Kevin Payne runs down this week's waiver-wire options led by Oakland's Derek Carr, who has plenty of receiving options on a team that likely will be forced to throw.
September 15, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: A Titan Debut
Kevin Payne discusses this week's waiver-wire targets, including Tennessee's Marcus Mariota, whose rookie debut could not have gone much smoother.
September 8, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: ODBJ's Running Mate
Kevin Payne looks at some of the big winners from roster cutdowns and various injury situations, led by Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle, who has a big opportunity against the Cowboys in Week 1.
September 2, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: Sleeper WR in Miami?
Kevin Payne features more players who are likely available in most leagues, including Rishard Matthews, who might be the Week 1 starter opposite Jarvis Landry.
August 26, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: Packer and Panther Panic
Erik Siegrist picks some winners from the recent spate of injuries, including Richard Rodgers, who could see his red-zone looks increase with Jordy Nelson out.
August 19, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: Don't Forget About RG3
Kevin Payne scours the waiver wire for players being overlooked this preseason, and Robert Griffin fits the bill as a player who, at minimum, could be a bye-week replacement.
August 12, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: CJ2K to the Cards?
Kevin Payne scrubs the waiver wire this week, including the possibility that Chris Johnson will join the Arizona Cardinals.
August 5, 2015
NFL Waiver Wire: True Blue
Kevin Payne looks at early waiver possibilities, including Alfred Blue, who is the next man up after Arian Foster's latest injury.
December 23, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Pickups for the Season Finale
Teddy Bridgewater has been a consistent fantasy producer and has an appealing matchup this week at home against the Bears.
December 16, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Championship Week Help
It's championship week for most leagues, and owners who need some help have a few options, like Buffalo's C.J. Spiller, on the waiver wire.
December 9, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Garbage Time Pays for Orton
Kyle Orton should be in a catchup mode again this week againt the Packers, giving him a solid floor for fantasy owners.
December 2, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Cleveland's Got Johnny Fever
Johnny Manziel looked good off the bench last week and could get the starting nod this week for the Browns.
November 25, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: This Colt Could Bolt
Donte Moncrief has been buried on the depth chart for the most part this season, but he's a good speculative add if his playing time increases.
November 18, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Don't Short Cecil
Cecil Shorts fell off the radar this year with the Jaguars, but things are looking up for his fantasy prospects.
November 11, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Ball Back in Play
Montee Ball is poised to return from a groin injury at the same time Ronnie Hillman hits the shelf with a foot sprain.
November 4, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Opportunities to Plan Ahead
Like a number of players on this week's wire, Kyle Rudolph offers owners an opportunity to plan ahead as he is close to returning from injury.
October 28, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Time to Turn to Vick
Michael Vick might not turn around the Jets, but he could help your fantasy team during bye weeks.
October 21, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Next Man Up
Johnny Manziel is getting closer to taking over the starting quarterback job for the Browns.
October 14, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Palmer Shines in Return
Carson Palmer made a successful return to the field Sunday, leading the Cardinals to a 30-20 comeback victory.
October 7, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Davis' Day has Come
Skepticism of Austin Davis should be at a minimum after consecutive big weeks in a pass-happy Rams offense.
September 30, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Giant Turnaround
If you're in the third of leagues where Eli Manning is still unowned, you might want to run to the waiver wire this week.
September 23, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Taliaferro Gets Raven Reviews
Bernard Pierce could be back soon, but in the meantime it appears Lorenzo Taliaferro will handle the load for the Ravens.
September 16, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Don't Let Geno Jet Away
As bye weeks approach, now is the time to grab Geno Smith, who has more potential than probably most backups on fantasy rosters.
September 9, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Replacing Rice
Perhaps not in the short term, but Lorenzo Taliaferro looks like the back to own long term following the release of Ray Rice.
September 2, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Greene's Still on Top
Shonn Greene held off the competition in training camp and is still the starter in Tennessee, defying the conventional wisdom.
August 18, 2014
NFL Waiver Wire: Early Look at the Waiver Wire
For leagues that have drafted, it's time to think about the waiver wire, which means finding potential diamonds like Markus Wheaton, who could be primed for a breakout year.
December 24, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: One Last Shot
The Raiders are turning to Terrelle Pryor this week for one last look before heading into next season.
December 17, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: Championship Week
Is it time for Eli Manning to take a seat? If so, is Ryan Nassib the answer in two-quarterback leagues?
December 10, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: Streaking Streater
Rod Streater is no lock to continue putting up big receiving numbers, but he's worth the gamble.
December 3, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: Lost Season, Found Runner
Antone Smith has looked explosive for the Falcons, and it would make sense if coach Mike Smith gave him more opportunities as the Falcons finish a lost season.
November 26, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: Time to Think Playoffs
Toby Gerhart could see more action in the coming weeks as the Vikings rest a banged up Adrian Peterson.
November 19, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: Breakout Game for Floyd
Michael Floyd flashed his No. 1 receiver upside Sunday, but in many leagues he remains on the waiver wire thanks to his previous shoulder injury.
November 12, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: Who's Got Next in Tampa?
Brian Leonard looks to be next in line in Tampa Bay after Mike James went down with a broken ankle in Monday night's game, but Bobby Rainey might have something to say about that.
November 5, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: Oh Deer, What a Weekend
The New England offense finally came alive, making now the time to go after Shane Vereen on the waiver wire as the running back should be active soon.
October 29, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: Saints Provide Options
Lance Moore and Kenny Stills are giving Drew Brees, and fantasy owners, more options in the passing game.
October 22, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: Injury Means Opportunity
With Doug Martin out, rookie Mike James takes center stage for the Buccaneers, and for fantasy owners needing running-back help.
October 15, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: The Unsexy Pick
Brandon Weeden's not a sexy waiver-wire pick, but he has some fantasy potential for owners in the quarterback market.
October 8, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: From Bucs to Vikes to Fantasy Worthy?
Released by the Buccaneers, Josh Freeman is now a Viking. But does that make his fantasy prospects any better?
October 1, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: Buying Low on Schaub
Matt Schaub is under fire in Houston, but he has favorable upcoming schedule, making him a decent waive-wire option.
September 24, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: Worth A Buc or Two
With two starting receivers gimpy in Tamp Bay, Kevin Ogletree could be a sneaky play this week if he draws the starting assignment.
September 17, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: Rivers' Revival
Philip Rivers has reignited his fantasy value and on a team with a porous defense should be in plenty of shootouts this year.
September 10, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: Send It In, Jerome
His history with Christian Ponder and soft coverage as defenses focus elsewhere make Jerome Simpson a solid waiver-wire target after his Week 1 breakout.
September 3, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: Hunter Bags Backup Role
A strong preseason and an injury to LaMichael James makes Kendall Hunter the backup to Frank Gore in San Francisco and a good Week 1 pickup.
August 20, 2013
NFL Waiver Wire: Kevin Payne Looks at the Best of the Undrafted
Zach Sudfeld could become a favorite target of Tom Brady.
December 24, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: Season Finale
Vernon Davis' head injury is not the only reason Delanie Walker is a good pickup this week.
December 18, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: Three is a Magic Number
Three shutouts, three rushing TDs for Russell Wilson and a three-way tie atop the NFC East
December 11, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: Does anyone want the last playoff spot in the AFC?
The lowly Jets and Chargers still mathematically alive...
December 4, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: Year of the Rookie QB
Emergence of RGIII, Luck, Wilson will make drafting QBs a challenge next year
November 27, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: Another Super Bowl for San Francisco?
Mark Stopa (@MarkStopa) says the Niners should be favored to win it all
November 20, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: Worst 9-1 Team Ever?
Mark Stopa (@MarkStopa) on the unimpressive Falcons, plus this week's waiver picks
November 13, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: Dealing with QB Injuries
Mark Stopa's (@MarkStopa) waiver picks for Week 11.
November 6, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: Stopa's Picks for Week 10
Even with Darren Sproles injured, Mark Ingram is finding touches difficult to come by.
October 30, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: Time to Cut Bait
Philip Rivers can probably return to the fantasy elite, but it's not likely to happen this year for fantasy owners.
October 23, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: Keep Stashing High-Upside RBs
MJD's injury makes Rashad Jennings a must-have
October 16, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: Parity Rules
No team is capable of winning this year's Super Bowl.
October 9, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: This Year's Top Teams Have Great Balance
Texans, Pats and Niners look like the class of the NFL
October 2, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: Let's Talk Quarterbacks
Matty Ice and RGIII among the elites
September 25, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 4 Waiver Picks
Aaron Rodgers' slow start shouldn't be a concern
September 18, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 3 Waiver Picks
The Niners are looking like the NFL's best team...
September 11, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 2 Waiver Wire Picks
The NFL's opening week offered some breakout performances. Who is the next Cam Newton?
September 4, 2012
NFL Waiver Wire: Preseason Wire Moves
Now is the time to stash players with upside
December 27, 2011
NFL Waiver Wire: Separating the Contenders from the Pretenders
Ben Roethlisberger's Steelers are one of four teams with a legitimate chance to win the Super Bowl this year.
December 20, 2011
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 16 Waiver Picks
Sanchez Solid Against Suspect Giants Secondary
December 13, 2011
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 15 Waiver Recommendations
Gronkowski: Best fantasy receiver ever?
December 6, 2011
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 14 Waiver Recommendations
Matty Ice should be a good start against the Panthers' suspect D.
November 29, 2011
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 13 Waiver Picks
Playing matchups against the league's worst defenses will be crucial during the fantasy playoffs
November 22, 2011
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 12 Waiver Picks
Freeman could be a good get with two games against the Panthers during the fantasy playoffs.
November 15, 2011
NFL Waiver Wire: Waiver Picks for Week 11
With the reeling Chiefs visiting Foxboro, all Patriots look like good plays...
November 8, 2011
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 10 Waiver Recommendations
Pittsburgh's D hasn't put up huge fantasy numbers this season, but check their next few opponents...
November 1, 2011
NFL Waiver Wire: Waiver Suggestions Week 9
Santonio Holmes could be available after a string of subpar outings.
October 25, 2011
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 8 Waiver Picks
Lots of options at running back, but watch the matchups.
October 18, 2011
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 7 Waiver Picks
Santana Moss (remember him?) could have a big week against Carolina.
October 11, 2011
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 6 Waiver Picks
Colts' passing offense gets an upgrade...
October 4, 2011
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 5 Waiver Recommendations
Can Sanchez rebound against a suspect Patriot pass defense?
September 27, 2011
Time for the Vikings to Look at Christian Ponder?
September 20, 2011
With Jamaal Charles out for the season, Dexter McCluster becomes an automatic pickup.
September 13, 2011
NFL Waiver Wire: Don't Overreact to Week 1
Most players aren't as good, or as bad, as they looked in the season openers. But some, like Joe Flaccco, are worth a pickup for Week 2.
September 5, 2011
NFL Waiver Wire: This Season's Waiver Wire All-Stars
The right waiver claims could have won you a title last season. What about this year?
August 28, 2011
Working the Wire: Looking at Vince Young, Tim Hightower and Ronnie Brown
RB values you may have overlooked
August 8, 2011
NFL Waiver Wire: Targeting Upside
December 28, 2010
NFL Waiver Wire: Who's trying, who isn't?
Which teams have something at stake in the season finale?
December 21, 2010
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 16 Waiver Tips
Vincent Jackson is Back
December 14, 2010
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 15 Waiver Wire Tips
Miami's RBs should be a good play against Buffalo
December 7, 2010
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 14 Waiver Tips
Option abound at wide receiver this week as the fantasy playoffs approach.
November 30, 2010
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 13 Waiver Tips
Toby Gerhart is a must-start this week if Adrian Peterson can't go because of an ankle injury.
November 23, 2010
Would you trade Ryan Fitzpatrick for Carson Palmer, straight up?
November 16, 2010
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 11 Waiver Tips
No more bye weeks - fill your bench with upside plays
November 9, 2010
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 10 Waiver Tips
The Jaguars' passing game is worth a look
November 2, 2010
Week 9 Waiver Tips: Cutler, Freeman, and Bills' Opponents
Eight weeks into the season, the defenses to target are well-established
October 26, 2010
NFL Waiver Wire: Keep an Eye on the Bills -- And Their Opponents
Buffalo's defense is giving up numbers, but Buffalo's offense has come alive
October 19, 2010
Vick or Kolb... or both?: Week 7 Waiver Suggestions
Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb are both worth a roster spot
October 12, 2010
Working the Wire: Roethlisberger Returns This Week
Ben Roethlisberger returns from suspension for Week 5
October 5, 2010
Working the Wire: Week 5 Waiver Suggestions
Tomlinson can't keep this up, can he? Time to stash Shonn Greene
September 28, 2010
Working the Wire: Stopa's suggestions for Week 4 pickups
Dustin Keller is still available in far too many leagues
September 21, 2010
Working the Wire: Marshawn Lynch, back from the dead?
Week 3 Waiver Recommendations
September 14, 2010
Working the Wire: Mark Stopa with This Week's Suggested Pickups
How many teams are wishing they'd signed Vick?
September 6, 2010
NFL Waiver Wire: Taking Advantage of Roster Cuts
September 2, 2010
NFL Waiver Wire: Who to Target and Avoid
Mark Stopa believes Calvin Johnson's overpriced
August 26, 2010
NFL Waiver Wire: The Best Players Left Undrafted
August 19, 2010
NFL Waiver Wire: Don't Overvalue Recent Performance
August 11, 2010
NFL Waiver Wire: Players to Draft Late
August 4, 2010
NFL Waiver Wire: Target Upside
Can Matt Leinart emerge as a viable early waiver-wire pickup and take advantage of the weak defenses he'll face in the NFC West this season?
December 29, 2009
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 17
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