Free agents to pick up in your fantasy football league
If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, it is important to stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the course of the year.
Each week during the NFL fantasy football season, KFFL brings you its Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, which breaks down players to pick up in your league. Not being aggressive in picking up fantasy football free agents is not a wise move. Sometimes, even if you do not need the player for your starting lineup, it is wise to tuck the player away for depth as well as to block others from adding the player to their fantasy football team
Fantasy football free agents: Priority additions
The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.
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Mario Manningham, New York Giants
Still think the Giants need an upgrade at receiver? Manningham is proving that theory incorrect. In two games, he has 13 receptions, 208 yards and two touchdowns. Despite not seeing a red zone look, he has been targeted an average of 8.5 times per game. He is a big-play threat that is building a solid rapport with quarterback Eli Manning. If he keeps this up, he's going to be a weekly must-start. Manningham is a free agent in about 80 percent of polled leagues.
Laurent Robinson, St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis offense has some issues, but you can count on them playing from behind and being forced to pass. Robinson has at least five receptions in each of his first two games this year and is averaging almost 10 targets, 70.5 receiving yards and 0.5 receiving touchdowns per game. Looks and production like that are worth being on your team! You can find him on the wire in about 83 percent of leagues surveyed.
Mike Sims-Walker, Jacksonville Jaguars
Expect greatness - just don't expect consistency. OK, greatness might be a bit much but inconsistency should be expected. Sims-Walker caught six passes for 106 yards and a score last week. He was largely ineffective in Week 1, possibly because he was still catching up from a shortened preseason (ankle sprain). The third-year receiver has always been talented, but injuries have derailed his short career. Troy Williamson's (shoulder) season-ending injury should keep Sims-Walker near the top for Jags looks, too. He is available in nearly every league polled.
Bobby Wade, Kansas City Chiefs
It took Wade less than one week to make an impact in KC. He signed Tuesday, Sept. 15, and finished Week 2 (just five days later) with six receptions for 72 yards. A seven-year vet, Wade could take over the No. 2 job for the Chiefs as he receives more reps. Head coach Todd Haley isn't afraid to change things up among the depth chart. Wade clearly showed a rapport with quarterback Matt Cassel in the slot last week. Wade's outings might not be that consistent, but if you're desperate.... He should be available in almost all leagues.
Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire
Fantasy football leagues come in all shapes, so the following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.
NEW - Pierre Garcon, Indianapolis Colts
Garcon has caught only four passes this season, but one was a housed 48-yard quick screen that proved to be the winner this past Monday. It's hard to base too much potential on one play, but Garcon proving he can excel could help keep him ahead of No. 3 receiver Austin Collie. The latter will probably still eat some looks, yet Garcon looks to have more explosiveness, whereas Collie fits better in the slot. As long as Anthony Gonzalez (knee) remains sidelined, which could be for another six weeks or so, Garcon should remain a capable fantasy depth option. He's on the wire in about 78 percent of leagues polled.
NEW - Joey Galloway, New England Patriots
While there's some question about whether Galloway has chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, Galloway has been looked at 15 times, including once inside the 5, through the first two contests. The real story: Thirteen of those came in Week 2, sans the sidelined Wes Welker (knee), but Galloway hauled in "only" five of them for 53 yards. With so many other options to spread the ball to in New England, he may not even get No. 3 wideout looks often. On the flip side, as a No. 6 or No. 7 receiver, it might be worth a shot to find out in the approximately 76 percent of leagues in which you still can.
NEW - Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
One reason to be wary of Galloway is Edelman, who registered 16 targets, along with eight grabs for 98 yards, thanks to Wes Welker's Week 2 absence and Randy Moss' adventures against New York Jets corner Darrelle Revis. He had a key drop inside the 10 that would've exponentially increased that output. Edelman is a better physical fit for Welker's workload than the aging Galloway; in fact, the elusive rook filled in for Welker during the preseason and had similar success. He's the obvious scheme replacement for Welker, and despite the fact that Welker should return for Week 3, it doesn't hurt to have his clone in your deep stash realm. Edelman can be had in almost every setup.
Fantasy football free agents: Watch list
These fantasy football free agents shouldn't be on your immediate list. They may have had a big week of production; they may show talent but are buried on the depth chart; they may have a chance to play sometime this season because of injuries. Still, fantasy football players must know who these players are for their potential contribution in the future.
Johnny Knox, Chicago Bears
Last week, Earl Bennett was targeted 15 times. This week, Knox led the way with 10. He turned those looks into six receptions for 70 yards and a score. The speedy receiver fits the profile of a receiver that would be in quarterback Jay Cutler's crosshairs: He can get downfield quickly and has a decent pair of hands. Despite an efficient Week 1 (four targets, two receptions, 82 yards), Knox might not be the most consistent target, especially as Cutler gets more comfortable in the offense. Knox is available in almost all leagues polled.
NEW - Kelley Washington, Baltimore Ravens
Washington has trumped Demetrius Williams on the wideout pecking order, catching all seven of his targets this year for 101 yards and a score in two games. Reports credit Washington's hands and route running as the reasons why quarterback Joe Flacco has taken a liking to him. The vet's trip to the end zone last week was his first since 2006, and he led Baltimore in receiving yards. The Ravens letting Flacco off his leash may mean more spreading of the target wealth. Washington is sitting on nearly every waiver wire.
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