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: 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.
Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins
Stop! It's Henne time
The former Michigan Wolverine relieved Chad Pennington (shoulder) in Miami's Week 3 contest against the San Diego Chargers and went 10-for-19 for 92 yards, no touchdowns and one pick. He entered that one cold, but he'll start in future weeks now that Pennington is likely done for the season. Pat White may get a few snaps in the wildcat, but let's be honest: White has had no impact and doesn't figure to have much of one in the future.
One of the Dolphins' two 2008 second-rounders, Henne has a solid complement of targets in a crew that helped Pennington finish as a top-12 fantasy passer last year. Henne sounds kind of like the man he replaces: lacks top-level arm strength but is bright and shows poise. In leagues polled, just about anyone can speculate on him as their No. 3 QB.
NEW - Kyle Boller, St. Louis Rams
The Rams are mired by a lack of talent and, to a lesser extent, healthy receivers. Their top pass catcher in Laurent Robinson (leg, ankle) is done for the year, and Donnie Avery (ribs) is banged up but should play this week. Boller could take over for Marc Bulger (shoulder), who has a bruised acromioclavicular joint in his throwing shoulder and is uncertain for Week 4. In limited work, Boller tossed two TD passes last week on the same play call to a backup tight end. His track record makes him tough to acquire with justification.
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.
Brett Ratliff, Cleveland Browns
One NFL pundit refers to Ratliff as head coach Eric Mangini's favorite. Unless Mangini plays the mandolin, we'll assume he means QB thanks to his experience with Ratliff, 24, and the New York Jets. The 6-foot-4, 224-pound Utah product has a big arm and is quite mobile. Ratliff's decision-making ability is questionable, but that makes him no worse than Derek Anderson (for the same reason) or Brady Quinn (who can't throw deep).
Each of Cleveland's top two quarterbacks was awful Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. The only thing that might keep Ratliff from entering the conversation: the Browns' desire to maintain Quinn's and DA's perceived values. Neither is Mangini's guy, though. What could Ratliff do throwing to Braylon Edwards and his crew of talented yet inexperienced wideouts? Per leagues polled, anyone can find out.
Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays
The following fantasy football pickups are one-week plays for those who need injury or bye week replacements. These are not players you immediately acquire - unless your team is in dire straights. Some are, however, showing some life and should have an eye kept on them to see if they materialize as worthy options beyond their temporary use.
Kerry Collins, Tennessee Titans
Collins has delivered about as expected through three weeks: 210 yards, 1.33 touchdown passes and 1.33 interceptions per game. The Titans' disappointing defensive efforts have necessitated a tad more tossing, in fact. Given the Jacksonville Jaguars' ineptitude on D, Collins isn't a bad Week 4 play if your No. 1 man has a poor matchup. The Jags have given up 288.7 yards and two touchdowns passing per game to the position thus far. They have two total INTs. In about 60 percent of setups, Collins is available for duty.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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