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.
Note: Percentage of polled leagues in which player is available in parentheses
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.
Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions (88 percent)
We wrote about him in the Week 4 edition. The Lions sought him out 10 times Sunday (his line: 4-64-0), giving Pettigrew an average of 6.33 looks since his goose egg in Week 1. It remains to be seen if he'll have this same workload if rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford (knee) misses time, but Detroit is lacking playmakers to complement wideout Calvin Johnson; the big-bodied Pettigrew is averaging 13.1 yards per haul. Consider him a potential flex play and an ideal fantasy backup.
Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars (85 percent)
Take the Marcedes for a spin
Our Week 3 examination of Lewis was followed up by his two-target effort in Week 3. His six-target, 4-76-1 Week 4 reignites a modicum of intrigue. Don't overreact. Beware his inconsistency - and his drop problems - if you decide to test his fantasy waters. Hint: He can have a big week if the matchup is right; he faced the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2 (3-62-1) and the Tennessee Titans Sunday. His clash with the Seattle Seahawks this coming week isn't as promising.
Dante Rosario, Carolina Panthers (95 percent)
The Panthers typically mix things up at the position in terms of snaps, but with two targets inside the 20, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Rosario has been their only tight end utilized in the red zone; he's tied with wide receivers Steve Smith and Muhsin Muhammad in that category for '09. Carolina is coming off a bye, making Rosario a fitting replacement for that situation or an injury for your squad. There's a lot of hit-or-miss statistical risk here, though if carrying a reserve tight end helps you, you could do worse than a big, athletic option that is essentially the No. 3 in Carolina's pass-catching hierarchy.
NEW - Bo Scaife, Tennessee Titans (78 percent)
Scaife sandwiched a two-week layoff because of injury with a five-reception, 48-yard game in Week 1 and a three-reception, 25-yard effort in Week 4. He received six looks in each of those games - both in the top three for looks on the team in their respective weeks.
Don't ignore him because of his relative inactivity - he is still a focal point on this offense. Last year, Scaife finished with a team-leading 58 receptions for 561 yards. He likely won't score often, but he can be a solid point-per-reception option, especially if you need to fill in for bye weeks. Also, if Vince Young were to take over as quarterback, Scaife would probably become a favorite target of Young, who doesn't challenge downfield as much.
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 or poor performance. Still, fantasy football players must know who these players are for their potential contribution in the future.
NEW - Sean P. Ryan, Kansas City Chiefs (97 percent)
You know the bye weeks have hit when players such as Ryan are being considered. Don't let his small name put you off, though. The Chiefs have actually made use of their tight end this year. He has caught nine passes for 80 yards over the last two weeks and has two scores on the year.
On the other hand, Dwayne Bowe's (hamstring) recent injury problems probably have contributed to Ryan's involvement. Prior to this year, Ryan had just 12 receptions over five years. Chiefs head coach Todd Haley didn't make targeting the tight end his MO when he was the OC in Arizona, either. It's tough to see Ryan having much value at any point, but he is in fourth on the team in red zone utilizations. He might be a matchup play at some point, though that appears to be his ceiling.
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
During baseball and football season, he appears on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio on Thursdays and Sundays, and every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.
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