If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout 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. Be aggressive when picking up fantasy football free agents. Even if you do not need a player, you can tuck him away for depth or block others from adding him to their fantasy football team.
Note: Percentage of polled leagues in which player is available in parentheses
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.
Chris Chambers, Kansas City Chiefs (84 percent)
It was unclear if Chambers was going to play Sunday, let alone what his role would be, but the former San Diego Charger has endured a whirlwind past 10 days. He went from demotion, to release to signing with a division rival to the surprise star of KC's anemic offense. Well, "star" may be a stretch, but his three-catch, 70-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars was an eye-catcher, to say the least.
Chambers will certainly be added by a lot of owners this week, and we can't blame them. The release of Bobby Engram and the deactivation of Bobby Wade pave the way for Chambers to become a regular contributor in a pass-happy offense. Acquire Chambers in all formats and play the matchups.
Sammie Stroughter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (98 percent)
Stroughter and Freeman connecting
Young quarterback Josh Freeman has a rapport
with Stroughter, which we
pointed out in last week's Fantasy Football Insider. The rookie-to-rookie
connection led to three receptions for 19 yards and a touchdown. (We've
also previously guided you toward him in this space.)
You may think that production was not anything special, and without the score it would have been a pretty dismal effort, but knowing that the two have chemistry helps you take advantage of this passable performance. In Stroughter's previous two games, he caught three passes apiece for 65 and 63 yards, respectively. Sunday's touchdown marked the first of his pro career through the air. Acquire him in deep leagues as a fifth or sixth receiver and play the matchups.
Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire
The following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow fantasy football leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.
Jason Hill, San Francisco 49ers (99 percent)
The forgotten 49ers wideout was targeted four times in Week 9 after being inactive for much of the season. His four looks resulted in as many catches for 50 yards and two touchdown receptions. He has taken over as the No. 3 receiver in San Fran and has strong chemistry with quarterback Alex D. Smith.
We don't expect that kind of production to continue, of course, but if you want to own him be sure to put in a claim for Hill this week. A two-touchdown performance doesn't leave for much time to see how he develops. Add him as depth for now.
Josh Morgan, San Francisco 49ers (83 percent)
Morgan has ascended into the starting lineup with the demotion of Isaac Bruce to the fourth receiver. Morgan was targeted eight times last week, and the second-year wideout has 25 looks in his past four games.
Quarterback Alex D. Smith pushes the ball downfield
a bit better than Shaun Hill did, but Morgan,
even though he is the No. 2, is likely to receive fewer looks than most starters
due to this run-first system. Smith doesn't have much experience working with
Morgan, too. If you're desperate, Morgan is worth a pickup in deep formats.
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. They may have talent but are buried on the depth chart
and merely awaiting an opportunity. Still, fantasy football players must know
who they are for their potential contribution in the future.
Lance Long, Kansas
City Chiefs (99 percent)
While Chris Chambers made the biggest noise
in his first KC game, Long was targeted 11 times in Week 9. The slot wideout
converted eight of those 11 looks into catches and now has 16 targets in his
two KC outings. The Chiefs appear to be retooling
their wideout depth chart, and Long has done enough to assert his place in their
offense and earn point-per-reception consideration for deep owners.
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 competes in Tout Wars and LABR and has won several industry leagues in both baseball and football.
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