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.
Devin Thomas, Washington Redskins (99 percent)
Thomas is coming off the best game of his two-year career; he caught seven passes for 100 yards and two scores. His role increased three weeks ago when he was looked at seven times in Week 11 against the Dallas Cowboys. In the two games since he has 14 targets. He appears to be establishing some kind of rapport with quarterback Jason Campbell.
Now, Campbell and the passing game aren't going to have the same kind of success the rest of the way as they did against the New Orleans Saints in Week 13. However, in the next two weeks, Thomas faces the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders, who have both shown vulnerabilities with their secondaries.
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.
Louis Murphy, Oakland Raiders (96 percent)
Sure, it's easy to recommend a two-touchdown performer (also four catches, 128 yards in Week 13), but Murphy showed Oakland what they've been missing while they've babied Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot). The overhyped first-round pick was inactive this past Sunday and when healthy hasn't sniffed the dynamic play of the fourth-round Murphy (17.9 yards per haul). Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski can hit his receivers, at least more so than JaMarcus Russell; Grad went to Murphy in some key spots. Will Murphy see looks even when DHB is active? Hungry owners should find out.
Sam Aiken, New England Patriots (97 percent)
May not be a Royal pain Week 14
With the extra coverage being thrown at Pats' No. 1 receiver Randy
Moss, Aiken has emerged as a decent big-play threat. On Sunday against the
Miami Dolphins, he caught only one pass but took
it 81 yards to the house. The week before he caught seven passes for 90 yards,
and earlier this year he had a 54-yard touchdown reception.
It's tough to recommend him wholeheartedly as he does have some tough matchups coming up. However, he has emerged as the No. 3 option (partially due to injuries) in one of the most explosive passing offenses in the league.
Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays
The following fantasy football pickups are for those who need injury or bye week replacements. They are not players you immediately acquire - unless your team is in dire straights. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.
Eddie Royal, Denver Broncos Colts (61 percent)
Denver likes taking what the defense gives them ... for the most part. They've recently started forcing it to wideout Brandon Marshall, but he appears to be the exception on their offense. Why does that matter for this week?
Well, the Indianapolis Colts have done a decent job taking opposing backs out of the equation - the Tennessee Titans' Chris Johnson notwithstanding. They've been allowing 14.50 receptions, 190.3 receiving yards and 1.25 receiving touchdowns per game to wideouts, however, in the last month. It has been a disappointing season for the second-year wideout, but you might be able to squeeze a valuable start out of him this week.
If Denver can't control the clock, Indy's offense could force them to throw
to keep up, too.
NEW - Josh Morgan, San
Francisco 49ers (87 percent)
The 49ers have transitioned to a spread offense
over the last couple of weeks. What has that done for the Niners wideouts? Well,
both Michael Crabtree and Josh
Morgan have seen their targets climb as quarterback Alex
D. Smith has taken a few more tosses.
This week San Fran will test out their somewhat-revamped offense against the
Arizona Cardinals. The Cards have allowed 15.50 receptions,
215.0 receiving yards and 0.50 receiving touchdowns per game to opposing wideouts
over the last month. Combine Morgan's increased workload with a vulnerable opponent,
and it could be a surprising week for the second-year man.
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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