Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: QB - Week 17

by Bryce McRae on December 28, 2009 @ 19:00:00 PDT


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: 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.

Billy Volek, San Diego Chargers (99 percent)

The Chargers will be at home for their season finale against the Washington Redskins this weekend. With their playoff spot already locked up, we likely won't see a lot of Philip Rivers. Cue Billy Volek. San Diego's backup is no stranger to late-season fantasy success: He threw for 400-plus yards in Weeks 14 and 15 in 2004.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman
Fly high, Freeman? Don't write him off

The 10-year vet will be facing a defense that has yielded an average of 274.2 passing yards and 1.33 passing touchdowns per game to this position in the last month. Volek might not have all the weapons in this offense to work with, but his matchup and the expectation that Rivers will sit make Volek a decent fantasy play this weekend.

Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (99 percent)

Freeman has slowly made progress since the Bucs decided to simplify the offense following a couple of disappointing games. The rook threw for 271 yards last weekend - his most since 321 yards in Week 13.

This week's matchup should come against an easier pass D (the Atlanta Falcons) than last week's opponent (the New Orleans Saints). Atlanta has allowed 264.7 passing yards and 1.83 passing touchdowns per game to this position in the last six weeks. Freeman has also already faced the Dirty Birds; he threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns against them in Week 12. That was also his only start this year in which he didn't toss a pick.

Some QBs will be sitting this week with playoff spots locked up; if you are stuck at the position and desperately need a fill-in, Freeman's matchup and improved play suggest he'll be a solid option.

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About Bryce McRae

Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.

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