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: 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.
Matt Prater, Denver Broncos (50 percent)
If you're looking to replace a bye week boot or just make a change in general, Prater could give you some relief. He has drilled all four of his kicks so far, including a 54-yarder in Week 1, and tallied seven kicking points against the Indianapolis Colts last week.
In Week 4, Prater lines up against the Tennessee Titans, who have allowed 3.33 field goal tries and 1.00 extra points per game to opposing thumpers. In Week 5, he goes up against the Baltimore Ravens, who through the first three weeks, per game, have allowed the most kicking points (9.7) and have coughed up 3.00 field goal tries.
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.
John Carney, New Orleans Saints (99 percent)
Sounds familiar? Carney was the one who was under fire last year. In the present,
the New Orleans Saints' Garrett
Hartley's job is in danger after he hooked a 29-yard field goal to the left
of the uprights in overtime, blowing a potential Week 3 victory. Hartley has
made some big-time kicks for the Saints, but N'awlins has brought in Carney
to mentor Hartley ... for now. Head coach Sean Payton hasn't decided who will
kick this weekend.
Carney was a little shaky last year (13-for-17 in field goals, a long of just 46 yards and two missed one-pointers), but there's a reason Hartley was almost always the first kicker drafted (often rounds too early) this season. A Saints boot is often put in place to produce, even if the kicker has an ancient leg. Though the Saints say they won't rush into making a roster move, it doesn't hurt to keep Carney at hand prepping for the Saints to make another Louisiana Purchase - especially if Hartley inhabits your PK spot.
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.
NEW - Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders (60 percent)
Sebas can boot it; that's obvious. Janikowski had six field goal attempts in Week 3 but only made half of them. However, thanks to Oakland's lack of punch in crossing the goal line, he has attempted at least three field goals in each of the first three contests, going 2-for-3 and 3-for-4 in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively.
OK, so accuracy will never be his thing. Should you care if you need a bye week replacement or a spark at the position? Janikowski has 28 kicking points already this year and faces the Houston Texans in Week 4; they have allowed 2.33 field goal tries and 3.00 extra points per game to opposing legs. In the next two weeks he faces the San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers, who have each allowed more than six kicking points per game so far.
About Tim Heaney
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