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.
Mike Hart, Indianapolis Colts (99 percent)
Looking at Graham with Earnest?
Joseph Addai (shoulder) suffered what he is calling a minor injury. The veteran back says he is sore. Hart replaced Addai and scored the only touchdown of the game in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The former Michigan Wolverine rushed 11 times for 50 yards (4.5 per carry) and scored from 11 yards out. He added one reception for five yards.
Given Addai's injury history and Donald Brown's hamstring strain that has cost him the past two weeks, Hart should be looked at if you are in need of a back with a pulse. Indy won't rely on him heavily in all likelihood, but that shouldn't stop you from considering him.
NEW - Julius Jones, New Orleans Saints (90 percent)
To build their depth, New Orleans signed Jones, who mustered 30 yards on 12 carries before being released by the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season. This signals that Pierre Thomas (ankle) isn't a lock to return in Week 6 and they're not comfortable biding time during the absence of Reggie Bush (leg) with Ladell Betts and Chris Ivory.
Jones will at least compete for a few touches. Betts and Ivory have done an OK fill-in job but have battled fumbling issues in the last few weeks, and the Saints' run game falls near the bottom of the NFL.
Jones has averaged 3.7 yards per carry since '08 and is in an injury-replacement, three-headed monster - not appealing. If you're a deep league owner desperate for touches, though, at least he's a warm body. New Orleans is desperate to add a spark to their ground work, and if Jones shows a hint of production, he might fall into more action.
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.
Earnest Graham, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (95 percent)
Graham made the most of his three carries in Week 5, rushing for 65 yards and a touchdown. A 61-yard jaunt accounted for most of his ground gains. LeGarrette Blount, who was supposed to be the short-yardage and goal line back, toted the ball four times for three yards.
The uncertainty of which back will be called upon to punch it in makes this situation mirky, at best, so keep an eye on Graham over the next few weeks. If you're desperate, however, he makes for a reasonable play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 6.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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