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.
Ryan Longwell, Minnesota Vikings (40 percent)
Longwell's accuracy isn't suspect; he has yet to miss a field goal attempt this year. His attempts are a big factor in keeping him down. He has just four field goal attempts and 10 extra point attempts all year.
Well, the Green Bay Packers offer him a solid matchup this week (10.8 kicking points allowed per game since Week 2, second most). They're followed by the New England Patriots (tied for 15th most kicking points), Arizona Cardinals (third), Chicago Bears (30th) and Green Bay again.
Minnesota's bye is out of the way, and with Randy Moss now in town and Sidney Rice (hip) getting closer to running, this offense could take off over the second half of the year. Just be leery of using Longwell come the fantasy playoffs; he faces three of the 10 worst matchups during Weeks 14 through 16.
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.
Olindo Mare, Seattle Seahawks (95 percent)
Adam Vinatieri (Indianapolis Colts), Jason Hanson (Detroit Lions) and Nick Folk (New York Jets) are all on a bye this week. That's three kickers usually in the top ranks.
Mare should fit in nicely as a one-week play. Seattle has only given him four field goal tries on the year. He has connected on all of them. Sure, his leg isn't the strongest, but he can nail the chances when given them. And the Arizona Cardinals have been giving them. They're allowing a league-leading 4.00 field goal attempts per game.
Running back Marshawn Lynch should give the 'Hawks a better ground game (discount last week's effort that came against a top run D) that in turn could put Mare in position for more field goal tries.
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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