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.
Jason Hanson, Detroit
Lions (68 percent)
Don't let his age fool you
Hanson has attempted at least two field goals in each of the last four games. He has connected on 11 of his 13 field goals (84.6 percent), which is just above par for his career. Over the last four weeks, he's averaging a league-leading 12.0 kicking points per game.
His matchup this week is solid (Washington Redskins), and in two weeks he'll face the Buffalo Bills, who are one of the best kicking matchups. With six teams on bye, Hanson should be a more than adequate fill-in, this week and beyond.
Nick Folk, New York
Jets (25 percent)
Like Hanson, Folk is coming off a bye. The fourth-year kicker is enjoying a resurgent season after last year's debacle in Dallas. He has attempted 15 three-point kicks, connecting on 13 of them (86.7 percent). New York has set him up for 16 extra points, all makes.
This week he'll face the Green Bay Packers, who are giving up 3.25 field goal attempts per game over the last four weeks (third most). Following Green Bay, Folk has mainly average matchups, but if you're looking to replace one of the six kickers on a bye, or fill in for the San Diego Chargers' Nate Kaeding (groin), Folk is worth a shot, at least for this week.
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 - Kris Brown, San Diego Chargers (96 percent)
With Nate Kaeding (groin) looking like he'll miss Week 8, Brown should get another try at booting for the Bolts. He scored eight kicking points and went 2-for-3 from three-point land, bricking the potential game-tying trey off the right post from 50 yards out.
Working in his favor, though, is San Diego's matchup with the Tennessee Titans, whose stout defense has forced 3.00 field goal attempt and 1.50 one-point tries per game in the last four weeks. The erratic Chargers' O will probably move the ball just enough to set up Brown for another productive day. Heck, maybe Kaeding's injury lingers and Brown sticks with this favorable fantasy situation a little longer.
NEW - Connor Barth, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (97 percent)
Barth is 10-for-12 in field goal work this year and is 3-for-5 from 40-plus yards. Coming off a four-field goal Week 7, he has a chance to see frequent points opportunities this week against the Arizona Cardinals, who in the last month have allowed 3.67 field goal attempts (a league high) and 2.67 point after touchdowns per outing. A six-team bye week should make Barth a primary rental.
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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