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.
Could see more work in Week 9
NEW - Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts (49 percent)
Joseph Addai (shoulder) missed Week 8, and Mike Hart (ankle) hurt himself during Monday night action, meaning Brown could at least see more work for this week. Brown only compiled 16 yards on nine carries in his first work since Week 3, but Brown's time on the sidelines in the fourth quarter was workload-related, not due to an injury.
With his performance Monday, Hart is the better back to own at the moment, but if he has to miss time, Brown will see another boost in value. Plan ahead if you're reliant on this backfield or need a potential spark.
NEW - Clinton Portis, Washington Redskins (44 percent)
Portis practiced Tuesday for the first time since suffering his groin injury during Week 4 play. He made cuts in practice, and the 'Skins will probably determine his return date sometime during or after their bye week. There has been talk that Ryan Torain might keep the majority of touches even when Portis returns. Torain hurt his hamstring this past Sunday, so if that injury lingers, Portis would be in better shape to see something close to his typical work.
Keiland Williams also is an option to take the starter's work if Torain can't go, but Portis is the better long-term bet to see the type of work Williams would normally be in for - third downs and passing situations - due to his superior blocking skills.
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.
Taylor made for more touches
Chester Taylor, Chicago Bears (72 percent)
The Bears are coming off their bye and have had extra time to create a game plan for the Buffalo Bills, their Week 9 opponent. Buffalo has allowed 27.0 rushing attempts for 123.3 yards (4.6 per carry) and 0.33 touchdowns per game to running backs in their past three outings. Kansas City Chiefs back Jamaal Charles shredded them in Week 8 for 177 rushing yards and 61 through the air. The Bills have limited running backs to 2.33 receptions for 20.0 yards per game in the past four weeks.
Taylor is expected to get more work, especially near the goal line, and he is always a capable receiver out of the backfield. Chicago's offensive line struggles are a concern, but Taylor's yards-per-carry average is 7.3 in his past two games. Give Taylor a whirl this week and look to retain him if he performs well against the Bills.
NEW - Darren Sproles, San Diego Chargers (54 percent)
The pint-sized runner has averaged 5.67 catches for 50.0 yards per game this month. You don't acquire Sproles for his between-the-tackles game; you look for him because San Diego's wideout corps is hurting outside of Patrick Crayton. Sproles is vet in this O, another safety valve that Philip Rivers can go to. Though they're expected to play, Ryan Mathews (head) and Mike Tolbert (ankle) are dinged.
The Houston Texans, the Bolts' Week 9 opponent, have allowed 5.67 receptions and 35.0 yards per contest to running backs since Week 4. For a flex spot - especially in point-per-reception setups - on a six-team bye week, it's a promising matchup.
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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