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: Priority additions
The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.
NEW - Sidney Rice, Minnesota Vikings (50 percent)
Rice (hip) will be activated today off the Physically Unable to Perform list soon and should return to practice this week. He's probably a few weeks away from being able to play, but that should signal his potential late-season fantasy value.
Randy Moss lost his horns. Percy Harvin (ankle) might play this week, but his ankle injury could linger. Visanthe Shiancoe has been inconsistent, sometimes invisible. The Vikings need Rice to be involved. You need to grab him. Few waiver wire acquisitions boast his stretch-run boom factor. Maybe he helps rejuvenate Brett Favre, too.
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.
Bernard Berrian, Minnesota Vikings (87 percent)
Berrian's role has diminished substantially since Randy Moss was acquired. In the past four weeks, Berrian has averaged 1.00 receptions for 12.3 yards per game. He hasn't scored in that timeframe. The Vikings are ready to release Moss, which would increase Berrian's looks - at least until Sidney Rice (hip) returns in a few weeks.
Quarterback Brett Favre and Berrian didn't have much chemistry before Moss was added, and there's little reason to believe they'll have an improved rapport now. However, in an offense that will be throwing quite a bit, as a starter, Berrian needs to be considered by owners looking to round out their rosters. Percy Harvin (ankle) might also be forced to miss some time because of a potential serious ankle injury, which would open up even more looks.
NEW - Donte' Stallworth, Baltimore Ravens (99 percent)
Stallworth (foot) might make his 2010 debut this week to give the Ravens another deep threat, which Stallworth will like because Joe Flacco can sling it deep. Given T.J. Houshmandzadeh's inconsistency this year, Stallworth has a chance to see enough playing time to earn a desperation add in deep leagues. If you're running out of waiver wire options, don't overlook him.
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.
Arrelious Benn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (98 percent)
Targets for Nelson's taking
Looking for a flier play? Benn has started three of the last four games for the Bucs and has a quality matchup in Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons. The rookie's targets haven't been anything to write home about (eight in the last three games), but he has gained comfort in the offense, according to head coach Raheem Morris. Benn is being moved around more and has sure hands. He hauled in one of his two targets Sunday, which resulted in a 54-yard completion that was roughly one foot shy of being a touchdown.
Atlanta has allowed 17.33 receptions (second most), 239.7 receiving yards (second most) and 2.00 touchdown grabs (tied for third most) per game in the past month to wideouts.
Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (94 percent)
Since his Week 5 bye, Hartline has averaged 4.67 catches for 51.3 yards per game but has not scored in this time. The Ravens' pass defense is their weakness, and you can expect extra coverage to be devoted to Brandon Marshall. That will leave Hartline and Davone Bess free to roam. In point-per-reception leagues, Hartline can be used as a flex player.
The Ravens have capitulated the most receptions (20.00) and receiving yards (253.7) to enemy receivers in the past month, all while yielding the second highest average number of touchdown receptions (2.33) in this time.
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (99 percent)
Nelson is typically Green Bay's fourth receiver, but he has seen more involvement the past few weeks with Donald Driver's quadriceps injury hampering the veteran. Over the past four games, Nelson has averaged 4.00 receptions for 46.5 yards. He hasn't scored in this time. Driver may sit in Week 9 since the Packers have a bye the following week. Even if Driver plays, Nelson should still see plenty of work (21 utilizations the past three weeks).
An expanded role helps his fantasy value, of course, but Nelson's Week 9 matchup is among the best in the league. He has the Dallas Cowboys on the docket. In the past four games, the 'Boys have allowed 12.00 receptions for 164.8 receiving yards and 2.00 airborne touchdowns per game to the position.
NEW - Seyi Ajirotutu, San Diego Chargers (99 percent)
The Bolts' former practice squader caught three passes for 48 yards in Week 8 and looks like he'll start in Week 9. The 6-foot-3, 211-pounder gives them a hint of Malcom Floyd's potential as a poor matchup for defensive backs. The Houston Texans, San Diego's opponents this week, have been a fantasy doormat for opposing wideouts: 13.33 receptions, 169.0 yards and 2.00 touchdown grabs yielded to the position per game since Week 4.
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.