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.
Troy Smith, San Francisco 49ers (90 percent)
San Fran has won two in a row with Smith at the helm and will give him a third start this weekend against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His status will still be uncertain, though, as long as Alex D. Smith (shoulder), who's now healthy, is on the roster. Head coach Mike Singletary will evaluate this on a weekly basis.
Henne (above), Pennington down
Troy is a starter, but that doesn't make him a priority addition. He threw
for 356 yards and one score in an overtime win over the St.
Louis Rams last weekend, but what are the chances he does that again? He's
a more dynamic threat than A. Smith, but without the certain starts, it's only
worth adding T. Smith if you're able to roster three quarterbacks.
His matchups aren't outstanding, but there are a few games where he'll be playable, especially if he continues to flourish in an offense still adapting to his skill set.
Tyler Thigpen, Miami Dolphins (99 percent)
Both Miami quarterbacks Chad Pennington (shoulder)
and Chad Henne (knee) are likely out for the
remainder of the season, which thrusts Thigpen into the starting job. He'll
have to learn on a short week with a Thursday game against the Chicago
Thigpen completed four of his six attempts for 64 yards and one touchdown pass. In his only extensive playing time, 11 starts and 14 games played in 2008 with the Kansas City Chiefs, Thigpen completed 54.8 percent of his passes for 2,608 yards. He threw 18 touchdowns versus 12 picks. A threat with his legs, the Coastal Carolina product rushed 62 times for 386 yards and scored three times.
Thigpen has several tough matchups in the next few weeks (Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets) but has the Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions in the final two weeks of the fantasy playoffs. Add him if you're desperate for depth.
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 - Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams (40 percent)
Bradford has been a handy spot play this season. He has a 68.0 completion percentage in the last four weeks, but that has amounted to just 189.3 passing yards and 1.67 touchdowns per contest. The Atlanta Falcons provide an opportunity for him to outperform those numbers. They've allowed 272.0 aerial yards and 2.67 touchdown throws per game since Week 6. Plus, Atlanta is stingy against the run, so the Rams should be throwing often this coming week.
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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