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.
Hunter now the hunted
Bernard Scott, Cincinnati Bengals (57 percent)
Savvy owners have likely hung on to Scott already, but he is available in enough leagues that he could be on your wire. Starting running back Cedric Benson is facing a three-game suspension that is pending appeal, but he could start serving it as soon as this weekend. We're not sure that the suspension will hold up, and Benson has brought on legal action against the NFLPA, but Scott needs to be snatched up just in case.
Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers (82 percent)
Frank Gore (ankle) said he isn't sure if he will be able to play in Week 4. Hunter replaced him late in the game and scored a touchdown, but his overall body of work was rather lackluster. Even still, his touches would be enough in this offense to warrant a fantasy acquisition should Gore not be able to play in Week 4 or beyond.
Pay close attention to Gore's status. Add Hunter as a precaution to cover an injury-prone back in a run-heavy offense.
Fantasy football free agents: Watch list
These fantasy football free agents shouldn't be on your immediate list. They may have had a big week. They may have talent but are buried on the depth chart and merely awaiting an opportunity. Still, fantasy football players must know who they are for their potential contribution in the future.
NEW - Steve Slaton, Miami Dolphins (99 percent)
Miami acquired Slaton off waivers after the Houston Texans released him this week. Reggie Bush is no stranger to injury, so Slaton could be a snap away from seeing modest playing time. We aren't all too encouraged by the signing, and he should be nothing more than depth for fantasy owners in PPR leagues at this point.
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.
Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (90 percent)
The Patriots could be in a position against the Oakland Raiders that allows them to pound Ridley late in the game. He saw his first meaningful action of the year against the Buffalo Bills last Sunday, registering six carries for 42 yards (7.0 per rush) and one reception for eight yards. He is a possibility for a random touchdown inside the 5-yard line, too.
The Raiders have allowed an average of 101.7 rushing yards, 94.3 receiving yards and 1.33 offensive touchdowns per game to the running back position this year. Ridley makes for a worthwhile flex gamble in deep leagues.
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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