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.
Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos (92 percent)
Have you been Tebowed today?
Denver's pigskin darling entered the starting lineup in the second half of Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers. He was shaky, at times, but Tebow still managed to post 16.0 standard fantasy points in a half - against a good defense. The second-year quarterback's passing game (primarily his accuracy) needs to be refined, but his legs make him a valuable fantasy backup. The Broncos are entering a bye, so you may need to carry three QBs for a week. Head coach John Fox has yet to name a starter; can he really go back to Kyle Orton after pulling him?
Tebow averaged nearly 28 fantasy points per game last year in his three starts. He rushed for a touchdown and passed for at least one in each contest. The Broncos have enough weapons around him to allow Tebow to be competent in the passing game some weeks. He should have value as an occasional spot starter if you have a weak No. 1, but Tebow should be an adequate bye week replacement with practically any matchup.
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.
Curtis Painter, Indianapolis Colts (84 percent)
Painter has pushed the ball downfield with the help of three long touchdowns to Pierre Garcon (all at least 37 yards) in the past two games. The Purdue product has passed for at least 277 yards in each of his starts, and he has four touchdowns to no interceptions in this time. His accuracy remains an issue, but Indy's defense should put him in situations to pass quite often.
Painter has plenty of weapons and should only gain comfort in the offense. It doesn't make a lot of sense for the Colts to turn back to a 38-year-old Kerry Collins (concussion) at this point.
Coming up, the Colts have the Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons, respectively, in the next month. New Orleans and Atlanta offer strong fantasy matchups if you are looking for a bye week replacement.
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.
Rex Grossman, Washington Redskins (54 percent)
Grossman started the year strong through the first two games but faded over his next pair of starts. This could be a great opportunity for him to get back on track since the 'Skins should have a solid game plan in place for the Philadelphia Eagles as Mike Shanahan's club comes out of their bye.
Philly's secondary has failed to live up to the expectations, and their D-line is banged up. The linebacking corps has struggled mightily, too. Over the past month, this unit has allowed 233.3 passing yards, 2.75 aerial touchdowns and 0.25 rushing scores per game to the position since Week 1. They have intercepted just 0.75 balls per outing, as well.
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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