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.
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NEW - Billy Cundiff, Baltimore Ravens (59 percent)
Starting off 9-for-11 on field goals, Cundiff is coming off a bye and is worth grabbing again. This passing offense still has some work to do in being a consistent fantasy force, but Cundiff hasn't yearned for opportunities. He'll still be set up for them thanks to Baltimore's running game and playmaking defense. Plus, it's nice not to worry - as much as you can about a boot - about an upcoming bye.
Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins (75 percent)
Only Dallas' Dan Bailey has been afforded more field goal attempts per game than Carpenter in the last month (3.67). His main problem has been his accuracy - 75 percent - although one of his misses came from 50-plus. He has kicked only one extra point attempt per week, which ties him multiway for dead last among starting kickers.
We were really high on Carpenter entering the season, and even a quarterback change doesn't deter us from supporting him. The opportunities may be even better now that Matt Moore is under center and had a bye week to prepare.
In Week 7, Miami plays the Denver Broncos - the league's worst team against the place kicker position. That is followed by matchups with the New York Giants (ninth worst against PKs) and Kansas City Chiefs (sixth worst against PKs) in the next three weeks.
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.
Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers (77 percent)
The Steelers have provided Suisham 2.25 field goal attempts (1.50 made) and 2.75 point-after tries (2.75 made) per game in the last month. Respectable but unimpressive numbers....
The Jacksonville Jaguars have tied for eighth most fantasy points allowed per game (8.8) the past four weeks. They have given up 2.75 three-pointers (2.25 made) and 2.25 extra point tries (2.00 made) per matchup.
Suisham should find prosperity against the Jags in Week 6, so pluck him from the wire if you are facing a bye week dilemma.
NEW - Ryan Longwell, Minnesota Vikings (76 percent)
Last week, Longwell missed his first field goal of the season in 10 tries. The Bears have allowed 2.75 field goals and touchdown punctuations per game in the last four weeks, and the Chicago D has proven vulnerable of late. Minny's offense isn't exactly sturdy outside of Adrian Peterson, but Longwell should see some chances.
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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