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.
Greg Little, Cleveland Browns (66 percent)
Little will be a big-time player
Last week, we promoted Little in this space. He has moved into the starting lineup and showed some chemistry with Colt McCoy in Week 6. Little was looked to 12 times, catching six. He went for 72 yards but failed to find the end zone.
At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Little is Cleveland's most physically dominant receiver. He missed his entire senior year in college and is probably a little behind the typical rookie's learning curve, which is actually kind of scary to think about.
Cleveland is still trying to find its way on defense, and that is good for Little owners. The Browns have the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams in the next month. Each of those teams gives up at least adequate fantasy points to the wide receiver position on a weekly basis.
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (59 percent)
We wrote about Baldwin a week ago, but here is a rehash to remind you since he is back from his bye week: Baldwin plays a crucial safety valve role in the Seattle offense, and it isn't just Tarvaris Jackson (chest) with the penchant to look his way. Charlie Whitehurst targeted Baldwin six times in the rookie's Week 5 breakout performance (8-136-1). He caught five balls for 84 yards the week before.
The 5-foot-10, 189-pounder plays best out of the slot. Seattle has had no quality play to speak of from the tight end position this year, so Baldwin has seen more work than expected. The Seahawks are coming off a bye to face the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens in the next month.
Add him for depth and spot plays in deeper PPR leagues.
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.
Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (98 percent)
Thomas (finger) should be ready to return from a fractured digit and will find himself with a larger role in the offense now that Brandon Lloyd has been traded to the St. Louis Rams.
Thomas, 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, has yet to play a game this year. He offers excellent size around the goal line for Tim Tebow to rely on. Thomas is a possession receiver with a little bit of wiggle in the open field, but do not count on too many big plays.
In deep leagues, find a roster spot to stash Thomas to see if he can shake off the rust and develop a rapport with Tebow.
NEW - Damian Williams, Tennessee Titans (91 percent)
Williams has scored twice in his last two games and is coming off a bye week of preparation. He has adequate speed and hands, but his route-running skills need to improve - the coaching staff has worked with him to achieve this. His conditioning is in question, too, per comments Williams made about being gassed late in Week 5 after running several deep routes in a row.
Look to your wire for Williams in standard or PPR leagues with at least 16 rostered players. The Titans have a great schedule in terms of their opponents' deficiencies in pass coverage. They play the Houston Texans (twice), Indianapolis Colts (twice), Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints yet this season.
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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