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.
Storm the Cassel
NEW - Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders (93 percent)
Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown finally gave in to Palmer's demands and traded him to the Raiders this week. The 31-year-old quarterback likely will be rusty to start but should come around as he is familiar with Hue Jackson and the offense from their time together in Cincy.
Oakland has just enough weapons in the passing game to make Palmer viable for fantasy owners, and if the USC standout is on his game, he could make the targets around him better.
Oakland faces the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7, but you shouldn't consider playing Palmer in that one. He has a Week 8 bye and should go through a crash course to get up to speed on the system. In Week 9, the Raiders host the Denver Broncos, then travel to the San Diego Chargers, followed by the Minnesota Vikings.
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.
Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs (41 percent)
While Cassel may not be available in a tremendous amount of leagues, he could be on your wire following his bye week. He has shown signs of life lately, coming off a four-TD effort in Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts. He has thrown six touchdown passes to only one interception in the past month and has topped 250 yards in two of those three games.
The Chiefs face the Oakland Raiders, who have given up 306.5 passing yards (fourth most) and 2.00 passing touchdowns per contest. The Raiders have picked off just 0.75 passes per game since Week 2.
KC may come out swinging. The Raiders are reeling at the quarterback position and may not have enough to keep up through the air.
Curtis Painter, Indianapolis Colts (73 percent)
The Cincinnati Bengals contained the big play and forced Painter to check to his underneath receivers all day long in Week 6. He averaged 5.5 yards per attempt and threw for 188 yards. In three starts, Painter has thrown five touchdown passes and only one interception. He is averaging 248.7 passing yards in his three games at the helm.
The Colts are likely to find themselves in a passing fest against the New Orleans Saints in Week 7. N'awlins has given up an average of 274.0 passing yards and 2.25 total touchdowns per game to the position in the last four weeks. The Saints have picked off 0.75 passes per matchup in this span.
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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