Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: PK - Week 8

by Cory J. Bonini on October 26, 2011 @ 17:47:16 PDT


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: 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.

Olindo Mare, Carolina Panthers (92 percent)

Cleveland Browns PK Phil Dawson
Dawson should get opportunities

Mare has kicked 2.75 extra point attempts (2.50 made) and 2.50 field goal tries (2.00 made) per game in the last four weeks. Carolina's offense has moved the ball very effectively but is still prone to stalling out while in field goal range because of their inexperienced signal caller.

The Minnesota Vikings travel to Carolina this week. Their special teams unit has surrendered the most average fantasy points per game to place kickers in the last four weeks. Enemy footers have made all of their 3.25 field goal tries and 2.25 point-afters per game in the past month of play.

Phil Dawson, Cleveland Browns (93 percent)

The veteran has made only 71.4 percent of his kicks over the last four weeks. Dawson has split the uprights an average of 1.67 times out of 2.33 three-point attempts per game, and he has knocked through each of his three total extra points in this time.

The Browns travel to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8. The 'Niners have given up 3.00 field goal attempts and 1.33 extra point tries per game in the past four weeks, although kickers have struggled against them with accuracy. It really comes down to the opportunity to make a kick, and San Fran is handing chances to kickers at a high rate.

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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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