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.
Javon Ringer, Tennessee Titans (52 percent)
Bring in the Ringer
Starting running back Chris Johnson was held to 34 yards on 14 carries through three quarters against the Indianapolis Colts until he was benched in the fourth. Ringer was heavily involved the entire game and managed 60 yards on 14 totes. Ringer added a Johnson-like five receptions that went for 42 yards. He had 10 touches in the first half.
Johnson's struggles have been well-documented all season, and he wasn't able to get it done against the Colts' run defense. The biggest problem we have noticed with him is his timing and rhythm with Matt Hasselbeck has been off. Also, this offense requires more thought and less reaction from the running back position; Johnson is not that type of runner. At this point, he could easily continue to disappoint fantasy owners the rest of the season.
Ringer is a must-add in all leagues, but be aware that Ringer's involvement should dissipate as soon as Johnson starts to show signs of life. Tennessee has too much money invested in CJ2K not to utilize him more if he shows flashes of his former self anytime soon.
The Titans play the Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the next four weeks.
Tashard Choice, Washington Redskins (81 percent)
The Dallas Cowboys cut Choice over the weekend, which allowed him to land in Washington's confusing backfield. It should take some time for Choice to get up to speed with the system, but the versatile back could make an impact earlier than expected with the way Mike Shanahan rotates through running backs.
Expect this situation to produce headaches, but you have to grab a slice of this pie if you are desperate for backfield help.
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.
Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns (82 percent)
Ogbonnaya should have a more involved role with Montario Hardesty (calf) expected to miss a few weeks. Peyton Hillis (hamstring) is day-to-day this week, and even if he plays, Ogbonnaya could be worked in enough to matter to fantasy owners.
The Browns have a tough matchup for running backs in Week 9 with the Houston Texans, but they host the St. Louis Rams in Week 10. Consider Ogbonnaya in deep leagues. Point-per-reception owners should pay more attention to him, as he has caught 10 balls in the past two weeks.
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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