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.
Edwards equals gold?
Braylon Edwards, San Francisco 49ers (73 percent)
Edwards returned to action from knee surgery and was targeted seven times, resulting in four catches for 42 yards. The 49ers' passing game isn't likely to be a strong source for fantasy contribution most weeks, but Edwards is a talented big-play threat that can help spark their aerial attack.
The 49ers have the Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals in the next six weeks. Edwards should have ample opportunity to contribute to your squad during this time.
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.
Early Doucet, Arizona Cardinals (62 percent)
Doucet has stepped up his game in recent weeks as defenses continue to focus heavily on Larry Fitzgerald. In his past three games, Doucet has averaged 5.00 receptions on 9.00 targets, 47.3 receiving yards and 0.67 scores. His numbers are not special by any means, but at this stage of the season any help you can find on the wire is worth exploring.
The Cardinals have St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and the Rams again, respectively, in the next four weeks. Doucet should see a lot of action, but the turf toe injury to quarterback Kevin Kolb could keep the passing game from exploding soon.
NEW - Jonathan Baldwin, Kansas City Chiefs (99 percent)
The rookie first-rounder has immense talent but is known to be a bit of a head case (see breaking hand punching Thomas Jones). As long as he can keep his cool, Baldwin is a viable option for fantasy owners. KC is starting to move the ball effectively through the air, as Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston have been playing quality football lately. Baldwin should see mostly single coverage and can exploit most cornerbacks with his size (6-foot-4, 230 pounds). His athleticism is undeniable.
In his first extensive playing time, Baldwin caught five passes for 82 yards and scored on an acrobatic 39-yard reception. He is a WR6 for most owners but could work his way into lineups with the right matchup. Speaking of the right matchups, KC plays the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, respectively, in their next three games. Dynamite!
NEW - T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Oakland Raiders (100 percent)
Housh is reunited with Carson Palmer and Hue Jackson, but that may be where the positives stop. The objective analysis: Houshmandzadeh has to get back into game shape, learn the nuances of the system, fend off several able bodies, cede way to Darren McFadden leading this run-first O. We have no idea if Palmer will get it together with a limited amount of practice time and be able to find the 34-year-old with regularity.
The good: Housh is a possession receiver, and PPR owners have nothing to lose by adding him for depth purposes. If he doesn't show signs of life within a few weeks, put his name on a one-way ticket to Waiversville.
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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