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.
Laurent Robinson, Dallas Cowboys (85 percent)
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Robinson has enough speed to get over the top to play the deep-threat role of the injured Miles Austin (hamstring) that he will replace for the next two to four weeks. Robinson has scored each of the last two weeks with Austin on the field, and he posted seven receptions for 116 yards in Week 4 while Austin was on the mend. At 6-foot-2, L-Rob has enough height and adequate leaping ability to be a red zone threat.
Dallas faces pass-friendly defenses in the next four weeks with the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals, respectively, on the docket.
NEW - Earl Bennett, Chicago Bears (95 percent)
Bennett, who spent a year with Jay Cutler at Vanderbilt, came back from a chest injury in Week 9 and didn't disappoint. He was looked to five times, hauling in all of his targets for 95 yards and a touchdown.
The Bears' receiving corps has failed to step up this year, so Bennett could seize the opportunity to become their No. 1 receiver. He knows all of the positions and has chemistry with Cutler. Bennett's production could be inconsistent in this offense that relies on Matt Forte's legs and hands, though.
He should be acquired in PPR leagues and is a look-to-acquire candidate in standard-scoring formats. The Bears face the Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively, in the next four weeks.
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.
Jonathan Baldwin, Kansas City Chiefs (50 percent)
We told you in this spot before about Baldwin's impressive physical attributes and talents, so this is primarily a reminder. As you saw in Week 9, KC's defense needs some help, and that puts the offense in passing situations. Baldwin has been targeted no less than five times per game in the last three weeks, even though two games resulted in one reception apiece.
If you are looking to build the depth of your receiving corps, target Baldwin on your wire as a stash/matchup play as we near the fantasy playoffs (it's hard to believe we're this close).
KC plays the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears in the next month.
NEW - Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins (99 percent)
Hankerson has been targeted nine times in his last two games. He hauled in four passes for 34 yards in Week 9 and could be on his way to being the No. 1 target for the Redskins' anemic passing game until Santana Moss (hand) returns in three or four weeks.
The rookie wideout stands 6-foot-2, 209 pounds and should provide John Beck with a capable red zone target, as well as a deep threat. The Redskins play the Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets, respectively, in the next four weeks. Add Hankerson in deeper formats as a stash commodity and matchup play if he shows more this week.
NEW - Austin Pettis, St. Louis Rams (100 percent)
Greg Salas (leg) is done for the year, and a fellow rookie will take his spot in the slot role. Pettis has size (6-foot-3) that will allow St. Louis to create mismatches against smaller defenders. Sam Bradford went to Pettis five times, which resulted in four grabs for 43 yards in Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals. That was after Salas hauled in seven passes for 59 yards earlier in the game.
Pettis deserves a roster spot in point-per-reception affairs, and if the matchup is right, like it was last week, he warrants lineup consideration. The Rams face the Cleveland Browns (Week 10), Seattle Seahawks (Week 11), Cardinals (Week 12) and San Francisco 49ers (Week 13) in the next month.
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.
Jason Hill, Jacksonville Jaguars (82 percent)
Hill is the closest thing Jacksonville has to a vertical threat, and he has paid a few visits to the end zone recently. He has averaged 2.33 receptions on 5.33 targets, 32.0 receiving yards and 0.67 touchdown grabs in his last three games. Hill has averaged 16.1 yards per reception this season. Jacksonville is coming off their bye and should be well-prepared for this matchup.
The Indianapolis Colts have surrendered 11.75 receptions, 172.0 receiving yards and 1.50 aerial scores per matchup to the position in the last four weeks. The Colts should focus on bottling up Maurice Jones-Drew and leave Hill to beat single coverage.
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.