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.
Roy Helu Jr., Washington Redskins (25 percent)
Hello again, Helu
Helu took over the starting job from Ryan Torain last week and snared an incredible 14 receptions against one of the league's best run defenses. We have touted Helu as the most dynamic back in Washington's stable. Don't let his pedestrian rushing totals fool you (10 carries, 41 yards), as Washington largely abandoned their running game while playing from behind. They used screen passes to Helu as an extension of their rushing attack. John Beck's dink-and-dunk style of quarterbacking bodes well for Helu's reception figures.
Washington could rotate their running backs as often as you change your boxers, but Helu had to have shown Mike Shanahan something with his versatile performance. Nevertheless, Tashard Choice (hamstring) may make this a three-headed monster upon his return to the field. The 'Skins play the Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets in the next month. Their fantasy playoff schedule reads: New England Patriots (Week 14), New York Giants (Week 15) and Minnesota Vikings (Week 16).
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.
NEW - Kevin Smith, Detroit Lions (100 percent)
Detroit re-signed Smith this week, and he is currently running as their third back. Jahvid Best (concussion) is out indefinitely; in his absence, Detroit's ground game has struggled with Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams carrying the load.
Smith has a lengthy history of injuries and may not see enough carries to matter, BUT you should take a shot on him just in case he elevates past the mediocre backs ahead of him. Smith is worthy of being stashed as this situation shakes itself out over the next few weeks.
Detroit faces the Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints in the next month.
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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