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.
Lance Ball, Denver Broncos (100 percent)
Will Willis will way into lineup?
Willis McGahee (hamstring) left early in Week 10 but said he could have returned in an emergency. Knowshon Moreno (knee) is likely to miss Week 11 and possibly longer. Ball took over for the Broncos and rushed for 96 yards, although it took him 30 attempts to get there. While that kind of production isn't anything special, the coaching staff was willing to ride him that many times.
Hamstring injuries can be tricky, and McGahee is no spring chicken. The Broncos play the New York Jets Thursday night, so the short week doesn't bode well for McGahee. Denver also plays the San Diego Chargers in Week 12, then the Minnesota Vikings (Week 13) and the Chicago Bears (Week 15) in the next month.
Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers (55 percent)
Frank Gore (ankle, knee) should be all right for Week 11, but it is no secret that he has battled injuries throughout his career. Hunter rushed six times for 40 yards and a score in Week 10 with Gore on the sidelines.
Gore owners should already own Hunter, but if he is available in your league - Gore owner or not - you should snare him from your waiver wire. San Francisco plays the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams and Cardinals again, 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.
Joe McKnight, New York Jets (98 percent)
LaDainian Tomlinson (knee) suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament and could be on the shelf for a few games. The Jets play the Denver Broncos Thursday, so it is unlikely LT will be ready in time.
McKnight is a similar back to Tomlinson and brings a contrasting style to the bruising Shonn Greene. The second-year McKnight has not shown much in his short NFL career, but he could see enough work to matter in PPR leagues. Check him out if you have room to stash McKnight and are looking for RB depth.
New York faces Denver this week, followed by the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively, in the next month. The schedule is favorable, and an MCL sprain often costs a running back nearly a month of play.
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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