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.
Go to the Barber
Marion Barber III, Chicago Bears (36 percent)
Matt Forte (knee) will miss two to six weeks with a Grade 2 sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Barber and Kahlil Bell will share carries, with the latter serving as a change-of-pace back.
Barber should be acquired in all fantasy leagues, although he remains a free agent in roughly one-third leagues polled. The Bears face the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers during the fantasy playoffs. Denver can be had on the ground, but Seattle and Green Bay are usually strong run defenses. Nevertheless, Barber should be owned based on the expected number of touches he will garner each week.
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.
NEW - Ricky Williams, Baltimore Ravens (74 percent)
The thought process here is that the Ravens will be up so much that Williams should see a healthy workload, much like last week. Against the Cleveland Browns in Week 13, the 34-year-old back rushed 16 times for 76 yards and a touchdown after Ray Rice ripped off 204 yards on the day.
The Ravens host the Indianapolis Colts, who not only have a poor run defense but also sport a marginal offense to keep up with Baltimore. The Colts have allowed running backs to average 132.3 offensive yards and 1.33 combined touchdowns per game in the last month. This translates to the eighth worst defense against fantasy rushers in the last four 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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