Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: QB - Week 14

by Cory J. Bonini on December 7, 2011 @ 17:50:27 PDT


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: 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.

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder
Don't Ponder too long

Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings (69 percent)

Ponder suffered a minor hip injury in Week 13 but should be ready to go against the Detroit Lions this week. He passed for a career-high 381 yards and three touchdowns against the Denver Broncos last week. Ponder turned over the ball three times, but that was negated by his strong passing day. In the past month, the Florida State product has averaged 242.50 passing yards, 1.50 touchdowns and as many interceptions thrown per game.

The Lions have faced Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees in the last month, which has slightly inflated their numbers against. Even still, this group has struggled. Passers (Rodgers, Brees, Cam Newton and Jay Cutler) have averaged 263.0 aerial yards, 1.50 touchdowns and 1.00 interceptions thrown per game since Week 9. Detroit's best defensive back, free safety Louis Delmas (knee) is uncertain to play after missing Week 13.

Rex Grossman, Washington Redskins (80 percent)

It seems like every week we recommend whichever quarterback that is facing the New England Patriots. Last week, it was Dan Orlovsky, and he did not disappoint. Grossman has his favorite target in Santana Moss back on the field (12 targets in Week 13). In the last month, Grossman has averaged 260.5 passing yards, 1.25 total touchdowns and 1.50 interceptions thrown per game. He has completed 60.3 percent of his passes.

The Patriots have given up 322.3 passing yards and 1.25 total touchdowns per contest. New England has intercepted 1.75 balls per matchup and has permitted quarterbacks to complete 62.1 percent of their throws.

Grossman figures to be putting the ball in the air with regularity, and garbage time has led to big fantasy days against this defense (see Orlovsky).

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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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