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.
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James Jones, Green Bay Packers (31 percent)
Jones is not available in a lot of leagues, but the potential loss of Greg Jennings (knee) makes him worth acquiring in all setups. The Packers spread the ball around a lot, and it is debatable which target will benefit the most if Jennings misses time. Jones can take a short pass the distance and is capable of playing a possession role, if needed. It probably won't be all too much anyway, because Jermichael Finley and Donald Driver already serve as safety blankets for No. 12, and Jordy Nelson has performed like a No. 1 even with Jennings in tow.
Jones has his problems with dropped passes, but the sheer volume of looks could increase substantially. That potential alone deserves an addition if you are in the small quantity of leagues in which Jones remains available.
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.
Kevin Walter, Houston Texans (89 percent)
Walter was targeted 10 times in Week 14 and could see a similar amount of work against the Carolina Panthers this week. In the last two weeks he has been looked to 14 times, which is once more than the entire prior month combined! T.J. Yates' style of play benefits the midrange weapons, such as Walter, and Andre Johnson (hamstring) may miss another week.
The Panthers have allowed the fourth most average fantasy points (28.0) per game to the position in the last month. Receivers have averaged 12.75 receptions for 191.3 yards and 1.75 scores per contest.
Carolina's run D has improved a little bit with new interior line personnel, so Arian Foster and Ben Tate may not have as easy of a day as it may appear they should.
Donte' Stallworth, Washington Redskins (100 percent)
This one is really a shoot-for-the-moon recommendation, as Stallworth is an all-or-nothing play. He is coming off a four-catch, 96-yard day that was fueled by a 51-yard reception. The veteran receiver should benefit from the suspension of tight end Fred Davis, and Santana Moss' return has opened up the field for everyone in the passing game.
Washington could find itself in another high-scoring affair this week against a division rival in the New York Giants. The G-men have permitted the most standard fantasy points (35.2) per game to the position, which stems from receivers averaging 12.50 receptions, 215.3 yards and 2.50 scores per outing.
NEW - Jerome Simpson, Cincinnati Bengals (57 percent)
Mostly a frustrating all-or-nothing commodity, Simpson has just four receptions over the last three weeks, following an eight-catch, 152-yard Week 11. He saw 14 targets in that stretch, though, and found the end zone last week.
Andy Dalton has shown he can take advantage of sloppy defenses. The St. Louis Rams qualify, especially in the secondary, having allowed 10.0 catches for 162.8 yards (a 16.3 average) and 1.00 touchdown catches per game to the position since Week 10. Simpson's big-play ability should suit him well here.
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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