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.
Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (45 percent)
Have a headache yet?
It looks like Mike Shanahan, long-time bane of fantasy owners, is up to his old tricks. First, he cut Tim Hightower, and now he passed over presumptive starter Roy Helu in favor of a sixth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic. Morris was a workhorse in Week 1, pounding the ball 28 times for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns. On the downside, he appears to have no role in the passing game, failing to register a reception after tallying just one grab during the preseason.
Shanahan is as fickle as they come, and this week's treasure can easily be next week's trash (just ask Ryan Torain, Keiland Williams, Selvin Young, etc.), but you cannot ignore someone getting that many touches.
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 - Tashard Choice, Buffalo Bills (99 percent)
With Fred Jackson (knee) out at least three weeks - and possibly as much as two months - with a sprained knee, Choice is set to move into an expanded role behind C.J. Spiller. Choice has flashed talent throughout his career, and he even has a 100-yard rushing game on his resume as recently as 2010. If you're hurting at the position he could provide some help.
Fantasy football free agents: Watch list
These fantasy football free agents shouldn't be on your immediate list. They may have had a big week. They may have talent but are buried on the depth chart and merely awaiting an opportunity. Still, fantasy football players must know who they are for their potential contribution in the future.
Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers (69 percent)
With Rashard Mendenhall (knee) still on the mend, Isaac Redman was thought to be the primary option for the Steelers; and while he did post a team-high 13 touches, they amounted to just 28 yards. Dwyer, meanwhile, had nine rushes for 43 yards and saw a touchdown overturned. He was also targeted four times as a receiver out of the backfield.
His long-term prospects are tough to project, but those in deep leagues can consider stashing him now.
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 straits. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.
NEW - Curtis Brinkley, San Diego Chargers (99 percent)
Ten carries for 12 yards usually isn't enough to resonate with fantasy owners, but consider the following. Brinkley's 10 carries led all Chargers backs, starter Ryan Mathews (collarbone) is expected to miss another game, and this week's opponent, the Tennessee Titans, were bulldozed for 156 rushing yards and a score on 32 attempts (4.9 yards per carry) against a New England Patriots team that isn't known for their running game. It's not a sexy pickup by any means, but Brinkley has the potential to help out this week.