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.
Kevin Ogletree, Dallas Cowboys (95 percent)
When you author an eight-catch, 114-yard, two-touchdown performance in Week 1, odds are that fantasy owners will notice. And when you do it against the defending champs in primetime it's a virtual lock. Ogletree may sit behind Miles Austin and Dez Bryant on the depth chart, but he led the team with 11 targets and is basically filling Laurent Robinson's role from last season - a role that was quite productive.
Tony Romo's ability to find the open receiver (and willingness to throw it to him) bodes well for Ogletree. He's worth adding but may result in being nothing more than a matchup play.
Laurent Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (49 percent)
Speaking of Robinson, it's a bit stunning to find one of last year's breakout fantasy performers available in nearly half of all leagues. Clearly, there isn't a lot of confidence in Blaine Gabbert and the Jacksonville offense. Still, the passing attack was surprisingly potent in Week 1, and Robinson led the club with nine targets, which led to five catches for 66 yards.
Given the numbers he was able to produce last year, along with positive early signs of growth for Gabbert, Robinson makes a quality bench addition.
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (52 percent)
Of course he'd be included!
Green Bay lined Cobb up all over the field against San Francisco, and he made the most of his opportunities as he caught all nine of his targeted passes for 77 yards. His burst and elusiveness were also on full display in the season opener when Cobb hauled a punt back 75 yards for a touchdown (his third such score in 16 career games).
An increased role in the Packers' high-powered passing attack is something that cannot be dismissed. His numbers will likely ebb and flow based on matchups, but he's a good guy to stash.
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.
Stephen Hill, New York Jets (87 percent)
At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Hill might just be the big target the team has been searching for. It certainly looked that way in Week 1 as the rookie posted five catches, 89 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut. Hill was physical with the ball in his hands, and on a team with no true No. 1 option (sorry, Santonio) his upside is intriguing.
If you're pressed for roster space you may want to hold off, but two touchdowns in your debut will draw some attention, so be aware that you will miss out on him if you don't take the chance now.
Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs (92 percent)
Something of a jack-of-all-trades during his first two NFL seasons, McCluster looked good in his first game as a full-time wideout. He comfortably led the Chiefs in targets (10), receptions (six) and receiving yards (82) - an encouraging sign for a team that doesn't feature much explosiveness in the passing game outside of Dwayne Bowe.
Given that Matt Cassel looked McCluster's way on nearly one-third of his passes it would behoove those in point-per-reception formats to make a move. Others may choose to hold off another week.
NEW - Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals (99 percent)
With Jerome Simpson departing during the offseason there was an opening for touches after emerging star A.J. Green. In Week 1, that hole was filled primarily by Hawkins, who was targeted nine times and led the club with eight catches for 86 yards. Hawkins didn't work down the field, however, doing nearly all his damage on quick tosses and receiver screens.
It's a bit of a leap of faith to add Hawkins based on one game, but you can bet if he duplicates his efforts in Week 2 he won't be around for long.
NEW - Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders (99 percent)
If you watched Monday Night Football you may have learned that Streater is an undrafted free agent out of Temple; and if you did a shot every time Trent Dilfer or Chris Berman mentioned that factoid you may be blearily reading this while still suffering the effects of a vicious hangover. On the field, Streater led all Oakland wideouts with 10 targets, and though he caught just four for 27 yards he did account for their lone score.
The question with the rookie is what his role will be when Denarius Moore returns, which could happen in Week 2. Stay tuned.
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.
Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears (55 percent)
Whatever you may think of Jay Cutler, the guy has a cannon for an arm. It's just that the Bears haven't provided much field-stretching talent during his first three seasons there. After missing the first two times, Cutler found Jeffery for receptions of 15, 23 and 42 yards; the last one accounting for the Bears' final touchdown of the afternoon.
It's still Brandon Marshall's world (15 targets to Jeffrey's five), but the rookie is at least worth putting on your radar in shallow leagues and adding in deeper formats.
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 - Michael Jenkins, Minnesota Vikings (99 percent)
Jenkins may be Option C behind Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph, but he draws an enticing matchup this Sunday against an Indianapolis Colts secondary that allowed a league-high 276 receiving yards and two touchdowns to opposing wideouts in Week 1. With Christian Ponder looking surprisingly capable in the opener, Jenkins could offer solid one-week value.