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.
NEW - Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions (18 percent)
Although Kevin Smith has done a solid job through two games, his career is defined by injuries. With Leshoure, a second-round selection in 2011, set to make his regular-season debut this Sunday after serving a two-game suspension he's someone worth adding in all leagues.
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.
Bradshaw dinged again
Andre Brown, New York Giants (100 percent)
When starter Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) exited, the G-Men turned the ground game over to Brown and not first-round pick David Wilson. Brown responded with 90 total yards (71 rushing) and a touchdown, helping to rally the team past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bradshaw is set to undergo an MRI on Monday, which should shed some light on the severity of his injury.
Wilson might work his way back up the depth chart, but his chances of doing so in the immediate future don't look bright. Clearly, if Bradshaw is expected to miss extended time Brown immediately becomes a priority addition.
Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams (97 percent)
Coming into the season it was expected that rookie Isaiah Pead would be the team's top option off the bench. However, with Steven Jackson (groin) nursing a sore groin in Week 2, head coach Jeff Fisher went with Richardson. The seventh-rounder carried the ball 15 times for 83 yards and added a pair of receptions for 19 yards.
As with Brown, Richardson's value is heavily dependent on the severity of Jackson's strained groin. However, S-Jax owners should jettison Pead and scoop up Richardson as your new insurance policy.
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 - Shaun Draughn, Kansas City Chiefs (97 percent)
Draughn hasn't received many chances, but he has made the most of them with his 14 touches accounting for 120 yards and a touchdown. With Jamaal Charles (knee) dinged and Peyton Hillis coming off a game in which he had a goal line fumble, Draughn could see more action in Week 3. Sunday's opponent, the New Orleans Saints, have allowed a league-worst five touchdowns to opposing backs this season. Combine the two and you have a viable desperation play.
Fantasy football free agents: Watch list
Marching into relevance?
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.
Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints (38 percent)
Although New Orleans is off to a rough start, Thomas is making the most of his chances with 143 yards on 13 total touches in Week 2. Therein lies the issue, however, as the Saints continue to feature Darren Sproles (13 touches) and Mark Ingram (16) as well.
Thomas is a solid stash option; he's just not someone you can safely start until the Saints show a willingness to give him consistent snaps.
Jackie Battle, San Diego Chargers (100 percent)
I'm going out on a limb here and saying that, in the illustrious history of fantasy football, there has never before been an instance of a team scoring five touchdowns exclusively with players owned in zero leagues - a claim I could substantiate if only I had access to a crack research staff (hint hint). Meet half of that equation: Jackie Battle. The former Chief injected some life into a dormant Chargers run game in Week 2, carrying the ball 14 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns.
Once Ryan Mathews (collarbone) returns, Battle's value is lost. If you've been carrying Curtis Brinkley or Ronnie Brown as a handcuff, though, you can make the appropriate move to add Battle behind Mathews.