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.
Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions (12 percent)
We said a week ago that LeShoure was returning from suspension and should be owned in all formats. Well, after LeShoure's debut resulted in 26 carries, 100 yards and a touchdown and tacking on 34 yards on four receptions (while former starter Kevin Smith was a complete non-factor) we're echoing that sentiment. If he has somehow remained on the waiver wire in your league add him immediately.
Not top choice, but only Choice?
Ryan Williams, Arizona Cardinals (30 percent)
With Beanie Wells (toe) battling turf toe, Williams carried the ball 13 times for 83 yards in Week 3. Wells has been just short of awful this season because of some health concerns, and he carries a reputation for being injury prone. This could be just a blip on the radar, or it could signal a changing of the guard with Williams moving into the primary ball carrier's role.
At some positions you can afford to take a wait-and-see approach; that won't fly here, though, and you're better off picking up Williams now.
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.
Tashard Choice, Buffalo Bills (98 percent)
He may not have been head coach Chan Gailey's first choice ... or even his second one ... but Choice is the last back standing in Buffalo after C.J. Spiller (shoulder) joined Fred Jackson (knee) on the shelf. Pressed into action, Choice responded with a 20-carry, 91-yard performance to help the Bills snap an eight-game road losing streak.
Choice's value depends on Jackson's status. Out since Week 1, Jackson has been targeting a Week 4 return. If he's back, Choice's role figures to be minimal. If he's out, Choice becomes someone worth owning. And Spiller is expected to miss only a week or two.
Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins (69 percent)
After suffering a first-half knee injury, tailback Reggie Bush (knee) did not return and will reportedly be re-evaluated on Monday. With Bush battered and bruised, Thomas took over and finished with 19 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown in a Week 3 defeat.
As with Choice, the severity of Bush's injury will dictate Thomas' fantasy fortunes - although the presence of rookie Lamar Miller (nine carries, 48 yards) muddies the waters as well. Keep an eye on Bush's condition and be ready to snap up Thomas if the starting back is expected to miss time.
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 - Lance Ball, Denver Broncos (98 percent)
Ball stepped in last Sunday when Willis McGahee (ribs) was knocked out of the game and managed just 16 yards on seven carries against the Texans. McGahee is currently day-to-day, but if Ball is once again pressed into action he should expect the sledding to be significantly easier. That's because Oakland has been gashed by opposing running backs for 393 total yards and three scores over the past two games. It's still early, but if it appears McGahee won't go Ball could offer some upside in Week 4.
NEW - John Kuhn, Green Bay Packers (99 percent)
The New Orleans Saints have been the worst defense in the NFL against running backs this year, yielding league highs in rushing yards (500), total yards (646) and touchdowns (six). Although Cedric Benson gets most of the touches, Kuhn remains the team's regular third-down back and should have at least a few chances to make plays against the Saints.
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.
NEW - Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos (75 percent)
During the offseason, John Elway likened Hillman's skill set to that of New Orleans' mighty mite Darren Sproles. After impressing during the offseason, Hillman is finally getting healthy and made his debut in Week 3. Look for his role to expand in the coming weeks, and if Willis McGahee (ribs) is slow to recover he could have some sneaky value.
NEW - Ryan Grant, Washington Redskins (99 percent)
With backups Roy Helu (toe) heading for Injured Reserve and Evan Royster (knee) nicked up, the 'Skins have elected to sign the veteran Grant as a little insurance behind rookie starter Alfred Morris. In most instances that wouldn't be worth a fantasy footnote, but here you have the convergence of Mike Shanahan's tendency to switch backs and Grant's history as an effective runner. That should be enough to at least monitor him for a while. Acquire him in deeper leagues.