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.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills (36 percent)
Ever since an early third-quarter interception in Week 1, Fitzpatrick has done a very efficient job of leading the Buffalo offense. His yardage totals are unimpressive, but he has thrown eight touchdown passes in the last nine-plus quarters, without a pick.
With Buffalo's running game in disrepair the onus may fall on the league's resident Harvard grad to shoulder a heavier burden offensively. He's a good backup with starting potential in the right matchup.
Kolb forcing tough decision in 'Zona?
Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings (79 percent)
A week ago we pondered Ponder's fantasy viability; now we're championing it on the heels of another strong showing, this time against the vaunted San Francisco 49ers defense. The second-year pro was smart and decisive and showed deft touch in accounting for three scores (two passing, one rushing) in Minnesota's upset win.
Ponder is mostly making safe throws, but it's hard to imagine a win like that won't instill even more confidence in his ability to make plays.
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.
Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals (93 percent)
Against the New England Patriots, the Cardinals coaching staff basically asked Kolb not to lose the game. In Week 3, the chains came off a bit as he threw for 222 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Plus, almost as important, he got on the same page with star wideout Larry Fitzgerald (nine receptions, 114 yards and a touchdown).
With the Cards undefeated under Kolb it's hard to imagine he hasn't earned some serious rope regardless of John Skelton's (ankle) status.
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 - Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (32 percent)
By any statistical measure Freeman was awful in Dallas. There's a light at the end of the tunnel, however, in the form of the Washington Redskins, who have allowed the likes of Sam Bradford and Andy Dalton to pass for 300-plus yards the past two weeks. In all, Washington has yielded 350 passing yards and 3.33 touchdowns per game to opposing signal callers in 2012. If you're looking for an enticing matchup, they don't get much better than this.
NEW - Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars (88 percent)
Gabbert was poised for a second straight game of fewer than 100 yards passing when Cecil Shorts hauled in an improbable 80-yard touchdown with less than a minute remaining. This Sunday he'll square off against Cincinnati, which is surrendering 290.7 yards and 1.67 touchdowns per game this season. Given that Brandon Weeden threw for 322 yards and a pair of scores versus the Bengals in Week 2, Gabbert could surprise.
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.
Shaun Hill, Detroit Lions (98 percent)
In case anyone needed a reminder why Hill is regarded as one of the best backups in the NFL he provided it on Sunday, relieving an injured Matthew Stafford (leg) and passing for 172 yards and two scores. Monitor Stafford's injury, and if he's going to miss time don't hesitate to grab Hill.
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