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.
Mining for a Niner
Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans (46 percent)
Despite not gaining a lot of yardage, Wright has emerged as a volume receiver in Music City with 15 grabs in the past two weeks and 33 for the season. That's point-per-reception gold. Our endorsement of Wright does come with a caveat; Jake Locker (shoulder), who hasn't played since Week 4, could return this Sunday and may not exhibit the same comfort level with Wright that Matt Hasselbeck has shown.
NEW - Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (72 percent)
The lone player selected in this year's supplemental draft, Gordon possesses breakaway speed and has displayed the ability to make big plays with catches of 62 and 71 yards, respectively, over the last two weeks. More impressive is that three of his five receptions have gone for touchdowns during that same timeframe. Five grabs on 12 targeted throws isn't a great number, but he certainly seems to have the most upside of any receiver in Cleveland.
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.
Mario Manningham, San Francisco 49ers (56 percent)
San Francisco's offense may have been stuck in neutral during a lopsided loss to the New York Giants, but Manningham performed admirably against his former mates. Manningham finished with five catches and 72 yards on 10 targets, which gives him a team-high 15 looks the past two weeks. He seems to be hitting his stride. Don't wait much longer to scoop him up.
Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams (75 percent)
In the team's first game minus Danny Amendola (clavicle), Gibson emerged as Sam Bradford's primary option with nine targets. That was good for seven receptions and 81 yards. It's only one week, but Gibson appears to be the best option to own in the Rams' passing game. And with a matchup against the exploitable Green Bay Packers' secondary on tap, he's someone to consider adding now.
NEW - Donnie Avery, Indianapolis Colts (53 percent)
Outside a nine-catch, 111-yard showing in Week 2, Avery hasn't posted the kind of numbers that garner much fantasy attention. If you delve a little deeper, however, you'll see that he has been targeted a whopping 48 times in five games this season. That kind of attention should eventually translate into better production; those in deeper leagues can add him now.
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.
Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams (96 percent)
Make it three weeks in a row with a reception of better than 50 yards for Givens, who hauled in three passes for 85 yards during Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins. His seven targets also ranked second on the team. Givens' big-play potential is evident, but until he displays some consistency he should only be considered in large leagues.
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 - Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars (41 percent)
Nine of the rookie's 13 receptions came during the team's last two games, and he was targeted 18 times during those contests. He's someone to monitor in deeper formats, but everyone should consider his merits for this Sunday. Blackmon faces off against an Oakland Raiders secondary that has allowed 212.7 yards and 1.33 touchdowns per game to opposing wideouts the last four weeks (three games).
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