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.
Why are you still Pondering?
Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings (37 percent)
Faced with the unfamiliar scenario of having to come from behind, Ponder put the ball in the air 52 times in Week 6 (17 more than his previous seasonal high) and finished with 352 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions as part of a three-turnover afternoon.
That's four picks in two games for Ponder, who had none through four weeks, but he has also thrown two touchdown passes in four of his last five games. He's a capable reserve in all formats.
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.
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns (79 percent)
Scoff at Weeden's advanced age if you'd like - he turned 29 on Sunday - but the geriatric rookie led the Browns to a win in Week 6 and has now passed for multiple scores or 300-plus yards in four different games over the past five weeks. While those aren't great numbers, they're good enough to carry Weeden on the bench to see if he continues to develop.
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.
John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals (96 percent)
Skelton looked awful in relief of Kevin Kolb (ribs) - 2-for-10, 45 yards, 1 INT - and we don't yet know the severity of Kolb's injury. However, should Kolb be out a while, Skelton could be worth a look. As a little reminder, he averaged 291 passing yards, 1.75 touchdowns and 1.75 interceptions per game over his final four starts of 2011. Not bad.
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 - Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans (92 percent)
Now that Tennessee has announced Hasselbeck, and not Jake Locker (shoulder), will start Week 7 against the Buffalo Bills, it's time to take a look at the veteran's strong matchup. Despite doing a nice job against Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks Kevin Kolb (ribs) and John Skelton, the Bills have still surrendered 265 yards and two passing touchdowns per game to opposing signal callers over their last four games. If you're looking to cover a bye you should consider adding Hasselbeck.
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