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.
Donnie Avery, Indianapolis Colts (64 percent)
Avery (hip) has been targeted at least six times in every game this season, and he was on pace for a career day before being sidelined by a hip injury that left him with five catches and 108 yards in Week 9. Assuming he's not expected to miss time, Avery is a viable starter in deep leagues and at least worth carrying as depth in others.
NEW - Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams (17 percent)
Amendola (clavicle) is set to return this week after missing a month due to injury. When healthy he's Sam Bradford's target of choice; if he's available you should add him immediately.
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.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders (40 percent)
Over the last three weeks, Heyward-Bey has tallied 10 receptions, 191 yards and a touchdown - that includes a season-high five grabs in the team's Week 9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Given the sad state of Oakland's running game, DHB could be in for even more action in the near future.
Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars (44 percent)
Shorts again led the club in receiving yards (56) this Sunday, but after being targeted 22 times over the previous two weeks his four looks were a disappointment. Laurent Robinson, playing for the first time in over a month, saw nine passes head his way. It's just one game, but if Shorts ends up on the short end of the targets again in Week 10 his value is on the downswing.
Spreading his wings
Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks (83 percent)
Perhaps best known for the infamous "Fail Mary" back in Week 3, Tate has shown signs of an increased presence in Seattle. Coming off a seven-catch, 64-yard showing in Week 8, Tate tallied 49 yards (21 rushing) and a pair of touchdowns against the Minnesota Vikings. Still, for now he's more of an option in deep 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 - Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh Steelers (93 percent)
If there's one NFL truth we can all agree on it's this: the Kansas City Chiefs are absolutely terrible this year. In their last three games, they have allowed 20.8 yards per catch and two touchdowns per contest to opposing receivers - both of which rank at the bottom of the league. With Antonio Brown (ankle) expected to sit Monday night, Sanders could have a big day.
NEW - Jerome Simpson, Minnesota Vikings (82 percent)
Although Percy Harvin (ankle) is making progress from injuries sustained last Sunday, he is considered a long shot to play in Week 10 against the Detroit Lions. During the past month, Detroit has allowed 14.75 receptions, 167.8 yards and 1.25 touchdowns per game to the position. Sans Harvin, Simpson figures to see more action this weekend.
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.
Donald Jones, Buffalo Bills (94 percent)
Stevie Johnson may be the top target in Buffalo, but Jones has been more active recently with 10 receptions (on 14 targets), 112 yards and a score during the team's last two games. Keep an eye on him or add him in deep leagues.
NEW - Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars (58 percent)
The top receiver drafted this year, Blackmon has been seeing more action in Jacksonville's offense as the season wears on. He has been targeted 17 times the past two games and 39 over the last five (7.8 per). His production hasn't been impactful, yet, but there are enough positive trends developing that owners in deeper leagues should make a move.
Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins (65 percent)
Through eight games, Bess has been targeted at least six times in every contest with nine in each of the past three. Even though his production hasn't been great - 32 receptions, 416 yards, zero touchdowns - he's still someone to consider in point-per-reception leagues.