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.
Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals (28 percent)
Consider Wells' Week 15 performance – 17 carries, 67 yards, three touchdowns - another example of why you can't simply ignore a lead back no matter how atrocious the offense may look on paper. Wells has been anything but a stud since returning four weeks ago, but he has two multiple-touchdown showings in that time and is worth adding 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.
Jackie Battle, San Diego Chargers (82 percent)
Ryan Mathews (shoulder) broke his left clavicle on Sunday, officially giving him more broken clavicles during the 2012 season than touchdowns and 100-yard rushing games combined; truly the cherry on top of the turd sundae that was Mathews' year. With Mathews out for the year, look for Battle and Curtis Brinkley to shoulder the load the rest of the way.
That's not the most attractive pairing, but of the two, Battle has shown more this year. Your best bet is to wait for the situation to sort itself out, but if you have to make a decision, go with Battle.
Montell Owens, Jacksonville Jaguars (66 percent)
A week after accounting for 102 total yards and a touchdown, Owens managed just 53 yards in a pass-happy Week 15 performance that netted the Jags a whopping three points. Jacksonville figures to be in catch-up mode a lot this coming Sunday against the New England Patriots; as such, Owens should be reserved for desperate situations.
NEW - Bilal Powell, New York Jets (67 percent)
After four straight weeks of more than 10 carries, Powell logged just eight combined touches Monday night and finished with 43 yards. As conservative as the Jets were with Mark Sanchez, they figure to rely even more heavily on the ground game with first-time starter Greg McElroy under center. If you need help in the backfield (this week or next), Powell fits the bill.
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 - Danny Woodhead, New England Patriots (45 percent)
Bill Belichick is not known for his patience, and with both Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen putting the ball on the ground in Week 15 we could be in for another heavy dose of Woodhead. The diminutive back accounted for 84 yards and two scores on Sunday night, and this week's opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, have allowed 157.8 offensive yards and a touchdown per game to the position since Week 12.
Just be sure if you put in a waiver claim on Woodhead that you do Deion Sanders a solid and call him "Woodcock." Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
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