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.
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (37 percent)
On a team struggling to make big plays, Cobb is a home run hitter. The speedy wideout lines up all over the field and showed all he needs is a crease to break free on his 31-yard touchdown grab. He led the Packers with 82 yards receiving and even left some on the field when he stepped out of bounds late with plenty of real estate in front of him.
The health of Greg Jennings (groin) has a direct impact on Cobb's value, as does Aaron Rodgers' propensity to spread the ball around, but at this point he has shown enough to own in most leagues - just be aware there'll be some quiet games mixed in.
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.
Robert Meachem, San Diego Chargers (55 percent)
A sign of things to come?
Philip Rivers and Meachem have struggled to get on the same page this season, but the duo looked more in synch on Sunday night as they connected for a pair of touchdowns. Meachem was brought in to be the Bolts' No. 2 receiver, and if the veteran is finally hitting his stride in San Diego's effective aerial attack he could offer some significant value.
Domenik Hixon, New York Giants (38 percent)
Injuries have plagued the G-Men's receiving corps this year, particularly the loss of Hakeem Nicks (knee, foot). His absence has created opportunities for players like Hixon, though, who has 11 receptions for 169 yards over the past two games. It's hard to project Hixon's long-term value, but those seeking a short-term boost can certainly make a move.
Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks (36 percent)
Russell Wilson is running a ball-control offense up in Seattle, which is hardly conducive to fantasy relevance. That being said, Rice seems to be developing into Wilson's go-to target with nine grabs in the last two weeks; if that chemistry continues Rice could provide a decent return.
NEW - Mario Manningham, San Francisco 49ers (59 percent)
Although clearly behind Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree in the pecking order, Manningham has totaled 12 receptions, 129 yards and a touchdown during the last three weeks. That makes him solid depth in deeper leagues.
NEW - Steve E. Smith, St. Louis Rams (97 percent)
Inactive the past two weeks after totaling just five grabs in the first three, Smith has the ability to work underneath routes out of the slot, which makes him the most logical choice to spell Danny Amendola (shoulder) while the leading receiver recuperates from a serious injury. It'd be a purely speculative pickup at this juncture, but those in deep leagues might want to give it a try.
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.
Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams (90 percent and 100 percent)
Next man up is the NFL's de facto mantra, and with Danny Amendola (clavicle) expected to miss six to seven weeks Sam Bradford is going to need a new go-to target. Among the possibilities, Gibson and Givens seem to have the most potential. Keep an eye on the situation, but our sources suggested Bradford has better chemistry with Gibson.
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 - Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets (70 percent)
Kerley led the Jets in both receptions (five) and receiving yards (94) in their Monday night loss to the Houston Texans. This week New York draws the Indianapolis Colts, who have allowed 154.3 receiving yards and 1.67 scores per game to opposing wideouts over the last four weeks.
That makes Kerley a solid plug-and-play option in standard formats, while those in deeper leagues should make a more permanent addition.