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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: TE - Week 5 (with video)
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.
Coming into 2012 a lot of people thought Olsen could be in for his best pro campaign. Throw out his Week 2 vanishing act and Olsen is doing just that, averaging 6.3 receptions, 81 yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game this season. At worst, he's someone worth carrying as your No. 2 fantasy tight end.
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.
In the spirit of long-retired wideout Stephen Baker, "The Touchdown Maker," I would like to officially propose that from this day forth we never say the name Scott Chandler without including, "The Touchdown Handler." Got something better? Feel free to email me your ideas at email@example.com -- I'll personally review all feedback.
Now then, The Touchdown Handler was up to his old tricks in Week 4, hitting pay dirt twice as part of a 62-yard outburst. His overall totals are passable at best (12 catches, 175 yards); you just can't dismiss four touchdowns in as many weeks. One caveat to keep in mind: Chandler departed Sunday's loss with a head injury. Monitor that situation.
As the Mayans predicted over 2,000 years ago, the inaccuracy of Carson Palmer would eventually lead to a pass that even the "Human Planet" couldn't pull in. That happened in Week 4, as Myers was held to one catch for 22 yards on two targets. I'm not ready to throw in the towel on this double-chinned dandy after one crummy day, though. Not while he remains one of the few consistent weapons in Oakland's squirt gun of an offense.
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.
Dreessen hasn't caught more than two passes in a game this season but has found the end zone in consecutive contests. This Sunday he faces the New England Patriots, who were burned for two touchdowns by Bills TE Scott Chandler (yes, "The Touchdown Handler") last week. That gives Dreessen some juice if you're desperate to cover a Bye.
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