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: 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.
Zach Miller, Oakland Raiders (61 percent)
Miller disappointing owners so far
We know. Owning most Raiders equates to fantasy disaster. Miller hasn't cashed in on being the only consistent Oakland target, thanks to historically terrible quarterback JaMarcus Russell. For what it's worth, Russell has sought out Miller 4.5 times per contest in the last four weeks, and Miller's yards-per-catch average ranks near the top of his position this year. Miller may have been dropped in your league after sustaining his recent concussion and/or his unproductive play. Backup seekers shouldn't be so dismissive, especially since next week he faces the Philadelphia Eagles, a bona fide bottom-10 defense against the position. You really think the Raiders won't be at least trying to throw a bunch this Sunday?
Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers (68 percent)
Though Green Bay's cavalcade of weapons and sloppy pass protection call for erratic production from Finley, he flashed his big-play prowess on a 62-yard touchdown catch-and-run in Week 4. They've needed him to stay in and block often because of their O-line deficiencies, but when Green Bay has involved him in the offense, he has truly been involved; he totaled 15 targets in Weeks 2 and 4 combined while averaging 17.3 yards per reception this year. Coming off a bye, Finley makes a worthy replacement for such situations - along with a suitable matchup play or a low-end starter if you're cycling options. Beware of his inconsistent offensive role, though.
Benjamin Watson, New England Patriots (47 percent)
Though we're a bit surprised (disappointed?) Watson is owned in this many leagues, you should check your league's wire for him if you need a palpable bye week/injury replacement. Watson has some endearing matchups on the horizon: the Tennessee Titans in Week 6, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7 and the Miami Dolphins after his Week 8 bye. Tennessee ranks in the bottom 10 in defense against tight ends over the last four weeks, while the Bucs and the Dolphins also hover near the bottom section. Counting on consistency from Watson isn't elementary, and tight end Chris Baker remains a factor, but matchup play is about gambling with most waiver wire fodder anyway.
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.
NEW - Daniel Fells and Randy McMichael, St. Louis Rams (99 percent, 92 percent)
So maybe Fells' two-play party in Week 3 wasn't a complete fluke. Since that two-touchdown affair, Fells has been looked at nine times, including a six-target affair in Week 5. The Rams have been itching to use this position more (they have to with all their injuries at wideout), and this pair has totaled five red zone targets in the last four weeks.
McMichael has been targeted five times in each of the last two weeks, with Fells falling one total target short with nine. Fells' two touchdowns in close range skew this a bit, but he should be the first target if the backup tight end pool is thin. Remember, however, that McMichael will probably be on the field more often because of his blocking.
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum competes in Tout Wars and LABR and has won several industry leagues in both baseball and football.
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