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.
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (57 percent)
What are you waiting for? He's basically the team's No. 3 wideout, and they don't use the tight end in the passing game. All the team's top four receivers were targeted a reasonable number of times in Week 6; no one received fewer than six looks, and no one had more than nine. The Giants' schedule gets tougher than the cakewalk they had in the first five weeks, so they'll have to play offense for four quarters. Now healthy, Hicks has averaged seven targets, 4.5 receptions, 81.5 yards and one touchdown in New York's past two contests.
Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints (66 percent)
In the Nicks of time....
Moore reminded impatient fantasy owners that he's still valuable by recording
six catches, 78 yards and a TD against the New York Giants
in Week 6. Let's not forget his 79 receptions, 928 yards and 10 touchdowns from
2008. Note: Tight end Jeremy Shockey is more
involved this season, as is wideout Robert Meachem;
New Orleans also has a three-headed monster at running back. Still, this offense
is explosive, and Moore has a healthy relationship with quarterback Drew
Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers (38 percent)
The 2009 No. 10 overall pick could be in the starting lineup as soon as this week. Josh Morgan, who began the season as a starter, told a newspaper to expect as much heading into Week 7. Morgan reportedly spent the bye week helping Crabtree learn the position the latter would eventually take from the former. Many jumped on the holdout after he finally signed, but he could pay dividends earlier than expected, if only because the Niners force-feed him.
Keenan Burton, St. Louis Rams (99 percent)
The second-year man has five catches and has averaged 7.5 targets in two straight contests; he became a starter just three weeks ago. St. Louis may need him even more, if Donnie Avery (hip) misses any time. Burton isn't a vertical threat, but he has the makings of a solid possession receiver. Point-per-reception players, especially, can't ignore him anymore.
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.
Sammie Stroughter, Tampa
Bay Buccaneers (99 percent)
In the past few weeks, the one constant in terms of looks and production - what little of it is possible from a Tampa receiver - has been Stroughter. He has chemistry with sophomore passer Josh Johnson because they worked together extensively on the second team. Michael Clayton is falling out of favor, and Maurice Stovall can't stay healthy. The Bucs are usually behind, allowing them to pile up the numbers against apathetic defenses on occasion. Stroughter may aid someone's fantasy cause soon because of his continual advancement.
Chaz Schilens, Oakland Raiders (96 percent)
He'll be active this week, per head coach Tom Cable.
No one has been excited about a Raiders receiver
since Louis Murphy caught four balls for 87
yards and a touchdown (and was robbed of another scoring grab) in Week 1. Schilens
(foot) should cause the most commotion, though. He and quarterback JaMarcus
Russell have some chemistry, as demonstrated by his solid efforts in Weeks
16 and 17 of last season (six receptions, 98 yards and two TDs, combined). Part
of the blame for the lack of production of Oakland's wideouts has to fall on
the wideouts - they're inexperienced. Give him a couple of weeks; Schilens may
help them come around a little.
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 straights. Some have,
however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as
options beyond their temporary use.
NEW - Jacoby Jones, Houston
Texans (94 percent)
Jones has been efficient with his offensive touches this year; he has scored
three times on just eight receptions. He isn't receiving a ton of looks, though,
with just three, one, two and two in the last four weeks, respectively. Still,
Jones has taken advantage of this with an average of 16.9 yards per reception.
This week Houston has the San Francisco 49ers rolling
into town. San Fran's stout run D means Houston should continue to take to the
air. In addition, the 49ers have been giving up 171.7
receiving yards and 1.33 touchdowns per game to this position in the last month.
They're also giving up a gaudy 17.76 yards per reception.
NEW - Domenik Hixon, New
York Giants (89 percent)
Hixon returned against the Oakland Raiders in Week
5 but failed to receive any looks. His Week 6 outing was a fair bit stronger;
he was targeted seven times. He finished with three receptions for 22 yards
and would have had more if a 10-yard touchdown pass wasn't called back because
of a holding penalty. He clearly still has some connection with quarterback
Coming up, the Giants face the Arizona
Cardinals, who entered Week 6 with the worst pass defense in the league.
Well, they were able to shut down the Seattle Seahawks'
Matt Hasselbeck, but the Giants
O is a step above Seattle's. Don't forget about Hixon in New York's surprisingly
deep receiving corps.
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.