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.
Mike X. Williams, Seattle Seahawks (83 percent)
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll essentially challenged Williams to step up his game and be the team's No. 1 receiver after the Deion Branch trade; Williams didn't disappoint. There was a lot of hype surrounding Golden Tate and Deon Butler seeing increased playing time, but it was Williams who capitalized on the less crowed receiving corps in Week 6.
While it's unrealistic to expect him to repeat his 10-catch, 123-yard performance that came against the Chicago Bears, Williams' 15 targets cannot be ignored. Fantasy owners should add him as soon as possible. There is a reason to believe Williams can perform like a starting fantasy receiver for at least the next month with matchups against the Arizona Cardinals (twice), Oakland Raiders and New York Giants on the docket.
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.
Danario Alexander, St. Louis Rams (99 percent)
The Rams signed Alexander from their practice squad prior to Week 6, and he didn't disappoint. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder caught four balls for 72 yards and a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers. With No. 1 receiver Mark Clayton (knee) done for the year, Laurent Robinson's demotion and rookie Mardy Gilyard (hamstring) nursing an injury, Alexander should see considerable PT going forward. Now healthy, Alexander, whose 113 catches, 1,781 yards and 14 touchdowns at Missouri led the nation in 2009, should be considered in all formats.
NEW - Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (92 percent)
Brandon Marshall is in town, and Davone Bess has been a consistent security blanket for quarterback Chad Henne. However, fantasy owners shouldn't ignore Hartline, who has seen 29 targets in his last three games, including seven in Week 6.
Though Hartline has caught only 12 of those targets, Miami takes to the air often; they're falling behind frequently, and their running game is standing still. The production of Bess and Hartline will flip-flop often depending on the situation, but in point-per-reception setups, Hartline can be at least a flex play during most weeks.
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.
Michael Jenkins, Atlanta Falcons (93 percent)
Williams wants to be No. 1
We told you in our Week 6 Fantasy Football Insider that Atlanta planned on using Jenkins extensively this week, his first active game of the year. Jenkins' involvement exceeded even our expectations, as he was targeted a robust 12 times - one more than quarterback Matt Ryan's favorite target, Roddy White. Jenkins has a tough fantasy matchup in Week 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals and is on bye the following week. If you have room to stash him, feel free, but you are probably better off waiting until he returns from his off-week before tying up a roster spot.
NEW - Devin Aromashodu, Chicago Bears (87 percent)
On five targets last week, DA caught two passes for 40 yards, one of them a 34-yarder. That makes him far from a reliable commodity, and his place in Mike Martz's offense remains unsettled; Aromashodu was looked at just once in Week 5 and didn't register a look in Weeks 2 through 4.
However, Devin Hester's offensive workload has been cut recently, so there's at least an opportunity for Aromashodu to step up. He made an impact late last year when he connected with quarterback Jay Cutler, so you mustn't ignore Aromashodu if your league's wideout pool is drying up.
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.
Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles (97 percent)
A nasty hit in Week 6 has left wideout DeSean Jackson concussed and unlikely to play against the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. The Titans, prior to facing the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday night, have given up the second most fantasy points per game to the position (standard scoring; worst in point-per-reception scoring) in the past month. Tennessee has surrendered averages of 22.33 receptions, 270.3 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per outing during that time.
Avant is a sure-handed possession receiver who could be a one-week boon in PPR formats. If Michael Vick (ribs) starts, you may want to lower Avant on your wish list slightly, but opportunity for fantasy success is present.
Patrick Crayton, San Diego Chargers (94 percent)
Injuries to Malcom Floyd (hamstring), Antonio Gates (ankle) and Legedu Naanee (hamstring) paved the way for Crayton's season-best six-catch, 117-yard effort against the St. Louis Rams in Week 6 play. If any combination of the three aforementioned ailing players misses Week 7, Crayton should see a continued uptick in fantasy production.
Furthermore, it's not out of the question for him to replace Naanee as a No. 2 receiver with another strong performance. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that the Chargers have the New England Patriots' soft secondary in town this week. The Pats have given up an average of 14.67 receptions for 189.7 receiving yards and 1.00 touchdowns to the position in their past three games.
NEW - Buster Davis, San Diego Chargers (98 percent)
Like Patrick Crayton, Davis sees increased Week 7 potential (at least) with the injuries to Malcom Floyd (hamstring), Legedu Naanee (hamstring) and tight end Antonio Gates (toe). Naanee is trying to return, and Gates probably will go, but Floyd likely won't play in Week 7.
Though he hasn't been as successful as Crayton has in converting his targets, Davis still has a rapport with quarterback Philip Rivers. He saw eight targets last week, despite being dinged up, and 15 the last two weeks, including three red zone looks. This week San Diego faces the New England Patriots, whose secondary is young and has holes. They've allowed 14.67 catches, 189.7 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game to this position in the last month. There should be enough there to make Davis a No. 3 wideout in many setups this week.
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.