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.
Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez (knee) was placed on Injured Reserve last week, and the Colts lost wideout Austin Collie (concussion) for Week 10 following a brutal hit last week. It's probably best to be proactive and grab White now, in case Collie misses any time after this week.White was targeted five times in Week 9, and each one came after Collie's injury.
The Colts face off with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10. Cincy has offered a positive matchup for wideouts in recent weeks. If Collie were to miss more than one week, the Colts play the New England Patriots in Week 11, which is also a plus matchup for the position.
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.
The Falcons play the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night, and Atlanta wideouts have a very good matchup presented to them. The Ravens have allowed receivers to average 18.00 receptions for 22.3 yards and 1.67 touchdowns per game in the past month.
Jenkins has been targeted 7.33 times per game in his past three contests. Those looks have translated to averages of 3.33 receptions for 59.7 yards per game. He hasn't scored in his three 2010 games. Jenkins could be heavily involved if Roddy White (knee) doesn't play or fails to finish this upcoming matchup. Either way, Jenkins should see plenty of single coverages and is worth a bye week or injury fill-in start.
Is it time to consider the bottom of the barrel? Stallworth returned to action in Week 9 for the first time since the 2008 season but wasn't targeted during the game. The Ravens play the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10. No team has allowed more receiving yards (248.7) or touchdown receptions (2.67) per game to the position in the past month than the Falcons. Stallworth is a deep threat through and through. Luckily for him, Atlanta has allowed the third highest yards-per-reception average (15.9) in the league since Week 5.
Manningham has averaged 5.33 targets (0.33 in the red zone) per game in the last four weeks. He's no slouch in taking advantage of mismatches. Consider the Dallas Cowboys as a member of that category. Manningham went 3-40-1 on them in Week 7, and that shoddy pass resistance has allowed 15.25 catches, 191.5 yards and 2.00 touchdowns per game to this position over the last four weeks.
Avant has spurts of value each fantasy season depending on matchups, and he remains a reliable third-down option in this high-octane offense. He has four or more catches in four of his seven games this year. The Washington Redskins have yielded 16.67 receptions, 199.7 yards and 2.00 touchdowns to opposing wideouts over their last three games. Here's an opportunity for flex value, especially in point-per-reception designations.
About Cory J. Bonini
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. Follow @Cory_Bonini
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