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.
It is no secret that Sam Bradford is a very capable rookie quarterback, and no one is denying how much the Rams apparently like to throw the rock. Gibson is a fixture in the starting lineup and has been targeted 18 times in his last two games. He hasn't been targeted fewer than four times since Week 2. His production is starting to match his looks. Of those 18 targets, Gibson has snared 14 of them. Danny Amendola isn't the only fantasy-worthy receiver in this 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 straights. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.
Who? Exactly. In lieu of the injuries to Anthony Gonzalez (knee, IR), Blair White (shoulder) and Austin Collie (concussion), James was activated from the practice squad for Week 10 play. He snagged four balls for 36 yards. Even though his production wasn't anything special, he was involved in eight plays, which is tough to overlook. It's rare for quarterback Peyton Manning to have confidence in a young, unproven player.
Monitor the statuses of White and Collie for Week 11, but if either doesn't play you could slide James into your lineup if you're dealing with an injury or want to take a chance. The Colts have the New England Patriots this week, and the diminutive James could be used heavily in the slot while the Pats focus on stopping Reggie Wayne.
It's risky to recommend a Panthers wideout for Week 11, whether it is Jimmy Clausen (concussion), Tony Pike or Brian St. Pierre at quarterback. Since his dynamic Week 7 output, Gettis has just 13 looks in three games. However, if you need to dig deep, don't ignore him.
Carolina's ineptitude, combined with the Baltimore Ravens' strong run D and weak secondary, will probably force the Panthers to chuck the rock often. The Nevermores have allowed 19.33 catches, 241.3 yards and 2.00 touchdown grabs per game to wideouts in their last three games.
Sure, they've played against the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots - solid passing offenses - in that time. But Gettis' speed helps him take advantage of lesser defensive backs; most of the attention will probably move toward Steve Smith.
Stuckey has seen 10 looks in his last two games - for this passing offense, that's worth noting. Those desperate for help in point-per-reception formats could use Stuckey, who dances with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have let wideouts walk all over them with averages of 14.67 catches, 215.7 yard and 1.33 touchdowns in their last three games. Stuckey's game favors midrange passing, where quarterback Colt McCoy lives.
How low must you go for a Week 11 flex play? Jerricho Cotchery (groin) looks like he won't play, meaning wildcat quarterback Smith will probably step into more traditional receiver looks. He has just two receptions on the year, but if you need to look to the depths, at least Smith's Jets play the Houston Texans, who would allow aerial yards to a Pop Warner team. In the Texans' last three games, opposing wideouts have averaged of 11.33 catches, 188.3 yard sand 1.33 touchdown catches.
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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