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.
Derek Hagan, New York Giants (100 percent)
Wideout Steve E. Smith (pectoral) is expected to miss at least another week while Hakeem Nicks (leg) will miss at least the next three weeks. The Giants brought back Hagan before Week 11 to help round out their receiving corps because of Smith's injury. Now, with Nicks out, Hagan could be called upon even more.
Last week, it turned out the quarterback Eli Manning liked him - nine targets worth, including once inside the red zone. Hagan finished with only three grabs for 10 yards and a touchdown, but the amount he was looked to is hard to ignore.
This week, even if Hagan amounts to nothing more than a one-week rental, he has the Jacksonville Jaguars on the docket. They have allowed 14.33 receptions (sixth most) for 195.3 yards (fifth most) and 0.67 touchdowns per game to the position.
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.
Ben Obomanu, Seattle Seahawks (100 percent)
Obomanu starting for the 'Hawks
The Seahawks named Obomanu the starter over Deon Butler late last week. It paid off to the tune of a five-reception, 87-yard, one-touchdown day from the fifth-year receiver. He was targeted six times in Week 11.
Wide receiver Mike X. Williams (foot) suffered a foot injury, and his status for Week 12 is unknown. Should the rejuvenated Williams miss time, Obomanu could see even more targets come his way. At 6-foot-1, 204 pounds, the Auburn product has adequate size and should be a viable red zone target in the passing game. He also has favorable upcoming matchups against the Kansas City Chiefs (Week 12), San Francisco 49ers (Week 14) and Atlanta Falcons (Week 15).
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.
Anthony Armstrong, Washington Redskins (84 percent)
After seeing eight looks in Week 11, "Stretch" has 13 targets, three in the red zone, over his last two games. He only has six catches in that time but totaled 124 yards, keeping his rep as a deep threat (21.4 yards-per-catch average this year). The 'Skins will duel with the Minnesota Vikings in Week 12; Minny has allowed 12.75 catches, 184.0 yards and 1.75 touchdown grabs per game in the last four weeks to the wide receiver position. Their allowed 14.4 average yards per reception is the 10th highest in the last month.
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.
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