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.
Your second chance
Ben Obomanu, Seattle
Seahawks (79 percent)
Last week, we told you to pick up Obomanu. His ownership rate changed only
4 percent. He produced a huge game (5-159-1) in Week 12, and fantasy owners
need to add him. Therefore, once again, don't hesitate to grab him from your
waiver wire. Seattle's No. 1 receiver, Mike X. Williams
(foot), sat out Week 12 and could miss Week 13 play. Obomanu has favorable upcoming
matchups against the San Francisco 49ers (Week 14)
and Atlanta Falcons (Week 15).
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.
Jacoby Ford, Oakland
Raiders (81 percent)
In Week 9, with Jason Campbell as the starter, Ford logged 148 yards on six catches. He posted four grabs for 108 yards and a score against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12 with Bruce Gradkowski (shoulder) in the lineup. Gradkowski is presumably out indefinitely, and Campbell will likely take over the starting gig once again beginning this weekend against the San Diego Chargers.
Ford has blazing speed and surprisingly sure hands. Unlike most Oakland receivers, the rookie has fought hard in traffic to make a reception. He will be inconsistent, but Ford has started the past four games for the Raiders and should be considered in most fantasy leagues. His best value is in non-PPR setups, but Ford has two soft matchups in the next three weeks: Jacksonville Jaguars (Week 14) and Denver Broncos (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.
Seyi Ajirotutu, San
Diego Chargers (93 percent)
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson's 2010 season didn't start as planned after he suffered a calf strain; he also suffered a groin strain in practice last week but tried to gut it out. He's expected to miss Week 13 and maybe more games. Wideout Patrick Crayton (wrist) is recovering from surgery and is likely out a few more weeks.
Legedu Naanee, while healthy, hasn't been anything special this season, and Malcom Floyd didn't seem to be fully recovered from a hamstring strain when he was held catchless against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12.
Tight end Antonio Gates (foot, toe) returned in Week 12, catching four passes for 46 yards. He isn't 100 percent healthy and probably won't be for some time, given the nature of his injuries. In other words, the Chargers need someone to step up in the passing game.
Insert Ajirotutu. He caught four passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns against the Houston Texans in Week 9 when the Bolts were in dire need of wide receivers. This week, he'll have the Oakland Raiders, who have allowed averages of 10.00 catches, 189.3 receiving yards and 1.67 aerial touchdowns. If you are looking for a boom-or-bust play, give 'Tutu a whirl this weekend.
NEW - David Gettis, Carolina Panthers (94 percent)
Jimmy Clausen's return to snap-taking didn't advance the passing game, but at least Clausen has a connection with fellow rookie Gettis, who has earned just seven targets over the last two weeks. He went catchless in Week 12 but recorded an 88-yard touchdown reception the previous week.
Carolina's tussle with the Seattle Seahawks should at least give the aerial attack some more room to work. Against wide receivers since Week 8, Seattle has yielded 15.25 receptions, 228.3 yards and a league-high 2.50 touchdown catches per game. The other two averages rank near their respective league highs, as well.
NEW - Danario Alexander, St. Louis Rams (95 percent)
Alexander returned to a crowded wideout corps; he'll still likely share snaps with Brandon Gibson and Laurent Robinson. If you're picking one for upside, Alexander has the deep prowess to win that battle. He snared four passes for 95 yards last week, including a 45-yarder. He earned 13 targets over the two games for which he was healthy.
Luckily, he faces the Arizona Cardinals, meaning the Rams could spread the aerial love. Arizona has allowed 15.25 catches, 202.5 receiving yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game to wideouts in the last four weeks. Though Arizona's 13.3 yards-per-catch average in that time isn't a great fantasy matchup, Alexander's field-stretching ability should be enough to confuse this secondary.
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.