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.
NEW - Pittsburgh Steelers (21 percent)
The Steel Curtain hasn't been its usual imposing self this season, and it looks like some owners used last week's Bye as the impetus to jettison the Pittsburgh defense. If that happened in your league, don't hesitate to scoop them up. James Harrison (knee) and Troy Polamalu (calf) are both expected back this week, which should provide immediate help.
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 straits. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.
Minnesota Vikings defensive team (86 percent)
Allen licking his chops
Minnesota hosts the Tennessee Titans this week, which means you need to run to your wire. The Vikes logged five sacks against Matthew Stafford in Week 4, and the Titans likely will be starting the statuesque Matt Hasselbeck.
The veteran passer threw two interceptions, was sacked three times and lost a fumble playing in relief of Jake Locker (shoulder) last week. Going back to 2011, Hass threw four interceptions and took as many sacks over his final three starts.
Most of Chris Johnson's 141-yard rushing effort came in garbage time against the Houston Texans' backup defense. Minnesota boasts one of the top run D's in the NFL and shouldn't have much trouble containing the Tennessee running game.
NEW - Cincinnati Bengals (57 percent)
Despite leading the NFL with 17 sacks, the Bengals have struggled mightily to force turnovers (four) this season. Enter the Miami Dolphins, whose 10 giveaways are the fifth-most in the league. If Cincinnati can successfully apply pressure to rookie Ryan Tannehill it could be a productive day for the Bengals defensively.
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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