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: 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.
New Orleans Saints (45 percent)
Preying on Ponder
This unit has posted mediocre averages over their last four games in sacks (2.0), interceptions (0.67) and fumble recoveries (0.33) and have yielded 19.3 points per contest in that time. They did OK against rookie Tennessee Titans slinger Jake Locker on Sunday, though, and Gregg Williams' aggressive D has been known to confuse inexperienced QBs at times.
N'awlins should be serviceable - with the upside for an impact fantasy play - against the Minnesota Vikings. Rookie Christian Ponder was benched Sunday because of ineffectiveness, likely heavily influenced by the hip injury he was nursing. The shifty Joe Webb was productive, but he's hardly trustworthy. Regardless of which one starts, it's an opportunity for NO to register sacks and takeaways; Ponder was already a giveaway machine before his hobbled hip, and the run-happy Webb could charge into sacks.
Arizona Cardinals (73 percent)
These birds have averaged 3.00 sacks, with 0.25 interceptions and 0.50 fumble wrangles over their last four games. In their last two (versus the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers), they've taken the QB down 10 times. It looks like the players are finally catching on to the new system brought in by defensive coordinator and former Pittsburgh Steelers DB coach Ray Horton; without much time to prepare after the lockout, it makes sense that it's kicking in so late.
It should serve your matchup-playing purposes for Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns, who might be without Colt McCoy (concussion, bruised left hand) behind center and have been behind in offensive productivity even when McCoy plays. He has been sacked 32 times this year; don't expect much better if Seneca Wallace has to start.
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