Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: DT - Week 16

by Tim Heaney on December 21, 2011 @ 14:29:08 PDT


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.

LaRon Landry, SS, Washington Redskins
No Landry, no worries

Washington Redskins (76 percent)

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has been sacked 14 times and thrown six picks over the last four weeks. That's where you start in this recommendation. However, the Redskins picked off Eli Manning thrice and also had three QB takedowns in Week 15. They had two and three, respectively, total in their previous three games. Adrian Peterson (ankle) didn't appear to be at full strength this past weekend, and Minny could suffer as a result. Admittedly a desperation play, Washington's matchup could cater more to the leagues that value sacks and takeaways more than those that favor points and yardage allowed.

Kansas City Chiefs (78 percent)

Interim head coach Romeo Crennel looks to be motivating his troops; KC's upset against the Green Bay Packers saw the D record four sacks against a battered offensive line. They were quite competent in bringing down opposing QBs in the three weeks before that with 11 while also registering four picks and two fumble wrangles. The play of Brandon Flowers at cornerback and Tamba Hali attacking slingers has anchored their ability to make plays.

The Chiefs take on the Oakland Raiders. Carson Palmer looked a bit more disciplined in Week 15 but was still sacked at least three sacks for the second time in four weeks. Consider a team on the upswing in a home division rivalry game against a team that might score points but gives plenty of other chances for DTs to make noise.

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