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: 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.
Washington Redskins (61 percent)
Regardless of how their battle with the Dallas Cowboys goes on Monday Night Football, the 'Skins mix a maturing defense that's getting back safety LaRon Landry with an attractive long-term schedule. They face the reeling St. Louis Rams before a Week 5 bye; after the off week, they tangle with the Philadelphia Eagles, who despite their penchant for points have proven beatable and allow their QB to take ample hits and sacks.
They then take on the Carolina Panthers (talented but mistake-prone rookie QB); the Buffalo Bills (difficult but manageable if your league doesn't penalize much for points allowed); the San Francisco 49ers (Alex Smith); and the Miami Dolphins before a rematch with Dallas in Week 11. The Seattle Seahawks are tough at home, but the offense will probably still be struggling by the time Week 12 comes along. Now that's long-term promise.
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.
Seattle Seahawks (92 percent)
Home-field advantage pays here. The Seahawks tempered the Arizona Cardinals' offense at home in Week 3. Their Week 4 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons boasts more formidable opposing skill players on the whole, but Seattle could excel in the right league setup.
On paper, the Falcons should fly, but the home team, complete with an overwhelming 12th Man, is coming off a three-sack, two-pick affair against a promising O. Seattle has enough of a pass rush here to take advantage of the Atlanta Falcons' shaky O-line (even with center Todd McClure back) that has allowed Ryan, already an inconsistent road QB, to absorb 13 sacks.
If your league's scoring is sack- and turnover-friendly, Seattle might negate any damage done if they allow ample points and yardage.
The Panthers travel to the Chicago Bears, whose front line has been nothing less than atrocious this season. Jay Cutler has been sacked 14 times in three games. He has thrown three interceptions and lost a fumble.
Carolina has recorded an average of 1.67 sacks, 0.33 interceptions and 0.67 fumble recoveries per game this year. That isn't very encouraging, although Chicago's inadequacies in protection could lead to a big play or two, not to mention a handful of sacks.
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