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.
NEW - Oakland Raiders (43 percent)
Da Raidas have lurked under many fantasy radars, but they've had a notable three-week stretch. While beating the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs, they averaged 5.00 sacks, 1.00 interceptions and 1.00 forced fumbles per game.
Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers present a tough matchup for Week 11, Ben Roethlisberger is a prominent sack target. If your league doesn't penalize heavily for yardage and points allowed, Oakland is a solid chance to take. Oakland's games against the Miami Dolphins (Week 12) and Jacksonville Jaguars (Week 14) are also alluring.
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.
Kansas City Chiefs (32 percent)
The Chiefs were just thwacked by the Denver Broncos 49-28. KC didn't record a sack or a takeaway. In the three contests before that, though, they averaged 2.67 sacks and 1.33 interceptions per game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders. This week, KC gets Derek Anderson's Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium. In Anderson's two starts since regaining the QB job, he has been sacked 5.50 times and picked off 0.50 times per game.
Miami Dolphins (67 percent)
Jay Cutler has been better lately with just two sacks and two interceptions over his last two games, but even with the Bears' improve offensive line, Cutler remains a decent target for a matchup DT play. Miami has reached the QB in the last four games with 2.25 sacks per contest; Cutler had the benefit of facing the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings in the last two weeks, and Miami ranks in the top 10 among sacks.
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