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.
Denver Broncos (77 percent)
A defensive renaissance
Mostly thanks to Von Miller, this D ranks in the top five with 3.0 sacks per contest since Week 8, and Denver has logged 1.25 takeaways per game to complement their reawakened pass rush. Next up on this defense's docket: Christian Ponder (Minnesota Vikings), who has been sacked 16 times and thrown four picks in the last four weeks and could once again be without Adrian Peterson (ankle) in his backfield.
After that, it's a Caleb Hanie-led Chicago Bears offense. He showed flashes in his Week 12 start but also threw three picks and was brought down for four sacks. This pair of matchups heading into the fantasy football playoffs is among the most attractive for waiver wire purposes.
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.
Atlanta Falcons (47 percent)
How deep is your league, and how desperate are you? The Falcons' four sacks in Week 12 boosted their per-game average over the past four weeks to a mighty ... 1.75. Their pressure isn't terrible, but the Ray Edwards acquisition hasn't helped their pass rush, and their injury-laden secondary could remain a hindrance.
But those factors probably aren't enough to prevent Atlanta from getting to T.J. Yates, whose first 15 NFL passes came in replacing Matt Leinart (collarbone) in Week 12. Barring a free-agent signing, Yates is lined up to start for the Houston Texans in Week 13. The Falcons have a stout run D and recently showed they can take advantage of inexperienced quarterbacks: Week 9 versus Curtis Painter and Week 12 versus Christian Ponder. This listing could at least net a few sacks and takeaways; it's a stab, but at least it boasts a foundation.
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
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