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.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (46 percent)
Despite not recording a sack against the efficient Atlanta Falcons, the Bucs' D has averaged 3.00 sacks and 1.00 interceptions per game since Week 9. Their fantasy playoffs schedule: Washington Redskins next Sunday, Detroit Lions in Week 15 and Seattle Seahawks in Week 16. Their matchup with Washington (3.25 sacks, 1.75 interceptions allowed per game since Week 9) alone is worth a pickup; Seattle and Detroit have proven vulnerable to sacks and giveaways, as well.
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 (44 percent)
Seattle's per-game averages of 2.00 sacks and 1.00 interceptions from the last four weeks rank them in the middle of the pack. They ranked as a one-week play for Week 13; they took advantage of matchups with the Arizona Cardinals' Derek Anderson and Carolina Panthers' Jimmy Clausen, recording eight combined QB sacks.
The Seahawks' matchups with the Atlanta Falcons (Week 15) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week 16) make them useful chiefly for this coming week against the San Francisco 49ers, who have yielded 4.00 sacks, 0.75 interceptions and 0.25 lost fumbles per game in the last four weeks. Quarterback Troy Smith took at least four sacks in three of his last four games. Alex Smith, who's returning to start behind center, isn't exactly resistant to sacks and giveaways, either.
Their run defense aside, Buffalo have gained 3.00 sacks, 2.00 interceptions and 0.50 fumble recoveries per game in the last two weeks; they can thank the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings, two effective offenses that nonetheless contribute to fantasy defenses through sacks and turnovers.
Though the Cleveland Browns' passing game has improved under the snap-taking of Jake Delhomme, their likely Week 14 starter, it isn't like the Browns are a poor matchup. Delhomme has been sacked twice in each of his last two starts, and they didn't do a good job in protecting Colt McCoy (ankle). Delhomme has six interceptions to just two touchdown passes this year - enough turnover promise to give Buffalo some fantasy cred even if running back Peyton Hillis stomps on them.
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