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.
Dallas Cowboys (42 percent)
Be Ware of DeMarcus
The Cowboys have just 1.75 sacks per game in the last four weeks, but they've picked off 2.00 passes and recovered 0.50 fumbles per game in that time. They're still allowing ample points and yardage, but in the next two weeks they face the Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals.
Washington has allowed 3.25 sacks, 1.00 interceptions and 1.25 fumble recoveries per game - plus, Dallas has played Donovan McNabb quite a few times. Arizona's John Skelton won his NFL debut behind center Sunday, but the rookie went 15-for-37 and was facing the Denver Broncos, a less dynamic defense. There's enough potential for sacks and takeaways to ride Dallas for the last two standard playoff weeks.
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.
Buffalo Bills (94 percent)
Forget Week 16. Buffalo faces the New England Patriots.
Bright side: They had help from rain last week - not the projected snow storm - but the Bills had another serviceable defensive performance Sunday against the Cleveland Browns with a sack, an interception and two fumble recoveries. They have now averaged 2.25 sacks, 1.75 interceptions and 1.00 fumble scoops per game since Week 10, thanks to matchups against the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings before Cleveland.
This week, Buffalo travels to face the Miami Dolphins; on Sunday, quarterback Chad Henne was sacked five times, and Miami lost three fumbles. In the previous two weeks, Henne threw 2.00 interceptions and took 2.00 sacks per game. Even if points and yardage allowed get out of hand, Buffalo can return fantasy points.
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