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 (72 percent)
Mike Shanahan's 3-4 system has improved this defense, even with the 27 points they allowed to the Houston Texans last week. This unit, which was light on impact fantasy plays last season, has six sacks (including five last week) and one interception. They're letting playmaking strong safety LaRon Landry roam more after moving him from free safety\ - a big X-factor for this group's growth. Do they need Albert Haynesworth? They're doing OK without him.
They're still slightly prone to giving up a big play, but in leagues that don't count yardage or points allowed, this D appears to be improving its ability to reach the passer. They're a low-end No. 1 fantasy defense at best right now, but they have No. 1 upside for the rest of the year.
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.
NEW - Oakland Raiders (86 percent)
Desperate times usually call for teams like the Raiders. If your fantasy-relevant D is facing a high-octane O this week (Houston Texans-Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers among Week 3 matchups), try an alternative for a one-week fill-in. Oakland faces an Arizona Cardinals team whose quarterback play years for the retired Kurt Warner and a running game that might again be missing tailback Beanie Wells (knee).
The Cards' passing game is nowhere near it was in '09, and if Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is shadowing Larry Fitzgerald all day, is anyone else solid enough to step up? The Raiders have proven to have a pass rush this year, and Cards quarterback Derek Anderson has been sacked four times so far. If you can employ a rental, Oakland shouldn't be ignored.
About Tim Heaney
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