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.
Indianapolis Colts (42 percent)
It's the post-bye week buying frenzy. The Colts now have a full 11-game slate from here on out, and they could wind up being a fixture on your team. Their release of defensive tackle Ed Johnson may put their interior run D in question, but the Colts have enough upside elsewhere to counter that move. The expected return of a healthy Bob Sanders (knee) should only bolster their efforts. Their pass rush has resurrected (3.33 sacks per game in the last four weeks - three contests, in their case). In that time they also have picked off 1.00 passes per outing. They line up against the St. Louis Rams in Week 7 before they begin a challenging stretch against the San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans and New England Patriots; they've had a relatively easy schedule so far but contained the potent Arizona Cardinals offense in Week 3. As long as your league doesn't penalize much for points allowed, the Colts carry enough statistical power to withstand above-average offenses.
Buffalo Bills (70 percent)
OK, so they won't register six interceptions every week, but the Bills already have some legitimacy as a fantasy unit. They were a top-10 team with 3.00 sacks per game in the previous three contests before New York Jets rookie slinger Mark Sanchez padded their picks column. The return of linebacker Paul Posluszny Sunday restored another dimension to Buffalo's D, but interceptions weren't exactly flowing before their recent abundance of gifts. The bright side: Their Week 7 opponents, the Carolina Panthers, have been relatively friendly in terms of sacks and turnovers allowed in the last month.
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 - Carolina Panthers (47 percent)
Carolina's D has turned things around in the last couple of weeks - playing the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will do that for you. Over the last four weeks, Carolina is averaging 3.67 sacks and 0.33 interceptions per game. The Panthers are also allowing just 13.7 offensive points per game in that time.
On tap this week are the Buffalo Bills, who are allowing 3.25 sacks and 1.50 interceptions (sixth most and tied for fifth most, respectively) per game in the past month. The Panthers also added another lineman to shore up the interior of their defensive line: 306-pound tackle Tank Tyler. Plus, the Bills will probably be starting Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback over the hobbled Trent Edwards (concussion), meaning Buffalo's offense may struggle out of the gate.
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