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: Watch list
These fantasy football free agents shouldn't be on your immediate list. They may have had a big week. They may have talent but are buried on the depth chart and merely awaiting an opportunity. Still, fantasy football players must know who they are for their potential contribution in the future.
Tennessee Titans (79 percent)
While earning their first win of the '09 season in Week 8, Tennessee returned two key members of their secondary in cornerback Cortland Finnegan and nickel component Vincent Fuller; the Titans gave up 113 aerial yards. Of course, they gave up 217 rushing yards, but regaining competency against the pass could return some balance to this unit.
The Titans have averaged 2.00 sacks and 1.00 interceptions per game in the last month (three games) - uninspiring averages, yes. In Week 9, however, they face a San Francisco 49ers squad that has yielded 3.00 sacks and 2.33 turnovers per contest in the same period. In Week 8, quarterback Alex D. Smith was sacked four times in his first '09 start. Given their even more attractive Week 10 matchup against the spotty Buffalo Bills, Tennessee stands as a low-end rental in deep setups.
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.
Kansas City Chiefs (98 percent)
While the defensive unit of the Chiefs' Week 8 opponents, the Jaguars, should also be considered for a pickup, KC oddly enough has shown a slight advantage in defensive prowess in the last four weeks (three games). The Chiefs are averaging just 1.33 sacks, 0.33 interceptions and 1.00 fumble recoveries per contest in that time. The rub: If you like spinning the matchup wheel in cavernous leagues, the Jags have let enemies plant quarterback David Garrard 4.00 times per game and turned the ball over 2.33 times per contest in three outings since Week 4.
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 competes in Tout Wars and LABR and has won several industry leagues in both baseball and football.
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