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: 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.
Oakland Raiders (55 percent)
The Raiders' D hasn't been productive in the last month (three games): 1.67 sacks, 1.33 interceptions and 0.33 fumble wrangles per contest. Nothing like a game against Tim Tebow to cure woes for a defense that can record sacks, at the very least.
Over the last two games, opponents have been doing plenty of Tebowing, sacking the southpaw 13 times and recovering one of his four fumbles. His path to becoming a legit NFL QB - still TBD - should offer a friendly fantasy play for most defenses this year. Oakland's skillful front seven has enough talent to take advantage.
St. Louis Rams (89 percent)
Kevin Kolb (toe) has thrown four picks, been sacked 12 times and lost one of two fumbles while completing just 50.5 percent of his passes over his last three games. Assuming he plays, his mobility could be hampered. If he doesn't go, John Skelton should offer plenty of freebies to the D. The Arizona Cardinals' offense, while becoming solider on the ground, is hardly consistent through the air.
Such difficulties should help the Rams, who, fueled by a surprise showing against the New Orleans Saints, have averaged 3.00 sacks, 1.00 interceptions and 0.33 fumble recoveries per game over their last three. Sure, Arizona is typically better at home, but taking the chance of getting to Kolb or Skelton can't hurt.
Only the Cincinnati Bengals have posted more average fantasy points per game than Kansas City's 12.0 over the last month of play (three games). KC has averaged 1.33 sacks, a whopping 2.67 interceptions and 0.67 fumble recoveries per contest. They have scored two defensive touchdowns in their last three games.
The Miami Dolphins provide an excellent matchup to keep this short-term defensive juggernaut rolling. In his last three starts, Matt Moore has thrown an interception per game and has lost one total fumble. He has been sacked 4.33 times per contest in this time. That stat alone makes KC's sack-challenged D could find pressure, which bodes well for their underneath zone coverage scheme to create turnovers.
About Tim Heaney
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