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.
Clint Stitser, Cincinnati Bengals (100 percent)
It might be crazy to go with a rookie kicker as the fantasy playoffs start, but it's not totally out of the question. Stitser's first NFL action this week saw him nail three field goals, including a 47-yarder to put the Bengals ahead late in the fourth quarter.
His matchups aren't exceptional over the next few weeks (Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and San Diego Chargers), but the Bengals have given their kickers an average of 2.4 field goal attempts per game this season.
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.
Matt Prater, Denver
Broncos (58 percent)
Some things shouldn't change
Prater appears to be over a dry spell that hit during Weeks 8 through 11. The Denver kicker has attempted two field goals in each of the last two games, making both. He has just three extra point attempts in that time, though.
He'll have a good chance at another two, likely more, against the Arizona Cardinals this week. Arizona has been the second most generous team for fantasy kickers to face over the last month (11.8 kicking points per game). They've been the best matchup for opposing kickers over the course of the season (10.1 kicking points per game).
Changes might be taking place in Denver with head coach Josh McDaniels on the outs, but you can rely on Prater for at least a few field goal attempts this weekend.
NEW - Josh Brown, St. Louis Rams (68 percent)
Brown has drilled 10 of his 11 field goal tries in his last four games and can still kick it from long distance (7-for-9 from 40-plus yards on the season). St. Louis squares off with the New Orleans Saints in Week 14, a team that has allowed 3.33 field goal tries and 2.00 extra point attempts in their last three games. Gregg Williams' defense often confuses inexperienced quarterbacks, and rookie Sam Bradford might fall short of delivering touchdowns often.
About Bryce McRae
Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.
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