Free agents to pick up in your fantasy football league
If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, it is important to stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the course of 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 in your league. Not being aggressive in picking up fantasy football free agents is not a wise move. Sometimes, even if you do not need the player for your starting lineup, it is wise to tuck the player away for depth as well as to block others from adding the player to their fantasy football team.
Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire
Fantasy football leagues come in all shapes, so the following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.
Steven Hauschka, Baltimore Ravens
We mentioned him last week. The expanded Ravens offense gave him seven kicking points in Week 2 after an eight-point opener. Matt Stover was productive even when Baltimore restricted their passing plays. Hauschka has the pathetic Cleveland Browns coming up this week and is still being ignored in almost every polled league.
NEW - Joe Nedney, San Francisco 49ers
The ageless wonder is 5-for-5 on field goal attempts this year, including 2-for-2 on tries of 40-plus yards with a long of 50. So far this run-first Niners offense ranks in the top 10 for time of possession and looks a bit more disciplined, which may lead to more Nedney attempts of one-pointers and three-pointers. His dance this week isn't so intriguing (Minnesota Vikings), yet an improved attack can give this already reliable vet more long-term value, especially with the other defenses in his division. He's an eligible bachelor in about 76 percent of polled leagues.
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 of production; they may show talent but are buried on the depth chart; they may have a chance to play sometime this season because of injuries. Still, fantasy football players must know who these players are for their potential contribution in the future.
Shaun Suisham, Washington Redskins
The Redskins' schedule makes Suisham a potential long-term matchup boom. Typically shaky with accuracy, Suisham has made all four of his '09 field goal tries, though none went for longer than 28 yards. They face the Detroit Lions this week, followed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs. Those in leagues that reward kicking distance shouldn't get their hopes up. That being said, if you're running on a matchup basis, you should at least examine him further. He's not owned in almost all leagues.
NEW - Rian Lindell, Buffalo Bills
So far Lindell ranks in the top 10 in field goal and extra-point tries, which led to an output of 15 kicking points in Week 2. It looks like quarterback Trent Edwards looks comfortable in this fast-paced offense, which can actually move the ball downfield now with wideout Terrell Owens in the fold. Sure, Buffalo went off on a transitioning Tampa Bay Buccaneers D last week, but any continued growth will benefit Lindell, who could be a casual target in about 81 percent of leagues polled.
About Tim Heaney
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