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.
Nick Folk, New York Jets (69 percent)
This isn't the same Folk that was a Dallas Cowboys pariah last season. He's looking more and more like the Pro Bowl version, with his first five three-point tries this year splitting the uprights, including two conversions between 40 and 49 yards. He went 5-for-12 in that bracket last year.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez moved the ball against the New England Patriots in Week 2. There more downfield action he could give them, the more setups Folk should receive, especially if the running game also starts to click to its fullest potential. Don't forget about the potential offensive boost wide receiver Santonio Holmes' return following his four-game suspension should bring to the offense.
Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals (91 percent)
Nugent, the kicker for a diverse, potent offense, remains widely available; Cincy's boots usually contribute consistently in fantasy. His five field goal attempts (all converted) in Week 2 probably inflate his value a little bit, but he looks like he's over a groin injury that jeopardized his roster spot this summer. His 54-yarder in Week 1, along with his busy Sunday, hint he might be ready to reward fantasy owners again with the 80 percent accuracy kicker he was with the Jets a few years ago.
NEW - Graham Gano, Washington Redskins (94 percent)
The Redskins can move the ball now with Donovan McNabb at quarterback. Their running game is still struggling enough, though, that they could suffer inside the red zone. Gano missed two field goals last week but still has 16 kicking points through the first two contests, including six field goal attempts. Though this isn't the same exact offense, McNabb usually puts his kickers in solid position to earn points.
If you're playing the carousel, Gano doesn't have a bye until Week 9, which gives him plenty of fantasy shelf life as long as he keeps the job. He faces the St. Louis Rams this week, which is worth a trial. After that, they face the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. Most of them were decent matchups for kickers last season and should provide Gano with ample opportunities in 2010.
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.
During baseball and football season, hear him every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore. On Thursdays, he visits 106.1 FM WMTI in New Orleans and Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, where he often crashes other shows, as well.
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