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.
Connor Barth, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (90 percent)
Barth is 6-for-6 on both field goals and touchdown punctuations. He netted a 49-yard three-pointer in Week 3, one of his three successful tries. The Indianapolis Colts' defense has allowed 2.67 FGAs and 3.00 PATs per game so far. Barth and a capable Bucs O should have plenty of opportunities to split the uprights.
Great matchup to exploit
Ryan Longwell, Minnesota Vikings (78 percent)
The Vikes have had trouble moving the ball through the air thanks chiefly to Donovan McNabb's eroding skills and Percy Harvin's health issues and infrequent use. Still, Longwell has had six three-point attempts and six points after touchdowns; he has punched through all of his kicks. The cure for Minny's attack? The Kansas City Chiefs, who've allowed 4.33 one-pointers and 2.00 field goal tries per contest so far.
Matt Prater, Denver Broncos (87 percent)
Prater is 3-for-4 on field goal setups and has made all seven one-pointers Denver has allotted him. While far from sturdy, this offense can move just enough to give him opportunities. Knowing how solid the Green Bay Packers' defense is, Denver will probably have to settle for plenty of field goals in Week 4. The Pack has yielded 2.00 field goals and 2.67 PATs per contest.
NEW - Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys (92 percent)
The Lions really haven't allowed all too many points to enemy kickers, but the matchup coupled with Dallas' struggles on offense could lead to another big game from the rookie booter. Bailey, of course, nailed six field goals a week ago.
Detroit has allowed 7.3 fantasy points per game to kickers, or 1.33 XPAs and 2.33 field goal tries per contest. Bailey could see ample work if Dallas stalls in the red zone once again because of miscues by inexperienced players.
NEW - Graham Gano, Washington Redskins (95 percent)
Only the Cleveland Browns have allowed more points per game to kickers than the St. Louis Rams, with their three-week average of 10.3. The Redskins' offense is improved but has its deficiencies under the sometimes errant Rex Grossman.
On average, the Rams have permitted 5.33 extra point attempts and 2.33 three-point tries per game this year. The two teams match up pretty well, and Washington's O could struggle to move the ball consistently on St. Louis' side of the field.
Gano, who has averaged 3.00 field goal tries per game this year, has connected on only 66.7 percent of them, so his long-term value is limited despite seeing significant opportunities.
About Tim Heaney
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