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.
Josh Scobee, Jacksonville Jaguars (81 percent)
A game-winning 59-yarder and a five-field goal Week 5 will make you a kicking celebrity - for whatever that's worth. Scobee's recent tweaks to his kicking technique have paid off this year - he's 9-for-9 from field goals of 40-plus yard, compared to 7-for-16 last season.
Jacksonville's offense is regaining some life, and even if they go back to their stumbling ways, Scobee's leg is powerful enough to receive deep three-point chances. In Week 6, Jacksonville faces the Tennessee Titans, who have allowed 3.50 field goal tries and 1.75 extra points per game to kickers in the last four weeks. Scobee also deserves a play in Week 7 (Kansas City Chiefs: 2.00 FGAs, 1.33 XPAs per game in three outings since Week 2) and Week 8 (Dallas Cowboys: 2.00, 2.67 in their last three).
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.
Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins (76 percent)
Carpenter has just two games with a field goal attempt this year but has drilled five of his six attempts, including going 3-for-4 from 40 yards and deeper. He's an erratic fantasy play, like the Dolphins' offense in general, but he tangles with the Green Bay Packers in Week 6. Kickers eat plenty of cheese against them: 3.00 field goal tries and 1.50 extra point attempts per game since Week 2. The Packers are dealing with ample injuries and might be ripe for the Dolphins' offensive picking.
About Tim Heaney
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