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: Priority additions
The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.
NEW - Kyle Orton, Kansas City Chiefs (88 percent)
QB injury waves like those hitting the NFL would make fantasy owners do crazy things. At least in this offense, with a weapon like Dwayne Bowe and competent complementary pieces in Steve Breaston, Jonathan Baldwin and Dexter McCluster, Orton could quickly serve as a fantasy No. 2. Todd Haley's offense isn't that complex, so Orton could jump right in and contribute, but it's his fantasy playoff matchups versus the Green Bay Packers (Week 15) and Oakland Raiders (Week 16) that could give him the best opportunities to do so. Tyler Palko could still start this week, but KC didn't acquire Orton to have him ride the pine.
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.
Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins (84 percent)
Moore has averaged only 187.8 passing yards in the last month, but he has completed 68.1 percent of his throws and has averaged 1.50 touchdowns to only 0.50 interceptions per contest.
The running game has come to life with Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas as a one-two punch, all while Bush has contributed regularly through the air. Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess give Moore competent weapons; Anthony Fasano has developed into a safety blanket, especially around the goal line.
The Dolphins face one of the softest remaining schedules in the league against the quarterback position. The Dallas Cowboys are next on the agenda for the Dolphins, followed by the Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.
Caleb Hanie, Chicago Bears (100 percent)
Jay Cutler (thumb) may be down for the rest of the regular season. Hanie, his replacement, is a fourth-year passer who will be asked to manage the game. At 6-foot-2, 222 pounds, he has adequate size and an impressive arm, which will come in handy in Chicago's inclement weather. He forced a lot of passes that led to turnovers in college, but Hanie did not have much of a supporting cast at Colorado State.
If you are desperate for a backup after the recent rash of injuries at the position, Hanie may just do the trick some weeks. Chicago faces the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers over the remaining standard fantasy schedule.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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