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.
Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles (66 percent)
Remember him? Kolb returned to the field because of a rib cartilage injury to Michael Vick in Week 4. With the way Vick had been taking shots behind that offensive line before Week 4, coupled with a Sunday night tilt against the 0-4 San Francisco 49ers, Philly may elect to sit Vick until Week 6. The Eagles' bye is Week 8, so we can't imagine Vick will be sidelined that long, unless Kolb ironically plays well enough to win back his job.
At this point, it's no guarantee that Vick will sit in Week 5, but you should consider picking up Kolb if you are thin at quarterback or need to replace a bye week passer.
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. They may have talent but are buried on the depth chart and merely awaiting an opportunity. Still, fantasy football players must know who they are for their potential contribution in the future.
Max Hall, Arizona Cardinals (99 percent)
Guess who's quarter-back
There aren't many scenarios in which fantasy owners would be desperate enough to add Hall to their teams, but he's worth watching given the talent around him.
Hall may not even unseat Derek Anderson, despite already replacing him in the second half of two games this year. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Hall lacks arm strength and doesn't have much mobility to evade the rush. Arizona's offensive line is tied for second most sacks given up in the league, and Hall was turnover-prone at BYU.
The good: Larry Fitzgerald. Should he win the job, Hall will eventually have Steve Breaston, Early Doucet and Stephen Williams to work with. Arizona's stable of receivers is deep and talented. Hall, 24, may be more seasoned than most rookies and could surprise owners by posting fantasy-worthy stats with the right matchup. Keep an eye on the former Cougar.
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.
Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams (49 percent)
Bradford could be a "Look to Acquire" writeup with the way the rook has been playing, but he should be considered as a bye week or injury fill-in for the fifth weekend of the season. Bradford has thrown for at least 235 yards in three of his four starts and one touchdown in every game this year. He has been respectable for fantasy owners - a rarity for rookie passers.
Bradford should be able to take advantage of the Detroit Lions, who have given up the fifth most fantasy points per game (20.8, standard scoring) to quarterbacks. The Lions have allowed an average of 259.5 passing yards and 2.00 total touchdowns per game to enemy quarterbacks this year.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills (93 percent)
Those with quarterbacks on bye weeks or suffering from injuries have to scrounge for replacements. Fitzpatrick completed just 44.4 percent of his passes in Week 4 but found the end zone twice aerially sans a pick. With him under center, Buffalo's offense has run better than it did under the exiled Trent Edwards. Of course, much of that comes in garbage time for the cellar-dwelling Bills, but fantasy owners shouldn't split hairs.
In Fitzpatrick's case, he might have long-term value as a No. 2 in deep leagues. For now, keep the focus on his Week 5 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who've allowed 318.0 passing yards and 2.25 aerial touchdowns per game, along with a 66.9 completion percentage by opposing QBs. The Bills have a Week 6 bye, so in almost all leagues this doesn't have strings attached.
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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