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.
McNabb worth a try this week
Tarvaris Jackson, Seattle Seahawks (92 percent)
Jackson rebounded nicely in Week 4 by throwing three touchdown passes, his first since a pair in Week 1. We liked Jackson before the season began because of his chemistry with Sidney Rice, and it surely is showing through after two games. A healthy Rice allows Jackson to push the ball downfield (8.4 yards per attempt last week), and it will open up the running game enough to keep defenders from being eight-deep in the box every play.
The most impressive aspect from Jackson's Week 4 play is that he didn't take a sack after coming into the game with 14 against him in three games. He completed 65.8 percent of his throws for 319 yards. While that won't happen every game, be aware that he actually does have it in him. That was our mantra in the offseason regarding T-Jax, and it hasn't changed.
If the matchup is right, because bye weeks are upon us, think about inserting Jackson into your lineup. The New York Giants, his Week 5 opponent, offer a good enough matchup to warrant a start in deep leagues. He comes back from a Week 6 bye to face the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys.
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.
NEW - Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers (82 percent)
As Smith's number of attempts has increased from game to game, so have his passing yards. He topped it off with a 291-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4. Sure, he has been sacked 14 times on the year, but Smith has thrown just one interception in 107 attempts this season, complete with a notable 67.3 completion percentage and a career-best 7.4 yards per attempt.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 49ers' enemy this coming weekend, have yielded 286.0 aerial yards and 1.50 passing touchdowns per contest so far. Their secondary showed some issues in Week 4 against Curtis Painter and a Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts passing attack. Michael Crabtree has resurfaced over the last few weeks, and Vernon Davis presents enough matchup problems to make a surprisingly developing Smith a sneaky Week 5 play.
Donovan McNabb, Minnesota Vikings (60 percent)
McNabb is coming off arguably his best game of the year. He completed 60.0 percent of his throws for 202 yards and tossed two scoring strikes to only one interception - not great, we know, but at least serviceable.
We are not really concerned so much with what McNabb has done for you lately but rather what is potentially in store for him ... hence the one-week play label. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed 301.3 passing yards and 2.00 total scores per game to the position this year, which ranks them seventh in average fantasy points permitted.
With six teams on bye, consider McNabb a passable No. 1 in 12-team or larger leagues.
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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