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.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (66 percent)
This recommendation goes out to owners who have room to stash Stafford throughout his Week 7 bye. His shoulder injury will be given one more week to heal before the Lions play again. A likely season-ending injury to backup Shaun Hill (forearm) could motivate the Lions to reinsert Stafford into the starting lineup as soon as Week 8.
Following the week off, Stafford faces the Washington Redskins (Week 8), New York Jets (Week 9), Buffalo Bills (Week 10) and New England Patriots (Week 12), all of whom rank in the bottom 12 of the league against quarterbacks since Week 2.
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 (40 percent)
Plan ahead with Stafford
Bradford produced a yawn-inducing 198-yard, one-touchdown performance of Week 6 throwing and hasn't topped a completion percentage of 58.1 since Week 3. Many might be having trouble putting faith in a Rams' aerial game that just lost wideout Mark Clayton (knee) for the season.
The rookie 'slinger, however, might find aid this week in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have allowed 219.3 passing yards and 2.67 touchdown tosses per game, along with a 63.5 completion percentage, to enemy QBs since Week 2. He also has a deep target in newly promoted rookie Danario Alexander that might pick up a fraction of Clayton's playmaking. Bradford isn't afraid to spread the ball around if his opposing defense allows it.
Owners of the Week 7 bye-ridden Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts), Matt Schaub (Houston Texans) and Mark Sanchez (New York Jets) could do worse than Bradford as a replacement.
Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles (42 percent)
It looks the Iggles will get one more week of starting work from Kolb, who
launched three touchdown passes in a 23-for-29, 326-yard Week 6. Since Philly
has a Week 8 bye, Philly might be welcoming back Michael
Vick (rib) to start in Week 9.
For now, focus on Kolb's favorable dance with the Tennessee Titans this Sunday; even before their Monday night game, Tennessee had averaged 377.7 passing yards and 1.67 touchdown tosses allowed per contest to enemy quarterbacks in their previous three games.
Now for the long term. At minimum, add Kolb without dropping someone with long-term value, thank him for his Week 7 services, await word on the Eagles' decision, and be ready to drop him once a decision is made.
If Philly tabs Kolb as the starter, you'd have depth ... more so, a potential trade chip for your league's Vick owner.
Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs (46 percent)
Coming off a three-touchdown performance against the Houston Texans, Cassel has a prime chance to string together quality fantasy starts. Next he gets a shot at the Jacksonville Jaguars, the league's most forgiving defense against quarterbacks in the past month.
Entering their Monday night affair with the Tennessee Titans, whose passing attack is hardly imposing, the Jaguars have given up an average of 287.7 passing yards and 3.00 total touchdowns per game to the quarterback position. Don't be surprised if the Titans' generally inept passing game even exploits this maligned aerial defense.
Max Hall, Arizona Cardinals (94 percent)
The Cardinals are coming off their bye week, which gave Hall extra time to prepare for a terrible pass defense in the Seattle Seahawks. Hall's first start resulted in a victory for the Cardinals but didn't leave fantasy owners salivating for more.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. With the Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning and the Houston Texans' Matt Schaub off this week, some fantasy owners may not have the luxury of being picky. Don't expect Hall to make anyone forget about Kurt Warner just yet, but he should be serviceable against a defense that has allowed 344.7 passing yards and 1.33 total scores per game in the past month.
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.