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.
Just a reminder to pick up Stafford (shoulder) if he's available coming off Detroit's bye week. We highlighted him last week. He's expected to return this week and has a decent matchup against the Washington Redskins. In fact, he doesn't have many tough matchups remaining on his schedule. He's a quality No. 2.
Tony Romo (clavicle) is out for at least six weeks and maybe the season, handing Kitna control of an offensively stacked stagecoach. Can Kitna jockey the horses effectively, though? His 16-for-33, 187-yard, two-touchdown performance in replacing Romo in Week 7 flashed promise but displayed inconsistency; a lot of his production came against lax D during a blowout.
Unlike Romo, Kitna is immobile, so this offense probably won't meet its full potential with him under center. But with quarterback injuries and bye weeks piling up, Kitna can at least serve as a replacement. If he clicks, you have increased depth. Romo owners should be more urgent to pick him up unless there are better options available.
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.
Quarterback Brett Favre (ankle, elbow) suffered two ankle fractures in Week 7 and is in a walking boot. He hasn't been ruled out yet for Week 8, and Favre doesn't need surgery. Head coach Brad Childress says he won't put Favre's consecutive games streak ahead of the team's best interests. As long as Favre can move adequately, he should play against the New England Patriots in Week 8.
Jackson could be added, especially if you own Favre, but keep your expectations lowered if T-Jax is given the chance to start. His athleticism is impressive, but Jackson's passing game is rather limited. Jackson could be a low-end fantasy starter with the right matchup and preparation time. Stay tuned....
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.
If you're looking for a one-week play because of the six-team bye week schedule, Hasselbeck has the matchup to warrant consideration. He has hardly been reliable this year, and the 35-year-old passer has topped the 200-yard mark just once in his past three games. However, this week, the Seahawks visit the Oakland Raiders.
In the past four weeks, the Raiders have given up the third most fantasy points per game (standard scoring) to the position. On average, Oakland has permitted 254.3 passing yards and 2.00 touchdown throws per game since Week 3. They have just one interception in this time. The Raiders are coming off a monster game against a division rival, which could have the Silver and Black primed for a letdown.
In Week 7 Fitzpatrick was able to air it out against the Baltimore Ravens. He completed 29 of his 43 passes for 374 yards and four touchdowns. He has 11 TDs in his four starts. His completion percentage has been 66.7 percent or higher in three of those games.
He'll face the Kansas City Chiefs this week. Kansas City has yielded 257.0 passing yards and 1.33 passing touchdowns per game over the last month. They possess a stout run defense but a shaky pass defense. Don't let the lack of quality in this offense scare you away, especially with six other teams on a bye this week.
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. Follow @Cory_Bonini
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