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.
Painter looking to bounce back
John Beck, Washington Redskins (85 percent)
His first start of 2011? Well, 22-for-37 for 279 and a touchdown had its positives. Sure, he's losing Santana Moss (hand) for nearly two months, but at least he has tight end Fred Davis and wideout Jabar Gaffney, both of whom seemingly connected with him better than Moss did. Terrence Austin was a favorite of Beck's in the preseason, too.
Beck's efforts will be bumpy more often than not, but how many of you are desperate for a bye filler? He'll get some help from his next five opposing defenses: Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks. That schedule alone makes Beck worthy of QB2 status, even if it's at the low end of the spectrum.
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.
Curtis Painter, Indianapolis Colts (66 percent)
The Tennessee Titans gave up 296 aerial yards on just 23 attempts by Matt Schaub on Sunday. Their pass D can be had. The Titans' run D is competent enough, especially since Indy's is inconsistent, that Painter might have a busy Week 8. Tennessee has yielded 291.3 passing yards, 2.67 touchdowns and a 69.5 completion percentage to slingers over their last three games. Tennessee's allowances were just as high in the two games before they had the Houston problem.
About Tim Heaney
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