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.
NEW - Tashard Choice, Dallas Cowboys (91 percent)
Goodson could be a good one
With the Cowboys falling - err, Titanic-ing - out of postseason contention, maybe it's time they try making some changes. Dallas recently said they want Choice more involved but have yet to execute that edict. Felix Jones is inconsistent and brittle. Marion Barber III has no juice left.
Choice offers a high-upside - more importantly, sparsely used - blend of talent between the other two backs. He showed last year in spurts that he could start for many other NFL teams. Jason Garrett will try to bolster his head coaching cred however possible. If you've been tucking Choice away, don't let go now.
NEW - Danny Ware, New York Giants (99 percent)
The G-men utilized Ware 13 times - twice in the red zone - in their Week 9 blowout win, and he capitalized with 13 carries and 66 yards (a 5.1 average). Sure, in blowouts, backups get more PT, but there's talk of Ware being involved more often. In this rushing plan, that wouldn't be a bad thing for his value.
Even in spelling Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs, Ware has speculative value and could offer desperation flex output some weeks. If you own either of the other Giants' backs, Ware becomes that much more important.
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.
LaRod Stephens-Howling, Arizona
Cardinals (97 percent)
If you're really desperate, take a look at Stephens-Howling this week. He has been utilized six times in each of his past two outings. It was tough sledding versus the Minnesota Vikings last week, as LSH ran four times for zero yards and caught one ball for nine yards. Beanie Wells (knee) was given one carry, which the coaching staff said was due to his lack of practice time in the week leading up to the game.
Arizona's Week 10 opponent is the Seattle Seahawks, who have been whipped by opposing rushers in recent weeks. The 'Hawks have allowed 137.5 rushing yards per game (5.1 yards per carry) to the position. Running backs have scored 1.50 touchdowns (1.25 rushing) per game against this D, and Seattle has permitted healthy averages through the air, too (4.50 receptions, 70.0 yards, 0.25 touchdowns).
Stephens-Howling may not see all that many touches this week, especially if Wells plays. LSH is a better option in point-per-reception leagues than non-PPR, and his workload should increase if Wells suffers a setback. A possible bonus: Stephens-Howling is a dynamic returner, if you are awarded individual fantasy points for kickoff return yardage and scores.
Mike Goodson, Carolina
Panthers (84 percent)
Goodson and Tyrell Sutton (ankle) split the
workload after Jonathan Stewart (concussion)
went down in early Week 9 play. The former will start for Carolina in Week 10
with injuries to Sutton, Stewart and DeAngelo Williams
(foot). The only other healthy back on the roster that was also available last
week is fullback Tony Fiammetta. Backs Andre
Brown and Josh Vaughan were both acquired
this week, which could mean Stewart, Sutton and Williams might all miss this
game. Brown and Vaughan might see a few touches, but expect Goodson to receive
most of the work.
Goodson ran nine times for 29 yards and caught three balls for 18 yards against
a tough New Orleans Saints defense in Week 9. The
Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Panthers
in Week 10, and few teams have been as poor in defending the running back position
as the Bucs have. Ball carriers have averaged 27.3 attempts for 140.3 yards
(5.1 per carry) and 1.25 rushing touchdowns per game. Tampa Bay has surrendered
4.25 receptions for 38.8 yards and 0.25 touchdowns per game to the position
through the air.
NEW - Javarris James, Indianapolis Colts (96 percent)
The Colts' backfield is banged up. Joseph Addai (shoulder) looks like a no-go for Week 10. Mike Hart (ankle) probably isn't ready, either. Donald Brown, meanwhile, hasn't shown enough power to be confident in him.
James, meanwhile, at least came through when called upon in Week 9; he totaled 12 yards on four carries, but two of his totes hit short-yardage paydirt. At 6-foot, 215 pounds, he could assume goal line duties for at least one more week. This week, the Colts tangle with the Cincinnati Bengals, who have allowed 122.7 ground yards (4.5 yards-per-carry average), 5.00 receptions, 29.3 yards and 1.33 total scores per game to backs in the last month (three games).
The fact James hasn't done much else outside of scoring should temper your expectations, but this late in the season, a touchdown specialist isn't a bad thing to own.
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.