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.
Jackson did nothing special in Week 11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars: nine carries for 35 yards and four receptions for 20 yards. Marshawn Lynch (shoulder) left that contest before halftime, though. The injury doesn't sound serious, but one can never be too cautious. Remember how productive Jackson was (more than 140 total yards per game, with one score) while Lynch was suspended for the first three games?
With Ladell Betts (knee) done for the season, Cartwright presumably assumes the touches that made Betts a popular pickup. The Rock boasts similar skills to Betts and showed them in Week 11 after the interim starter went down (67 yards on 13 carries and seven receptions for 73 yards). Though he still aims to play this season, Clinton Portis (concussion) is expected to miss Week 12 at least; Cartwright has immediate flex value.
The Browns are intent on complementing Jamal Lewis with the shifty Jennings, especially with Jerome Harrison taking a backseat. Jennings registered 15 touches, including five receptions, for 74 total yards - not outstanding, but enough to make him a depth option in point-per-reception leagues. Cleveland wants to assess their ammunition for life beyond the retiring Lewis.
Though Laurence Maroney has found the end zone in five straight contests, Morris (knee) may be returning as soon as Week 12. The Pats don't mind mixing things up in the backfield given their cornucopia of options. Morris' injury was a big reason Maroney took over the majority role, and the Pats have shown love for Morris when he has been healthy.
New York's No. 2 back, Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle, foot), will miss the Giants' Thanksgiving game, and Ware would see increased time beyond this week, also, if Bradshaw's injuries pose chronic problems. If that isn't enough, Brandon Jacobs (leg) is also banged up, though he's expected to play.
Given Jacobs' injury history, this should further pique your Ware interest. The staff has raved about him since his return from injury, noting his blocking ability prompted his inheritance of the third-down role. His receiving skills will allow him to slide into Bradshaw's workload for however long he's needed. His stock for the rest of the season just skyrocketed.
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.
In the wake of Ronnie Brown's (foot) season-ending injury, Hilliard ran off 24 yards on four carries while recording two receptions last Thursday. An 18-yard scamper accounted for most of his hashmarks, but the Dolphins need a back to give Ricky Williams a breather. The 5-foot-11, 240-pound Hilliard offers fresh legs and a powerful style that will be worked into Miami's ground-first attack.
The Ryan Moats train came to a screeching halt in Week 11; he wasn't utilized. Despite a solid performance when called upon, Steve Slaton added a significant dropped pass to his ball control issues. Brown appears to be the safest candidate for between-the-tackles running; he registered 11 carries for 36 yards - nothing special, but he saw four red zone uses, one of which came inside the 5.
Houston "played very clean football when he was in there," per head coach Gary Kubiak. Ball security should play a part in at least keeping Brown in the picture and making him an ownable depth option.
Norwood (hip) hasn't played since Week 6 but may return this Sunday. With Michael Turner's status for this week uncertain, Norwood would keep his changeup carry workload if he were to come back. Jason Snelling's performance so far will prevent Norwood from even sniffing full-time duty. Either way, those looking for a backup in point-per-reception setups should be proactive on the shifty carrier.
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