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.
Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills (27 percent)
Action Jackson: Buffalo's starter
It's hard to ignore the totals F-Jax (don't all Jacksons get such a cool nickname?)
put up in Week 12: 116 total yards, five receptions and two rushing touchdowns.
His skills made him a quality player to stash, as most know. Marshawn
Lynch's subpar showings this season made him a must-have. Lynch has lost
his job to the more dangerous Jackson, so don't delay if he's still out there
in your league.
Chris Brown, Houston Texans (89 percent)
He's in a time share with Steve Slaton, and Brown's size (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) makes him the more attractive goal line option. Brown's 11 carries for 56 yards and a TD against Indy confirm he's not just a bit piece. Since Houston's bye (two games), Brown has been utilized 14 times per game and leads the club's backs with four per game in the red zone.
Jerious Norwood, Atlanta Falcons (78 percent)
On multiple occasions we have told you to stash him. In Week 12 Norwood finally returned from a hip flexor injury and demonstrated his potential impact with limited touches by putting up 50 total yards and a touchdown in his first action since Week 6. Meanwhile, did Michael Turner (ankle) return a bit too soon? Although this iteration of a sprain doesn't appear to be serious, it's unclear for how long this will keep him out.
Norwood was drafted in most leagues, but he became expendable thanks to his
extended stay on the sidelines. Jason Snelling
lost a fumble and received little work this past weekend and hasn't proven that
he's a featured type; the two would likely split time in some fashion as long
as Turner can't go.
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.
NEW - Shonn Greene, New York Jets (49 percent)
The Gang Green's heir apparent has been used at least nine times in three of their last five games while backing up Thomas Jones. He has averaged a strong 4.7 yards per tote this year but hasn't shown much explosiveness since his Week 7 blowup.
Either way, the Buffalo Bills present an optimal opportunity for a No. 2 back to contribute; in their last three games, Buffalo has allowed 123.7 rushing yards, 6.33 receptions, 46.7 receiving yards and 1.33 total scores per outing to this position. Greene hasn't caught a pass all season, but if he's called upon to do so this week, he may not face much resistance.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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