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.
Starks has been featured in this space before. He was finally given a chance to showcase his talents, and the rookie didn't disappoint. Green Bay utilized him 18 times in Week 13, which was about 10 more plays than head coach Mike McCarthy wanted Starks in on, but the ball carrier became stronger as the game wore on. He finished with a team-high 18 carries for 73 yards (4.1 per carry).
The big-bodied Starks (6-foot-2, 218 pounds) is expected to be heavily involved as the season nears its end. Though Green Bay also wants to involve Dimitri Nance (concussion) when he's healthy, Brandon Jackson is likely to have his workload decrease. Starks wasn't used in the passing game Sunday; Jackson figures to be the third-down back. Add Starks in all formats, but his value is higher in non-PPR affairs.
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.
LeGarrette Blount is the big man in the Bucs' backfield, and Earnest Graham might soon be involved in more short-yardage work. Williams' utilizations totals have been erratic in the last four weeks: seven, eight, 12 and five, respectively. Williams, the third-down and pass situational back, is best used as a matchup play.
Cue the Washington Redskins, fresh off a ground assault by the New York Giants. The 'Skins have allowed per-game averages of 152.0 rushing yards, 4.25 receptions, 43.0 yards and 2.00 offensive touchdowns to enemy backs. The Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings - three top-level rushing attacks - contributed to those averages, as well.
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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