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.
Roy Helu Jr., Washington Redskins (69 percent)
Hello, Helu: carries available?
We have seen flashes of what Helu brings to the Redskins' offense, and he should get a chance at having a much larger role with Tim Hightower (knee) possibly done for the season. Reports say the coaching staff fears Hightower suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Ryan Torain should be the primary workhorse but does not offer much in the passing game. John Beck is not a risk-taker at quarterback, which bodes well for Helu as a checkdown option.
The rookie rusher has more value in point-per-reception designs but should be acquired for roster depth in all formats. The Redskins play the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys in the next month. Several of those matchups present Helu with reasonable receiving opportunities.
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.
Alfonso Smith and LaRod Stephens-Howling, Arizona Cardinals (98 percent, 97 percent)
Though there's no structural damage to Beanie Wells' right knee, he's expected to miss one to two weeks. Though Chester Taylor remains in tow, Smith and LSH will likely split the workload, with Smith being the between-the-tackles and goal line preference and Stephens-Howling getting the PPR-centric duties. Smith should be your first target.
Unfortunately, this ground game faces the Baltimore Ravens in Week 8, so there probably isn't much fantasy value to be had there. In Week 9, however, they'll face the St. Louis Rams, a much better matchup for carriers.
NEW - Lance Ball, Denver Broncos (97 percent)
How desperate are you for carries? There are plenty of things working against Ball - his lack of discernible run potency and Tim Tebow taking away goal line utilizations. But Ball should see a decent split behind PPR-centric Knowshon Moreno, who doesn't appear to be at full strength, for as long as Willis McGahee (finger) is out, which could be more than a month.
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.
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