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.
Moeaki led the Chiefs with five catches and 58 yards in Week 2; the Chiefs' other receiving targets haven't stepped up yet. They want to keep him involved: four targets (one in the red zone) in Week 1 and 10 (two red zone) in Week 2.
Some speculate the Chiefs were hiding him in the preseason so they could unleash him once the season started. Quarterback Matt Cassel continues to struggle pushing the ball downfield - you figure he'd be comfortable in Charlie Weis' offense - but Moeaki looks like a safety valve.
Sure, the Chiefs have played the San Diego Chargers and Cleveland Brown - two punching bags for opposing tight ends - but Moeaki looks like the most consistent aspect of KC's passing game right now. That has to count for a backup spot in most leagues.
Fantasy football free agents: Watch list
These fantasy football free agents shouldn't be on your immediate list. They may have had a big week. They may have talent but are buried on the depth chart and merely awaiting an opportunity. Still, fantasy football players must know who they are for their potential contribution in the future.
Evan Moore (concussion), another tight end weapon, suffered a concussion in Week 2. Though he might play in Week 3, Watson has the better chance to make an impact for the near future. Having 13 targets on the year, Watson (seven catches in his first two games) is on the field more often than a healthy Moore, who's inconsistent and is mainly used in specialized formations.
Watson couldn't capitalize fully on his talent with the New England Patriots; in this offense, he could be one of the big threats each week, especially if Seneca Wallace has to start at quarterback. Wallace has a good connection with these tight ends. Add Watson to your list of potential backups at this position.
New England utilized more of the two-tight end set against the New York Jets last week. With added PT, Hernandez came away with six receptions for 101 yards. He was targeted seven times. The rook was targeted only twice in Week 1, but he's an athletic pass-catcher and should have more upside than teammate Rob Gronkowski, another rook. Hernandez, a University of Florida product, caught his one target in Week 1 but stretched it for 45 yards. If the Pats do put more focus on this position (historically, they haven't), Hernandez could have regular value, though he's probably only going to be a backup, at best.
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.
Lewis made his way on to this list last week as a look-to-acquire prospect. His standing hasn't really changed much (five receptions, 70 yards in a favorable matchup), but he again has a strong matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles this week.
In Week 1, Philly gave up four receptions for 47 yards to the Green Bay Packers' Jermichael Finley. However, Philly showed Finley plenty of bracket coverage. In Week 2, the Detroit Lions' Brandon Pettigrew caught seven passes for 108 yards. It's safe to say Lewis is closer to a Pettigrew than a Finley. Plus, Philly was a great matchup for this position last year.
The New York Jets have struggled against this position the first two weeks. In Week 1, the Baltimore Ravens' Todd Heap caught six passes for 72 yards. Last week, the New England Patriots' Aaron Hernandez contributed six receptions for 101 yards.
Fasano hasn't found much work so far. He received only one target last week, three the week before. This might be the week to use him, if you need a flex starter. In '08, Fasano caught 11 passes for 123 yards and two scores in two games against the Jets. Miami might also take to the air a bit more this week with New York's All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis (hamstring) expected to sit.
About Bryce McRae
Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.
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