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.
Jake Ballard, New York Giants (47 percent)
Vernon Davis' arm injury, Greg Olsen and Brandon Pettigrew on bye - they're among plenty of external reasons to look this week to Ballard, who's averaging 5.33 targets, 4.0 receptions and 69.3 yards while reaching the end zone once in his last three games. Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) is iffy for Week 9, when New York's new Kevin Boss faces a New England Patriots defense that has yielded an average of 5.00 catches, 52.3 yards and 0.33 catches in their last three contests.
In Week 10 New York faces the San Francisco 49ers (one of the best positional matchups in the last month). In Week 11, they have the Philadelphia Eagles (a history of struggling versus the position, yet not of late) before some potentially promising dances with the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.
Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays
Celek could be on his way back
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.
Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles (61 percent)
The Iggles targeted Celek nine times in each of their last two games; he has rewarded them with 11 catches for 136 yards and a score in each contest. Philly is looking for ways to keep Michael Vick upright; seemingly, more dump-offs to the tight end are part of that equation. Those games each had a solid matchup for Celek: the Washington Redskins in Week 6 and the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night.
Luckily for Celek, the Chicago Bears have been prone to allowing big plays in the passing game, which is exacerbated by their ever-rotating safety personnel. Over Chicago's last three games, opposing tight ends have averaged 6.67 catches, 53.3 yards and 0.67 touchdowns per game. Chicago will probably try to contain Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson first, allowing ample space for Celek to work over the middle and on screens.
About Tim Heaney
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