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.
Dwayne Bowe's four-game suspension opens up Chambers to be the No. 1 target in KC. The San Diego Chargers castoff has just nine targets over his first two outings as a Chief but has at least three catches and 60 yards in each of those games, including a two-touchdown Chiefs debut. He'll be inconsistent and probably will command a higher price than he deserves, but his quick acclimation to this offense speaks well for his future involvement.
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.
St. Louis wideouts drop passes and like flies; Keenan Burton is the latest injury casualty. Gibson, who arrived in an under-the-radar deal with the Eagles at the deadline, received nine targets in Week 10, in just his second game. He caught seven passes for 93 yards and may have lucked into a starting job. Philly didn't want to part with the sixth-round rookie, and the Rams are high on him. Maybe you'll get to see why.
Justin Gage (back) missed Week 10 and could be out for longer, meaning Washington stands as the de facto No. 1 wideout. With a scoring grab in Week 10, Washington has now found the end zone in two of his last three games. The deep threat hasn't posted a receiving average (9.4) befitting this label, but he has room to grow in terms of targets; he's already their most frequent red zone force outside of tailback Chris Johnson. Their next two opponents, the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals, have been kind to wideouts.
While you can count Chris Chambers as the No. 1 in name during Bowe's discipline, Long has a chance to be just as effective in fantasy circles, especially in point-per-reception leagues. The slot wideout has 15 looks in his last two games and 20 in his three outings as a Chief. He should give you a comfortable depth option.
With 13 targets in quarterback Josh Freeman's two starts, Stovall has finally cashed in on his talent. He averaged 3.5 receptions and 46.5 yards in those contests and scored in Week 10. Though Antonio Bryant (knee) is expected to return in Week 11, it's clear that Freeman has the ability to move the ball downfield with Stovall, who has averaged 16.9 yards per grab this season. Plus, it's not like Bryant is the picture of good health.
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.
Must be that time of year again. Quarterback Donovan McNabb goes to Avant often on third down, but once in a while he gives Avant a huge game, like his Week 10 performance of eight catches for 156 yards. This week, the Chicago Bears look fit to provide another chance for Avant to fly if you're desperate; they have yielded 142.0 receiving yards and 1.75 touchdowns per game to wideouts in the last month. Avant could also serve as the last wideout off a deep fantasy bench.
Washington has been consistent this year in chipping a few catches per game, mainly being useful in PPR leagues. He has been taking advantage of attention shown to top wideouts Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton. Washington stands as a productive desperation play this week against an injury-ravaged Colts D that has allowed a whopping 16.25 receptions, 205.0 yards and 0.75 touchdowns per game to this position since Week 6.
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. Follow @NicholasMinnix
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