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.
Johnny Knox, Chicago Bears (76 percent)
Knox: a favorite target in Week 12
This endorsement may seem reactionary, and that is because it partially is. Caleb Hanie went to Knox 10 times in Week 12, and having so little go on with the inexperienced quarterback's preferences, this is the best we have. In the last two games, Knox has seen 15 total targets and two trips to the end zone. He is the definition of a big-play threat, as evidenced by his 22.2 yards-per-reception average this year (18.8 last year).
Wide receiver Devin Hester has been relegated to a special teams role and will serve as a backup receiver for the immediate future. Also, Knox is arguably the most talented receiver in this mediocre cast.
Chicago faces one of the softest schedules against the receiver position in the next month. They face the Kansas City Chiefs (Week 13), Denver Broncos (Week 14), Seattle Seahawks (Week 15) and Green Bay Packers (Week 16) to close out the standard fantasy schedule.
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (65 percent)
Sidney Rice (head) sustained another noggin injury in Week 12; since he was recovering from a concussion not long ago, along with a knee injury, he might be in jeopardy of playing in Week 13 and beyond. Mike X. Williams (shoulder) and Ben Obomanu (ankle, knee) are dinged.
Though he's dealing with a banged-up shoulder of his own, Baldwin was targeted 10 times on Sunday. If Rice is limited or sidelined, Baldwin is the best bet for looks. He has had such fleeting attention this season and could still be serviceable PPR depth or a fill-in for injuries.
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.
Benn there ... do that again?
Arrelious Benn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (92 percent)
The Bucs have teased earlier this month of getting Benn more involved; he has either five or six targets in each of his past three games, snaring eight of those 18 looks. He's hardly on the reliability level of Mike Williams or Kellen Winslow, but Benn has big-play ability that could be a useful desperation play at this juncture.
Case in point: Benn's Week 13 battle with the Carolina Panthers. Chris Gamble is a tough corner, but he won't be guarding Benn. The squad has allowed 12.0 catches, 175.7 receiving yards and 1.33 touchdown snares per contest to this position in their last three games. The 14.6 yards-per-grab average allowed puts Carolina among the 10 highest figures. The last time Benn played the Panthers he caught two passes for 29 yards but found the end zone to salvage some fantasy worth.
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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