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 Williams, Dallas
Cowboys (41 percent)
Roy back in the saddle?
Wide receiver Dez Bryant fractured his ankle and will miss the remainder of the season. This leaves Williams as the clear-cut No. 2 receiver in Big D. Fantasy owners are quite aware of how much his production has dropped since Jon Kitna replaced Tony Romo (clavicle) as the starting quarterback, but the main reason for that was Kitna's affinity for Bryant in the passing game.
Williams should be added in all formats, but just because Bryant is now out of the picture it doesn't necessarily mean that Kitna will go to Williams a tremendous amount. As usual with Williams, some weeks he will make you smile, and other weeks he will have you cursing his name. Nevertheless, he is once again worthy of a roster spot.
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.
Anthony Armstrong, Washington
Redskins (84 percent)
We brought up Armstrong a few weeks ago for your consumption, but it appears few owners took that information to heart. The first-year wideout has become the go-to deep threat for quarterback Donovan McNabb, and the Redskins have been forced to chuck the ball around quite a bit this year (sixth most attempts in the NFL).
In the past three weeks, Armstrong has been utilized 25 times, including a career-best 10 plays in Week 13. The Redskins face three teams during the fantasy playoff season that can be susceptible to the pass (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars).
Chaz Schilens, Oakland Raiders (99 percent)
Schilens actually played in Week 13 ... crazy talk, we know! He was targeted one time and didn't catch the pass attempt. Talent-wise, Schilens is arguably Oakland's best receiver. However, injuries have robbed him from displaying that on a regular basis.
We've seen flashes of talent from Schilens, and it's no secret that Oakland's wideouts aren't exactly stellar options. Schilens deserves a look in deep leagues for depth entering your fantasy playoffs. Two of Oakland's next few opponents (Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos) are decent matchups for wideouts, too.
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.
NEW - Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh Steelers (98 percent)
Sanders has the attention of Ben Roethlisberger with at least five targets in three of his last four games, over which he has earned 24 looks. In two of his last three games, he had either two or three catches, but he averaged a notable 16.8 yards per grab.
The Cincinnati Bengals await Pittsburgh and for wideouts to whip them: 12.25 catches, 171.3 yards and 1.75 touchdowns allowed per game against the position since Week 9. Tight end Heath Miller (concussion) doesn't look good to play in Week 14, so more targets will open up.
NEW - Josh Morgan, San Francisco 49ers (96 percent)
With just 19 targets over the last four weeks, Morgan hasn't been a major part of this inconsistent offense that has gone back to Alex Smith at QB. But Troy Smith gave Morgan seven receptions in the previous two games. Maybe the new starting Smith opens up the passing game more, a necessity with running back Frank Gore (hip) out for the year. Morgan at least has more history with Alex Smith than he did with Troy Smith.
Deep leaguers shouldn't overlook Morgan for Week 14. KFFL writers could probably do fantasy damage against the Seattle Seahawks' pass D, against which wideouts have averaged 13.75 catches, 196.5 receiving yards and 2.00 touchdown snares per game in the last four weeks.
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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