If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, it is important to stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the course of 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 in your league. Not being aggressive in picking up fantasy football free agents is not a wise move. Sometimes, even if you do not need the player for your starting lineup, it is wise to tuck the player away for depth as well as to block others from adding the player 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.
Tosser Derek Anderson helps Cleveland's skills bodies purely for his ability to move the ball downfield - a formerly foreign concept for these Browns. From the looks of Massaquoi's Week 4 (eight catches, 148 yards), he's finally capitalizing on his blossoming rapport with DA. Though you can't expect this production every week, the rook's vertical prowess should lead to consistent looks. The trade of wideout Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets also opens up a chance for Massaquoi to become the top wideout.
Morgan's 2-39-1 Week 4 performance wouldn't normally excite skeptical viewers, but he dropped a long pass that would've taken him into the end zone earlier. Promising sign: Quarterback Shaun Hill went back to Morgan on a crucial play after the latter's mistake. Tight end Vernon Davis is the No. 1 target but is inconsistent. Isaac Bruce is reliable but not explosive. Morgan remains their best big-play target. Remember: He's a second-year man who didn't receive consistent playing time last season. He'll have ups and downs, but Morgan was a fantasy sleeper for a reason.
Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire
Fantasy football leagues come in all shapes, so the following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.
Down 27-3 at halftime in Week 4, the Titans were forced to air it out to try to get back in the game in the second half. Cue Britt's big day. The rookie wideout was looked at 11 times, finishing with seven receptions for 105 yards. He has yet to score but has compiled 271 yards on 17 receptions this year.
You shouldn't be rushing to acquire him just yet, though. He received six, two and six looks in each of the first three weeks, respectively. The Titans still are a run-first offense, and if they do make a change at quarterback in the coming weeks, Vince Young isn't the kind of aerial threat that Kerry Collins is. Justin Gage and Nate Washington are still in the fray, as well. Britt remains flier material unless he can climb the hierarchy.
The other receiver in the Braylon Edwards trade deserves to at least be considered for a roster spot after his departure from the New York Jets. Stuckey might not make an impact right away, but he does have experience in a similar offense; head coach Eric Mangini was the head coach of the New York Jets last year, and Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was the Jets' quarterbacks coach.
He hasn't done a lot since the opening week (4-64-1 in Week 1; 7-56-0 since), but he'll likely be one of the top two receivers for Cleveland. He only has average matchups in the next three weeks, but with the Browns defense as porous as it has been, they'll likely have to throw the ball a lot to keep up. Be proactive if you have the room.
Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays
The following fantasy football pickups are one-week plays for those who need injury or bye week replacements. These are not players you immediately acquire - unless your team is in dire straits. Some are, however, showing some life and should have an eye kept on them to see if they materialize as worthy options beyond their temporary use.
It appears quarterback Peyton Manning is gaining some trust in his young wideout. Collie finished with six receptions for 65 yards and a score last week and his targets have increased in each of the last two weeks. He'll have a decent chance at building on his Week 4 outing against the Tennessee Titans this week.
They've allowed the third most receptions (15.25) along with the second most receiving yards (202.3) and touchdowns (1.75) per game to this position through the first four weeks. Starting cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan (hamstring) and Nick Harper (ribs) both could miss Week 5, too, as well as nickel back Vincent Fuller (forearm). Yes, it could be a big passing week for Manning and the Colts.
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