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: 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.
Arizona Cardinals (48 percent)
The Cards flew all over the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, sacking Dallas QBs five times and returning two picks for TDs. Arizona has grabbed defensive fantasy points in spurts, relying heavily on TDs and recording just 1.67 sacks per game from Week 13 to Week 15.
In the season finale, though, repeating their Week 16 success isn't much to ask for against the San Francisco 49ers, whose QB situation provides turnovers and sacks whether Alex Smith or Troy Smith takes snaps. The Niners have conceded 4.00 sacks and 0.75 interceptions per game since Week 12, the last time Arizona faced San Fran. That game was a San Francisco romp, but even if it's a high-scoring affair this Sunday, the peripheral stats the 49ers have allowed can balance out yardage or points damage.
St. Louis Rams (65 percent)
St. Louis has recorded 3.00 sacks, 1.50 interceptions and 0.50 fumble recoveries per game in the last four weeks, when they've faced the Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. Three of those four are defense-friendly, and St. Louis gets another shot at that with the Seattle Seahawks in Week 17.
Matt Hasselbeck (hip) is uncertain for Week 17, but Charlie Whitehurst being behind center still makes Seattle a nice fantasy matchup: Both slingers have contributed to Seattle's averages of 2.25 sacks, 2.00 interceptions and 0.50 fumbles lost per game over the last month.
Detroit Lions (70 percent)
Ignore points and yardage allowed: The Lions' D has been useful with 3.25 sacks, 1.00 interceptions and 0.75 fumble recoveries per game since Week 12. The Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers (sans Aaron Rodgers for most of the game), Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins were a near perfect storm for fantasy points.
Vikings QBs, whether it be Brett Favre (concussion, neck, shoulder) or Joe Webb, offer productive fantasy opportunities for defensive teams: 2.75 sacks, 2.00 interceptions and 0.75 lost fumbles per game since Week 12. Sure, Adrian Peterson (thigh, knee) might gash them, but the near gift-wrapped opportunities for an otherwise talented defense to accumulate stats make them a useful season-capping play.
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