Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: DT - Week 17

by Tim Heaney on December 29, 2011 @ 13:05:32 PDT


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.

Atlanta Falcons (51 percent)

Jared Allen, DL, Minnesota Vikings
Allen will bring the heat

Even while being thrashed by the New Orleans Saints last night, the Dirty Birds registered two picks as Drew Brees was trying to break Dan Marino's single-season passing record. In the three weeks before that, Atlanta averaged 3.33 sacks, one interception and 1.33 fumble recoveries per contest versus the Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Falcons get the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the final week of the regular season. Raheem Morris' deflated club offers little defensive resistance and is led by a QB that has been sacked thrice in each of the last three games. Josh Freeman has also thrown 19 picks to 14 touchdowns on the season in a disappointing follow-up to 2010. Atlanta should control time of possession and, even with their shaky secondary, stifle Tampa Bay's inconsistent offense.

Minnesota Vikings (79 percent)

The Chicago Bears considered Josh McCown an improvement over Caleb Hanie in Week 16 ... even with the two picks their new starting QB threw. McCown can be accurate at times but hardly boasts the ability to push the ball downfield consistently. Chicago's offense has fallen off since injuries to Jay Cutler (thumb) and Matt Forte (knee).

The Vikes have registered QB pressure (2.50 sacks per game) over their last four contests, to go along with 0.25 picks and 1.25 fumble recoveries. They're not a team to bank on if your league dishes out heavy penalties for points allowed, but they have the talent up front to work around their shoddy defensive backfield, especially against a vulnerable attack like Chicago's.

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Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

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