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.
Making their move
Detroit Lions (41 percent)
Though they allowed 20 points in Week 1, Detroit gave up just one offensive TD to a competent Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad while recording two sacks, a pick and a fumble recovery. There's plenty of potential in this D, led by Ndamukong Suh on the D-line and showing ever-increasing competence in Jim Schwartz's leadership on that front.
Plus, in the next three weeks, the Lions take on the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys, three offenses that have shown issues on offense, are turnover-prone, or both. At the very least, consider the Lions a long-term rental, but they have potential to be a consistent top-10, or so, defense.
Fantasy football free agents: Watch list
These fantasy football free agents shouldn't be on your immediate list. They may have had a big week. They may have talent but are buried on the depth chart and merely awaiting an opportunity. Still, fantasy football players must know who they are for their potential contribution in the future.
NEW - Cleveland Browns defensive team/special teams (82 percent)
Admittedly, this inclusion is more about their upcoming schedule: at Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, Week 5 bye, at Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, at San Francisco 49ers. Some tasty matchups, right?
Cleveland recorded four sacks in Week 1 but couldn't induce a turnover from the Cincinnati Bengals. Weak; they're still learning the 4-3 defense. They probably still need a few weeks to gel, and with a bigger D-line and a maturing Joe Haden, they have the pieces to at least be useful by the time the second half of that schedule comes around. Heck, it might be worth throwing them against the Dolphins and Titans immediately.
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 - Cincinnati Bengals defensive team/special teams (96 percent)
Kyle Orton's dropped throw-turned-fumble exemplified the Denver Broncos' effectiveness Monday night. Though this game comes at Mile High, it shouldn't deter you from considering a promising Bengals D, whose aggressiveness under Mike Zimmer peeked through a little bit in Week 1. Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee fell flat, and the aerial game is hardly the same in a John Fox offense. Moreno (hamstring) and Brandon Lloyd (groin) could miss Week 2, also. It could be a few weeks before the Broncs show some potency; catch them with a solid defense if you're playing matchups.
About Tim Heaney
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 LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
During baseball and football season, he appears on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio on Thursdays and Sundays, and every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.
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