Free agents to pick up in your fantasy football league
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.
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.
Steven Hauschka, Baltimore Ravens
If you read our Week 2 and Week 3 reports, you should know how Baltimore's rejuvenated offense impacts their kicking game. Their schedule has been easy, granted. However, despite ranking in the middle of the pack in field goal tries per contest, Hauschka so far has averaged 4.33 extra points per game, good for second in the league. The strong leg can be had in nearly every polled league. Please don't force us to mention him again.
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.
Matt Prater, Denver Broncos
Conservative quarterback Kyle Orton has a positive effect on kickers, too. The Broncos have game-managed their way to a 3-0 start, along with a productive slate for Prater, who is tied for the third most field goal attempts per contest so far (3.00). Prater is 3-for-3 from 40-plus yards this season, including boots from 48 and 50 yards.
His matchup against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4 should help him at least maintain his friendly pace. Prater can be scooped up in about 76 percent of fantasy football leagues.
Olindo Mare, Seattle Seahawks
The vet missed two field goals last week, but he punched through four, including two from 40-plus yards, with a long of 46. With quarterback Seneca Wallace potentially calling the shots for a while, Seattle may be settling for a bunch of three-point tries.
Even if Matt Hasselbeck (rib) were to gut his injury out, Mare has held his own: 2.33 field goal tries per contest, tied for the sixth most in the NFL. Mare could find increased three-point work against the Indianapolis Colts in Seattle's fourth game. You can find the NFL senior citizen on nearly every waiver wire.
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 of production; they may show talent but are buried on the depth chart; they may have a chance to play sometime this season because of injuries. Still, fantasy football players must know who these players are for their potential contribution in the future.
Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints
When "The Hit Man" Hartley comes back from suspension in Week 5, N'awlins will have a decision to make. You shouldn't waste a backup spot on a kicker unless you're in an extremely deep format, but if they give Hartley the starting gig soon after his return, he'll assume John Carney's ample chances at productivity. Hartley can be picked up in 88 percent of leagues surveyed.
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 straights. 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.
NEW - Jason Hanson, Detroit Lions
The veteran Lion has knocked through all six of his attempts this season, and the Chicago Bears, his Week 4 opponent, have surrendered the most field goal attempts per game of any team in the league (3.67). Consider Hanson a quality pickup and a definite target as a bye week replacement.
NEW - Joe Nedney, San Francisco 49ers
Another well-aged booter, Nedney, just like Hanson, has averaged 2.0 field goal attempts and makes per game in this young season. He has a favorable matchup against the St. Louis Rams, who rank tied for No. 6 in the league with the most potential kicking points allowed to enemy kickers. Plug Nedney into your lineup this week, and you may just keep him around awhile.
About Tim Heaney
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