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.
John Carney, New Orleans Saints (83 percent)
The Saints' kicker switch Thursday was probably made after many waiver wire periods passed. Garrett Hartley isn't completely out of the picture, but Carney isn't exactly a newbie; he drilled all three of his field goals and added a one-pointer in his first week.
Carney's 46-year-old leg doesn't have much thump, but Saints kickers score points; don't hesitate. If the Saints go back to Hartley and someone else scoops him up, well ... they're just kickers. Find another one. Still, even if this player pool is essentially interchangeable, you should give yourself the best opportunity possible for points.
Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire
The following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow fantasy football leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.
David Buehler, Dallas Cowboys (68 percent)
Bye weeks often erase the memories of your league mates. Buehler made both of his field goals in Week 3 (both between 40 and 49 yards) after a 2-for-3 effort in Week 2. Dallas might just have warmed to him despite his two missed field goals; he has made his last three (baby steps), and they still admire his strong leg. Plus, he already had his bye, so if he breaks through, you won't have to dump him.
This week's clash with the Tennessee Titans is a top-notch matchup for opposing boots (3.50 field goal attempts allowed per game so far). Not a bad week to try him out.
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.
Graham Gano, Washington Redskins (86 percent)
With an 8-for-10 field goal mark through the first four weeks, Gano has shown a good combo of reliability and distance thumping. Plus, the Redskins' red zone woes can't hurt his chances to contribute. The presence of running back Ryan Torain might mitigate those struggles in the future, but this offense does just enough behind Donovan McNabb to be confident in their weekly point output.
Start him off in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers (2.50 field goal attempts, 1.75 extra point tries allowed per game). Washington's bye comes in Week 9, and though his matchups after this coming Sunday aren't that attractive at the moment (Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions), he'll at least deserve a look.
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.
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