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.
Jerome Harrison, Cleveland Browns (41 percent)
Look, just don't count on 286 rushing yards (heck, a quarter of that) and three scores on 34 carries each week. It was the Kansas City Chiefs, after all. Cleveland will probably continue with the hot hand; Harrison's happened to be scorching. Both he and Chris Jennings should be owned. Even in tandem work, Harrison lines up well against the Oakland Raiders in Week 16, but the Jacksonville Jaguars' stout ground D doesn't present confidence for Week 17.
Ward may finally prove useful
Maurice Morris, Detroit Lions (87 percent)
If your flex spot longs for production, pick up the Lions' top option in replacing Kevin Smith (knee). Morris was used 23 times (including five catches) in their first non-Smith game; rookie back Aaron Brown (knee), who was banged up, just thrice. A 64-yard touchdown run enhanced Morris' stats, but Detroit appears content with keeping Brown as a changeup back. Morris isn't inspiring, but it's hard to find a near certain 15-touch back this late in the year.
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.
Derrick Ward, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (66 percent)
The Bucs pledged to simplify their play calling and run more often. Ward saw 19 carries for 67 yards this past Sunday, along with a six-yard scoring catch. Cadillac Williams is still the starter, but depleted teams should keep in mind Ward's matchups with the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons to close out the season. Both have given up at least one score per game to RBs in the last four weeks.
Michael Bush, Oakland Raiders (75 percent)
The Raiders' version of the National Guard, Bush has stepped up several times when called upon due to injury. Bush compiled 133 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries when Justin Fargas (knee) was dinged up in Week 15. Fargas could've returned, but who knows how the typically brittle back will respond in practice? If you need to take a chance, scoop up Bush. The Raiders have the Cleveland Browns this week.
LJ: Week 16 redemption songs?
Mike Hart, Indianapolis Colts (99 percent)
Owners scouring for cheap touchdowns in cavernous leagues: Hart has 10 red zone utilizations in the last three weeks, including three inside the 5. As long as the bruising Donald Brown (chest) remains out, Hart should continue with some close-to-paydirt work. It's a long shot, but you should keep it in mind.
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.
Larry Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals (75 percent)
Desperate times, etc.: Johnson squares off against his former club, the Kansas City Chiefs; Cincy could use this as an excuse to rest starter Cedric Benson and give LJ some more work, a la Michael Vick in his return to Atlanta. The Chiefs, recently trampled by the Cleveland Browns' Jerome Harrison, have been at least in the small discussion for the worst run D in the league.
About Tim Heaney
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