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: 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.
Ed Dickson, Baltimore
Ravens (98 percent)
Heap of hammy history
Starting tight end Todd Heap suffered a strained hamstring early in the game and did not return to Week 13 play. Dickson filled in for the injured veteran and was targeted seven times. He hauled in three passes for 21 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers' tough defense.
Dickson has the athleticism and hands to be a fantasy contributor. He should be added for depth or as an injury fill-in if you have been counting on Heap. Heap has a history of hamstring injuries; his status for Week 14 is uncertain. The Ravens play the Houston Texans, and Dickson would be a quality one-week play if it appears as though Heap's injury won't keep him out long term.
NEW - Owen Daniels, Houston Texans (74 percent)
Daniels (hamstring) is on track to return to the lineup for Week 14. Joel Dreessen has been more than useful in his place, and he'll still have a notable role in the offense with Daniels back, but Houston won't ignore Daniels' presence. Houston's wideouts besides Andre Johnson have been inconsistent, and Daniels claims he's feeling healthy. Couldn't blame you for your skepticism, but at least it's a positive sign.
His matchup with the Ravens this week isn't a positive fantasy duel, but in the following two games he'll face the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos, two of the best doormats for tight ends in the last month. If your tight end crop is hurting - most are - why not target a formerly productive alternative with a favorable slate?
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.
Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans (99 percent)
Sunday, Cook caught four passes - his second straight game with that output
- on six targets. Since Week 11, he has totaled 16 looks. In Week 13, he outperformed
an active Bo Scaife. In Cook, Tennessee might
be finding another weapon for a passing offense that has had to deal with quarterback
woes and an erratic receiving corps - mainly a ghostly Randy
Moss. Kenny Britt (hamstring) might be back
in Week 14, though, which limits Cook's late-season potential.
On the other hand, the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee's Week 14 opponent, have been susceptible to tight ends in the last four weeks, yielding 6.50 catches, 62.8 yards and 0.75 touchdown grabs per game. If "desperate" defines your tight end spot, take a shot.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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