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: 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.
The Pack had trouble using Finley in Week 1 because they needed him to stay in for quarterback protection. This past Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals allowed Green Bay to get four catches and 56 receptions in eight utilizations of Finley. He's physically gifted. The Pack love to pass. Owners in leagues that require or suggest a second tight end: There's a bunch of upside here, especially should they revisit plans of using him often in the red zone. Finley is available in about 73 percent of surveyed leagues.
The rook didn't register a stat in the opener but grabbed four passes for 40 yards in Week 2. The Lions don't have much to offer offensively outside wideout Calvin Johnson and tailback Kevin Smith. At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, Pettigrew is athletic enough to break big plays and could be a safety valve for rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford. He's available in about 87 percent of leagues polled.
We wrote last week about Royal's potential for contribution in PPR leagues because of quarterback Brady Quinn's short-passing M.O. Royal put up a dud in Week 2 on only three targets but should remain at least a passable option as long as Cleveland avoids going downfield. You can by no means play him every week. The deep option can be had in almost every setup, though.
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.
Though his matchup isn't that promising this week, Lewis retains his moderate involvement in a moderately alive passing attack. He's averaging 5.5 targets over the first two games, and five targets in Week 2 led to 62 yards and a score on three receptions. The bad side: He dropped two throws. On the bright side, he was already being sought out more than wideout Troy Williamson (shoulder), who is now out for the season. Though the resurgent Mike Sims-Walker will become more important, Lewis could spend another season causing random matchup advantages. Those looking for a future bye and current injury stand-in should keep an eye on Lewis, who's a free agent nearly everywhere.
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.
The Bucs' disarray without a healthy Antonio Bryant (knee) at wide receiver has been calmed by tight end Kellen Winslow, but Stevens isn't far behind with 14 looks (including nine last week with Bryant absent) to Winslow's 20 so far this year. The team hopes Bryant will play this week, but Stevens still has a chance to capitalize on his red zone use (two last week, three for the year). The New York Giants rank in the bottom five regarding receptions allowed to the position and have also allowed one score a week to tight ends. A Stevens rental is possible in almost all formats.
Fasano only has three receptions this year but ranks as Miami's only viable offensive weapon at his position. This week, he'll line up across from the San Diego Chargers, arguably the worst defense versus the position last year and ranked in the middle of the pack this season. He's a desperation play that you can find unowned in about 66 percent of leagues.
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