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.
Safe to say the Rams have some stability at wideout, having targeted the recent addition 26 times in the last two weeks (17 in Week 11); Gibson now has 12 grabs in his first two games with St. Louis. Did you follow our advice last week? His five-catch, 61-yard output this past Sunday obviously left many targets unfertilized, but the Rams' wideout corps has left its own trail of waste this season. There's a reason the Rams targeted Gibson in their recent trade; they're going to use the talented rook. Quarterback Marc Bulger (tibia) will miss at least three weeks, but it shouldn't turn you off adding Gibson.
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.
Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie have done their best to help you forget A-Gon, but you may want to take this head start while your leaguemates aren't looking. Despite the absence of a timetable, he's working toward coming back, possibly within the next few weeks.
It's hard to say he'll take too much away from the other two wideouts, but he'll probably reassume enough looks to make him relevant in deep leagues, at least. Don't ignore his fantasy playoff schedule for Weeks 14 (Denver Broncos), 15 (Jacksonville Jaguars) and 16 (New York Jets); those opponents have been vulnerable to wideouts in the last four weeks.
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.
We could call these entries "James Jones Specials." Believe it or not, the typically reception-barren Jones has averaged 3.67 catches per game since Week 8, but his last two games have produced just 5.6 yards per grab. Before those games, he was averaging 23.9, which speaks well for his impending clash with the Detroit Lions and wideouts' 14.8 yards-per-reception average against them in the last four weeks. Don't let Jordy Nelson's recent return sway you from using Jones' big-play potential.
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