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.
An Oakland wideout worth something
Brandon Lloyd, Denver Broncos (66 percent)
While playing any Denver receiver can be frustrating on a weekly basis, Lloyd has turned in two big games in three weeks. In Week 3, versus the Indianapolis Colts, he caught six for a career-high 169 yards and scored once. The veteran wideout gives this offense a vertical element, and he seems to have a pretty good rapport with quarterback Kyle Orton. Lloyd will probably provide better value in non-PPR setups given his big-play nature.
Louis Murphy, Oakland Raiders (49 percent)
Murphy has enjoyed two big games with Bruce Gradkowski under center (6-91-1, 5-119-0). It is clear the two have chemistry. He is athletic and doesn't have a lot of competition for touches in Oakland's improving offense. He has 16 targets in the past two weeks.
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.
Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams (87 percent)
Wide receiver Laurent Robinson (foot) was inactive last week, and Amendola turned in six catches for 56 yards against the Washington Redskins - quality production, all things considered. Amendola been targeted 23 times in the last three games (14 the past two weeks), and he is a valuable safety valve for rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. Amendola should primarily be targeted by point-per-reception owners.
NEW - Earl Bennett, Chicago Bears (99 percent)
Devin Aromashodu didn't smell right, and it looks like Chicago has a new No. 3 wideout. Bennett, who had a knee scope prior to minicamp and missed the preseason due to a hamstring injury, has been targeted six times in each of the last two weeks - including thrice in the red zone in Week 3.
In those two contests, his output was pedestrian (eight catches, 50 yards), but swiping the slot receiver in a Martz attack serves well for fantasy depth, especially with bye weeks kicking in. Bennett showed more dynamic play last year (13.3 yards per catch), so there's potential for him to be more than just point-per-reception filler if he gets in full gear from his offseason dings. Don't bank on it, but he's serviceable as is, anyway.
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.
Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins (91 percent)
Bess has 16 receptions in his last two games against the Patriots, whose secondary is struggling. In Week 13 last year, Bess caught 10 balls for 117 yards and scored once. If you're looking for a quality one-week option to cover injuries or a bye week, snag Bess, especially in point-per-reception affairs.
NEW - Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders (86 percent)
Maybe Al Davis chose correctly
With 26 targets in the last two weeks and Bruce Gradkowski at quarterback, there's reason to believe DHB is finally going to make good on his No. 7 overall pick in the 2009 draft, whether or not it was deserved. OK, maybe it isn't that simple, but Heyward-Bey has shown improvement in both his physique and his on-field skills since the offseason.
Just as it made Louis Murphy a must-add, Oakland's reinvigorated passing attack has magnified Heyward-Bey's speed and downfield potential: He has averaged 14.0 yards per catch this year, including 16.3 in a three-snare, 49-yard Week 3 output. Though his stats will probably be inconsistent, expect the waiver wire world to be jumping on board quickly, especially since he was vastly overrated last season and is now showing his talent.
This week is a good start to see what he can do, especially if byes are wreaking havoc on your team. Oakland faces a porous and young Houston Texans secondary, which has helped yield 17.67 receptions, 262.3 receiving yards and 1.33 touchdown catches per game to opposing wideouts this year. Is Oakland's passing offense as legit as those of the Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys? No, but its increased promise with Gradkowski at the helm means they should fire ample shots.
NEW - Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (91 percent)
After scuffling to begin the season, Hartline saw 12 targets (three in the red zone) in Week 3. He only caught five of them, but he totaled 84 yards (16.8 per grab); that isn't far off from his season average last year (16.3, with 506 yards on 31 grabs).
This week, Miami tussles with AFC East-rival New England Patriots. Expect Brandon Marshall to face multiple coverage and Miami to throw often to keep up with a punishing Pats offense. New England has been used to this, having allowed 15.33 catches, 189.3 receiving yards and 1.33 touchdown grabs per game to opposing receivers so far.
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.