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.
Refuting reports of aggravating his ankle injury, Gonzalez proclaimed himself ready for Week 8. With Dallas Clark (wrist) on Injured Reserve and Austin Collie (thumb) out at least a few weeks, Gonzalez, and to a lesser extent Blair White, can step right into increased looks.
Gonzo's ability to play the slot should help him slide right in for Collie; even with Gonzalez's long layoff; it's safer to bet he'll click quickly with Manning, who's more familiar with him than with White.
Don't underestimate that when it comes to Manning, who's picky regarding who he trusts. For most weeks Collie is out, Gonzalez will carry WR3 or flex value, with a more solid base in point-per-reception setups.
Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) doesn't have the greatest track record for staying healthy. Speculate on White, who has just six catches this year but filled in well for Austin Collie (thumb) in Week 3. White stands to benefit from the season-ending wrist injury to Dallas Clark and Collie's thumb injury, which should keep him out for at least a few weeks.
White's touchdown catch in Week 3 at least made Peyton
Manning learn his name, but Manning's declining amount of weapons at least
gives White value as fantasy depth for a few weeks, more so in point-per-reception
leagues. Remember, though, that an active Gonzalez will probably take away some
of those reps.
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.
The Panthers switched back to Matt Moore as their starting quarterback in Week 7 after three games of rookie Jimmy Clausen at the helm, and Carolina's passing game showed signs of life. Moore coming back to the lineup was accompanied by wideout Steve Smith's return from ankle injury.
Smith drew plenty of double coverage, which led to Gettis being in a lot of one-on-one situations. He caught eight passes for 125 yards and scored twice. Gettis could continue to be heavily involved (nine targets last week) since Smith regularly sees multiple defenders. There is legitimate fantasy worth in Gettis as long as Moore maintains some semblance of respectable quarterback play.
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. They may have talent but are buried on the depth chart and merely awaiting an opportunity. Still, fantasy football players must know who they are for their potential contribution in the future.
Wide receivers have plagued the Green Bay Packers in the last month, accounting for 11.5 receptions, 187.5 receiving yards and 1.0 touchdowns against them per contest. The Packers' defensive injuries have compromised their pass D. With six teams on a bye in Week 8, types like Cotchery can help. The Jets' aerial attack has more hope for fantasy production with a more mature Mark Sanchez taking snaps. The seasoned Cotchery has the chops to take advantage of the Pack this week to the tune of a few receptions' worth of bye filler.
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. Follow @Cory_Bonini
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