Free Agents to Target Key
Acquire: Players you should target to add to your team immediately.
Look to Acquire: Players you should consider adding if you have a need at the position, are looking to build depth or have the available roster space to block other owners from capitalizing on building the talent on their team.
Watch List: Players you should keep an eye on based off current trends or developing situations.
Quarterbacks: Watch List
NEW - Patrick Ramsey, Denver Broncos - Quarterback Jay Cutler (leg) is currently day-to-day after suffering a lower leg injury in Week 9, and it is uncertain if he will start this week. If that were to be the case, Ramsey would be expected to get the start. Ramsey came in and threw for 262 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Week 9. The Broncos' quarterbacks have a strong play matchup this week, as the Kansas City Chiefs are allowing over 300 yards and touchdown per game to the position through the last four weeks. Ramsey is available in 99 percent of both casual and competitive leagues polled.
Quarterbacks: One-Week Play
J.P. Losman, Buffalo Bills - He threw for 295 yards and a touchdown in Week 9 playing in place of quarterback Trent Edwards (sprained wrist), who missed the game due to injury. Losman looked very impressive in making his first start in six week's leading the Bills to their third consecutive victory. It is uncertain to this point if Losman will be the Week 10 starter, but the injury to Edwards' wrist could impact his ability to practice during the week, and as a rookie, it is believed that he would need a full week of practice to be fully prepared to face Miami in Week 10. Losman has a strong play matchup and is available in 77 percent of casual and 70 percent of competitive leagues polled.
NEW - Damon Huard, Kansas City Chiefs - The Chiefs are expected to be without stud running back Larry Johnson (foot) this week, meaning that Huard could be depended upon more. He comes into this week's matchup with the Broncos after throwing for 213 yards and two touchdowns; he also threw two picks. The Broncos have had trouble stopping opposing quarterbacks of late, allowing 291 yards and 2.67 touchdowns per game to the position over the last four weeks. Huard should be looked at as just a one-week play due to his strong-play matchup. He is available in 93 percent of casual and 60 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Running Backs: Acquire
Kevin Jones, Detroit Lions - Offensive coordinator Mike Martz has made it a point to attack opposing defenses by running the ball more. Jones has been his man and is taking full advantage of the mad scientist's newfound love of the running game. Jones carried the ball last week 17 times for 71 yards and was well on his way to another 100-yard rushing game, but the Lions destroyed the Denver Broncos by 37 points and Jones was quickly pulled. He has another strong play matchup this week against the Arizona Cardinals, who allowed over 100 yards rushing last week to Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Earnest Graham. Jones is available in 11 percent of casual and 1 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Justin Fargas, Oakland Raiders - Fargas handled the majority of the load last week, carrying the ball 23 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. Running back LaMont Jordan (back) had his most unproductive game of the season carrying the ball just four times for 10 yards. Fargas is expected to be named the team's starter for the remainder of the season and could see a similar amount of carries this week against a porous Chicago Bears rushing defense. Fargas has a strong play matchup and is available in 96 percent of casual and 45 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Jesse Chatman, Miami Dolphins - Chatman will get his second start this week, after replacing the injured Ronnie Brown (knee), who suffered a season-ending injury in Week 7. Chatman returns from the team's bye week after carrying the ball 16 times for 79 yards in muddy affair against the New York Giants that was held at Wembley Stadium in London during Week 8. This week he will face another defense in the Buffalo Bills that has been vastly improving, allowing 79 yards and 0.33 touchdowns to the position over the last four weeks. Chatman is available in 58 percent of casual and 10 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Julius Jones, Dallas Cowboys - Jones had one of his most involved games of the season, carrying the ball 13 times for 57 yards and one touchdown; he also pulled in three receptions for 22 yards. He picked up just his second touchdown of the season after getting a rare goal line carry after normally taking a seat to running back Marion Barber III in that situation. Head coach Wade Phillips stated at the beginning of the season that the running backs would split carries, and after Week 8, it looked to be an afterthought. Jones and Barber were back at splitting carries last week, and there is no reason why that won't continue. Jones is available in 39 percent of casual and 15 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Maurice Morris, Seattle Seahawks - Morris carried the ball nine times after replacing running back Shaun Alexander (knee, ankle) after he was forced to leave the game due to injury. Morris rushed for 55 yards - 6.1 yards per carry - and also caught two passes for 43 yards. It is unclear at this point if Alexander will have to miss any time, but he is expected to undergo X-rays on both his knee and ankle. Morris has put up respectable numbers over the last two games picking up 19 carries for 97 yards. If Alexander is forced to miss any time, Morris is the likely to start in his place. Morris is available in 99 percent of casual and 84 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Priest Holmes, Kansas City Chiefs - He replaced running back Larry Johnson (ankle) in the fourth quarter last week after he was forced out of the game with an ankle injury. Holmes carried the ball three times for eight yards, adding one reception for eight yards and converting a two-point conversion. Holmes hasn't been used much since being activated from the team's non-football injury list, carrying the ball a total of seven times in two games. However, Johnson is expected to miss up to one game, and Holmes is expected to be the team's starter in his absence. Johnson owners should grab Holmes immediately. Holmes is available in 97 percent of casual and 77 percent of competitive leagues polled.
NEW - Ryan Grant, Green Bay Packers - Grant (concussion) made the first start of his career last week against the Chiefs, carrying the ball 19 times for 55 yards and adding four receptions for 37 yards. Grant suffered a concussion in the game, and early indications are that he should be available for Week 10, but nothing is certain. This week's matchup against the Minnesota Vikings will be tough, as they are allowing just 73.8 yards per game to the position over the last four weeks. This may not be the game to play him, but he should be acquired for the upcoming weeks. He is available in 80 percent of casual and 9 percent of competitive leagues polled.
NEW - Selvin Young, Denver Broncos - Running back Travis Henry (knee) suffered a knee injury in last week's game and missed the fourth quarter. He is expected to play in this week's game, but along with his health being an issue, there is the issue of whether or not he will be receiving a suspension. Young looked decent in one start and while filling in for Henry. In the last two weeks, he has carried the ball 24 times for 83 yards and recorded eight receptions for 64 yards. If Henry were to miss any time, it is expected that Young would start in his absence. Young has a weak-play matchup this week, but he is available in 59 percent of casual and 8 percent of competitive leagues polled.
NEW - Michael Pittman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The team expects Pittman (ankle) to return to action when they suit up in Week 11. He is expected to split snaps in practice with running back Earnest Graham, who has filled in as the team's starter in the absence of running back Cadillac Williams (knee) as well as Pittman. It might be a few weeks until he's 100 percent, but he could take over the starting job at some point this season. Pittman is available in 98 percent of casual and 88 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Running Backs: Look to Acquire
NEW - Michael Robinson, San Francisco 49ers - Robinson received the majority of carries last week after running back Frank Gore (ankle) was inactive for last week's game. Robinson carried the ball 17 times for 67 yards in seeing the most playing time he has had since Week 5 in 2006. Gore missed last week's game as more of a precautionary measure, and he should be ready to play a divisional opponent (Seattle Seahawks) this Monday night. Robinson appears to be the No. 2 option in the running game and should be looked at as a handcuff to Gore in case Gore were to miss any more playing time. Robinson is available in 99 percent of casual and 91 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Wide Receivers: Acquire
Lee Evans, Buffalo Bills - Evans has appeared on the Acquire section of this list for the past four weeks, and those who haven't jumped on him are surely regretting their decision. The return of good friend J.P. Losman to the quarterback spot has blown up his stock as Evans exploded for nine catches with 165 yards and a touchdown in Week 9. Evans has caught a touchdown in the two games since Losman took the job back, including his Week 9 start and his Week 8 substitution when quarterback Trent Edwards (wrist) was injured. Evans has been targeted 27 times over his last three games, and he remains a strong play against the Miami Dolphins this week as Losman will continue to look his way. If he's on the wire, you should run to pick him up as a No. 2 fantasy receiver. He is available in 15 percent of casual leagues and 7 percent of competitive leagues.
Brandon Stokley, Denver Broncos - Stokley has strolled underneath the attention garnered by wide receiver Brandon Marshall and tight end Tony Scheffler by compiling 14 catches for two touchdowns over his last three games. He stands as a strong play this week against the Chiefs, who have allowed 199.7 yards and 1.67 touchdowns per game to wideouts in their last three contests. Stokley is available in 76 percent of casual leagues and 47 percent of competitive leagues polled.
David Patten, New Orleans Saints - Although he is still second for looks behind Marques Colston (26) among Saints receivers in the past two weeks, Patten leads the Saints wideouts with 83 receiving yards per game in his last four weeks. He offers a possession complement to Colston, and Patten averages 3.6 yards after the catch this year. He could expose the Rams with his quick bursts after he hauls in passes. Patten is available in 97 percent of casual leagues and 72 percent of competitive leagues polled.
D.J. Hackett, Seattle Seahawks - Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck restocked his tool shed with the return of Hackett, who was widely considered a big sleeper candidate at the start of the season. He returned last week from his ankle injury, and he seemed to heal well after hauling in six passes for 58 yards and a touchdown. Although Hasselbeck showed his devotion to wideout Bobby Engram (14 catches on 21 looks), Hackett will remain an integral part of the passing game, especially if wide receiver Deion Branch (foot) can't go next week. He ranks as a strong play against the 49ers, who have allowed 1.67 touchdowns per game to wide receivers in their last three games. He is available in 71 percent of casual leagues and 67 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Chris Henry, Cincinnati Bengals - If the other owners in your league haven't set their Chris Henry suspension clocks, more power to you. The Bengals have pined for Henry's return all season to take pressure off their slacking running game and wideouts Chad Johnson (neck) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. He was one of the most dangerous No. 3 fantasy receivers for the past few years, and his presence alone opens up the Bengals' offensive dynamic. He returned to practice last Wednesday and looks on track to play this Sunday. If not, he's still a great stash option. He has paid his dues, and you should pay him some respect if he's on your wire - even if you're already deep at wide receiver. He is available in less than 81 percent of casual leagues and 61 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Wide Receivers: Look to Acquire
NEW - Santana Moss, Washington Redskins - There seems to be a glimmer of hope for Moss owners after he pulled down four receptions for 49 yards last week. In his last two games, Moss has registered 10 receptions - more than he had produced through the previous five weeks combined - for 90 yards. There is no question that Moss has the ability to take it to the house at any given time, and it looks like he may be turning the corner on what has been a disappointing season thus far. This week he faces a tough Philadelphia Eagles secondary that is allowing about 133 yards and less than a touchdown per week to the position over the last four weeks. Moss is available in 24 percent of casual and 20 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Wide Receivers: Watch List
NEW - Reggie Williams, Jacksonville Jaguars - Williams played a big part in Quinn Gray's biggest game at quarterback for the Jaguars, as the wideout caught six passes for 128 yards. His yardage was skewed by his 80-yard touchdown reception, but Williams stepped up in a time when Gray is looking for a dependable wide receiver. Williams has a strong play this week against the Titans, whose blockade of a run defense prompts team to mercilessly pass against them. The 6-foot-4 Williams could be used as a possession receiver, which would help in points-per-reception leagues. He is available in 97 percent of casual leagues and 88 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Tight Ends: Acquire
Donald Lee, Green Bay Packers - It pays to be in quarterback Brett Favre's offense even when you can't find the end zone. Despite catching just one touchdown this year, Lee has had either three or four catches in each of his games this season. Favre usually targets wide receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver in the red zone, and Lee hasn't had a red zone target in his last three outings. Still, Lee will provide enough catches to help in points-per-reception leagues. You could do worse. Lee is available in 47 percent of casual leagues and 38 percent of competitive leagues.
Tony Scheffler, Denver Broncos - Scheffler has become a focus of the Denver offense, and THE focus of the passing game. He has had 0.67 chances inside the 5-yard line in his last three games and has averaged 4.67 receptions per game over that time. The Broncos' loss to the Lions in Week 9 marked the first time in three games that Scheffler didn't hit the end zone. With the inconsistent play in prior weeks of wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Brandon Stokley, Scheffler gave Cutler a foundation to work off while he figured out how to use his receiving corps. Scheffler should remain in the game plan. Scheffler is available in 63 percent of casual leagues and 38 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Tight Ends: One-Week Play
NEW - Bo Scaife, Tennessee Titans - Many a fantasy player may not know this, but Scaife is leading the Titans this season with 24 receptions. He has grabbed six receptions in two of his last three games, including six last week for 35 yards. This week's opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been giving up an average of five receptions for 77 yards to the position through the last four weeks. The Titans' passing game is bad, but Scaife has a positive history against the Jaguars and has a strong-play matchup this week. He is available in 98 percent of casual and 83 percent of competitive leagues polled.
NEW - Eric Johnson, New Orleans Saints - The Saints offense has taken off of late, averaging more than 30 points through the last four weeks. The majority of the offense has been coming through the passing game, where quarterback Drew Brees has thrown 11 touchdown passes during that span. Johnson has a positive history against the St. Louis Rams from his days with the 49ers and has a strong-play matchup. The Rams aren't allowing much as far as yardage, but they are allowing an average of one touchdown to the position over the last four weeks. Johnson is available in 58 percent of casual and 43 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Place Kickers: Acquire
Jason Hanson, Detroit Lions - In the midst of Detroit's offensive barrage of 83 points in their last four games, Hanson has made a field goal from at least 50 yards in his last two games. He has converted on nine of his last 10 field goals, and he has posted double-digit kicker points in his last three contests. He faces an Arizona Cardinals defense that has allowed 114 points in their last four games, and with the Lions offense rolling Hanson is a strong play this week. He is available 47 percent of casual leagues and 30 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Rian Lindell, Buffalo Bills - Lindell has 35 kicker points in his last three contests while converting his 10 attempts in that span. He missed his only field goal attempt within the 50-yard range, but he has made his last three within the 30-yard range and the 40-yard range. In addition to the Bills' frequency of field goal attempts, Lindell has a strong play against the Dolphins, who have allowed 4.3 extra-point attempts in their last three games. He is available in virtually all casual leagues and 88 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Place Kicker: One-Week Play
Olindo Mare, New Orleans Saints - Mare has gained most of his value over the past two weeks from his nine successful point-after conversions. He missed two of his four field goal attempts last week, but one was from more than 40 yards out and one was from more than 50. He's only 6-for-12 in field goal attempts on the season and remains far from the kicker that used to nail everything with the Miami Dolphins. The Rams have allowed a league-high 13.3 kicking points per game over their last three contests, and with the Saints scoring 72 points in their last two games, Mare should be able to attempt some kicks frequently Sunday. He is available in 91 percent of casual leagues and 79 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Defensive Team/Special Teams: Acquire
Detroit Lions - Before you start laughing, consider that after their 34-3 loss to the Redskins in Week 5 they have allowed just 30 points over their last three games. They are coming off of a week in which they had an interception, 4.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries in a 44-7 win against the Denver Broncos. They have combined for five fumble recoveries, six sacks and five interceptions in those three games. They will travel to face the Arizona Cardinals, and injured quarterback Kurt Warner went 10-for-30 with two interceptions in Week 9. Even if the Cardinals inserted backup Tim Rattay, the big-week possibilities for the Lions wouldn't change.
New Orleans Saints - Despite holding the talented Jacksonville Jaguars backfield under 100 yards, the Saints' hollow pass defense surfaced as their poison once again. They allowed green quarterback Quinn Gray to throw for 354 yards on 20 completions. The Rams should provide some patches for the secondary as quarterback Marc Bulger hasn't been stable since he decided to play through his rib injury. With running back Steven Jackson's (groin, back) nagging conditions and the Rams' sputtering offense, the Saints could benefit. Most wire crawlers would look to the Saints as just a one-week play. Upon closer examination, New Orleans has a favorable schedule past this week's clash with the hornless Rams. They face the Houston Texans in Week 11, followed by the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Those are some solid prospective matchups, especially since all three teams don't pose much of a statistical threat at quarterback. The Saints are available in virtually all casual leagues polled and 71 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Defensive Team/Special Teams: One-Week Play
Seattle Seahawks - With the 49ers rolling into Qwest Field, the Seahawks become a serious one-week play this week. The Seahawks lost to the Browns 33-30 Sunday, as running back Jamal Lewis punched in four rushing touchdowns. Seattle didn't allow a passing touchdown and picked off quarterback Derek Anderson once, but they also allowed 364 passing yards. In the past four weeks (three games), the Seahawks have posted 2.33 sacks and 2.33 turnovers per game. The Niners have averaged just one passing touchdown per game and 1.33 total touchdowns per game over their last three games. They have also turned the ball over three times and allowed 3.33 sacks per game in those games. With running back Frank Gore (ankle) banged up and little evidence of a consistent passing game, the Seahawks might break the defensive bank this week. The Seahawks are available in 18 percent of casual leagues and 23 percent of competitive leagues, so if they are available, scoop them up.
Kansas City Chiefs - The Chiefs will try to pick themselves up after being steamrolled by quarterback Brett Favre and the Packers in Week 9, and this could be a good week to mend their wounds as they match up against the Denver Broncos. Kansas City intercepted Favre twice and held him to just two passing touchdowns, and it took an interception and touchdown by cornerback Charles Woodson to give the Packers the win. The Broncos have scored just 20 points over the last two weeks, and defenses are stacking the box to force erratic quarterback Jay Cutler to make things happen. The Chiefs are available in 66 percent of casual leagues and 42 percent of competitive leagues polled.
About Richard Garcia
Garcia served as a managing editor for KFFL. Prior to his time with KFFL, Richard worked in managerial roles with both Frito-Lay Inc. and UPS. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in public relations from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona and fulfilled his internship requirements with the Los Angeles Kings Hockey organization in 2001.
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