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: 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.
Miami Dolphins (56 percent)
Miami's stoppers were burned on the heels of trash talking last week, but they may have more time to jaw their next three opponents: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Carolina Panthers and the Buffalo Bills. Despite the unfriendly stats they have allowed to opposing defenses in the last month, they all offer shaky offenses capable of feeding fantasy points to their opponents.
The Dolphins, meanwhile, have posted 3.00 sacks and 1.33 interceptions per contest in three games since returning from their Week 6 bye. Their starting rookie corners will probably remain a weakness, but if the pair being burned won't affect you in the points allowed category, Miami can compensate elsewhere.
Tennessee Titans (75 percent)
Last week we touched on how this unit showed some positive signs. Aside from the 27 points they allowed in Week 9, Tennessee registered four sacks and three interceptions. They hold top-10 fantasy stats per game in both categories in their last three games.
Their Week 10 matchup with the Buffalo Bills this week is a suitable play. If you're feeling confident for a two-week spell, they take on the Houston Texans next week. They're a dicey play against Houston, but quarterback Matt Schaub has shown signs of weakness lately. The Titans' pass rush can probably cause problems if they can keep him from performing surgery on their secondary.
Either way, the Bills, with an offense led by either a fantasy-friendly Ryan Fitzpatrick or a returning-from-concussion Trent Edwards, should aid Tennessee's fantasy stock for this week.
NEW - Cincinnati Bengals (51 percent)
If you're tired of playing the matchups on D for at least a few weeks, Cincy could be valuable until at least Week 14. They've been playing better recently, with 2.33 sacks and 2.00 interceptions per game in the last month (three games).
This week they face the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked at least three times in six of eight games this year; he has also thrown at least one pick in three of his last four games. On deck after their matchup with the Steelers: the Oakland Raiders (Week 11), the Cleveland Browns (Week 12) and the Detroit Lions (Week 13).
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.
NEW - Buffalo Bills (66 percent)
The Bills have been sneakily good over the last month; they're averaging only 2.00 sacks in that time, but they've picked off an average of 3.67 passes per game in that time. Of course, they've faced a pair of shaky quarterbacks (the Carolina Panthers' Jake Delhomme and the New York Jets' Mark Sanchez), but they also picked off Houston Texans signal caller Matt Schaub twice. Rookie safety Jairus Byrd has two interceptions in each of Buffalo's last three games.
They're allowing a ton of yardage (426.0 net yards per game since Week 6), but offenses aren't scoring a lot on them (17.7 points per). Buffalo might have the worst run D in the league, but for fantasy purposes, they've been solid in the last month.
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
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