Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: PK - Week 3

by Tim Heaney on September 21, 2011 @ 15:46:19 PDT


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.

Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers (89 percent)

The fill-in for season-lost Nate Kaeding (knee) was limited to three extra points in his Chargers debut, but Novak still boots for a potent offense that has little trouble moving the ball. In the next three weeks, the Bolts face the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos, three defenses that have been kind to opposing kickers.

Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays

Phil Dawson, PK, Cleveland Browns
Could be a low-scoring affair

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.

Phil Dawson, Cleveland Browns (93 percent)

Dawson has made all three of his field goal tries so far this year (none longer than 23 yards). In the previous four seasons, he hasn't posted a FG percentage lower than 82.1. He's still reliable under the right circumstances. Such environments include his Week 3 dance with the Miami Dolphins, who've rolled over for the New England Patriots and Houston Texans while allowing five three-point attempts and seven touchdown punctuations.

The Cleveland Browns are hardly on the same level with those squads, but their O is improving a bit under head coach Pat Shurmur. They have a passing game now! As long as Miami's secondary is considered target practice, any kicker will be a solid matchup against them.

NEW - Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals (96 percent)

The Bengals have provided Nugent two extra points and 2.5 field goal attempts per game this young season. He is perfect on both kicking fronts. The offense hasn't been nearly as dreadful as anticipated under rookie Andy Dalton, but their Week 3 opponent, the San Francisco 49ers, may be good enough defensively to stall this group in the Niners' territory.

Through two games, San Fran has permitted an average of 2.50 extra point attempts and a pair of three-point tries per contest. These numbers are not overwhelming, but the matchup between these two teams is rather even and should produce ample field goal tries for the Nuge.

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