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.
Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers (64 percent)
The talented athlete was targeted 10 times in his return from injury, hauling in seven passes for 54 yards. He was probably let go in many setups during his time on the sidelines; check his availability. The Pack has made an effort to get the ball out of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' hands more quickly. Given his large physical presence and solid after-the-catch ability, Finley stands to benefit from this pledge of urgency. He's an ideal backup or flex commodity with the upside to be more.
Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays
The Packers find Finley fairly often
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.
Fred Davis, Washington Redskins (59 percent)
We've written about him numerous times. It looks like starter Chris Cooley (ankle) will miss at least another week of play and remains a candidate to be placed on Injured Reserve; we'll have to wait until Cooley's cast is removed to find out more.
Davis has been targeted only 13 times since his 10-look Week 7, when Cooley went to the sidelines; this week, though, Washington takes on the Philadelphia Eagles, one of the friendliest fantasy matchups for Davis' position. After Philly, his matchups aren't favorable (New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders), but if Cooley remains sidelined, Davis would probably be worth using in his Week 15 game against the New York Giants.
Tony Scheffler, Denver Broncos (59 percent)
A prime example of a desperation fantasy heave, Scheffler has recorded multiple receptions in only four of his 10 games this season and surpassed 45 receiving yards only once. Luckily for him, Denver takes on the Giants in Week 12. The G-men's per-game numbers against tight ends in their last five contests: 5.80 receptions, 64.6 yards and 0.80 scoring catches; the position, and passing attacks in general, have plagued them for much of this season. Regardless of whether Kyle Orton (ankle) or Chris Simms takes snaps, this crapshoot at least has some odds in its favor.
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