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.
It's uncertain whether Antonio Gates (ankle) will miss any time. If he does, McMichael should be considered as a ho-hum but worthwhile addition if you're really hurting at the position. His Week 7 opponent, the New England Patriots, have been fairly strong against tight ends, but McMichael could be relied on quite a bit if Malcom Floyd (hamstring), Legedu Naanee (hamstring) and Gates cannot play. In deep leagues, consider McMichael a safe addition if you're looking for a tight end with a pulse.
Starting tight end Chris Cooley suffered a concussion against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6 and may not be ready for Washington's tilt with the Chicago Bears this weekend. Normally, we would advise to acquire Davis immediately given his talents. However, his next two matchups are less than friendly for the position, and the 'Skins are off in Week 9. If you're desperate for a play at tight end, Davis' athleticism could endear him to quarterback Donovan McNabb for a game or two.
Even with the target vacuum created by the Deion Branch trade, Carlson saw just four looks in Week 6 during Seattle's victory against the Chicago Bears. He has just three catches for 36 yards in his last two games.
Don't let that negate his potential as an upcoming bye week replacement. His last two opponents - the Bears and St. Louis Rams - are tough against the position. Carlson faces the Arizona Cardinals in Weeks 7 and 10, along with the Oakland Raiders in Week 8. Those two squads are loose against tight ends, ranking among the 10 easiest fantasy matchups for the position in receiving yards and touchdown catches allowed per game since Week 2.
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.
Daniels says he's close to full strength. It showed Sunday when he caught five passes for 79 yards. Much of his production came in the fourth quarter (three catches, 62 yards), when Houston was furiously trying to come back. That being said, Houston's comfort with Daniels' health seems to be growing.
Houston has plenty of complementary options behind Andre Johnson, but Daniels might be the most enticing in terms of value at this point. When he's healthy, Joel Dreessen is an afterthought. Daniels' ownership has dwindled due to lingering knee and hamstring issues. He's on a bye - a perfect opportunity to slide him onto your roster. Shh, your secret is safe.
Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays
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.
Scaife had his best game of 2010 in Week 6, grabbing four passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. Though targeted five times in each of the last two weeks (including twice in the red zone Monday night), he hasn't made much noise the rest of the year.
Vince Young (knee, ankle) is day-to-day, but there's a good chance he'll play in Week 7. Even if his fellow Texas Longhorn can't go, Scaife wouldn't be hurt that much; Kerry Collins targeted him thrice - including on Scaife's touchdown catch - after Young was hurt in the Week 6 contest.
Scaife's one-week utility comes against the Philadelphia Eagles, commonly a welcome mat for this position. They've been a little better in the last month, yielding 3.75 receptions and 45.8 yards per game to tight ends, but they've allowed 1.00 touchdowns per game in that stretch.
Fasano is an all-or-nothing commodity in an offense that spreads its passing game. Two of his last three games saw him grab just one or two passes, but they sandwiched a decent five-catch, 67-yard output in Week 4. He had just two targets in Week 6. However, in the two uninspiring games, he snared a touchdown. That's a start if you're grasping for a bye or injury replacement.
His Week 7 contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers is favorable; the Steel Curtain has loosened up against tight ends over the last month, allowing 5.67 catches, 84.3 yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game. His number being called is far from a guarantee, but Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne could fit him in as an outlet against blitzing Pittsburgh.
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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