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.
Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (82 percent)
Keep an eye on Jarrett
The dynamic 2010 first-round pick finally made his way to the field and gave
a sample as to why Denver chose Thomas (foot) as the first receiver off the
board in April's draft. He finished his pro debut with eight grabs on nine targets
for 97 yards and scored on a 21-yard reception. Denver has a lot of weapons,
so it's far from a given that we'll see Thomas be this heavily involved on a
weekly basis, but it's not likely they burned a first-rounder on him only to
have him watch. Thomas has excellent size and speed, and Denver has been more
open to taking downfield shots this year.
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 - Stephen Williams, Arizona
Cardinals (99 percent)
Williams had six targets in Week 2, one more than No. 2 Steve
Breaston. With Early Doucet (hernia) hoping
to be back after Arizona's Week 6 bye, the 6-foot-5, 208-pound Williams has
a chance to make a name for himself in this new offensive philosophy. The departure
of Anquan Boldin took away a key target capable
of red zone success; Williams could fill that void. Of course, a shaky quarterback
situation puts this in flux, but if you're looking for a wideout flier, you
could do worse than Williams, especially since the Cards might before long try
to establish a height-based offensive weapon.
David Gettis and Dwayne Jarrett, Carolina Panthers (100, 99 percent)
Gettis started Week 2 and received five targets (catching two for 18 yards). He is 6-foot-3, 216 pounds and has enough speed to challenge deep. The Panthers were high on him most of the offseason. Until we see more, he should remain on your watch list and doesn't immediately warrent a roster spot.
It's rare for us to include a player coming off a goose egg performance, but
Jarrett could benefit from rookie starter Brandon
LaFell (hamstring) missing Week 2 and the quarterback switch to Jimmy
Clausen from the ineffective Matt Moore.
Jarrett is worth keeping an eye on because of his size (6-foot-4, 219 pounds)
and red zone potential. It's unlikely he will set the fantasy world ablaze,
but the former USC star deserves to land on your scout team for the time being.
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.
NEW - Roy Williams, Dallas
Cowboys (57 percent)
Some still might be hanging on to Roy Dubs as a No. 6 or lower wideout. He
still hasn't completely put things together; has been targeted seven times in
each of the first two weeks but has only seven combined catches and lost a key
fumble late in Week 2.
Dallas still throws frequently and involves as many players as possible, which
could help Williams in the right setting. The Houston
Texans could set that table for Week 3; their pass defense has been one
of the worst through the first two weeks. Expect the Cowboys
to throw frequently, especially since Houston's run D is strong. Those with
hurting wideout crops could plug him in this week; PPR players will probably
have more luck extracting value from playing Williams.
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.
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