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.
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (51 percent)
Miller garnered just 15 targets in the Steel City's first four contests, surprising considering Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch were steering the ship. Miller logged career-best numbers last year with 76 catches and 789 yards, along with six touchdowns. He was targeted 18 times in the red zone last year; that ranked him in the top five among tight ends.
With Ben Roethlisberger returning under center, expect this passing offense to open up to '09 levels. With his bye already done, Miller can be a replacement at least ... and possibly enter your lineup weekly.
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.
Andrew Quarless, Green Bay Packers (99 percent)
The athletic Quarless more closely resembles Jermichael Finley (knee) than teammate Tom Crabtree does. With Finley out for anywhere from three to six weeks, look for Quarless on your waiver wire. He caught four balls for 51 yards after Finley went down, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers unsuccessfully targeted Quarless in the end zone late in the game. Green Bay doesn't have a consistent running game, and passing may be their only way to keep things close. Quarless should be added in most leagues, especially if you own Finley.
Fantasy football free agents: Watch list
Miller's value should jump
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 - Daniel Fells, St. Louis Rams (99 percent)
With Mark Clayton (knee) done for 2010, there are looks to be had in the Rams' aerial game. The wideout hierarchy looks to be in flux for a while outside Danny Amendola, and Fells has at least had a consistent role with Sam Bradford under center, with four-plus targets and three-plus receptions in four of his five games. In cavernous leagues with small tight end free-agent pools, that involvement could help him serve in backup duty.
Tom Crabtree, Green Bay Packers (99 percent)
Tight end Jermichael Finley (knee) is expected to miss three games following a knee scope. Helping fill the void, Crabtree, 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, is more in the mold of a blocking tight end than the pass-receiving variety. His chances will probably be limited since Green Bay still has a lot of weapons in their arsenal, so Crabtree isn't worth more than a passing glance for the vast majority of owners right now.
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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