Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: WR - Week 4

by Cory J. Bonini on September 28, 2011 @ 18:15:03 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: Priority additions

The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.

Tennessee Titans WR Nate Washington
Britt bitten, Nate great

Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans (49 percent)

With Kenny Britt (knee) possibly done for the year, you have no excuse not to add Washington now. The veteran wideout has a rapport with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. The ground game is struggling, and offensive coordinator Chris Palmer isn't afraid to allow Hass to air it out.

Through three games, Washington has 21 receptions for 258 yards and a touchdown. He is a must-acquire, especially for owners in point-per-reception leagues.

Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders (55 percent)

This is just a reminder to acquire Moore, who is available in a surprising number of leagues still. The Raiders face a pair of susceptible pass defenses in a row (New England Patriots, Houston Texans), and the rest of their schedule has appealing matchups sprinkled throughout.

Victor Cruz, New York Giants (98 percent)

Cruz and Eli Manning hooked up on two scoring strikes in Week 3. This could become a regular sight considering the lack of talent at the receiver position for the Giants. Cruz, 6-foot, 204 pounds, offers a nice blend of speed, quickness and body control.

Playing opposite Hakeem Nicks while Mario Manningham (concussion) is out, Cruz will see a lot of single coverage. He could move inside when Manningham comes back, or the coaching staff could opt to keep Cruz on the outside to take advantage of Manningham's ability in the slot. Cruz isn't a total flash in the pan. He was a preseason darling in 2009. He may be inconsistent, but Cruz has value in all league formats.

Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens (98 percent)

While we do not necessarily believe that Smith is the real deal just yet, you cannot afford to risk if you need help at the position. He is a deep threat through and through, but Joe Flacco's howitzer of an arm needs to be utilized down the field more. That guy was supposed to be Lee Evans (ankle), but he has failed to stay healthy since joining the Ravens.

Smith certainly is not going to score three times in a game again this year and may not even score that much the rest of the way. Playing in an offense that is limited at the position, though, he could become a regular contributor for a big play or two.

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.

Andre Caldwell, Cincinnati Bengals (99 percent)

Caldwell could be a PPR-friendly acquisition for those in deep leagues. The Bengals seemingly will lose starting wideout Jerome Simpson at some point because of legal troubles if he is indeed charged for felony marijuana offenses.

There will be shaky games from Andy Dalton, like we saw in Week 3, but Caldwell could serve as a checkdown option for him over the middle. If you are looking to bolster your depth, consider landing Caldwell from the waiver wire.

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.

Damian Williams, Tennessee Titans (100 percent)

The second-year Williams is likely to see increased looks with Kenny Britt (knee) out for the year. The Titans will look to rely more on the run without Britt than they had been, but much of that is because they were having more success through the air than Chris Johnson was on the ground.

Williams is worth keeping an eye on, despite the fact that Tennessee signed Donnie Avery. The USC product stands 6-foot-1, 199 pounds. He doesn't have tremendous speed but is fast enough if he has a step on a defender. Williams did not appeared to have some chemistry issues with Matt Hasselbeck in Week 3, but this could be fixed with more practice time together. He is a speculative addition in cavernous leagues.

NEW - Donnie Avery, Tennessee Titans (100 percent)

The Titans added the free-agent wideout this week to add depth to their receiving corps. Avery should be 100 percent recovered from his torn anterior cruciate ligament last year. If all is well with his health, Avery is a deep threat with speed to burn.

We caution against adding him right now simply because he is going to be rusty and will need time to build chemistry with Matt Hasselbeck as he learns a new offense. The Titans need a deep threat, so Avery could have value in a few weeks. Stash him if you have room to spare.

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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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