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.
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (38 percent)
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Over the past three weeks, Freeman has passed for 1,047 yards (349 per game) and seven touchdowns against just two picks. Granted, the competition level hasn't been great, but the chemistry between Freeman and Vincent Jackson cannot be denied. If Freeman remains on your league's waiver wire, he'd make a smart addition as a reserve that can be slotted into your starting lineup during advantageous matchups.
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.
Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings (37 percent)
Soooooooo... that was pretty bad. A week after passing for 352 yards against the Washington Redskins, Ponder (knee) completed just eight balls for 58 yards in Week 7 and also tossed his fifth and sixth interceptions over the last three games. A matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who gave up 377 passing yards and four touchdowns on Sunday, should give Ponder a chance to right the ship in Week 8. Owners looking to plug in someone with a nice matchup this coming weekend can feel good about adding Ponder.
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns (67 percent)
Weeden is taking up residence on our weekly Waiver Wire, completing 25 of 41 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7. It marked his fourth multi-touchdown performance in seven games, and it was also the first time since Week 2 that he didn't turn the ball over. The rookie is displaying some legitimate growth; don't hesitate to add him if you're in need of a backup.
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 straits. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.
NEW - Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams (59 percent)
Bradford has been solid when it comes to putting up passing yards (227.4 per game this season), but ever since a three-touchdown performance in Week 2 he has thrown for just three scores total. A showdown with the New England Patriots in jolly old England this Sunday could help get him back on track; since Week 4, the Pats have allowed 327 passing yards and 2.75 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks. If you're looking to cover a Bye the former No. 1 pick makes an enticing option.
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.
John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals (93 percent)
Given a week to prepare, Skelton looked much improved over his disastrous Week 6 relief appearance. He threw for 262 yards and a touchdown, but like Kevin Kolb (ribs), he was harassed all day to the tune of seven sacks. He has a tough matchup in Week 8, and Kolb's return is impending, so for now just keep an eye on Skelton.
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