Fantasy Football: 5 Hot Free Agent Pick Ups to Help Improve Your Fantasy Team

Patrick LanguzziContributor IIIOctober 15, 2010

Fantasy Football: 5 Hot Free Agent Pick Ups to Help Improve Your Fantasy Team

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  (L-R) Ray Edwards #91 and Jimmy Kennedy #73 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrate after Edwards recorded a sack against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Phot
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    True NFL teams look to improve from week to week. So why would it be any different for us Fantasy Football team owners? It wouldn't.. 

    With that said, I am listing five players that may help suffice some of your needs, provided of course they currently remain free agents within your individual leagues.

No. 5: Josh Scobee, K, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 19: Place kicker Josh Scobee #10 of the Jacksonville Jaguars tries a field goal out of the hold of Adam Podlesh #3 aganst the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 19, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Du
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    Scobee who has yet to miss a field goal is making a strong run for the Pro-Bowl. In his last four games, he is 6-6 from 40-49 yards out. Scobee hit a game winning field goal vs the Colts from 59 yards out to give the Jaguars a win. 

    If my kicker Rob Bironas didn't have a bye the same week as Scobee, he would have already been on my roster!

No. 4: Ben Watson, TE, Cleveland Browns

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    CLEVELAND - AUGUST 21:  Benjamin Watson #82 of the Cleveland Browns scores a touchdown in front of Craig Dahl #43 of the St. Louis Rams at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 21, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    Ben Watson leads the Browns with 23 receptions and caught 5 passes for 45 yards in a loss to the Falcons last week.

    Watson is probably the Browns most consistent receiver. The league average for tight-ends is 80 yards, Watson has 230. He's worth a look in a pinch especially during a bye week if you don't carry a top notched tight-end such as a J.Witten or Marcedes Lewis. 

No. 3: Shaun Hill, QB, Detroit Lions

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    DETROIT - OCTOBER 10: Shaun Hill #14 of the Detroit Lions looks for a open receiver while playing the St. Louis Rams on October 10, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    The Lions Lead the NFC in scoring after five weeks with 25.2 points per game. Much of the credit needs to go to Shaun Hill. Since Stafford went down in week 1 with a shoulder injury, Hill has stepped up in the last four games with a 109 completions, 1,130 passing yards (282.5 yards per) and 8 TD's. 

    Stafford, as of Wednesday, still hasn't practiced with the team since his injury. Hill, may be a nice fill in for QB's in a bye this coming week.

No. 2: Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Steve Johnson #13 of the Buffalo Bills runs the sideline against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Jaguars won 36-26 (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    Johnson in his last four games has 14 receptions, 174 yards and 4 TD's. He's become a consistent target over the last few weeks for quarter back Ryan Fitzpatrick and is seeing more playing time.

    Johnson whom I personally picked up 3 weeks ago has remained in my starting line up and produced serviceable numbers. 

    He remains a solid fill in for bye week wide receivers. If he is available, he may be worth picking up during this weeks bye for Buffalo to be used during the remainder of the season on an as needed basis.

No. 1: Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 03:  Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills readies to pass against the New York Jets  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Jets won 38-14.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    Fitzpatrick who has thrown 2 TD's passes in 4 consecutive games goes into the bye week with a QB rating of 104.7 with 10 TD's and only 2 interceptions.

    Fitzpatrick tied a career high with 3 TD passes in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville.

    Although Buffalo is win-less, Fitzpatrick has been solid in all three of his starts and is a more suitable option as a bye-week replacement. I would seriously consider picking him up if he is still available.

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