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Week 5 Waiver Wire

posted by Jeff

Welcome to the Week 5 Waiver Wire, where you will find all the spiciest ingredients for improving your fantasy stew. Week 5 may not be the week to blow a #1 waiver priority or 90% of your FAAB budget, but there are some nice additions, particularly in the wide receiver aisle. The top week 5 waiver targets are below, listed by position and then by order of priority. Feel free to leave all waiver questions in the comments below…


QUARTERBACKS

 

Brandon Weeden: Over the past 3 weeks, the Browns’ rookie QB has averaged 293 yards passing despite playing with one of the league’s worst receiving crews. Cleveland will often be in passing mode as they chase their opponents, so Weeden’s yardage totals should remain respectable. The smart play is to pick up Weeden if you are starting Brees or Cam. While those two big dogs are resting up on bye in week 6, Weeden will face the Bengals at home, a team he already hung 322 yards and 2 touchdowns on this season.

Kevin Kolb: Kolb has steadily improved his yardage and touchdown totals since he became Arizona’s full time starter in week 2, and had a great game against Miami in week 4. Still able to chuck picks with the best of them, Kolb is better off left alone on the wire unless you play in a very deep league.

Matt Hasselbeck: Old man Hass is back, as Jake Locker sustained another shoulder injury and will miss week 5. The Titans have a couple tough matchups upcoming (@MIN, vsPIT) so Hasselbeck won’t be of much use unless you play in one of those pesky 2 QB leagues, which are the only leagues in which he should be added.

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

Brandon Bolden: While New England was busy beating down the Bills, both Bolden and Ridley had monster performances. Bolden rushed 16 times for 137 yards and a score, and is a solid pick up in all formats this week. Bolden will provide nice bench depth, but be careful about counting on him for a spot start anytime soon. Ridley is still the top Patriot running back and Bill Belichick loves using strange backfield rotations. Grab Bolden and hope he carves out a long term role in New England.

Joique Bell: Bell has emerged nicely since the week 3 arrival of Mikel Leshoure and subsequent fantasy death of Kevin Smith (RIP) in Motown. Since the reshuffling of the Detroit backfield, Bell has caught 10 passes in 2 weeks, and averaged 58 yards receiving along the way. Leshoure remains the lead back for the Lions, but Bell can be useful, especially in PPR leagues. For those who are still letting Kevin Smith collect dust in your closet, dump him for Bell.

Kendall Hunter: As Frank Gore’s backup, Hunter hasn’t had a ton of work so far in 2012. However, week 4 was a bit kinder for Hunter, as he saw 8 carries and 56 yards in the 49ers’ pounding of the Jets. If Hunter is still hanging around on your wire, give him a look if you’ve got dead weight on your bench. As the weather turns and Frank Gore wears down, Hunter should pick up a bigger share of the backfield work in San Francisco.

Jackie Battle: The only things Battle’s week 4 performance proved is that he is indeed the desired handcuff to Ryan Mathews, and that Norv Turner is clueless. The 2 touchdowns turned in by Battle against Kansas City were a nice surprise, but Battle is best left on the wire. The Chargers came out and backed Mathews after the game and all signs point to him returning to his feature back role, so stay away from Battle unless you can snag him as a handcuff if you already own Mathews.

LeGarrette Blount: The Tampa battering ram had his biggest workload of the season, after Bucs head coach Greg Schiano admitted that Blount “probably” needed more carries in the days leading up to week 4. While the world continues to wait for Doug Martin’s emergence, Blount is going to be moderately useful in Tampa Bay as a short yardage hammer. In 12 or 14 team leagues where spotting an available running back is like spotting Big Foot, you could do worse with your final bench spot. Grab him, hope he punches another one in when the Bucs return from their bye and throw him into a trade package to a RB thirsty owner.

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

Brian Hartline: The biggest eruption of week 4 belonged to Brian Hartline. 12 catches, 253 yards and a touchdown capped off a monster day for Hartline and was his 2nd big game of 2012. The only issue with the ‘Phins receiver is that he has now alternated great games with stinkers. Worth a pickup in all leagues, Hartline will be a contributor for the majority of 2012 (especially in PPR), but beware of the occasional clunker as Tannehill matures.

James Jones: With Greg Jennings nursing a sore groin once again, there will be more Aaron Rodgers targets to spread around in Green Bay and James Jones will be the prime beneficiary. Jordy will be the go-to guy, and Jermichael Finley simply can’t catch what is thrown to him, leaving Jones to clean up the rest of Green Bay’s targets. Take out Jone’s week 2 game, and he is averaging 4.6 catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. Snag him off the wire, especially if you need a fill in for Nicks, Jennings, or Holmes.

Leonard Hankerson: Hank did his thing in week 4 as he was heavily involved in the ‘Skins passing game. His 7 catches and 57 yards are just the beginning, as he should be able to sustain production even as Garcon gets healthy. A young WR to grow alongside RGIII is a good thing, grab him.

Andre Roberts: Ever since Anquan Boldin left the desert, the Cardinals and fantasy owners alike have been searching for a “Robin” to go alongside the great Larry Fitzgerald. Could Andre Roberts finally be the productive #2 WR in Arizona we’ve been searching for? Roberts has been targeted far more than the other lesser Arizona wide outs and now has 4 touchdowns on the season. As long as Kevin Kolb can continue playing at an acceptable level, Roberts will be productive. Add him.

Domenik Hixon: When Hakeem Nicks surprisingly sat out in week 3, it was Ramses Barden that come through for the Giants. However, with Nicks out yet again in week 4, it was Hixon that raked in 6 grabs for 114 yards. With Nick’s outlook far from sunny, Hixon is a great add in all leagues and is a great play this week at Cleveland if your team has bye week/injury issues.

Davone Bess: Hartline wasn’t the only Miami wide receiver enjoying a great week 4, as Bess hauled in 7 passes for 123 yards. Bess now has 297 yards through 4 games (74.3 per) and has proved to be a useful PPR player. I’d rather have others on this list, but grab Bess if you need a bye week plug in over the next few weeks and don’t have the priority/FAAB bucks for Hartline.

Stephen Hill/Jeremy Kerley/Chaz Schilens: With Santonio Holmes out, the Jet’s clown show will need other receivers to step up and catch some passes from Sanchez/Tebow/Testaverde. I wouldn’t rush out to grab any of these guys with a brutal matchup against Houston looming, but keep an eye on who Sanchez looks for this week.

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

Jermaine Gresham: Now the proud owner of back to back 5 catch performances, Gresham is rounding into shape in 2012. His touchdown total will surely rise, and is worth a spot on your bench as a backup tight end. You can do far worse than a tight end averaging 4 catches and 45 yards per game who is a red zone threat.

Scott Chandler: Chandler caught 2 more touchdowns in week 4, giving him 4 on the season. The Bills TE would make a marginal bye week fill-in, but be mindful of the injury report this week, as he smacked his noodle against New England and may miss week 5.

Marcedes Lewis: If you are desperate for tight end help or play in a very deep league, check out Lewis. He has 2 touchdowns on the season and may see an increase in targets with Laurent Robinson out in week 5. He is as boring as it gets, but bye weeks are a pain in the backside.


Jeff

Jeff was the only 7th grader at Sumner Jr. High playing fantasy football in 1995. When he isn't on the diamond playing softball or on the couch watching NFL RedZone, you can catch him on Twitter @Orangebru.

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42 Comments

  • Malcolm Floyd or Chris Johnson

    • Floyd

  • desperate for a qb this week with romo on bye. terrible options on waivers but i have to pick up someone. kolb, bradford, tannehill, hasselbeck, weeden, wilson. who do you think?

    • Ugh, bad choices. Weeden is the best of those this week.

  • I guess its time to shop CJ2K around. Im in lock with conversations and I really want a WR but he just lost Holmes.

    My guys:
    RB: DMC, CJ2K, Bradshaw, S-JAX
    WR: J. Jones, Harvin, LaFell, D. Moore, DHB
    TE: Celek, Pettigrew

    His guys:
    RB: T. Rich, D. Martin, R. Williams, D. Brown, Ingram,
    WR: D. Thomas, Calvin Johnson, T. Smith, Holmes, Cobb
    TE: Graham

    Some trades already discussed but I am reluctant with, even if before week 4 I would have done rather quickly,
    CJ2K for D. Martin
    CJ2K for R. Williams & Brown
    He is willing to give away 1RB & 1WR but he obviously wants an upgrade for the RB position.

    Thanks!

    • If he is willing to go 1RB and 1WR, try to squeeze him for R. Williams and Thomas or T. Smith

  • weeden, kolb, hasselback, r.wilson, bradford onwaivers. best two to pick for week5? thank you!

    • Weeden and Bradford top 2

  • Someone offered me Lynch for my Murray. Would Murray and Jordy for Lynch and AJ Green be a good counter or am I selling too low on both Murray and Jordy?

    • I would probably do Murray/Jordy for Lynch/Green if I had to for the upgrade in Green.

  • I have a man-crush, and his name is Greg The Leg. I must have him on my team, and I have no idea why I didn’t just add him this last week. Now I fear his latest killer effort was enough to put him on the radar of my league mates. I know, he’s just a kicker, but on a scale of 1-10 (10 being complete lunacy), how would you rate using my #3 waiver priority (12-team league) on The Leg?

    • 9.2

  • Crazy trade offer; I was offered Rivers/Run DMC/Maclin/LaFell for my Stafford/B. Lloyd/Sproles

    My team is;
    QB-Rivers
    RB-McGahee, Sproles, Mendenhall, Hillis
    WR-Jennings, Lloyd, Boldin, Holmes, K. Wright
    TE-Gronk, Gresham

    It’s a yahoo overall points league, with 3 WR slots, 2 RB slots and no flex. QBs get 1 point every 50yrds but 6 for a TD.

    • So do you have Stafford? Your team says Rivers, but the line above said you have Stafford.

      If the deal is indeed Rivers/DMC/Maclin/Lafeel for your Staff/Loyd/Sproles, I would probably accept it but its close. You need help in the RB department and DMC would fix that. You would be giving some in the QB and WR areas, but not a ton. I personally think Maclin and DMC will improve.

    • Sorry, typed this on my phone on the way to work. Yeah I have Stafford. Thanks for the reply!

  • How do you feel about trading Bowe for McFadden straight up (1.0 PPR)? My WRs: Bowe, Harvin, Crabtree, A. Brown, Hartline, S. Hill. My RBs: Spiller, Lynch, Hunter, Goodson

    Clearly I need help at RB, and DMC (according to a post here) has a favorable schedule going forward.

    • I love that deal. Go get it.

  • Need some DST and Kicker advice. I have SEA do I drop for Gmen, Vikings, or keep SEA and pick up one of these for week 5? At Kicker I have Hartley… But could pick up Walsh. Do I drop Hartley for Walsh? For any adds o need to drop someone… So I can replace existing DST or K and can drop DHB if needed to make room. HELP!

    • I would keep SEA but pick up MIN for this week. I would keep Hartley at kicker.

  • So I have a pending trade of Alfred Morris for Steve Smith, with smith coming to me. I have Forte, F. Jackson, and Bradshaw. My WRs are Welker, Wayne, and Vjax. I feel really hesitant. Thanks guys.

    • Its a pretty even deal. It would oviously boost your set of WR, but you will be leaning on two fairly unstable bbacks in Jackson and Bradshaw. Its a toss up, I don’t think you’re crazy for doing it, especially if its a start 2RB 3 WR type setup.

  • LaFell or Hankerson for the season?
    Thanks

    • Hank

  • I need a back for week 5 (DMC & Martin on the bye). I have Lamar Miller & Bilal Powell but I can pick up Battle, Bell, or Bolden (I own Ridley). Should I roll with Powell or Miller or drop one of them for the aforementioned backs? Also, I need a QB pickup. Choices are: Dalton, Kolb, Palmer or Tannehill (TDS are 6, INTs -2, Sacks -1). Who do I pick up?

    • I would pick up Bell and hope his reception binge continues, and go with Dalton at QB.

  • Was offered a choice between Fred Jackson or Alfred Morris for Miles Austin. I lean toward Morris, help?

    • Ya, I think you’re on the right track. I worry about Spiller hogging touches.

  • Was offered Nelson and DMC for JJones and one of these RBs :Murray, Ridley, Benson, or Morris. Thoughts?

    • I’d do that with Benson.

  • standard 10t league. I have J Jones, Dez, R Wayne, T Smith, M Floyd. Not really hurting at WR, Should I use my top Waiver pick for Hartline?

    • I like Hartline a lot, but if you don’t have room for him you don’t have room.

  • what do you think about trading andre johnson for bradshaw and wayne, good for both sides?

    • It’s fair. Worried about Bradshaw staying healthy.

  • I have RG3 and Stafford. Someone with Foster has Romo and Palmer. Should I try to move RG3 to get Foster and roll with Stafford the remainder of the year? What would be a good offer? He is deep at receiver so I could probably get Foster and a receiver. I was thinking something like RG3 and Murray for Foster and Fitz or Smith. What do you think? Thanks in advance.

    My Team
    qb- RG3, Stafford
    rb- McFadden, Murray, Martin, Leshoure
    wr- Jordy, Maclin, Hartline, S.Rice, Hawkins, Simpson
    te- Graham

    His Team
    qb- Romo, Palmer
    rb- Foster, McGahee, Redman, Jacquizz, Jacobs
    wr- L.Fitz, S.Smith, VJax, Wayne, M.Williams
    te- Finley

    • I would try to strike now while Romo just had that crapfest game.I think the idea is good, but I wouldnt give up Murray in the process. RGIII’s stock is incredibly high right now. I would start with him for Foster straight up, then work towards something like RGIII and Leshoure for Foster and a thrown in.

  • Who are you more up on for rest of year (non-ppr, return yards included)

    RB: Bilal Powell or Kendall Hunter?

    WR: Avery or Hixon?

    Thanks.

    • Hunter and Avery

  • Who is the best bye week RB replacement for Week 5:

    Jaquizz
    Battle
    Alfred Morris
    Pierre Thomas
    Bolden

    • Morris

  • Need a week 5 qb… Schaumburg @ nyj, Alex smith v Buff, or kolb @ stl? Thanks.

    • Not Schaumberg, just Schaub…

    • I would probably go with Schaumburg…errr Schaub. Damn auto correct!

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