Waiver Wire Pickups Week 5

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Published: October 2, 2012

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Check out this weeks must-have picks on your wavier wire for Week 5

Quarterback

Ryan Fitzpatrick – 47% owned –Last week I said to pick this guy up and this week again I’m going to rave about his performance. Fitzpatrick threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns and while he threw four interceptions he still finished as the fourth best quarterback in fantasy football. Without the interceptions he would have finished as the top quarterback last week. With a tough matchup against San Francisco next week, Fitzpatrick will still be a decent option to fill in for your starter or if you are looking to upgrade from Tony Romo’s latest disaster.
Kevin Kolb – 11% owned – Since being named the starter after an injury to John Skelton, Kevin Kolb has lead the Cardinals very solidly. This week against Miami Kolb showed that against poor pass defenses he can be a fantasy starter with high upside at a cheap price. Kolb finished as the 11th best quarterback with 324 yards and three touchdowns. Kolb takes on the St. Louis Rams next week and should be a decent and very cheap option to fill in for a bye week starter.
Ryan Tannehill – 5% owned – With a very impressive performance of 431 yards and one touchdown, Ryan Tannehill showed this week that he can be a decent quarterback given the chance. With the fantasy studs and duds separating themselves and good players becoming less available Tannehill deserves a look. He had the second most yards from a quarterback but only one touchdown. Tannehill takes on Cincinnati next week and that could very well become a shoot-out.

Running Back

Brandon Bolden – 9% owned – From out of nowhere Brandon to finish with the fourth highest fantasy points in week 4 for running backs. He got plenty of carries and even made it in the end zone. This guy is worth grabbing, especially if you are weak at running back. Ridley will still be the main back for New England and most likely the two will have a 75-25 workload split with the most carries going to Ridley. But in the event of an injury Bolden becomes very big and has already proven he can run with the big dogs.

Jackie Battle – 22% owned – The running back situation in the Chargers backfield is a mess. One minute reports are out that Ryan Matthews is back and he will be shouldering the load. The next is that he will be eased back into things and Battle will get some looks. After scoring two touchdowns this week it is very hard to stare at Battle on the waiver wire, especially if Matthews get hurt again. Battle is the back to own in this situation. He is cheap with high upside. In my book I will refer to this confusion as Norv Nonsense.

Kendall Hunter – 16% owned – I have not really noticed this guy all year, but he finally made an impact this week. Our senior writer/web site designer Mike Rodriguez has raved about this guy all year and his prediction held true this week. While most of Hunter’s fantasy relevance involves his touchdown, the 49ers didn’t seem to mind giving him the rock a few times. In games were the 49ers break off to a big lead look for Hunter to produce numbers and beating a guy like Ray Rice in fantasy points this week doesn’t hurt either.

Wide Receivers

Brian Hartline- 25% owned – The only word to describe Hartline’s production this week is Godly. Hartline had 253 yards and a touchdown. His value will shoot up this week and for good reason. Hartline will not be a Kevin Ogletree. Against two good defenses with a decent quarterback Hartline has produced average numbers and he produced good numbers against a bad Oakland Defense, Hartline can become your WR3 very easily and has proven to be the number one wide receiver in Miami.
James Jones -32% owned – The much over looked and forgotten James Jones came up big this week and while he does not get as much consistency as Hartline or Roberts, Jones can produce big numbers and has huge upside. Randall Cobb has gotten the most attention outside of Nelson and Jennings. But it is Jones who has produced the bigger fantasy days.
Andre Roberts -15% owned – The second best wide receiver of the week Andre Roberts handed me a loss in the Gridiron Experts League. Even with my addition of Scott Chandler who scored two touchdowns. Roberts had 118 yards and two touchdowns and like Hartline can become your WR3. He has produced in every game this year and consistently gets targets every week.

Tight Ends

Scott Chandler – 29% owned – After calling on Chandler last week, he had a monster game with 62 yards and two touchdowns. Not only were his stats good but he got a ton of targets and Fitzpatrick loves to throw him the ball. The two almost connected on multiple big plays and will be hooking up plenty more going forward. Chandler finished as the number one tight end in the league this week and got lots of red zone looks from Fitzpatrick.
Mercedes Lewis -6% owned – Lewis like James Jones, has not been a consistent producer, but when he comes up big he comes up real big. He has put up two games in double digit fantasy points, but has also posted some very low games. Lewis is a low end boom or bust option and a cheap high upside TE2 is most formats.

Kickers

Greg Zuerlein – 13% owned –This guy has been solid all year and deserves to be the MVP after the game he put up against the Seahawks. Zuerlein hit from 28, 48, 58, and 60. He is 12 for 12 on the year, with 4 for 4 from over 50, and on a team that sets up good for many chances at chip shots. Nice fill in for Jason Hanson this week or any of the other bye week kickers.

D/ST

Cincinnati – 26% owned – With Miami having to take their new found passing attack on the road look for this underrated defense to take advantage of the mistakes made by Miami. Also if Reggie Bush is not back in the mix this game could get ugly for the Miami offense. Chances are very low that they will be able to pull those miracle numbers off again.

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