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Fantasy Football: Week 5 Waiver Wire

10.04.11 at 7:56 am ET

With the byes hitting this weekend, we thought you might want some solid targets to go after. We’€™ve got some nice options here, but if you play in a big league and need more, please check us out at We’€™ll be adding names to our wire throughout the day and you can even ask us questions in our forums.

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Titans

The loss of Britt did take away a bit of his fantasy ceiling, but his play has been more than just sound. He’€™s been very good.  He still has Nate Washington playing at a high level, and last week his young tight end Jared Cook really stepped up. Combine that with Chris Johnson finally showing his old form and you have a sustainable situation. He is a very solid QB2 right now in most any format.

Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots

You all saw it. He’€™s easily the most exciting player in the New England backfield.  Now, we also know that coach Belichick is far from an excitement addict. We also now know that Danny Woodhead was injured and missed the second half. So, we’€™re not looking to do Kool Aid funnels here. That said, if you rely on BJGE as one of your fantasy starters and you ignored our pleas to back him up with Ridley so far, we implore you to act now if you still can. It could save your bacon.

Ryan Torain, RB, Redskins

If you are a Rotobahn reader, you’€™ll know that we had Tim Hightower on our ‘€œtrade high’€ list. Now you know why.  Torain is a big bruising back as you probably recall from his nice run in the middle of 2010. He will produce nice numbers for as long as he lasts.  There’€™s the rub:  he never lasts. For this reason, our long term dough is still on rookie Roy Helu. That being said, we think Torain will be the back to own for the immediate future, and he may help you through the bye weeks. Of course, the Redskins hit the bye next week, so there is no week five help to be had here.

Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers

He looked good, though Frank Gore came off the bench and looked like, well, Frank Gore. Still, Hunter’€™s real 2011 value is as Gore insurance. If you can still land him and you own Gore, we strongly suggest adding him.

Montario Hardesty, RB, Browns

He’€™s really horned in on the role of Peyton Hillis, and no matter what the coaches in Cleveland say, the numbers don’€™t lie. His touches are up. We doubt that Hardesty takes Hillis’€™ job straight-up. An injury or some serious fumble-itis would be needed, but we have seen enough of him to think he is worthy of using as a handcuff to protect yourself from all of Hillis’€™ negative potentialities.

Taiwan Jones, RB, Raiders

Here’€™s one for folks in need next week. If Michael Bush is out for a few games, Jones will make a nice flex with some upside. If we had Darren McFadden, we’€™d use Taiwan as a handcuff option. His upside is huge if he gets consistent touches and he would get just that if RUN-DMC goes down.  Check Bush’€™s status for next week and grab Jones if he’€™s out.

Eric Decker, WR, Broncos

This is the last time we put him here. He is still unowned in 25% of Yahoo leagues.  He should be owned everywhere. He gets targeted and he scores touchdowns. Eddie Royal has been Wally Pipped. Sorry for the Yankee analogy.

Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders

You know he is really good, because the Raiders are still limiting his snaps. Seriously, Oakland is tough to figure, but they sure do draft a lot of good athletes. Moore’€™s role will or should continue to grow. We’€™d roster him in any and all leagues.

Johnny Knox, WR, Bears

The stats might not be there, but Knox is picking up some steam. We like him as an upside add in any format. He’€™s the best receiver in Chicago. He could end up starting for you pretty soon.

Greg Little, WR, Browns

Here’€™s a nice guy to go after if you like your team but want some upside at receiver.  Little is equal parts Terrell Owens and Percy Harvin. He can be devastating with the ball in his hands and Cleveland is starting to get the ball in his hands. We’€™d add him in all but 10-team formats.

Victor Cruz, WR, Giants

He’€™s begun to get some consistency, and with Mario Manningham‘€™s mini-benching, we are liking him as an add in medium to large formats. He could end up being a nice fantasy find. He’€™s a playmaker and he fights for the ball.

Jacoby Jones, WR, Texans

Here’€™s a short term option that could help you through a few bye weeks. With Andre Johnson out for an undetermined time, we like Jones to fill the void and have increased fantasy viability.  Grab him if you need help this week.

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals

He’€™s one of our guys, and when you watch him in single coverage with safeties, you’€™ll know why. This dude is a bad man on the rise. He’€™s flirting with TE1 status and a few more solid games will get him there. We suggest adding him now in most formats if you have any need at TE.

Jared Cook, TE, Titans

He’€™s right there with Gresham, though he seems just a bit less refined. The potential, however, is the same. Cook is a guy who plays in a target vacuum created by the season-ending injury to Kenny Britt. The Titans will now have no choice but to make sure he is involved every week. He busted out last week, so act quickly in most formats.  Cook could be a flex option in addition to a TE option at some point.

Ed Dickson, TE, Ravens

He probably has less upside than either Gresham or Cook, but he is a talented guy with a  solid quarterback to work with. He has a chance to be a starter for fantasy. Right now, he makes for a solid backup in deeper leagues. With the byes on the way, you may need him soon.



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