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Fantasy Football: Week 5 waiver wire

10.01.13 at 11:11 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 5 waiver wire. A lot of last week’€™s hot names have been snatched up, so the inventory of targets is not what it was as we hit the second week of byes. Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Washington will be resting this week. As always, I will be doing my expanded waiver wire over at Rotobahn.com. If you play in a league with 12 or more teams, we’€™ve got you covered. The players listed here represent the best available talent based on percentages derived from Yahoo’€™s database and should meet your needs if you play in leagues with 10 teams or less.

QUARTERBACKS

Jay Cutler, Bears

He played a poor game in Week 4, but he was still a fantasy asset. That’€™s the benefit of having improved weapons and protection, not to mention an improved scheme. Cutler should be owned everywhere, yet he is available in 42 percent of leagues.

Matt Schaub, Texans

He’€™s available in 45 percent of leagues and he’€™s a fantasy asset. He held up against Seattle better than most quarterbacks have and his schedule gets better from here on out. Schaub can help you if you lack a second option at quarterback.

Terrelle Pryor, Raiders

He’€™s available in 78 percent of leagues and he has a lot of weekly upside. I like him a lot as a matchup play due to his high-end athleticism and his penchant for picking up extra fantasy points with his feet. He should be over his concussion for Week 5.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

He’€™s a available in 78 percent of leagues. The coaching staff is letting him throw it a ton. He can help you if you need a QB. He’€™s a matchup play, so check his schedule against your QB1’€™s bye week.

RUNNING BACKS

Le’€™Veon Bell, Steelers

Available in 28 percent of leagues, so it’€™s worth taking a look for him just in case. Bell will be the main back in Pittsburgh if he can stay healthy. He has a whole lot of upside and should be owned in all leagues.

Danny Woodhead, Chargers

He’€™s available in 59 percent of leagues, and that won’€™t last long. The ex-Patriot has been heavily involved and now is fully healthy. Add him if you need RB help, especially in PPR formats.

Bilal Powell, Jets

Here’s one we were on to back in May. Bilal is available in 24 percent of leagues and he can help you in the short term. Add him if you need bye week assistance in Week 5. The Jets are blocking well for the run, so Powell’€™s statistical surge should continue as long as he’€™s getting the touches.

Willis McGahee, Browns

He’€™s available in 46 percent of leagues and he has a chance to become the lead back some time in the next few weeks if he can stay healthy. Cleveland’€™s offense is not as dysfunctional as some thought it would be without Trent Richardson. The Browns still have some obvious strengths and an improved scheme.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Justin Blackmon, Jaguars

He’€™s back this week and you should really get this guy if he’€™s available, which he is 58 percent of the time. Blackmon improved a lot down the stretch in 2012 and he’€™s fully healthy as he comes off his suspension. Blackmon will be owned nearly everywhere soon. Go get him now if you can.

Kenbrell Thompkins, Patriots

He’€™s making plays and getting targeted a ton, and you can still get him in 27 percent of leagues. I’€™d add him if he’€™s available. He should be a viable red zone option for at least one more week and perhaps longer depending on how everything shakes out with the Patriots offense.

Alshon Jeffery, Bears

He’€™s available in 54 percent of leagues and he shouldn’€™t be. Jeffery is becoming a staple of the offense and has been consistently targeted every week. He can be your WR3 if you are in need. He’€™s not available in any league that I’€™m in.

Michael Floyd, Cardinals

He’€™s available in 43 percent of leagues. Floyd makes a good pickup because he can make big plays with some consistency. Floyd can definitely help you during the bye weeks in smaller leagues, and his upside makes him a player you could end up keeping all the way through if he gets hot.

Robert Woods, Bills

You can get him in an amazing 88 percent of leagues, and he is a solid play when the matchup is right. He’€™s playing most of the snaps on offense and is being consistently targeted. He’€™s worth rostering in most leagues. He’€™s going to continue to get better. Woods was one of Rotobahn’s Guys back in April before the draft, and we’re still high on him.

TIGHT ENDS

Coby Fleener, Colts

He’€™s available in 67 percent of leagues and can help you if you are struggling at tight end. With Dwayne Allen now done for the season, Fleener is emerging as a more consistent option, scoring twice in the last three weeks.

Heath Miller, Steelers

He looked better in his second week of action, and you can get him in 57 percent of leagues. Miller looks like he is healthy, which is the key thing. Ben Roethlisberger always looks for him. You can count on him being targeted.

Jermaine Gresham, Bengals

He’€™s been active, and you can get him in 50 percent of leagues. Gresham is a solid bye week replacement with upside to be more if he can start getting more active in the red zone. He certainly has the skills to do it if Cincinnati starts moving the ball more consistently.

DEFENSE

Chiefs

You can still get the Chiefs in one out of five leagues, and that’€™s a joke. Make sure they are taken in your league. They have the talent and they play a great schedule for fantasy purposes.

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