Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire

A couple of running backs are hot on the waiver wire in Week 5; plus a few more players you should be thinking about.

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Fantasy Football Bye Week 5: Tight End Waiver Wire Fill-Ins

Week five of the 2011 NFL season is upon us, which means the league enters its first round of bye weeks. Week Five byes include the Baltimore RavensCleveland Browns, Dallas CowboysMiami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins. For the purposes of the tight end position, the following players are on bye:

Ed Dickson
Benjamin Watson
Jason Witten
Anthony Fasano
Lance Kendricks
Fred Davis
Chris Cooley

It's not a particularly tough bye week for tight ends, but for those who have Jason Witten or Fred Davis, you'll be looking for another option. Tight end is always a bit of a funky position with some consistently great players and then a whole lot of inconsistent options. You find yourself considering head-to-head matchups, but at the end of the day there is a lot of luck involved when it comes to finding a bye-week fill-in at tight end.

One suggestion I can offer to decrease the luck and increase the serious analysis would be to check out Football Outsiders defensive efficiency page. At the bottom it breaks down team defense versus various types of receivers in the passing game. They break down how teams fare against various wide receivers and also running backs and tight ends.

It is noteworthy that Pittsburgh has been fairly crummy against tight ends. Maybe you want to grab Jared Cook if he is available. Indianapolis has also been bad against tight ends. Maybe Kansas City's Leonard Pope is out there. I realize this isn't the best advice, but when you get past the 12-14 tight ends in most leagues combined with a few teams holding backup tight ends, you're left primarily with scraps.

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Fantasy Football Bye Week 5: Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Fill-Ins

Week five of the 2011 NFL season is upon us, which means the league enters its first round of bye weeks. Week Five byes include the Baltimore RavensCleveland Browns, Dallas CowboysMiami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins. For the purposes of the wide receiver position, the following players are on bye:

Anquan Boldin
Torrey Smith
Mohamed Massaquoi
Josh Cribbs
Dez Bryant
Miles Austin
Brandon Marshall
Davone Bess
Brandon Gibson
Danario Alexander
Mike Sims-Walker
Santana Moss
Jabar Gaffney

There are not a ton of huge names on bye this week at the wide receiver position, but still some noticeable absences. Dez Bryant is the biggest name with Santana Moss, Brandon Marshall and Anquan Boldin also getting decent play in fantasy leagues. The bye week is big this week because it sounds like Miles Austin will be back following the bye week and ready to get back in your lineups.

If you are in need of a bye week wide receiver fill-in, you can likely play some matchup chess on a week-to-week basis. There are intriguing matchups and situations that could make certain players worth a flier. A good example of that is Malcom Floyd. He is likely owned in a decent amount of leagues, but if not, with Vincent Jackson hurting and potentially sitting out or at least extremely limited this Sunday, Floyd could be a quality target for Philip Rivers.

Another guy some folks are jumping on is Texans wide receiver Jacoby Jones. With Andre Johnson sidelined with a hamstring injury, Jones is filling his X role in the Texans wide receiver corps. I'm not sold on Jones, but if he's ever going to bust out, now is the time.

Some other sleeper options this week would include Bay Area players Joshua Morgan and Darrius Heyward-Bey. Morgan could face a Bucs secondary short a man with Aqib Talib missing practice on Thursday with a knee injury. Morgan is quietly developing a nice rapport with QB Alex Smith and could be a decent bye-week fill-in this week. DHB has struggled in the past with the drops but is coming off a monster game against the New England Patriots.

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Fantasy Football Bye Week 5: Running Back Waiver Wire Fill-Ins

Week five of the 2011 NFL season is upon us, which means the league enters its first round of bye weeks. Week Five byes include the Baltimore RavensCleveland Browns, Dallas CowboysMiami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins. For the purposes of the running back position, the following players are on bye:

Ray Rice
Peyton Hillis
Montario Hardesty
Felix Jones
Daniel Thomas
Reggie Bush
Steven Jackson
Cadillac Williams
Tim Hightower
Ryan Torain
Roy Helu

A few days after the free world went crazy adding Ryan Torain to their roster, they now get to wait a week to find out exactly what kind of role he fits into with the Redskins. Aside from the Redskins potential running back by committee, this week features some tough breaks as Ray Rice, Steven Jackson and Felix Jones are all on byes. For Jones and Jackson it will hopefully help get them back to 100%. For Peyton Hillis, maybe he can get something figured out with his contract before this situation gets any uglier.

Running back play wins fantasy football titles. While you can get through the occasional tough bye week, the right play can help you score a victory you might otherwise have forsaken due to weak running back depth. All the big names are gone and people are likely pilfering running backs like crazy this week. It will be tough to find the right running back, but there are a few options.

More than likely Isaac Redman has already been grabbed. Rashard Mendenhall is looking doubtful to play on Sunday, and most leagues have at least one person who already knew this. If you're going to find a decent play this week you'll need to look deeper. Here are some options:

Earnest Graham, TB: Not a fantastic play, but he is prominently featured in the Bucs passing attack. If you're in a PPR league, grab him ASAP for this weekend. If you're not in a PPR league, I still recommend checking him out. He is probably the best waiver wire option for Sunday.

Kendall Hunter, SF: More than likely he was grabbed last week, but given Frank Gore's return to health, he might have been just as quickly dumped. He is likely going to see a variety of touches this weekend and could be a stealthy option.

Jackie Battle, KC: He's not gotten much work but with Jamaal Charles down and Thomas Jones struggling, he is a deep, deep option for bigger leagues. There is some upside if Jones gets benched, but a lot of downside, too.

Delone Carter, Ind: He's behind Joseph Addai and has one game with double digit carries. But if you're desperate, he could be worth a spot at least on your bench, maybe more.

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Fantasy Football Bye Week 5: Quarterback Waiver Wire Fill-Ins

Week five of the 2011 NFL season is upon us, which means the league enters its first round of bye weeks. Week Five byes include the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins. For the purposes of the quarterback position, the following players are on bye:

Joe Flacco
Colt McCoy
Tony Romo
Sam Bradford
Rex Grossman

The Miami Dolphins aren't included because nobody has Matt Moore on their roster. That's not to say many people have Rex Grossman, but there are some folks who are a glutton for punishment. The two biggest names on bye are Joe Flacco and Tony Romo. While not spectacular quarterbacks, both have done enough in recent years to warrant a starting spot in most leagues.

Most folks have likely drafted two quarterbacks, but if you had not grabbed a second quarterback, there are some intriguing options that could be on your waiver wire. If I had to name one guy that is almost definitely available in your league, I would actually strongly suggest picking up 49ers QB Alex Smith for this week's 49ers-Buccaneers game. If you think I'm kidding, I am not.

I'd be surprised if anybody has ever started Alex Smith in a fantasy football league that was not an 16+ team league, but he is starting to put together some decent numbers that could have some fantasy value. In the 49ers comeback against Philadelphia, Smith finished 21/33 for 291 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, he had no interceptions and has only thrown two interceptions since last October 10. If he avoids multiple turnovers in a game, modest numbers suddenly look decent. Add in what Curtis Painter did to the Bucs defense and he is a quality play this week.

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Week 5 Bye Week: Fantasy Football Impact

We break down the players going on bye in week five and the fantasy football implications. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.

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Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire: Pierre Garcon Busts Out

Earlier we took a look at the top adds for Week 5 according to fantasy experts around the Internet. Now, we'll take a slightly different view of the top adds on the waiver wire this week. This time, we'll turn to our partner, numberFire.com, and see what their computer database stuffed with stats thinks. They look at how much a player is performing over their expected average. The higher the percentage, the hotter they are. In addition, we'll post their top trade/drop players. These are guys who you might want to outright drop, or guys who have a name and are under-performing, guys you might be able to trade for something of value.

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Finally, an Indianapolis Colts player busts out. Without Peyton Manning running that offense, things have gotten pretty ugly. Garcon, with his two long touchdown receptions, is finally drawing interest again from the fantasy crowd. Who knows, maybe he and Curtis Painter will develop soemthing over the course of the season.

Previously we hyped Ryan Torain for this week's adds, the computer likes him, too. A couple of vet QB's have been putting together solid years. Matt Hasselbeck is already owned in many leagues, but if he's available in yours you might want to take a look. Quarterbacks get injured all the time, so having a backup like Hasselbeck can be smart, and he's a good bye week play. Heck, depending on how your regular QB is performing, you might start Hasselbeck. Also, out in Oakland, Jason Campbell has put together a couple of 300-yard games. He's another guy you might consider as a backup.

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Rank Player Opponent Points
1 Pierre Garcon (WR, IND) vs. KC +55.51%
2 Ryan Torain (RB, WAS) BYE +52.38%
3 Matt Hasselbeck (QB, TEN) vs. PIT +51.24%
4 Eric Decker (WR, DEN) vs. SD +49.71%
5 Stevan Ridley (RB, NE) vs. NYJ +47.71%
6 Jermaine Gresham (TE, CIN) vs. JAX +44.94%
7 Michael Bush (RB, OAK) vs. HOU +39.70%
8 Willis McGahee (RB, DEN) vs. SD +38.86%
9 Jason Campbell (QB, OAK) vs. HOU +37.30%
10 Jared Cook (TE, TEN) vs. PIT +36.11%

 

The other side of the coin finds a lot of reliable fantasy guys struggling. It might be time to see if you can unload some of these guys in a trade and others you might just dump.

Pierre Garcon might have busted out for the Colts, but guys like Austin Collie and Dallas Clark are not getting it done so far, Clark especially misses the presence of Manning. Last year's rookie sensation Sam Bradford is struggling in his sophomore campaign. And Thomas Jones hasn't been able to grasp the opportunity left by the injury to Jamaal Charles.

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Rank Player Opponent Points
1 Sam Bradford (QB, STL) BYE -42.33%
2 Hines Ward (WR, PIT) vs. TEN -41.11%
3 Knowshon Moreno (RB, DEN) vs. SD -40.09%
4 Chad Ochocinco (WR, NE) vs. NYJ -39.89%
5 Austin Collie (WR, IND) vs. KC -37.43%
6 DeAngelo Williams (RB, CAR) vs. NO -35.61%
7 Dallas Clark (TE, IND) vs. KC -34.08%
8 Thomas Jones (RB, KC) vs. IND -33.28%
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Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire: Torain, Ridley Hot Commodities

A couple of running backs are hot on the waiver wire in Week 5; plus a few more players you should be thinking about.

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