Waiver Wire Watching Week 5

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As we head into week 5 of the Fantasy Football season, bye weeks and injuries are causing a shuffle on rosters and waiver wires. While there were no real “I gotta pick that guy up” performances in week 4, here are some guys to consider in the short and long term.

Quarterback:

Sam Bradford, Rams: Bradford may officially be considered as a solid bye week filler in week 5. It has not taken long for the rookie to show that he should be considered as a fantasy football quarterback…and this is a rookie QB on the Rams! Bradford’s accuracy is turning heads and the Rams are moving the ball into the endzone.

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers: The time has come for Big Ben to join his team again on his bye week. Who would of thought they would be 3-1 without him? Chances are he is not sitting on your waiver wire because in most leagues Big Ben was a value pick as a backup QB in time for bye weeks. More than likely you will see him on the trade block in the next couple of weeks after he has some rust off.

Running Back:

In case you missed it, we mentioned Peyton Hillis and Ryan Torain here last week so we won’t cover them again. If for some reason they are still on your waiver wire you should do your part of getting them off there!

Kevin Smith, Lions: We wouldn’t really suggest rostering Smith for the long haul, especially when you need depth to cover bye weeks, but he is worth keeping an eye on. Jahvid Best has that whole turf toe thing going on and Smith is the likely back between he and Maurice Morris to fill Best’s role if he didn’t go. He may be worth a handcuff for an owner that is relying on Best as a starter.

Wide Receiver:

Davone Bess, Dolphins: Although Bess has a bye this week, you can look for him to be coming off the wire after another solid performance. If you need a guy at WR, you should consider grabbing him this week and stashing him as he may slip past some WW hunters looking for production in week 5. He was targeted 12 times for nine catches on Monday night and got his first TD of the season. He appears like he will be the go to guy for Chad Henne when Brandon Marshall is getting too much attention.

Mark Clayton, Rams: Clayton is likely long gone by now, but we wanted to talk about him in case he is available or dropped during bye week shuffling. Clayton has become the favorite target of the rising fantasy QB that is Sam Bradford. Clayton could have a career year and you may be able to get him cheap in a trade if he is rostered.

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  1. mr. snuffaluffagus says:

    hope you can help. waiver wires are telling me to pick up ryan torain for this week so what do you think about me starting him instead of felix jones or jason snelling??? ronnie brown is on a bye so i am stuck playing one of those 3 along with maurice jones drew

  2. Lee says:

    Hey Mr. Snuffaluffagus, if you can still get Torain I would snag him. I suggested you get him last week and his role should be larger this week as it looks like Clinton Portis and his groin may be taking the week off. Even if Portis is in it appears that Torain is working his way into the lead back role and Portis may end up more of a 3rd down back. If he is available he should be the top RB on the wire.

  3. Lee says:

    Update from last night I didn’t think to throw down here. Torain takes the reigns as Portis is out 4-6 weeks…
    http://footballjabber.com/2010/10/06/ryan-torain-all-signs-point-to-yes/

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