Riding the NFL Waiver Wire Week 5
Another crazy week has come and gone in the NFL with some no-name players appearing on the stat sheets league-wide. I’m starting to think I spent too much time over the off-season researching second-stringers and not enough time researching 3rd and 4th-stringers. It seems like every week now some player I never heard of is putting up big numbers. Let’s check out this week’s best value waiver wire pickups.
Andre Roberts WR ARZ – As we know in the NFL a player’s third year seems to be the most common for a player’s coming out party. Roberts hasn’t been consistent over the last four weeks with fantasy production, but it seems like the stat sheets aren’t always correct. In week three Roberts had a not-so-sexy 3 catches for 55 yards, but there was a penalty that was called against Fitzgerald that would have given the receiver a 79-yard touchdown making his week three stat line – 4 catches 134 yards and a TD. In week four we saw Roberts put up 6 catches for 118 yards and a TD. Kolb is starting to build a rapport with Roberts and could see Roberts putting up WR1 numbers. Roberts wouldn’t be a bad addition to your squad especially with bye weeks upcoming.
Brian Hartline WR MIA – When I checked the available players in my league Monday morning and saw Brian Hartline’s stat line for week four as having 12 catches for 254 yards and a TD, I honestly refreshed my browser as I thought it was showing his stats for the year. Pretty Impressive stats for the 4th-year player out of Ohio State (GO BLUE). It’s Hartline’s second 100-yard game of the season. The Miami Offense is starting to come together so it might not be a bad time to stash Hartline to see if he can keep up his production.
Brandon Bolden RB NE- Big day for the unknown running back out of Mississippi putting up 137 yards and a touchdown. With production like that they might start splitting the carries between Bolden and Ridley, which is bad news for Ridley owners. If Bolden can prove himself over the next couple of weeks he could take over the staring gig. Bolden is a must handcuff for all Ridley owners.
Vincent Brown WR SD – I know he is still injured but he is on pace to come off the IR in week seven. If you’ve been following my articles you know I’ve been hyping this guy up since pre-season. With not that many high-end WR1′s available on the wires this would be a great chance to add Brown to your roster for big dividends down the stretch.
Flying under the Fantasy Radar
Joique Bell RB DET- First there was Smith than Leshoure and Best on his way back. The Detroit couching staff is just pulling strings on who is the right back for their offense. Bell is the one bright spots with the most potential. He hasn’t put up any big numbers but he hasn’t made any bad plays. Bell keeps impressing the coaching staff with his catching abilities out of the back field and protecting the Quarter back on Third downs. If you’re in a deeper league format he might not be a bad addition. If you don’t have a roster spot monitor him over the next couple of games.