Oct 8, 2012
The fifth week of NFL action is over and the waiver wire is looking surprisingly dry yet again. Nevertheless, there is still some value out there for those that have the roster space. A majority of the waiver wire adds we recommend this week are the same ones we recommended last week which goes to show just how useful this article can be for getting the jump on potential adds. Be sure to check your waivers for the “Carryovers from Last Week” because in most cases those guys hold the most value. Stay tuned for the cut list we publish every week so you know who you can safely drop.
Quick Note: Not all players that had strong Week 5 outings are on this list, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have value. If you have any questions about free agents not discussed in this article, head over to the forums and we’ll help you with the answers. If you are wondering who to cut to pick these one of these players up, stay tuned for our Week 6Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Cut List.
TIGHT ENDS—PICK THEM UP
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
Jermaine Gresham was one of the top tight end sleepers at the start of the year. It was expected that he would be the second option in the passing game. Unfortunately for him Andrew Hawkins has had something to say about that. The lack of targets the first couple weeks led to Gresham being dropped in many leagues. The good news is that the Bengals have been passing enough to support three wide receivers. With BenJarvus Green-Ellis struggling and Bernard Scott likely on his way to the IR, the Cincinnati Bengals’ offense should start passing even more. Gresham is getting consistent targets (24 to date) and has 171 yards receiving in his last three games.
Gresham has two tough games in a row but after the Week 8 bye he has a stretch of good matchups. Keep in mind he is more valuable in PPR leagues due to the quantity of short targets he gets. He’s available in 45% of FleaFlicker leagues so grab him if you need him as a bye week fill-in.
Consider Adding In: 12-team and 14-team Leagues; especially in PPR formats
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Joel Dreessen, TE, Denver Broncos
Joel Dreessen continues to fight for playing time with fellow Denver Broncos’ tight end Jacob Tamme. He’s currently losing the battle between the twenties but winning in the red zone where he has a monopoly on targets. He now has touchdowns in three straight games. As Peyton Manning continues to re-emerge, Dreessen’s red zone presence will mean more and more.
Dreessen is obviously not a great pickup in shallow leagues but he could make a nice spot play for those missing out on all the other guys we’ve mentioned the past few weeks. He’s universally available so don’t waste waiver priority on him but consider grabbing him later in the week in deeper leagues if you still have a hole to fill.
Consider Adding In: 12-team and 14-team Leagues; especially in TD-heavy formats
Carryovers from Last Week: Heath Miller (Pittsburgh Steelers), Fred Davis (Chicago Bears), Scott Chandler (Buffalo Bills), Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota Vikings)
Tight End Watch List: Mercedes Lewis (Jacksonville Jaguars), Dwayne Allen (Indianapolis Colts), Anthony Fasano (Miami Dolhpins), Zach Miller (Seattle Seahawks), Rob Housler (Arizona Cardinals)