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.
WIDE RECEIVERS—PICK THEM UP
Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Andrew Hawkins’ first week definitely looked like a fluke out of the previously unknown Cincinnati Bengals’ receiver. His nine targets in Week 1 were just one less than he would have over the next three weeks. Well guess what? Hawkins decided to confuse us even more this week with five catches for 47 yards out of a whopping 13 targets! Let’s also not forget that Hawkins has three rushes for 21 yards this season. He looks like an excellent complement to A.J. Green and should get plenty of chances as defenses rush to bracket Green.
The Bengals face a Cleveland Browns’ defense this week that has given up a ton of points to opposing wide receivers. It’s worth noting that Joe Haden will be back but that really doesn’t change anything for Hawkins who is likely to see more looks because of it. Hawkins is available in 45% of FleaFlicker leagues right now so grab him if you need a spot play at receiver.
Consider Adding In: 12-team, and 14-team Leagues; especially as a spot play in PPR formats
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Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb is this year’s Percy Harvin. He has been nothing but explosive when he is on the field but his team won’t give him enough time to really breakout. He keeps flashing brilliance and getting used heavily in random weeks. In Weeks 1, 4 and 5 he has 20 receptions on 21 targets for 225 yards and a touchdown. In Weeks 2 and 3 he had 2 receptions for 19 yards on four targets. Though he may be hard to predict right now, we now know without a doubt that he could be elite with just a minor increase in playing time. That alone is enough to own him.
The absence of Greg Jennings hasn’t led to the increase in work for Cobb that many expected but the absence of Cedric Benson might. If Benson misses time we could see Cobb in the backfield more regularly. Either way, Cobb is explosive enough to gamble on. He’s available in 44% of leagues and should be owned in all of them as a roster stash and flex play.
Consider Adding In: 10-team, 12-team and 14-team Leagues
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