Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire: The Top Pickups to Cover Bye Weeks
Week 5 of the NFL season brings headaches for fantasy football owners. While only two teams, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, were on bye in Week 4, four teams take a week off this time. Dallas, Detroit, Oakland and Tampa Bay.
That means fantasy starters like Darren McFadden, Miles Austin, Tony Romo, Calvin Johnson and others will all leave big holes in their owners' starting lineups. Chances are that by this point in the season, some of the players drafted on draft day to fill bye weeks have not worked out.
It's for that reason smart owners need to search the waiver wire for replacements who could contribute to a Week 5 fantasy victory.
Note: All point totals are from ESPN standard scoring
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Patrick has been on the verge of being a fantasy starter for the last few seasons. Fitzpatrick has thrown for 931 yards and 12 touchdowns in four games.
Fitzpatrick's four-touchdown, 23-point game against New England in Week 4 could have been even bigger if not for four interceptions.
Interceptions aside, Fitzpatrick is becoming a reliable source of fantasy points. He doesn't have the status of fantasy starter yet, but he's certainly a solid play when needed to fill a lineup hole.
Fitzpatrick gets the 49ers in Week 5 in a game that could go much like the New England one.
The Bills could get behind again and be forced to throw the ball. That's a good situation for fantasy owners of a quarterback who doesn't mind slinging it around.
Fitzpatrick is owned in 46.5 percent of leagues.
RB Jackie Battle
San Diego running back Jackie Battle showed in Week 4 that he deserves more touches in the offense. Maybe it was the extra motivation of playing against his former team, Kansas City, but Battle had an excellent game.
Battle started the game in place of Ryan Matthews and carried the ball 15 times for 39 yards and caught four passes for 42 yards. He scored two touchdowns on the day and accumulated 19 fantasy points. Matthews did see action in the game and received 14 carries.
Battle had an 18-point fantasy day back in Week 2, so the game against the Chiefs was not a fluke. True, Ryan Matthews will likely take over the starting job moving forward, but Battle will continue to have value.
He is currently owned in just nine percent of ESPN leagues.
WR Brian Hartline
Miami wide receiver Brian Hartline had a monster game in Week 4. Hartline caught 12 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown. Hartline's huge day isn't as big of a surprise as it may seem. He has been the favorite target for rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, receiving 41 targets in four games.
It's safe to assume that the balls will continue to fly his direction. A repeat of Week 4 likely isn't in the cards, but solid weekly performances should be expected from Hartline moving forward.
He is currently owned in 26.7 percent of leagues, but that number will soar this week as owners rush to add the productive wideout.
WR T.Y. Hilton
Indianapolis rookie wide receiver T.Y. Hilton had a bye in Week 4, but fantasy owners should not forget his Week 3 performance against the Jaguars. Hilton caught four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Owners may shy away from Hilton, due to the fact that going into Week 3 he only had one reception. However, Hilton seemed to form a good chemistry with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck and played a large role after fellow receiver Austin Collie left with a concussion.
The bye week could be helpful for Luck and Hilton to continue to mesh.
Hilton is worth taking a chance on if you need wide receiver help in Week 5. The Colts play the Packers, a defense that presents a favorable matchup for a passing attack. Helping Hilton's cause is the fact that Collie was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week.
He is currently owned in only one percent of ESPN leagues.
TE Scott Chandler
Buffalo tight end Scott Chandler will be a popular pickup this week. He was a big part of the Buffalo offense in Week 4, receiving eight targets and catching four passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns. That game earned his owners 18 points.
Chandler has shown the ability to be a reliable red-zone target for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, as well as a down the middle threat. Chandler has four touchdowns on the year.
In Week 2 against Kansas City he had an 11-point fantasy day.
Before his huge Week 4 game, Chandler was owned in 31.6 percent of ESPN leagues. Put your claim in on him now.