As the fantasy football season wears on, GM's everywhere are constantly scanning the waiver wire for injury assurance, replacements or even upgrades. Every year, there are a significant amount of players that contribute on a level that not even the most experienced of NFL experts could have predicted. Thus, a fantasy waiver wire scramble ensues for their services.
Now that we have reached the quarter point in the season, we can start to get a better idea of how personnel situations are unfolding with NFL teams, and whether a breakout fantasy star is a legitimate candidate for consistency. The last thing a fantasy owner wants is to pick up a player after a massive week of production, by means of bidding or waiver priority, only to have that player's stock dwindle throughout the rest of the season.
In deciding on a waiver wire pickup, it is important to consider not only how they have done so far, but also their chances of consistent playing time, the team's offensive trends and the players around them. Waiver pickups are always a risk, but they can also be the kind of risk that could eventually crown you the champion of your league.
Here are the top five players to take a waiver wire risk on in your fantasy football league.