Brian Hartline and More Top Fantasy WR Pickups for Week 5

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Brian Hartline #82 of the Miami Dolphins catches a 57 yard reception past cornerback William Gay #22 of the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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No player will be more coveted on fantasy football waiver wires this week than Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline, who had a monster game in Week 4. It's the same story every week, just with a different player.

As bye weeks begin in earnest in Week 5 with four teams off, it's going to become increasingly difficult to find valuable WR options available. With that in mind, let's take a look at three players worth adding before it's too late.

 

Brian Hartline

Hartline probably received a look from a lot of fantasy owners when he caught nine passes for 111 yards in Week 2, but his one-catch performance the next week dropped him off the radar. That won't be happening again after he tore up the Arizona Cardinals secondary.

The Ohio State product reeled in 12 passes for an eye-popping 253 yards and a touchdown for a grand total of 31 fantasy points. It's the type of performance usually reserved for players like Calvin Johnson or Victor Cruz.

Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill is getting more comfortable with each passing week, which should only help to increase Hartline's value moving forward. He's worth starting even against a solid Cincinnati Bengals defense on Sunday.

 

James Jones

Greg Jennings has been dealing with a nagging groin issue, which has opened up more opportunities for the other Green Bay Packers receivers. Jones has been one of the biggest beneficiaries, catching two touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints last week.

Aside from a game Jones would rather forget in Week 2, he's racked up 36 fantasy points in three games and should continue to see a lot of looks from Aaron Rodgers. The Packers offense will pass a lot until it can develop a rhythm, which has been missing.

Jones gets a favorable matchup in Week 5 against a porous Indianapolis Colts secondary that has already been torched a couple of times this season. He should have no problem putting up another good game and is a solid bye-week replacement.

 

Domenik Hixon

Like Jones, Hixon has benefited from a banged-up fellow wide receiver. In Hixon's case, it's Hakeem Nicks. The New York Giants' top receiver has already missed two games with a knee problem, and no concrete timetable has been given for his return.

Hixon shined in his chance to fill the void. He caught six passes for 114 yards, finishing second on the team in targets, well ahead of Ramses Barden. His chemistry with Eli Manning gives him the edge over Barden, who had a big game of his own in Week 3.

The Giants' game plan is no secret with Manning averaging 40 passes per game, meaning Hixon should continue to see a lot of targets until Nicks returns. Even when he does, Hixon will have value as the team's third receiver.