Fantasy Football 2012: Top 30 Waiver-Wire Pickups Heading into Week 5

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Fantasy Football 2012: Top 30 Waiver-Wire Pickups Heading into Week 5
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Tailback Rashard Mendenhall (knee) may be cleared for Week 5 action against Philly, with the intent of reviving the Steelers' dormant rushing attack (ranked 31st in NFL).

Here's my listing of the top 30 free agents (12-team, standard-scoring leagues) heading into Week 5—a countdown that ideally values long-term viability over one week of superb stats.

Obviously, free-agent quarterbacks like Ryan Tannehill, Sam Bradford, Christian Ponder and Brandon Weeden are the likeliest candidates for most points from Sunday to Sunday.

But I would also place an equal or higher priority on landing possible dynamos at receiver, running back and tight end...ahead of a quarterback who may only draw one start all season (a star QB's bye week).

For an in-depth slideshow of the top 10 waiver-wire pickups, click here.

Top 30 Free Agents

1. WR Brian Hartline, Dolphins
2. RB Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers
3. QB Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
4. RB Brandon Bolden, Patriots
5. WR Andre Roberts, Cardinals
6. RB Jackie Battle, Chargers
7. WR Jerome Simpson, Vikings
8. TE Heath Miller, Steelers
9. QB Brandon Weeden, Browns
10. WR James Jones, Packers
11. TE Greg Olsen, Panthers
12. K Greg Zuerlein, Rams
13. D/ST Cincinnati Bengals
14. QB Christian Ponder, Vikings
15. TE Scott Chandler, Bills
16. D/ST Minnesota Vikings
17. QB Sam Bradford, Rams
18. WR Greg Little, Browns
19. WR Davone Bess, Dolphins
20. TE Jermaine Gresham, Bengals
21. K Blair Walsh, Vikings
22. WR Brandon LaFell, Panthers
23. WR T.Y. Hilton, Colts
24. WR Jeremy Kerley, Jets
25. RB Robert Turbin, Seahawks
26. RB Lamar Miller, Dolphins
27. WR Leonard Hankerson, Redskins
28. QB Matt Hasselbeck, Titans
29. TE Coby Fleener, Colts
30. WR Randall Cobb, Packers

Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.

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