Waiver Wire Pickups Week 5: 2012 Fantasy Football Lineup Advice
Unless you’re in a deep league (over 12 teams), don’t look to Tim Tebow as an option to pick up this week. But his time is coming in New York. Mark Sanchez was terrible against the 49ers, looking confused at times and dropping his head down when pressure came his way.
We know Tebow won’t throw the football much, but perhaps that’s just what the Jets need at this time to have a chance to make a run for the playoffs.
QB. Ryan Tannehill
If your looking for a one-week option at quarterback in deeper leagues, give Tannehill a chance. The Bengals have struggled to defend the pass and the rookie posted over 400 yards in Arizona last week. Brian Hartline and Davone Bess will continue to be reliable possession receivers, but Tannehill may struggle to throw more than one touchdown.
RB. Brandon Boldon
It’s hard to say what Boldon’s workload will be week to week, but he’s earned more work after his performance against the Bills. Stevan Ridley is the safe start weekly, but Boldon has clearly moved past Shane Vereen as the second back to receive early-down work.
WR. Domenik Hixon
With Hakeem Nicks struggling with a knee injury, we should look to Hixon as a rosterable receiver for fantasy leagues. Hixon has a solid matchup against the Browns this week and should have WR3 numbers.
WR. James Jones
Greg Jennings can’t stay on the field with a troublesome groin injury and Jones will benefit in his absence. Aaron Rodgers has proven to be trusting of Jones even when he drops a pass or two, so don’t worry about Rodgers phasing him out.
WR. Andre Roberts
As defenses focus on Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts will benefit going up against single coverage and usually against a team's second best corner. When the Cardinals play weak pass defenses like the Dolphins last week, Roberts is a worthy start.
WR. Brian Hartline & Davone Bess
A better PPR option, Hartline and his counterpart Davone Bess will have problems finding the end zone with a rookie quarterback starting. Still, they are going to rack up a decent amount of receptions in this offense because of the situation they are in.
If the Giants are still sitting out on your waiver wire, it’s a good idea to pick them up against the Browns. Cleveland's offensive line is likely to struggle against New York and fantasy owners will benefit.
The Titans have struggled badly on the road this year and Minnesota is off to a terrific start as a team. Look to the Vikings defense as a nice one-week start.
K. Nick Novak
Nate Kaeding has another leg injury that could cost him significant time. Novak filled in last week and banged out three field goals. Last year Novak was a K1 weekly starter as Kaeding was down with a torn ACL, and he’s worth getting back in lineups again.
Keep An Eye On
QB. Tim Tebow
Mark Sanchez looked horrible against the 49ers, and the loss of Santonio Holmes will do nothing to help his odds of remaining as the starter. While Sanchez will start against the Texans, don’t be surprised if Tebow takes over as the game moves along. We know what Tebow can do and if and when he takes over the starting job, he’s worth holding as a backup.
QB. Kevin Kolb
I'm still not a believer in Kolb, and his offensive line gave up eight sacks last week as the Texans were forced to come from behind against the Dolphins. I don’t trust Kolb as a waiver option yet, mainly because he needs the team to fall behind before he has a chance to put up decent numbers.
QB. Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick is an explosive runner, and much like Tim Tebow, if he should find his way into the starting lineup he would be worth rostering because of his legs. Alex Smith would likely have to go down with an injury, but for now it appears the 49ers are going to continue working to get Kaepernick on the field weekly.
RB. Joique Bell
If Mikel Leshoure should have injury problems this year, expect Joique Bell to start in Detroit. Bell has played well and has earned more time on the field with his overall play.
RB. LeGarrette Blount
The Buccaneers must have a problem with Doug Martin’s play as they leaned on the passing game last week and gave Blount the goal line carry. Expect Blount to see more work in the Buccaneers offense, he may even be in a committee at this point. While I not a fan of that move, Blount is worth keeping an eye on at this time.
RB. Brandon Jacobs
The 49ers may have another running back on the depth chart this week as Brandon Jacobs is back in practice. Jacobs would be a threat to Frank Gore’s goal line work when healthy.
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