Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire: Top Targets to Pick Up

Nicholas Moffitt@@nickmoffCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 07:  Quarterback Brandon Weeden #3 of the Cleveland Browns drops back to pass against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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With Week 5 now in the books, focus is shifting to the waiver wire. Week 6 is a crucial waiver wire period, because at this point most players who will explode this year have shown themselves, or have begun to prove they are worth the roster spot.

So who should you pick up this week?

This week, I think that consistency win's the day. This article will showcase five waiver targets that have scored 10 points in at least three of their teams first five games.

Consistency down the stretch is what will win playoff games. These picks give you the opportunity to have a consistent bench option as well as a bye-week replacement if need be. 

So here's five waiver targets from Week 5, heading into Week 6. 


1. Minnesota Vikings Defense, Last Four Weeks: 53 Points (ESPN standard scoring)

The defense and special teams for the Vikings has really been heating up in their 4-1 start to the season. it's been the catalyst for the great start and that has translated to a great fantasy start for the defense as well. 

They're available in half of ESPN leagues and they're third overall in fantasy points for a defense and special teams. Percy Harvin is just heating up as a return man, and took one to the house in Week 5. 

The Vikings lucked out because rookie safety Harrison Smith won't be punished.

Five games is enough to see what a year will look like, take the Vikings and don't look back as they've been out performing your previous defense most likely and will be a solid start the rest of the season.

Their three 10 point games include 16 vs. San Francisco, 22 vs. Detroit and 11 vs. Tennessee 


2. QB Brandon Weeden, Last Four Weeks: 54 Points

The Cleveland Browns are 0-4, but Brandon Weeden is starting to throw the ball a lot better than in his first outing. He's definitely matured and learned to let the game develop around him, which would make him a perfect backup if you no longer own one or haven't picked one up yet.

If you start Jay Cutler, Cam Newton or Drew Brees, you have a bye this week and Weeden is going to help you out a lot. He's only owned in 3.7 percent of ESPN leagues

The Browns are 0-5, but Weeden had a huge outing against Cincinnati his first time playing them. He threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, and he'll be putting up numbers like that again on the Bengals.

His three 10-point games include: 20 vs Cincinnati, 10 vs Baltimore and 15 vs Giants.


3. RB Jackie Battle, Last Four Weeks: 43 Points

Another player owned in half of ESPN leagues, Battle would be a perfect flex start. Although Ryan Matthews has been heating up, his health is always an issue, and if you own him, you should have Battle as well. 

He does well getting his touches and being out of the backfield. Although he had a down week in Week 5, expect him to catch a few passes this week, one of which will go for a touchdown and lead to him scoring 10 points for you.


4. WR James Jones, Season Average: 10.4 Points

James Jones has two consecutive weeks of scoring more than 15 points. He's found a way to become one of Aaron Rodgers' favorite receivers in that span and will continue to do so. 

He's owned in 69 percent of leagues, but I think that he's done so well that for those 30 percent it's worth mentioning. The man has caught fire and if he's sitting on the waiver wire, you need his 10.4 season average playing for you. 

Dump your one-week wonder and go with consistency.