Fantasy Football Week 5: Waiver-Wire Wonders at Each Major Position

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 30, 2013

Sep 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) reacts with fans after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter.  The Carolina Panthers defeated the New York Giants 38-0 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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The fantasy football season always comes complete with twists and turns, as players fall out of and into the nation's consciousness depending on how many points they give owners in any given week.

This season has been no different, as several players have boosted their fantasy football stock, whether it be a steady veteran quarterback or a deep threat in the receiving corps.

Here's a look at my top waiver-wire wonders at each major position headed into Monday night's game between the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints.


*Waiver-wire players are players owned in less than 50 percent of leagues. Percentage owned in parentheses. Based on ESPN standard leagues.


QB: Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (45.6 Percent)

Alex Smith is now averaging 239.3 passing yards while tossing seven touchdowns to two interceptions in four games. He ranked 12th in fantasy points among quarterbacks headed into Week 4, before posting a season-high 22 points against the New York Giants.

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 29:  Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs in action during the game against the New York Giants at Arrowhead Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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He's not going to toss the pigskin around a lot (the Chiefs currently rank ninth in the NFL in carries per game), but he's been efficient, keeping his turnovers down while mixing in a decent amount of touchdown passes. The fact that he's a mobile quarterback also helps (151 rushing yards).

I certainly wouldn't call Smith a QB1, but he's a solid QB2 who can put up good numbers for you in the right matchups or serve as a capable fill-in during your starter's bye week.


RB: Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (16.5 Percent)

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Running back Danny Woodhead #39 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half at Qualcomm Stadium on September 29, 2013 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Im
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We all know what Danny Woodhead is capable of after his time with the New England Patriots.

In Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys, he reminded us of that, rushing for 32 yards on five carries while adding five catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets.

Similar to the New Orleans Saints' Darren Sproles, Woodhead doesn't get a whole lot of opportunities to contribute, but he makes the most of them, as evident by the whopping 20 fantasy points he posted in Week 4.

Given he was instrumental in San Diego's thrilling win, you can bet on the Chargers continuing to look his way moving forward.


WR: Ted Ginn Jr., Carolina Panthers (6.1 Percent)

Sep 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) celebrates with quarterback Cam Newton (1) after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Giants 38-0.  Mandatory Cr
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I can see why hearing this name may cause some of you to do a double-take, but hear me out.

Ginn Jr., who has primarily been used as a return man throughout his career, has developed a rapport with quarterback Cam Newton in Charlotte. Since his one-point output in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks, he's posted a combined 26 fantasy points in two weeks. That includes a 14-point output against the New York Giants in Week 3.

The 28-year-old is currently Carolina's No. 1 deep threat, which has led to catching a touchdown pass of 40 yards or more in consecutive games. His eight-target day against the Buffalo Bills in Week 2 is proof that Newton is not looking at him sparingly, either.

Four of Ginn's next five opponents have allowed eight touchdown passes or more this season (Arizona, Minnesota, St. Louis and Atlanta). It sounds like he's clicking with Newton at just the right time.


TE: Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins (17.5 Percent)

Sep 8, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas (33) celebrates with fullback Charles Clay (42) after scoring a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Field. The Dolphins won 23-10. Manda
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Headed into Monday night's game against the New Orleans Saints, Charles Clay has caught 14 balls for 203 yards on 19 targets. 

Clay has only had one double-digit fantasy performance thus far (16 points against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2), but he continues to be targeted heavily by young quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He also scored as a running back in a goal-line situation against the Colts in Week 2.

As a safety valve and potential red-zone play for Tannehill, I expect the touchdowns to eventually come for Clay. At a relatively weak position in fantasy, he's a quality player to stash as he continues to emerge.


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