Fantasy Football Week 5: Hot Waiver Wire Pickups

Frank FittipaldiCorrespondent IIOctober 5, 2010

Kevin Kolb took over for Michael Vick in Week 4.
Kevin Kolb took over for Michael Vick in Week 4.Doug Benc/Getty Images


Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles

If fantasy owners drafted Kolb and released, now may be the time to pick him back up. Michael Vick went down in Week 4 with a rib injury and will not play in Week 5 at San Francisco. Kolb can be a valuable pickup, especially if Vick's ribs become a nagging injury throughout the season. Monitor Vick's situation and get your hands on Kolb as he is a solid play in Week 5.


Running Back:

Mike Bell, Philadelphia Eagles

LeSean McCoy fractured a rib during Week 4 against The Redskins and is likely to be questionable for Week 5 against The 49ers. If McCoy cannot go, Mike Bell is likely to get the start. McCoy did not complain about the injury during Week 4, but Coach Andy Reid will probably take precaution and rest McCoy for a week. Mike Bell should be a popular pickup in most leagues, be sure to claim him off the waiver wire.

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Ryan Torain, Washington Redskins


With Clinton Portis slowly losing carries, Ryan Torain is emerging as The Redskins' number 1 back. Clinton Portis left with a hamstring injury in Week 4 and Torain capitalized with 18 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown. As long as Torain continues to play well, he should get the bulk of the carries in Washington. The Redskins are at home in Week 5 against Green Bay, grab Torain off waivers if you are in need of a starting running back.


Wide Receiver:

Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins

Davone Bess followed up his solid Week 4 performance with a good game against New England on Monday night. Although The Dolphins got crushed, Bess finished with 9 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. Bess has emerged as a safety net for quarterback Chad Henne and should continue to put up solid numbers. Miami has a bye in Week 5, but pick up Bess as he can be valuable down the stretch.


Tight End:

Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions

Pettigrew has gotten off to a nice start in the 2010 season, and should be a hot pickup heading into Week 5. Shaun Hill has utilized the talent surrounding him, and has found ways to get Pettigrew the football. The 2nd year tight end has 21 receptions over the past 3 weeks and is an excellent play Week 5 at home against The Rams.