During the California gold rush in the 1800s, thousands of everyday Americans packed up whatever earthly possession they could cram into a covered wagon and headed West in search of one big payday.
Every week, gold is sitting on your waiver wire, just waiting for you to spot the sparkle.
Had you not drafted a team before the season began, but were allowed to have first crack at the waiver wire every week, here is an example of the team you could have used in Week 5.
QB: Kyle Orton
RBs: Peyton Hillis / Brandon Jackson
WRs: Brandon Lloyd / Roy Williams / Anthony Armstrong
TE: Mercedes Lewis
Unless you play in super-deep leagues, most, if not all, of those players could be had off the waiver wire in Week 1. So, when it comes to prospecting, it is well worth the effort to find the gold, because it may pay off handsomely later in the season.