Fantasy Football: Top-Seven Waiver-Wire Pickups for Week Five

Blake PonContributor IOctober 1, 2008

If your fantasy team is struggling this season, or one of your key players has a bye, take a look at these potential pick-ups to give you fantasy team a boost.


RB, Le'Ron McClain, Baltimore Ravens

McClain has begun to get around 16-17 carries each week, and more importantly, he is the main guy in goal-line situations for the Ravens. Expect him to be solid but not spectacular against a pretty good Tennessee defense.


RB, Cedric Benson, Cincinnati Bengals

Benson, the former, and troubled, Chicago Bear has been given a second chance by a struggling Bengals squad. The Bengals have been running the ball poorly as of late, and Chris Perry is banged up. Expect Benson to play with a sense of urgency against a great Cowboys' defense. He may surprise many this week.


WR, Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints

Moore has been stepping up big in the absence of star wideout Marques Colston. Moore already has 14 receptions for 107 yards, with seven of them coming last week, which included two touchdowns. Brees' main options at receiver right now are both Moore and Meachem in the end zone, with injuries to starters Colston and Jeremy Shockey.


WR, Robert Meachem, New Orleans Saints

If you haven't picked this guy up yet, do it now. Meachem has been the main deep threat for quarterback Drew Brees, picking up over 200 yards on only five receptions with two touchdowns. With Colston still out, Meachem will continue to get looks. 


RB, Najeh Davenport, Pittsburgh Steelers

With injuries to running backs Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall, the returning Steeler will most likely split carries with Mewelde Moore and Gary Russell. Last December, Davenport had a 167-yard game (123 on the ground) and a touchdown against the Rams. Due to his size, the Steelers may use him as their goal-line back against the Jaguars this upcoming week.


QB, Kyle Orton, Chicago Bears

Orton will be a very solid pick-up for any team with a quarterback with a bye week. Orton has been very solid all seasons and is coming off a career high three-touchdown week against a very good Philly defense and has thrown for five touchdowns in the past two weeks.

Expect him to torch a weak Lions' defense that has given up an average of 34 points per game. 


RB, Deuce McAllister, New Orleans Saints

Deuce has been stealing the show from running-backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas. McAllister had 20 carries last week against San Francisco, with 73 yards, one reception for 10 yards, and a touchdown.

Don't expect Deuce to produce (hey, that rhymes!) this week against a very strong Minnesota defense. McAllister looks to be a favorable pick for the following weeks, though.