Week 5 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Jared Cook and 2 Must-Add Sleepers

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IOctober 3, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 1: Jared Cook #89 of the Tennessee Titans during the Tennessee Titans Minicamp on May 1, 2009 at Baptist Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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Within the next few weeks the following sleepers will awaken, and if you fail to add them, they’ll become your nightmare. Circumstances changed in Week 4 that made a handful of previously undesirable players sought after. Here are three must-have sleepers to sign off waivers this week:

Jared Cook

After Kenny Britt’s injury, a receiver had to emerge in Tennessee to make up for the loss. Jared Cook was that receiver.

Cook was expected to breakout this year for the Titans, but he got off to a slow start, catching just five passes for 56 yards in the first three games. Against the Cleveland Browns in Week 4, Cook caught two balls for 93 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown. The tight end showed his elite athleticism on the play, turning a quick slant into a score.

Without Britt, Cook will continue to be a major part of the Titans' passing game.

Jacoby Jones

Jacoby Jones didn’t do anything special this week to deserve being signed. In fact, he failed to even record a reception. After Andre Johnson’s hamstring injury, though, Jones will have the opportunity to emerge as the Houston Texans' No. 1 wide receiver.

Jones only has seven catches for 91 yards through four weeks. He has always been an underachiever numbers wise, but at 6’2”, 212 pounds with great speed, Jones has the physical ability to produce like a fantasy starter. Houston will face off against an Oakland Raiders secondary next week ranked 28th in the NFL, so Jones is a sign-and-start player.

Stevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley is the most talented running back on the New England Patriots. The only thing holding him back from being a fantasy stud was Bill Belichick. After only receiving eight carries through the first three weeks, Ridley was given 10 against the Raiders and rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown.

If Ridley continues to get time, he’ll put up big numbers. He dominated the preseason and has been efficient in the Pats’ four games. Belichick would be nuts not to start Ridley next week against the New York Jets.


David Daniels is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and a Syndicated Writer.  Follow him on Twitter.