Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 5
Kevin Kolb (ARI): Kolb is barely owned in any Yahoo! leagues at 12%, but he's quietly been one of the biggest reasons for Arizona's 4-0 start. While everyone likes to credit their stout defense, Kolb has increased his fantasy output in each game this season - 10.54, 19.10, 27.48, and 38.96 by my league's scoring. Kolb took full advantage of opening day starter John Skelton's injury, and Skelton now finds himself buried on the bench thanks to Kolb's solid play. He's definitely worth an add as a bye week fill-in or matchup play.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (BUF): Fitzpatrick is another player who's quietly been posting good fantasy numbers all season. Even his far and away worst performance of the year Week 1 against the Jets, Fitzpatrick put up 195 yards and three touchdowns. He went off for 350 and four touchdowns this past Sunday against the Patriots. His interceptions cripple the Bills, but they're only -2 points for most fantasy teams. If you're in need of a quarterback and can't snag Kolb, Fitzpatrick is probably the best available in your league.
Matt Hasselbeck (TEN): Jake Locker is expected to miss next week's game against the Vikings, so veteran Matt Hasselbeck will step in. Hasselbeck posted 193 yards and two touchdowns against the Texans' 2nd ranked pass defense after Locker left the game with a separated non-throwing shoulder. Hasselbeck will be set to improve on those numbers after a full week of practice with the first team, the hopeful return of Kenny Britt, and an opponent ranked 14th against the pass with only one interception (the Vikings). Hasselbeck isn't a long term solution, but if you've got Stafford or Romo on bye this week, Hasselbeck is a solid fill-in.
Rashard Mendenhall (PIT): Mendenhall has been practicing for weeks now, but has yet to be active for a game. Drafted in most league's, his absence from the field has resulted in a lot of owners bailing on him, as he's now available in 33% of Yahoo! leagues. He's expected to make his season debut this week against the Eagles, and if he's healthy enough, he'll immediately take the bulk of the work for the Steelers' 31st ranked rushing attack. I would not advise playing him against the Eagles' stout run defense, but now is a good time to grab Mendenhall, monitor his workload/progress, and potentially use him as a solid flex/RB2 in future weeks.