Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 5
Brian Hartline (MIA): Through four weeks, Hartline has two exceptional games, and two duds. His first great game came against a miserable Raiders secondary, but his most recent outburst was against the Cardinals' very solid defensive backfield. One dud came against the Texans' 2nd ranked pass defense, and the other against Darrelle Revis and the Jets. With 25 catches for 455 yards through four games, Hartline is worth starting as long as he's not going up against an elite secondary.
Andre Roberts (ARI): Roberts has been wildly inconsistent so far this year, but I believe Sunday's six catch, 118 yard, two touchdown performance was his coming out party. With defenses blanketing Larry Fitzgerald, Roberts constantly faces one-on-one coverage, and he's already found the endzone four times through four games. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt had high praise for Roberts after Sunday's game, saying, "It's easy to have faith in a player when they work as hard as Andre has worked. This year, it's looking like the ball is starting to find him." It sounds like Whisenhunt is expecting the ball to keep going Roberts' way, and while he won't put up lines of 6/118/2 consistently, he's worthy of adding to your roster.
Domenik Hixon (NYG): I had Ramses Barden on my waiver wire list last week, but I admittedly swung and missed on that one. Hixon retained his bigger role after returning from injury against the Eagles on Sunday and completely outplayed Barden. Barden was dropping passes and costing his team the game with boneheaded pass interference penalties while Hixon piled up a team leading 114 yards on six catches. With Hakeem Nicks' knee not getting any better, Hixon could be in for a big role for a while.
Scott Chandler (BUF): Chandler is certainly no stud tight end, but he does find the endzone. He had six touchdowns in only nine starts last season, and now has four touchdowns through four games this year. Ryan Fitzpatrick obviously trusts him and looks to him first in the red-zone, so he should continue to be a scoring machine. If you need a tight end to fill in due to a bye week or injury, it's not a bad idea to start Chandler and hope he gets in the endzone.