Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5

Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 5

10/2/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Brandon Bolden (NE): The Patriots went into the Bills game with the intention of pounding the ball down the throat of the defense, and that is exactly what they did. To many people's surprise, however, they did it frequently with undrafted rookie Brandon Bolden. Bolden ripped off 137 yards and a touchdown on only 16 carries, good for 8.6 yards per attempt. Stevan Ridley also managed 106 yards and two touchdowns, so don't think Bolden has claimed any sort of featured role in the Patriots' backfield, but he has definitely earned touches in the future and could prove to be a viable flex option against poor run defenses.

Wide Receivers
Sept. 30, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline (82) catches a 57 yard reception  against Arizona Cardinals in the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
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.

Tight Ends

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.
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10/3/12   |   Pylon

Great list of WR's to add from the waiver wire.
I'd even add Hankerson from Was.

He had 11 targets last week in TB and 7 catches. 


He should have a good week against Atlanta, which should be a high scoring game.