It’s that time again. Week four has come and (almost) gone. Here are the hottest (and earliest) waiver wire pickups for week five in order from top to bottom by position…
No QBs stood out for me this week besides those I’ve already mentioned in the past. If you haven’t grabbed Matt Hasselbeck yet, go get him. He’s out-performing the likes of Matt Ryan, Phillip Rivers, and Tony Romo. Not far behind is Jason Campbell who I’ve also mentioned previously. With the young Oakland receivers coming around and the not-so-stellar Raider defense, Campbell should keep up his pace.
Stevan Ridley, NE: Ridley led the Patriot’s backfield with 97 yards on ten carries and a TD. The Law Firm is still getting a bulk of the carries, but the tides are-a-turnin.
Ryan Torain, WAS: How could I forget this guy? I have Hightower on my team too. I wrote this last night when I was pretty tired, so I’ll use that as my excuse. Torain led Washington’s backfield in carries and yards and Shanny clearly used the hot hand. He had 135 yards on 19 carries with a TD. It’s unclear what the RB situation will be in Washington after their bye this week so if you are a Hightower owner, grab this insurance policy ASAP!
Isaac Redman, PIT: With Mendenhall out with a hamstring injury, Redman will be the main man in Pittsburgh’s backfield. Hamstring injuries are usually nagging so monitor Mendenhall’s status going forward. Redman might be a solid RB pickup for at least a few weeks. Who knows, if he plays well, he might take over the starting role.
Victor Cruz, NYG: If you didn’t grab him last week, he proved not to be a one week wonder this week. Although he didn’t score, he caught six passes for 98 yards. Rather than an injury replacement, he should have earned a spot in the starting lineup after this performance.
Laurent Robinson, DAL: With Miles Austin out, Tony Romo found a new target in Robinson. He had seven receptions for 116 yards. He’s a viable WR3 with WR2 upside in a pass heavy offense until Austin returns.
Jared Cook, TEN: With Kenny Britt out, Jared Cook picked up the slack in week four. He caught two passes for 93 yards and a TD, with one going for 80 yards. He showed good speed and break away capability. If Hasselbeck continues to look his way, Cook would make a great replacement for some TEs out there that have not performed as expected (Clark, Winslow, Miller).
Ben Watson, CLE: Watson caught six passes for 48 yards and a TD. It wasn’t a huge outting, but he’s been consistently putting up points at the TE position. If you need a sure 8-10 points, go scoop him up.
Kevin Boss, OAK: Not a ton to brag about with four grabs for 78 yards, but Oakland likes to use their TEs and Boss is starting to catch on. I think Campbell is starting to get comfortable with his new TE.
*Red font players were added after original post.