Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: WR - Week 5

by Cory J. Bonini on October 5, 2011 @ 09:13:10 PDT


If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the year.

Each week during the NFL fantasy football season, KFFL brings you its Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, which breaks down players to pick up. Be aggressive when picking up fantasy football free agents. Even if you do not need a player, you can tuck him away for depth or block others from adding him to their fantasy football team.

Note: Percentage of polled leagues in which player is available in parentheses

Fantasy football free agents: Priority additions

The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.

Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter, Houston Texans (82 percent and 92 percent)

Houston Texans WR Jacoby Jones
Jones should step in for AJ

Andre Johnson (hamstring) may miss a few weeks and is very unlikely to play in Week 5, making Jones a starter in a competent passing attack. The Texans have the Oakland Raiders in Week 5, which bodes well for Jones' fantasy value, especially if he winds up being a one-week play. Next on the docket is the Baltimore Ravens, a team that can be beaten through the air, followed by the Tennessee Titans.

Kevin Walter could be acquired, too, if you're in a PPR league, but Jones' explosive nature will give you more bang for your buck. He is a home run hitter and an athletic freak. Jones is at the very least a strong one-week play and possibly a decent long-term option over the next month or so, since we all know how tricky hamstring injuries are to overcome.

Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays

The following fantasy football pickups are for those who need injury or bye week replacements. They are not players you immediately acquire - unless your team is in dire straights. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.

Patrick Crayton, San Diego Chargers (97 percent)

The Bolts' top receiver, Vincent Jackson, is dealing with a strained leg muscle and is day-to-day. Malcom Floyd (shoulder, groin) is banged up, as well. Tight end Antonio Gates (foot) has missed two straight games and is likely to sit through the team's Week 6 bye. Crayton could find himself atop the pecking order, or at least awfully close to it, this week.

The Chargers travel to the Denver Broncos, who have been destroyed through the air this season. To date, they have allowed averages of 15.50 receptions, 213.5 yards and 1.75 aerial touchdowns per game to the position.

Crayton is a flex play in most setups and is a slightly better option in point-per-reception formats.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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