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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: QB - Week 5 (with video)

By Herija C. Green
Edited by Keith Hernandez

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: Look to acquire

The following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow fantasy football leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.

Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals (83 percent)

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder
Nothing more to ponder

With each game that passes, Kolb seems to be getting more comfortable in the offense while strengthening his hold on the starting job. Against Miami, Kolb shook off a slow start to throw for 324 yards and three touchdowns - both of which established personal bests while with the Cardinals. He did toss a pair of picks, but ultimately the team needed him to lead them back with his arm and he did. There's a lot to like here.

Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings (49 percent)

Ponder was more game manager than playmaker in Week 4, completing 16 of 26 for a measly 111 yards and no touchdowns. One poor game does not make a season, however, and the second-year pro has done enough thus far to be a solid fantasy reserve.

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 straits. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.

NEW - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (87 percent)

After averaging 205 passing yards per contest over his first three starts, the rookie racked up 431 yards through the air in Week 4. He's still making too many mistakes, but this week he draws a Cincinnati Bengals secondary that has allowed 264.5 yards and 1.5 passing touchdowns per game (and intercepted only one pass this season).

Tannehill is a viable option to cover a high-profile Bye such as Dallas' Tony Romo or Detroit's Matthew Stafford.

Fantasy football free agents: Watch list

These fantasy football free agents shouldn't be on your immediate list. They may have had a big week. They may have talent but are buried on the depth chart and merely awaiting an opportunity. Still, fantasy football players must know who they are for their potential contribution in the future.

Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns (88 percent)

Heading into the 2012 season the smart money seemed to be on a ground-and-pound approach for the Browns offense featuring a heavy dose of rookie Trent Richardson. Instead, Weeden has thrown the ball 167 times in four games, including a stunning 95 attempts over the past two.

Weeden is throwing too many interceptions (seven) and not enough touchdowns (three) right now; however, you cannot simply overlook a quarterback that is putting the ball in the air at such a Madden-esque rate.


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