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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: WR - Week 5 (with video)
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.
A week ago in this space we cautioned owners not to overreact to Hartline's one-catch showing in Week 3 and kept the Ohio State product on the waiver wire. If you heeded our advice you're looking pretty smart right about now. If you didn't, it might be too late after Hartline gashed a quality Cardinals secondary for 12 receptions, 253 yards and a touchdown in Week 4.
Hartline's reality lies somewhere in between the past two weeks. At this point, though, he deserves to be owned in all leagues.
Green Bay's passing game has struggled to get going this year, punctuated by key drops from Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley, along with the injury woes of Greg Jennings (groin). The lone exception may be Jones, who, outside of a poor game against Chicago, has been physical and sure handed. He caught five balls, including an absurd no-look catch around a defender to ice the game, for 56 yards and two touchdowns in Week 4.
With Jennings once again nursing a groin injury that kept him out of Week 2, Jones could see more chances moving forward.
It's time for fun with numbers!
Player A: 22 receptions, 245 yards, 2 touchdowns, 40 targets
Player B: 15 receptions, 229 yards, 4 touchdowns, 25 targets
Can you guess who's who? If you said Player A was Larry Fitzgerald and Player B was Andre Roberts then give yourself a gold star. If you got it wrong, we have a nice consolation prize for you: Roberts is waiting to be plucked off the waiver wire in nearly 90 percent of all leagues. Make it so.
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.
Alright, folks, it's time to think Little... as in Greg Little, who at this point rates as Cleveland's most dynamic receiver. He's still dogged by inconsistency, which continues to manifest itself in the form of critical dropped passes. However, with head coach Pat Shurmur running what looks like an NFL version of the "Air Raid Offense," Little has some legitimate potential going forward.
Even with Pierre Garcon (foot) active, Hankerson was Washington's busiest wideout in Week 4. The second-year receiver was targeted a team-leading 11 times and hauled in seven of them for 57 yards. That gives him a 13-181-1 line in three games this season, which should at least garner some attention amongst owners in point-per-reception formats.
On a wholly ineffective day for the Minnesota offense, Simpson was the most dynamic pass catcher. Making his season debut after serving a three-game suspension, Simpson caught four of his five targeted passes for 50 yards against the Lions. Leave him unclaimed at your own risk.
With just nine catches, 45 yards and a touchdown this season you might think we've royally messed up including Royal as a possible free-agent addition. If I may channel Lee Corso: "Not so fast, my friend." Royal was targeted a team-high five times in Week 4, and behind-the-scene rumblings suggest Philip Rivers is developing a nice rapport with Royal - something he hasn't done with fellow newcomer Robert Meachem.
Royal also doubles a strong one-week option this Sunday as the Bolts square off against the New Orleans Saints, who have allowed 14.8 receptions, 201.8 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game to opposing wideouts this year.
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.
For the year, the Redskins have yielded 337.3 yards and an NFL-high 2.75 touchdowns per game to the position. Even with that, Douglas' place in the pecking order means he's only to be considered in larger leagues.
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