Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: TE - Week 5

by Tim Heaney on October 5, 2011 @ 05:23:48 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: 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.

Jared Cook, TE, Tennessee Titans
Cooking up a bigger role

Ed Dickson, Baltimore Ravens (75 percent)

Dickson's 12-target Week 4 and his miniscule ownership increase of 3 percent since his listing here last week warrants a reminder. Dickson only caught four of his Sunday looks, and that total was heavily influenced by the New York Jets' cornerbacks covering everyone else.

Still, Dickson stands as a high-upside backup and possible flex play whose targets have climbed in each game this year (five, six and nine before Week 4). He's off this coming week but is worth tucking away now if possible; following his Week 5 bye, Dickson could help fill lineup voids with favorable matchups that include the Jacksonville Jaguars (Week 7), Arizona Cardinals (Week 8) and Seattle Seahawks (Week 10).

Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans (82 percent)

OK, OK, his chief Week 4 contribution was an 80-yard touchdown catch-and-rumble; he only had one other catch that went for 13 yards. But with Cook it was always talent before role. With Kenny Britt (knee) on Injured Reserve and wideout Nate Washington taking most of opposing pass defenses' attention, Cook stands to see similar workloads to his six-target Week 4 and more action in three-wide sets.

As with Dickson, Cook is a talented alternative if you're stuck owning, say, Dallas Clark, or someone else with a shaky role. Don't park Cook in your starting unit yet, but if your league is good for holding two tight ends, someone else will probably jump on him this week if you don't.

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