by Will Overtson
We’re taking a look at week five’s box score standouts and seeing which ones might be available on your waiver wire. Remember we are now into the heart of the season where bye weeks are taking place and injuries are creating holes that you need to fill. At this point it’s not as much about finding someone on the waiver wire who is better than who you have, thought that is nice, but finding someone on the waiver wire who can fill in and produce for you when needed.
Here are some of the names you’ll find on your waiver wire and my opinion on whether or not they’re worth grabbing:
Tim Tebow – Denver Broncos – Quarterback
Just in case you live under a rock and weren’t aware of what happened; Tim Tebow came in to the game for the Broncos to replace an ineffective Kyle Orton and nearly led a second half comeback against the San Diego Chargers. Tebow wasn’t overly precise with his passing going just 4–10, but he did put up 79 yards through the air and another 38 on the ground. He also threw for a TD and ran for another one. Tebow’s NFL potential is a hotly debated topic, but it’s not what we’re looking for right now. In three starts last year Tebow threw for 4 TD’s and ran for 3 more. He’s going to start now and the guys has a knack for getting the ball in the endzone. He won’t be a top 10 QB probably, but he’s worth owning as a backup in all league formats. Whether or not he is a good NFL QB is not important for fantasy, he can be a good fantasy QB and that’s what I’m looking at.
Verdict: Buy ‘Em
Jackie Battle – Kansas City Chiefs – Running Back
It was supposed to be Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster splitting the majority of carries in Kansas City after Jamaal Charles went down, but yesterday it was Jackie Battle who led the team with 19 carries. Battle made the most of those carries clearing the 100 yard mark and finishing the day at 119 yards. Neither McCluster or Jones did anything to stake down the job when they had the chance, but Battle likely just bought himself at least a couple of weeks as the starting tailback. Battle does have a bye week coming up, but he has Oakland after that who has been gouged more than once this season by rushing attacks and San Diego who just let Willis McGehee run wild on them. If you can afford to stash him this week I’d grab him, starting running backs are not easy to come by and you almost always have to at least take a flier on one when they come available.
Verdict: Buy ‘Em
Jonathan Dwyer – Pittsburgh Steelers – Running Back
It was supposed to be Isaac Redman’s breakout game as Rashard Mendenhall was sidelined with an injury. And it was Redman who led the team in carries with 15, but it was Jonathan Dwyer who had the breakout game running the ball 11 times and racking up 107 yards in the process. Dwyer didn’t find the endzone, but yardage had to have opened a lot of eyes. I like the skills of Dwyer and I expect him to be a solid back someday, but I still think his fantasy potential is limited this season unless further news comes out about Mendenhall. Rashard was suited up as an emergency back this week and there’s a fair chance he starts next week. Once Mendenhall is back Dwyer’s value shrinks considerably because Dwyer isn’t a change of pace back for Mendenhall, but rather runs the same kind of style. Dwyer is good as a handcuff for Mendenhall owners, especially with the injury news being unclear, but other than that I have to say…
Verdict: Deny ‘Em
Darrius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – Wide Receiver
The Raiders are a run first team who has Jason Campbell at QB, that right there makes you hesitate on this one. However the team doesn’t have a clear cut top receiver and Campbell and Heyward-Bey have been connecting the last couple of weeks. DHB came into this game on the heels of a 4 catch 115 yard performance the week before. For an encore Heyward-Bey caught 7 passes and racked up 99 yards and a TD. This guy has all kinds of tools and if/when he puts it together he’s going to be dangerous. Right now he is emerging as the go-to-guy for Campbell and he’s at least worth a flier because of it.
Verdict: Buy ‘Em
Jason Hill – Jacksonville Jaguars – Wide Receiver
Hill went to town against the Bengals yesterday catching 5 passes for 126 yards and a big time 74 yard TD reception. Hill also led the team in targets finishing with one more than the team’s leading receiver for the season Mike Thomas. It was an impressive day, but I am still not buying this one yet. Hill is a bit undersized at 6’0 even and so he’s not a huge red zone target. The Jags are also going to be trying their best to control games with run so chances are he won’t ever see many more targets than he did today. And he is playing with a rookie QB who has looked good, but still has growing to do. Unless we see another nice week back-to-back from him I don’t think he can be trusted.
Verdict: Deny ‘Em
Who are you looking to grab off the waiver wire to set your lineup for week 6? What do you think of these five guys? Are you buying or denying? Give us your thoughts, opinions and as always any and all questions.