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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 5: Turn on Your Hartline, Let Him Shine

Brian Hartline was the star of the week. He should be a must add if you need receiver or flex help. Sure, you are not going to get that performance again. You don’t have to. He’s been targeted enough, Tannehill has played well enough, and the opportunity is there. The matchups are as well over the next month. He’s likely someone you can start most of the next month. I would view him as a WR2 to WR3 depending on matchup, but he’s going to be worth a strong bid.Not sure you’ll have a better wide receiver candidate emerge for free agency in the future barring an injury in a top passing offense.

As always, “Shallow” means owned in less than 70% of leagues, “Deep” means owned in less than 50%, and “Deeper” means owned in less than 25% of leagues on CBS Sports.

Quarterbacks

Shallow: Christian Ponder had a rough week, and the Vikings led the whole way thanks to special teams and they played it safe on offense. However, his next two matchups (Tennessee, Washington) are still very attractive matchups that will make him a starting option.

Deeper: Ryan Tannehill had a breakout game against Arizona. He threw some interceptions but also was able to put up yards against a tough defense. His next five games are not difficult if you are setting up a platoon: CIN, STL, bye, Jets, IND, TEN. Kevin Kolb has solidified his position with the wins, and is a starting option the next two weeks (STL, BUF).

Running Back

Deep: Jackie Battle ended up getting the start for San Diego in what I think was a statement to Ryan Mathews and his fumbles. While I think the team goes back to Mathews more based on talent, Battle is an emergency starting option as a flex against the worst rush defense in the league, New Orleans.

LeGarrette Blount saw 6 carries to Doug Martin’s 8 last week, after not getting any looks early in the season. A cheap speculative add, Blount could have value if you have room on the roster now for week 7 (Bucs play Saints).

I’ll still bang the Kendall Hunter drum as an add for later in the year. I actually used him this week as a flex (starting both he and Gore) because I thought the 49ers would run it a lot, and it paid with a touchdown. If Gore misses a game or two, Hunter is a top 10 start. Those are the kind of adds you want. Ronnie Hillman finally got into some game action, getting 10 carries in a rout. Worth insurance if you have McGahee, as Hillman will now be the choice ahead of Moreno, one would think, going forward.

Deeper: The big splash of the weekend was Brandon Bolden of New England, but we should point out that the Patriots ran it a ton, that there is no guarantee he is second in the pecking order each week (Woodhead, plus Vereen is just returning from injury), and Belichick could torment you. Don’t overspend here, but if everyone is cautious, you can take a pick up and see approach to see if Bolden gets more looks over the next few weeks.

Wide Receiver

Shallow: Mike Williams is still out there, not exciting maybe, but has proven to be a viable starting option when the Bucs have a favorable matchup. Bucs are on a bye so he may slip further, but the matchups coming after that make him someone you could start 2-3 times over the next five weeks.

Deeper: Andre Roberts has clearly stepped into that #2 WR role, ahead of rookie Michael Floyd, and has the confidence of Kolb. Leonard Hankerson has been targeted 18 times the last two weeks with Garcon hurting and Santana Moss looking like he is at the end. Hankerson has the opportunity to emerge as a #2 option here, especially with the Redskins defense contributing to high scoring affairs.

Domenik Hixon, and not the previous week’s star Ramses Barden, was the clear second option with Hakeem Nicks still out. As we saw with Mario Manningham in the past, the third receiver in New York can have value. Worth a pick up with Nicks’ injury concerns, or as a matchup start otherwise from time to time. Hixon is the preferred choice but has been hurt himself a fair amount.

Tight End

Deep: Scott Chandler had another big touchdown game. He has been up and down over his career, but that’s two this year. Not sure he has the best matchup (SF) to jump and start this week, though. Coby Fleener had only 2 targets his last game, and then a bye week, so he is out there, and can get you through the next few weeks of desperation.

Kicker

Deep: Greg Zeurlein continues to impress, and continues to be available in almost 75% of leagues. We can assume everyone is asleep. Huge leg, pick him up.

Defense

Deep: Vikings get Tennessee at home, with Matt Hasselbeck coming in for his first start of the year, and would be my choice if you are looking for an add for this week.

Here are more waiver wire thoughts from USA Today Sports and Tim Heaney:

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