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Waiver Wire Wonders – Week 5

Solid Pickups

WR Andre Roberts, Arizona

Kevin Kolb has brought some energy and efficiency to the Arizona passing game, and starting opposite Larry Fitzgerald, Roberts has enjoyed some solid production. He doubled his Week 3 performance by catching six passes for 118 yards and two scores. That brings his touchdown total up to four in four games, impressive numbers. The Cardinals are riding high, one of the few undefeated teams this season. Look for Roberts to continue to put up enough fantasy numbers to warrant a start at WR3 or the flex position.

WR James Jones, Green Bay

Greg Jennings re-aggravated his early-season injury, which is beginning to feel like something that is going to linger off and on all season. With his status up in the air, his position on the field will fall to Jones. With Aaron Rodgers also finding his stride, this is a perfect time to hop on the Jones bandwagon. He found the end zone twice this past week (five catches for 56 yards). We look for this kind of production to continue, especially with Jennings limited.

On the Radar

RB Brandon Bolden, New England

When a running back comes out of nowhere to explode for more than 100 yards and a touchdown, that sends the fantasy community running to the nearest waiver wire to put in a claim. The numbers from last week (137 rushing yards on 16 carries) are gaudy, though it should be noted that these numbers came on a day when the Buffalo defense could stop no one. Stevan Ridley also ran for more than 100 yards (two touchdowns), and even Tom Brady found the end zone on the ground, so these aren’t the kind of numbers that runners from the Patriots are going to repeat on a regular basis. Of note here is that Bolden is ahead of Shane Vareen on the depth chart, but still behind Ridley. With Danny Woodhead also in the mix, the backfield in New England is crowded, but Bolden is worth a roster spot as the backup to Ridley.

WR Donald Jones, Buffalo

Jones might have landed higher on this list if it were not for leaving last week’s game with a head injury. His status for this week is unknown, so plan accordingly. Prior to the injury, he made the most of his two catches, posting 90 yards and a touchdown next to his name in the stats column.

Deep and/or Dynasty Only

RB Jackie Battle, San Diego

Here’s another running back where the numbers from the past week are inflated (two touchdowns).  According to, he is one of the top adds at his position, but we 

don’t anticipate a repeat performance. As retribution for his fumble in Week 3, Ryan Mathews found himself on the sideline at the start of this week’s game. Battle responded by finding the end zone twice on minimal yardage. Mathews will be back as the starter next week, but this is a situation worth watching as the Chargers clearly have no reservations about giving Battle the ball. 

RB Ryan Grant, Washington

Reaching into the depths here, the Redskins signed the free agent this past week. With Roy Helu and Evan Royster hurting, Grant will spell Alfred Morris. We probably wouldn’t even drop Grant into the story this week, but coach Mike Shanahan has a way of shuffling things up at the running back position. Deep and/or dynasty league owners need only apply here.

RB Jonathan Grimes, New York Jets

The Jets made a move to sign Grimes away from Houston’s practice squad. He’s a long way away from seeing the playing field, but Shonn Greene has looked terrible this season (among other Jets players), so anything is possible down the road.

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