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Published: Oct. 3, 2011 at 02:58 p.m.

Week 5 waiver wire

Need to improve your fantasy team? Each week, NFL.com will offer up 10 players to target off the waiver wire to help you in that quest for a league championship. The number listed in parenthesis is the percentage of NFL.com leagues that the player is still a free agent.

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  • Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Titans (77.6 percent): 10

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    Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Titans (77.6 percent):

    Believe it or not, Hasselbeck is in the top 10 in fantasy points among quarterbacks on NFL.com -- he even has more points than Tony Romo, Philip Rivers and Matt Ryan -- so go out and grab him if you need help at the position. Even without his top option in the pass attack, Kenny Britt, Hasselbeck was still able to score a solid 19.30 fantasy points against the Browns in Week 4.

  • Willis McGahee, RB, Broncos (34.6 percent): 9

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    Willis McGahee, RB, Broncos (34.6 percent):

    It's clear that coach John Fox has more faith in McGahee than Knowshon Moreno, as the former has dominated the team's backfield touches in recent weeks. In fact, McGahee has rushed for 100-plus yards in two of the last three games while Moreno has a combined four yards in that time. While he might be past his prime, McGahee still needs to be owned in the majority of fantasy leagues.

  • Isaac Redman, RB, Steelers (97.8 percent): 8

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    Isaac Redman, RB, Steelers (97.8 percent):

    Rashard Mendenhall has been a huge disappointment this season, and the fact that he injured his hamstring against the Texans -- and did not return to the game -- is a cause for concern. Enter Redman, who has shown flashes of potential in the past and could see more burn if Mendenhall is forced to miss time. Even if it's just as a handcuff, Redman should be added in leagues with 12-plus teams.

  • Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots (98.7 percent): 7

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    Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots (98.7 percent):

    A rookie out of LSU, Ridley has started to see more work over the last two weeks. In that time, he's recorded 18 touches and averaged a ridiculous 8.7 yards per carry while scoring one touchdown. The fact that he's in a committee situation makes Ridley lose some of his luster, but he does have some upside and is worth a look in most leagues.

  • Ryan Torain, RB, Redskins (74.4 percent): 6

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    Ryan Torain, RB, Redskins (74.4 percent):

    Coach Mike Shanahan has once again shown why he's considered Public Enemy No. 1 in fantasy football. He pulled the old switcheroo on us in Week 4, sitting Tim Hightower and giving Torain the bulk of the carries. Torain responded with 135 yards and a touchdown, so he is now back on the fantasy radar. While this situation has headache written all over it, owners should still add Torain.

  • Eric Decker, WR, Broncos (58.2 percent): 5

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    Eric Decker, WR, Broncos (58.2 percent):

    Decker has earned a prominent role in the offense, and he's seeing more than his share of opportunities to produce. Over the last three weeks, he has been targeted 31 times -- that includes 10 targets against the Packers. With Eddie Royal out of action, Decker now needs to be added in most formats. He faces the San Diego Chargers in his next contest.

  • Jacoby Jones, WR, Texans (98.8 percent): 4

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    Jacoby Jones, WR, Texans (98.8 percent):

    With the status of Andre Johnson in doubt due to a bum hamstring, Jones and Kevin Walter (99.4 percent) should both be considered off the waiver wire. Jones has the most upside, though, which he proved at the end of 2010. In the final three games where Johnson was either limited or out altogether, Jones had 17 receptions and averaged a very respectable 78.3 yards per contest.

  • Jared Cook, TE, Titans (98.3 percent): 3

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    Jared Cook, TE, Titans (98.3 percent):

    The Titans lost Kenny Britt for the season, so Cook was more involved in the pass attack in Week 4. Though he saw just a mediocre six targets, the athletic tight end still recorded 93 yards and scored on an 80-yard touchdown in a win over the Browns. With Matt Hasselbeck playing at such a high level, fantasy leaguers should consider Cook as a potential No. 2 tight end with upside moving forward.

  • Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals (84.4 percent): 2

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    Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals (84.4 percent):

    How's this for a surprising stat -- after four weeks, Gresham actually has more targets than Rob Gronkowski, Jermichael Finley, Owen Daniels and Vernon Davis. He's also in the top 12 in fantasy points among tight ends, so he certainly needs to be mentioned as a No. 2 option with upside in most leagues. Gresham goes up against the Jaguars and their questionable defense in Week 5.

  • Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers (54.2 percent): 1

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    Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers (54.2 percent):

    A Week 4 sleeper on NFL.com, Olsen made good on that prognostication with 50 yards and one touchdown in a loss to the Bears. Now in the top eight in fantasy points among tight ends, the former Miami Hurricane needs to be added if you're weak at the position. With six teams on a bye in each of the next four weeks, it makes sense to add a player like Olsen now while he's still available.

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