NFL fantasy football: Week 5 waiver wire
- Published: Sept. 30, 2012 at 10:33 p.m.
- Updated: Oct. 8, 2012 at 03:33 p.m.
Need to improve your fantasy football roster? NFL.com has you covered! Each week, we'll offer up the 10 players you need to target off the waiver wire in that never-ending quest for a fantasy league championship. The number listed in parenthesis next to the player's name is the percentage of NFL.com leagues that he is still available as a free agent.
1. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (52.1 percent):
Mendenhall will return to action this weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles, and reports suggest he'll re-claim the top spot on the depth chart. He's coming off major knee reconstruction, so expectations need to be tempered. But any time a No. 1 running back is on waivers, you need to make a run at him. (G. Newman Lowrance/Associated Press)
2. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills (73.9 percent):
Fitzpatrick lost eight points in standard leagues for his four interceptions, and he still scored a solid 23.40 fantasy points in a loss to the New England Patriots. The Amish Rifle is now averaging just under 19 fantasy points per game in 2012. Matthew Stafford is averaging 15.79, and he's owned in 100 percent of leagues. (Gary Wiepert/Associated Press)
3. Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (97.9 percent):
Hartline had 253 yards and one touchdown against the Cardinals. Wait, let me say that again. Hartline had 253 yards and one touchdown against the Cardinals. It's still hard to believe! The veteran wideout has now posted 100-plus yards in two of his last three games and has emerged as the best fantasy wideout in Miami. (Matt York/Associated Press)
4. Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots (99.9 percent):
Patriots coach Bill Belichick is the new Mike Shanahan, as we never know which New England running back to start. Regardless, Bolden should be added in most leagues after posting 20.80 fantasy points in a win over the Bills. The once-unknown runner from Mississippi has found the end zone in each of his last two games. (Bill Wippert/Associated Press)
5. Jackie Battle, RB, San Diego Chargers (91.8 percent):
Surprisingly, Battle started ahead of Ryan Mathews and found the end zone twice in a win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Whether he remains atop the depth chart remains to be seen, but Battle should at least be rostered in most fantasy leagues. Personally, I think Mathews will get his starting role back sooner than later. (Orlin Wagner/Associated Press)
6. Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers (82.4 percent):
Olsen had a slow start to the season, but he's made up for it over the last two weeks with a combined 187 yards and one touchdown (24.7 fantasy points). The clear second option in the pass attack for Cam Newton, the veteran tight end is now on pace to finish with 80 receptions and 1,024 yards based on his current numbers. (David Goldman/Associated Press)
7. James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers (90.6 percent):
Greg Jennings was forced to leave Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints with a nagging groin injury, so his status for Week 5 is in some question. As a result, Jones now needs to be on your radar as a potential fantasy option. While he can be inconsistent, Jones does play in an elite offense with a stud quarterback. (Mike Roemer/Associated Press)
8. Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans (73.3 percent):
Daniels, who was listed in this space last week, put up another solid stat line with 72 yards and one touchdown against the Tennessee Titans. The veteran has now scored at least 8.60 fantasy points in three of his four games this season, including a touchdown in each of his last two contests. He's re-emerging as a nice option. (Dave Einsel/Associated Press)
9. Andre Roberts, WR, Arizona Cardinals (98.8 percent):
Don't look now, but Roberts has scored at least one touchdown in three of four games this season. That includes a 118-yard, two-touchdown effort in an overtime win over the Dolphins. While the talented wideout isn't going to post huge stat lines week in and week out, he definitely needs to be on your waiver-wire radar. (Paul Connors/Associated Press)
10. Greg Zuerlein, K, St. Louis Rams (92.6 percent):
I almost never list a kicker here, but Zuerlein has been ridiculous this season. He's scored double-digit fantasy points in three of his first four games, including 17 in a win over the Seattle Seahawks. Based on his current totals, the rookie out of Missouri Western is on pace to finish with an unreal 188 fantasy points. (Tom Gannam/Associated Press)