Published: Sept. 28, 2014 at 11:13 p.m.
Updated: Sept. 30, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.

Fantasy waiver wire: Week 5

The waiver wire is one of the most important keys to finding success in the world of fantasy football. Each week, I'll offer up 10 players you need to target off the free-agent market as you look to reach your ultimate goal - winning a league championship! And if all 10 of these players are already owned and you need a deeper look at some waiver-wire options, be sure to check out our weekly deep-dive waiver wire targets.

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  • No one has a definitive answer to the question ... will Adrian Peterson return to the Vikings this season? Regardless, I'm surprised more people haven't jumped on the Asiata bandwagon. After all, he's now the lead back in an offense that has leaned on him as a bell cow. Asiata has responded with double-digit fantasy points in two of his last three games, including 28.00 points versus the Atlanta Falcons. Check out some <a href="http://www.nfl.com/now/share?id=a621237b-4f25-4bd0-bdc3-c90c6b77935a" target="new">additional fantasy analysis of Asiata on NFL NOW</a>. 10

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    1. Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings (44.4 percent owned)

    No one has a definitive answer to the question ... will Adrian Peterson return to the Vikings this season? Regardless, I'm surprised more people haven't jumped on the Asiata bandwagon. After all, he's now the lead back in an offense that has leaned on him as a bell cow. Asiata has responded with double-digit fantasy points in two of his last three games, including 28.00 points versus the Atlanta Falcons. Check out some additional fantasy analysis of Asiata on NFL NOW.

  • If you didn't know Donnell's name before the start of the season, well, you definitely know it now. He went off last Thursday night, scoring three touchdowns and a solid 23.40 fantasy points in a huge NFC East win. Donnell, who has now scored four times in his first four games, needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues ... or at least while he's riding high on this current streak of statistical success. Check out <a href="http://www.nfl.com/now/share?id=5033f336-80e8-4696-a77e-8305278603e2" target="new">additional fantasy analysis of the Giants' tight end on NFL NOW</a>. 9

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    2. Larry Donnell, TE, New York Giants (19.4 percent owned)

    If you didn't know Donnell's name before the start of the season, well, you definitely know it now. He went off last Thursday night, scoring three touchdowns and a solid 23.40 fantasy points in a huge NFC East win. Donnell, who has now scored four times in his first four games, needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues ... or at least while he's riding high on this current streak of statistical success. Check out additional fantasy analysis of the Giants' tight end on NFL NOW.

  • Manning was, well, awful in fantasy leagues last season. He's shown some signs of statistical life in the last two weeks, however, as he's scored a combined seven touchdowns including five in a Thursday night blowout over the Washington Redskins. While I'm not expecting Manning to become a No. 1 fantasy quarterback, he's at least worth a roster spot as a backup or matchup-based starter while he's on fire. Check out <a href="http://www.nfl.com/now/share?id=4b5f08fc-e5db-4cda-a69d-5c34179aca27" target="new">more fantasy analysis on Manning on NFL NOW</a>. 8

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    3. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (16.6 percent owned)

    Manning was, well, awful in fantasy leagues last season. He's shown some signs of statistical life in the last two weeks, however, as he's scored a combined seven touchdowns including five in a Thursday night blowout over the Washington Redskins. While I'm not expecting Manning to become a No. 1 fantasy quarterback, he's at least worth a roster spot as a backup or matchup-based starter while he's on fire. Check out more fantasy analysis on Manning on NFL NOW.

  • You might not know it, but Quick has had quite a nice start to the 2014 campaign. His success continued back in Week 3, as he recorded 62 yards, one touchdown and 12.20 fantasy points in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Overall, he's on pace for 74 catches and 1,253 yards based on his current totals. Since the Rams were on a bye in Week 4, Quick wasn't added in a lot of leagues. Go out and acquire him now. You can find <a href="http://www.nfl.com/now/share?id=3f16abbb-d55a-440e-b840-afe7dc93af4a" target="new">more fantasy analysis of the Rams' wideout on NFL NOW</a>. 7

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    4. Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams (7.7 percent owned)

    You might not know it, but Quick has had quite a nice start to the 2014 campaign. His success continued back in Week 3, as he recorded 62 yards, one touchdown and 12.20 fantasy points in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Overall, he's on pace for 74 catches and 1,253 yards based on his current totals. Since the Rams were on a bye in Week 4, Quick wasn't added in a lot of leagues. Go out and acquire him now. You can find more fantasy analysis of the Rams' wideout on NFL NOW.

  • Hawkins has been listed in the space several times, but he's still not owned in even one quarter of NFL.com leagues. That should change, though, as the PPR star hauled in seven passes for 87 yards back in Week 3. Hawkins has caught at least six passes in each of his first three games and is on pace for 112 receptions (no, that isn't a misprint). Since the Browns were off in Week 4, Hawkins is out there. Get <a href="http://www.nfl.com/now/share?id=9f036b0c-2246-4a45-ab8f-addbad0a0211" target="new">more fantasy analysis of the Browns' wideout on NFL NOW</a>. 6

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    5. Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cleveland Browns (19.9 percent owned)

    Hawkins has been listed in the space several times, but he's still not owned in even one quarter of NFL.com leagues. That should change, though, as the PPR star hauled in seven passes for 87 yards back in Week 3. Hawkins has caught at least six passes in each of his first three games and is on pace for 112 receptions (no, that isn't a misprint). Since the Browns were off in Week 4, Hawkins is out there. Get more fantasy analysis of the Browns' wideout on NFL NOW.

  • Allen has been listed in this space several times in 2014, but he's still a free agent in over 70 percent of NFL.com leagues. The Clemson product once again put up a nice stat line in for owners Week 4, posting one touchdown and 9.80 fantasy points in a win over the Tennessee Titans. Allen has now found the end zone three times this season, and a total of four times in his last five games. Go get him now! Find <a href="http://www.nfl.com/now/share?id=442f9e2a-689a-4972-9f55-45c05c77507b" target="new">more fantasy analysis of the Colts' tight end on NFL NOW.</a> 5

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    6. Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts (26.2 percent owned)

    Allen has been listed in this space several times in 2014, but he's still a free agent in over 70 percent of NFL.com leagues. The Clemson product once again put up a nice stat line in for owners Week 4, posting one touchdown and 9.80 fantasy points in a win over the Tennessee Titans. Allen has now found the end zone three times this season, and a total of four times in his last five games. Go get him now! Find more fantasy analysis of the Colts' tight end on NFL NOW.

  • I love quarterbacks who can run with the football, which is part of the reason I'm jumping on the Bridgewater bandwagon. Not only does he have a laser arm, but the rookie field general can beat defenses with his feet too. That was apparent in Week 4, when he rushed for a touchdown and scored 23.38 fantasy points against the Falcons. He did injure ankle late, so keep tabs on his status for Week 5. Check out <a href="http://www.nfl.com/now/share?id=d337399b-6889-4c3d-a6e0-31114e67c2d2" target="new">more fantasy analysis of the rookie quarterback on NFL NOW</a>. 4

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    7. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings (5.5 percent owned)

    I love quarterbacks who can run with the football, which is part of the reason I'm jumping on the Bridgewater bandwagon. Not only does he have a laser arm, but the rookie field general can beat defenses with his feet too. That was apparent in Week 4, when he rushed for a touchdown and scored 23.38 fantasy points against the Falcons. He did injure ankle late, so keep tabs on his status for Week 5. Check out more fantasy analysis of the rookie quarterback on NFL NOW.

  • Shanahanigans are alive and well, and they’re living in Baltimore. The backfield has been impossible to predict, as Forsett, Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro have all seen their share of work. Forsett has been the best of the trio to this point, however, scoring 14-plus fantasy points in two of his first four games. There is risk here to be certain, but Forsett does have flex-starter appeal at this point. There's <a href="http://www.nfl.com/now/share?id=577fc4ff-8070-4d45-a603-c1a0f39aa088" target="new">more fantasy analysis of the Ravens' running back on NFL NOW</a>. 3

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    8. Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens (48.6 percent owned)

    Shanahanigans are alive and well, and they’re living in Baltimore. The backfield has been impossible to predict, as Forsett, Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro have all seen their share of work. Forsett has been the best of the trio to this point, however, scoring 14-plus fantasy points in two of his first four games. There is risk here to be certain, but Forsett does have flex-starter appeal at this point. There's more fantasy analysis of the Ravens' running back on NFL NOW.

  • Hurns was a major sleeper in Week 1, posting 110 yards with a pair of touchdowns and 23.00 fantasy points. While his numbers have dropped from those lofty totals, he's still seeing a bunch of targets in the Jaguars passing game. When you also consider that Cecil Shorts III has become prone to injuries, Hurns is even more of a fantasy option as a reserve and matchup-based or bye-week replacement. Check out <a href="http://www.nfl.com/now/share?id=fd9b8594-c45a-4527-b8bc-a0a5799629f3" target="new">more fantasy analysis on the Jaguars' wideout on NFL NOW</a>. 2

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    9. Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (25.7 percent owned)

    Hurns was a major sleeper in Week 1, posting 110 yards with a pair of touchdowns and 23.00 fantasy points. While his numbers have dropped from those lofty totals, he's still seeing a bunch of targets in the Jaguars passing game. When you also consider that Cecil Shorts III has become prone to injuries, Hurns is even more of a fantasy option as a reserve and matchup-based or bye-week replacement. Check out more fantasy analysis on the Jaguars' wideout on NFL NOW.

  • The Panthers backfield is an absolute mess right now. DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert are all injured, so Reaves could end up seeing a much bigger workload against the Chicago Bears in Week 5. If that scenario comes to fruition, Reaves would have some deep-league value in fantasy leagues. He recorded three catches and 37 scrimmage yards after Williams went down in Week 4. Check out <a href="http://www.nfl.com/now/share?id=9d6851b4-fd72-45f7-ad1c-f987783cd7ee" target="new">more fantasy analysis on the Panthers' running back on NFL NOW</a>. 1

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    10. Darrin Reaves, RB, Carolina Panthers (0.1 percent owned)

    The Panthers backfield is an absolute mess right now. DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert are all injured, so Reaves could end up seeing a much bigger workload against the Chicago Bears in Week 5. If that scenario comes to fruition, Reaves would have some deep-league value in fantasy leagues. He recorded three catches and 37 scrimmage yards after Williams went down in Week 4. Check out more fantasy analysis on the Panthers' running back on NFL NOW.