This week we’ll give you a little head start on your competition. In last week’s edition of our Waiver Wire Pickups (QB’s & RB, WR’s & TE’s), Kevin Kolb, Scott Chandler, and Danny Woodhead were our #1 players at each position. Here’s what they did:
- Kevin Kolb (324 yards, 3 TD’s, 2 INT’s)
- Danny Woodhead (23 yards rec, 1 TD)
- Scott Chandler (62 yards, 2 TD’s)
Not bad. We did whiff on Jeremy Kerley, but our #2 WR in our week 4 pickups was Andre Roberts who had 118 yards and 2 TD’s. This week there are still a few gems on the waiver who should be owned. Here are our top 3 Waiver Wire Pickups at QB and RB for week 5:
Based on 12-Team standard scoring league, players 30% or less Yahoo Owned
#1 Kevin Kolb, Cardinals (10% Owned)
Obviously not enough people are taking fantasy advice from The Commish as K. Kolb is still only 10% owned. He just threw for 300+ yards and 3 TD’s, his team is 4-0, and he has 3 very talented WR’s. Kolb was 8th in scoring among QB’s in week 4 and seriously has a chance to have a big season.
#2 Christian Ponder, Vikings (27% Owned)
Christian Ponder through 4 weeks has yet to throw an INT. He likely won’t light it up every week, but the Vikings are looking like a solid football team, AP looks healthy, and Ponder has been consistent. Time to get on the Ponder train if you’re in need of a quality backup QB on your roster.
#3 Sam Bradford, Rams (22% Owned)
Bradford threw the ball 30 times for 221 yards in week 4. Bradford won’t be your starting QB (if he is your team is terrible), but he could easily serve as your bye week plugin. 10-15 points in that roll is about what I would expect from the now 3rd year QB.
#1 Brandon Bolden, Patriots (7% Owned)
Just last week we had another Pats RB (D. Woodhead) holding down the top spot. Bolden emerged in week 4 with 16 carries 137 yards and a TD. The Patriots have decided to go with a bigger stronger back as their backup to S. Ridley, and the move paid dividends. Bolden is 5’11” 220lbs and looked very good on Sunday, he surely has the attention of the Pats coaching staff.
#2 LeGarrette Blount, Bucs (17% Owned)
Just a year ago Blount looked like he would take over as the featured back in Tampa; he ran over and hurdled defenders. This year everyone assumed rookie Doug Martin would supplant the former Duck, but as Lee Corso would say…”not so fast my friend”! Martin has not played well out of the gate and this week their carries were almost even (Martin 8/Blount 6). Blount also received the all-important goaline carries, scoring a TD by plowing through the line in week 4.
#3 Jackie Battle, Chargers (20% Owned)
Ryan Mathews is back so Battle’s value is down to zero right? Guess again. Even with Mathews in the lineup, Battle was the 6th highest scoring RB in week 4. Battle rushed for 39 yards and a TD, and had 43 yards receiving and another TD in their beat down of the Chiefs. Battle got only one less carry then Mathews and now has 4 TD’s in his last 3 games.