Bye weeks sometimes come at a great time in the NFL, but rarely come at a good time in the fantasy world. For this reason, the waiver wire is your friend - your bye week saviour. And there can be some gems still sitting on your waiver wire, so get to it. Here's who to target on waivers this week:
Matt Hasselbeck, TEN - Jake Locker is out for Week 5 already, according to several sources, so Hasselbeck steps into a Titans offense that he's comfortable running. It's not a very friendly matchup versus Minnesota, but if you're desperate or a Locker owner, he's worth a shot.
Kevin Kolb, ARIZ - Undrafted and left for dead by many, Kolb may still be sitting there and he's definitely someone to grab now. He's thrown 7 TDs already and rushed for another, for a 2 TD/game average. This week he gets St. Louis in what looks like a friendly matchup.
Rashard Mendenhall, PIT - If you're in a savvy league, the Steelers RB was likely drafted, but in shallower leagues, it's possible Mendenhall is still there. If so, immediately put a claim in for him. This is an impactful player who is likely to step into a full workload for the Steelers, who desperately need a running game. Acquiring Mendenhall could be like gaining an RB1 at no cost.
Jackie Battle, SD - Let me make it clear, here. I have no interest in Jackie Battle. But I wouldn't be doing my due diligence if I didn't mention the San Diego running back. Battle inexplicably got the start Sunday instead of Ryan Matthews. And he put up less-than-impressive numbers, although he did score a TD. If you're desperate, take a chance on Battle, but right now, I'm steering clear of all Charger running backs at this point, because frankly I have no faith in Norv Turner at this point.
Jeremy Kerley, NYJ - I can hear it now, "you're recommending picking up a New York Jet receiver?". Yes! Santonio Holmes is out for a while, Dustin Keller is still doubtful. Somebody has to get the targets and Kerley is the likely candidate. Would I start him with confidence? No. But, if you're in a deep league, in desperate position, Kerley could fill a need - if Sanchez can get the ball to him.
Andre Roberts, ARIZ - Last week he caught 2 TDs and racked up 118 yards. Roberts is a legitimate weapon in the Cardinal offense and is now a fringe flex/WR3 starter for most squads. Grab him with confidence.
Brian Hartline, MIA - His performance last week was just ridiculous. He's probably off your wire, but if he's there, grab him now. He's now a must-start in just about every format. He's just getting too many targets to ignore.
Anthony Fasano, MIA - Fasano is the second-most targeted player on the Dolphins. That doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement, but last week, the Dolphins threw for more than 400 yards. This week, they play the Bengals who historically get torched by tight ends, and who's linebackers look clueless in coverage. Fasano makes a sneaky play this week, and likely resides on your waiver wire. If you're a Jason Witten or Brandon Pettigrew owner and faced with bye weeks, Fasano is a decent option.