Fantasy Football: Week 5 Waiver Wire Watch

Bengals Browns FootballTotal Pro Sports – In order to be successful in your fantasy league, you will need to be on top of your waiver wire. Knowing which players are available, and of those, which have value is an important part of building a winning team as the season goes on.

It can be difficult to identify such players, and that is why we here at TPS are going to help you out. Each Tuesday for the remainder of the season, we will give you some players to look out for that may be on your waiver wire. These players are the ones we assume are available in most leagues, but beware. There may be better free agents out there that we have not listed because we just assume that someone should already have taken them. If one of those guys is a free agent in your league, PICK HIM UP!

Here is a look at some guys you may want to take a look at in you league:

Derek Anderson, CLE, QB: He may not have won the game for the Cleveland Browns, but Derek Anderson was able to preform well enough to record two offensive touchdowns for a team that had struggled to get into the endzone in the first three weeks.  He may not be starter worthy on most fantasy teams, but it may be a good idea to pick up the newly promoted starting quarterback in hopes that he can regain the form he showed two years ago when he threw for 29 touchdowns and 3787 yards.

David Garrard, JAC, QB: Garrard is likely to be the hottest commodity on most waiver wires this week (if he is avaliable) after putting up three touchdowns and 323 yards.  He was facing a rather weak Titans secondary, but with the veteran Torry Holt lined up at wide receiver, and Mike Sims-Walker emerging as a reliable target, Garrard should continue to produce a strong stat line against weaker match ups.

Michael Bush, OAK, RB: I am hesitant to put faith into any member of the Oakland Raiders offense, but if they finally decide to pull the plug on Jamarcus Russell and get a real quarterback in there, the results may be impressive.  Such a change should at least help the team develop some hope, and if that is the case, Michael bush may be the beneficiary.  With Darren McFadden expected to miss 2-4 weeks with an injured knee, Bush will shoulder much of the load.  If the bruising back can produce out of the lead role, taking a chance on him now will pay dividends.

Rashard Mendenhall, PIT, RB: Over the course of the first three weeks of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers rushing attack had been non-existent.  That changed this week with the breakout performance by second-year back Rashard Mendenhall.  While Willie Parker may still be considered the number one guy in Steeltown, after recording 165 yards and two touchdowns, it will be difficult for Tomlin not to go back with Mendenhall.  Should he emerge as the goto guy, he will be well worth a spot on any fantasy roster.

Kenny Brit, TEN, WR: The Titans look to be in trouble as teams across the league have come to the conclusion that they can not defend the pass.  That means Tennessee may often find themselves playing from behind in games and that could be good news for Kenny Brit.  The rookie out of Rutgers has been impressive thus far this year, posting 271 yards over four games.  While he is not a legitimate starter on any fantasy team, he can be a viable replacement during bye weeks.

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