2010 NFL Fantasy Football: Weekly Waiver Wire (Week 5)
I sure as hell hope that all NFL teams have been upgrading the size of their trainer’s rooms, because 2010 appears to be the year of the injury. Much like the previous three weeks, week four was littered with key injuries. Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy both sustained rib injuries in the Eagles’ loss to the Redskins, while Darren McFadden and Clinton Portis once again appear to be unable to shed their injury-prone labels. So with the bumps, bruises, tears and pulls adding up, several names on the waiver wire have suddenly become quite valuable.
Here are a few of those names you may want to pick up. They may become quite useful as teams enter their bye weeks.
Sam Bradford, QB, STL – If you were one of the many unfortunate owners that placed your hope in the return of Michael Vick, you may find yourself desperate for a replacement quarterback for the next couple of week. If so, Sam Bradford is the perfect fit for you. The Rams’ rookie quarterback has six touchdowns and 944 yards through his first four weeks of the season, and a week five battle against the Lions’ poor secondary should only help him increase those numbers.
Kevin Kolb, QB, PHI – Following Andy Reid’s announcement that Michael Vick would be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, many owners were quick to drop Kevin Kolb. The Eagles’ quarterback is hoping to make those owners regret their decision when he takes over the starting duties while Vick deals with a rib injury. Kolb has not looked good in his five quarters of play, but with a full week of practice, a number of weapons at his disposal, and a suspect 49ers secondary next on the schedule for him, this may be the opportunity he needs to make a name for himself as the Eagles true quarterback of the future, and maybe even their quarterback of the present.
Ryan Torain, RB, WSH – We all knew that it was only a matter of time before Clinton Portis went down with an injury, and it appears as though that time has come. Portis appeared to be nursing an injury throughout his game on Sunday, and while he was on the bench Torain filled in quite nicely to the tune of 70 yards and a touchdown. Judging by Portis’ injury history, that likely wont be the last you see of Torain this season. Get him on your roster now, before he becomes the starter in Washington for good.
Michael Bush, RB, OAK – Darren McFadden got off to a scorching start this season, but those who know him best knew it was likely only a matter of time before he went down with an injury. Lo and behold, McFadden sustained a hamstring injury that kept him out for the end of the Raiders’ thriller with the Texans on Sunday. Hamstring issues have a tendency to linger (see Knowshon Moreno), so that could be just what Michael Bush needed to move back atop the depth chart in the Raiders’ backfield.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, DEN – Throughout the first couple of weeks it was somewhat difficult to sort through the Broncos receivers in search of some fantasy value, but after four weeks it appears as though Brandon Lloyd has asserted himself as the big play target for Kyle Orton. Despite having to split targets with the likes of Jabar Gaffney, Demaryius Thomas, and Eddie Royal, Lloyd is still having a career year, and his 454 yards and one touchdown currently have him sitting among the top five fantasy receivers in standard scoring leagues. Some have already jumped on the Brandon Lloyd bandwagon, but if no one in your league has done so yet, I suggest you be the first.