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“A guy who seems calm but plays when he plays; A guy who goes completely crazy when the right time comes; A guy who has bulging ideas rather than muscles. That kind of guy.” –Gangnam Style by Psy

With four weeks under your belt where do you stand? Are you 4-0 like the Texans, 0-4 like the Saints or somewhere in between? The better question is can you go Gangnam Style on the wire? Will you keep your wits about you or go chasing after the flavor of the week?

Regardless of where you stand, here’s the free agents to add in Week 5. Availability is based on ESPN leagues and FAAB values are based on a $100 budget. Keep in mind that four teams are on bye this week: Oakland, Detroit, Dallas and Tampa Bay.

Andre Roberts WR Arizona (98.2%, $2) Roberts has started to have a good chemistry with QB Kevin Kolb in the desert. Roberts made the big plays to force overtime in the Cardinals’ win over Miami Sunday. He’s tied for the league lead in receiving touchdowns with four. Roberts picked up two of them Sunday with his 6-118-2 line. Roberts’ rise is something worth noticing especially when the Cardinals play St. Louis Thursday.

Jackie Battle RB San Diego (91%, $2) Battle has made some hay even with Ryan Mathews in the lineup. He has three touchdowns in the last three weeks and has seen double-digit carries in two of them. Battle may have been motivated by playing against his former team, the Chiefs, but you can’t deny that Norv Turner is calling for him to get the rock. With a matchup against New Orelans on deck in week 5, this might be your call to Battle.

Davone Bess WR Miami (92.6%; $1) Everyone will be flocking to teammate Brian Hartline after his monster game at Arizona. While everyone is focusing on Hartline, keep Bess on your radar, especially in PPR leagues.  Bess is the more consistent receiver on the Dolphins roster. Look at his stats so far this season (5-45, 3-43, 5-86, 7-123) and he’s a calm, stable, secure addition. Add to that a matchup with a shoddy Cincinnati secondary and Bess has the potential to find the end zone for the first time this season.

Domenik Hixon WR NY Giants ($1, 99.5%) Hixon was the wideout who benefited the most while Hakeem Nicks sat out the week 4 game against Philadelphia. Hixon posted a 6-114 line on Phily and was targeted 11 times. There’s a serious amount of doubt about Nicks’ status for week 5 against Cleveland. Hixon would be a nice pickup to help fill in for the byes this week.

Kevin Kolb-QB Arizona ($2, 92.2%). Kolb has finally shown signs of the quarterback Arizona traded for two years ago. We’ve seen his production increase week-by-week from 140 yards and 1 TD against New England up to 324 yards and 3TDs (but 2 INTs) against Miami.

Arizona also has a poor running game so the only way the 4-0 Cardinals get down the field is through the passing attack. Arizona has also been using a lot of play action passes to get the defense on its heels. Just remember if you’re going to use him, he plays Thursday.

Tim Tebow QB NY Jets ($1, 86.5%) The Jets are looking awful this season. They just lost Santonio Holmes for multiple weeks. Shonn Greene is averaging 2.8 yards per carry this season. Mark Sanchez has throw for fewer than 140 yards in two of four games. The 49ers just went into Gotham and hammered the Jets 34-0. It’s time for a change. It’s Tebow Time. It will be a tough matchup with Houston on Monday Night Football but with a week 9 bye, he could be a good stash on the bench.

And now the sucker bets. These are the guys that people will run to the wire for and wind up getting burned.

Rashard Mendenhall RB Pittsburgh (36.3% available) is not worth your time. Pittsburgh has been inept at running this season, averaging 65 yards a game on the ground and just 2.6 yards per carry.

It’s unknown what kind of a workload he will get when he comes back into the lineup in week 5 against the Eagles. Remember he came off of a torn ACL on New Year’s Day and this would be his first action in 10 months.

The bigger problem in Pittsburgh is the offensive line. First round pick David DeCastro is lost for the season with a knee injury and the rest of the line hasn’t been able to get any holes opened in the running game. Pittsburgh’s longest run of the season is 13 yards. Don’t expect that to change overnight when Mendenhall suits up.

Brandon Bolden RB New England (99.7% available) is another guy to pass on. Bolden had a nice game posting 16-137-1 against Buffalo on Sunday in a 52-28 win. Before that game, he has 7-15-1 for the previous three games including zero carries against Arizona.

The big question with him is what is his role going to be in close games? The Patriots seem to be much more comfortable with Stevan Ridley being the bell cow for now. The other thing to look ahead to here is the Patriots’ next few games. Denver and Seattle are both tough against the run but the Jets and St. Louis are total cream puffs.

It’s highly doubtful Bolden would be able to come close to the same numbers as this past week in a timeshare with Ridley unless the Pats score more than 42 points. They might not do it against Denver and it would be shocking if they did against Seattle.

Miami WR Brian Hartline is the biggest avoid of the week. Yes, he had an amazing game against Arizona with 12-253-1. He also had a good game against Oakland with 9-111 in week two against Oakland but how did he fare in his other two games? The answer is 3-50 in the season opener and 1-41 in week three.

Which Brian Hartline will you get from week to week is a critical question. For those of you thinking he’ll be great in week six, the Dolphins are taking on St. Louis then and the running game should be in full effect.

On top of that, the secret is out on him and teams will be working to keep him in tight coverage. Keep in mind the fact that Miami rookie QB Ryan Tannehill has thrown for less than 220 yards in three of four games. The passing yardage hasn’t been there in mass quantities this season for Miami and I don’t expect it to be either as long as Reggie Bush is healthy.

  1. Dave the Barber says:
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    I have the 2nd waiver pick, should I not waste it this week, I’m in a 12 team league and the best options are Hartline and Bolden. Good chance I’m setting on the number one waiver priority next week if I stand pat. I could probably just pick up Bess and the Minn defense for free. This is typing therapy, I just answered my own question. Thanks Razzball.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Dave the Barber, You’re welcome. Glad we could help?

      • Dave the Barber says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier, don’t question yourself, I came to my conclusion after reading this blog. Thanks.

  2. Dan says:
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    SO my WRs are pretty decent with Welker, Cruz, Decker, w/ Bess and Kendall Wright as my backups. I am hurting at RB with Chris Johnson and Reggie Bush and backups of Blount and D. Wilson (we know how that worked out). I have the #2 waiver priority…do I still pass on Bolden? Should I pick up Roberts/Hartline/Hixon and try to package one in a trade?

    I have Pettigrew as my TE, nothing worth jack on waivers…one owner has Gronk and Graham with absolutely nothing for RBs (seriously, he has Andre Brown, K. Hunter, Dwyer and Mendenhall) and after Dez Bryant and James Jones he has Blackmon…I don’t have any RBs to offer him there but I know he has a love affair for Welker…how can I take advantage of this opportunity to make my team better or do I just hold pat…I am 3-1 and scoring well even with my obvious deficiencies.

    (14-team PPR and .25 Point Per carry)

    Thanks

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Dan, If it isn’t broke don’t fix it. Bush should still produce most weeks and the best thing you can do is buckle up for the ride on CJ2K.

      If you picked up Hartline you should be able to package in a trade but I would still hold onto Welker especially with Hernandez still being hobbled and Julian Edelman still battling injuries.

  3. Kelli says:
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    I need to drop a WR. Would you drop Lance Moore or Denarius Moore?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Kelli, I’d drop Moore. Ha! Denarius is the one to drop. Lance Moore may not get as many targets but Drew Brees looks for Lance in the red zone.

      I’m just not thrilled with the Raiders.

  4. Simon says:
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    Hartline was covered by Revis the 90% of the game against the Jets and then was covered by Cromartie with safety help the rest of the game. That 1 catch for 41 yards is overly misleading. Hartline is a #1, a bad one, but is a #1 receiver on an NFL team and he’s getting boatloads of targets. If you pick up Bess over Hartline you are making a mistake.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Simon, My thought is this. No one is running down the street to get at Bess and he had quite possibly the quietest 120-yard game in history.

      Like I mentioned above, I just don’t have enough faith in Tannehill to be able to give strong production every week. Remember how Cam Newton started out last year like a house on fire but then couldn’t do much in the passing game towards the end of the year?

      We’ll see how the next few weeks play out and see which one performs better.

  5. Kyle says:
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    Disagree on Hartline. He’s a legit WR3. Will he get 200 yards again? Doubt it. But he’s a good shot at 8-10 points every week. Looks like Philbin’s Dolphins have learned to chuck it, much like his former team.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Kyle, They definitely chucked it out here in Arizona. I just wanted to see more of it. And I tend to discount results against Oakland’s Swiss Cheese Secondary.

  6. Murph says:
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    Can I drop Donald Brown for Jackie Battle? Looking for most consistent ROS output

    Is Tebow really worth a pick up? Current QB Big Ben and Vick

    • nugjuice says:
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      @Murph, lol – don’t overreact to waiver articles, they’re just for people who have injuries/bye weeks/or swapping out bench trash. There is absolutely no way in hell that you should carry 3 QB’s (unless you start 2) and dropping a producing starting QB for Tebow who is a crapshoot to even start this season (and then a crapshoot to produce) is just madness.

      • Murph says:
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        @nugjuice,

        I love waiver wire madness!!!! haha

        Just throwing those out there to see what people’s thoughts are I am beyond frustrated with Brown but would never give up a RB1 for RB2 just because Norv Turner whats to play his version of shanahanigans.

        Tebow will never make my roster I don’t care how many fantasy points he puts up. Its just crazy to me that every fantasy site is talking Tebow like he is going to be the next big pickup. I expected it from ESPN and was little shocked to see it here.

        • Andrew Nordmeier

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          @Murph, The reason I mentioned Tebow is that it is a change in a starting quarterback on a team that, frankly, can’t get much worse.

          Matt Cassel is on a short leash in KC but it doesn’t mean I’ll be all over Brady Quinn. Kyle Orton came on in garbage time but I wouldn’t recommend him either.

          Tebow is best suited for deep and/or 2QB leagues but he could also be a matchup play as well.

          Look at their next few games. Houston will be a bloodbath for the Jets. But after that it’s the Colts, Patriots and Miami before a week 9 bye. Remember that 6 teams are on bye on week 7 and that Patriot secondary is shaky.

          • Champ says:
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            @Andrew Nordmeier,

            Agree 100% Tebow would be a huge upgrade for an awful jets team and he can be fantasy gold I’m in a 10 team 1 QB leauge and just not a big tebow fan. I also doubt that rex ruan will give up on Sanchez even though he knows he is wrong to keep him in. Quick question if you have time Ben Tate and Johnathan Stewart hit waivers any chance these guys are worth a claim for ROS? Thanks

            • Andrew Nordmeier

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              @Champ, J-Stew yes. Tate no. In Houston, Gary Kubiak has said he would put 400 carries on Arian Foster if he needed to. Tate is also fighting with a toe injury as well.

              Carolina should be rushing more to take some pressure off of Cam so J-Stew is my pick.

  7. Tim says:
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    Need a RB..looking to trade Harvin for Richardson or forte(buy low?)
    Who u like better ROS?
    Standard league

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Tim, I go for T-Rich since he really has no one breathing down his neck like Forte does in Michael Bush. Forte didn’t look 100% against Dallas. Cleveland doesn’t have great matchups but Chicago has awful ones for running backs.

      Weeks 10-15: Houston, SF, Minnesota, Seattle, Minnesota. Those are four teams that know how to shut down the run and Forte will have a tough go of it.

  8. DKAS says:
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    Wondering if you can throw out some creative trade ideas with my lineup: it’s a .75 PPR league, I’m 1-3 so need to a win now. we can start upto 4 wr or 2 te or 3 rbs. I feel like I have some assets to trade, just not sure whom for what. Thanks

    Michael Vick

    Julio Jones. DeSean Jackson, Kenny Britt, Donny Avery, Blackmon, Simpson

    Ryan Mathews, Cedric Benson, Mcfadden, Ridley

    Dennis Pitta, Kyle Rudolph, Hernandez

  9. DKAS says:
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    Wondering if you can throw out some creative trade ideas with my lineup: it’s a .75 PPR league, I’m 1-3 so need to a win now. we can start upto 4 wr or 2 te or 3 rbs. I feel like I have some assets to trade, just not sure whom for what. Thanks

    Michael Vick

    Julio Jones. DeSean Jackson, Kenny Britt, Donny Avery, Blackmon, Simpson

    Ryan Mathews, Cedric Benson, Mcfadden, Ridley

    Dennis Pitta, Kyle Rudolph, Hernandez

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @DKAS, Hard to answer without seeing other rosters, but I’ll give it a whirl here.

      Start Vick, Julio, DeSean, Mathews, McFadden and Ridley. With the way your team is built, it looks best served as a running team.

      Britt has 60 yards this season on a team that scored like 44 points against Detroit. Blackmon might get an uptick after Laurent Robinson suffered a second concussion but it’s looking a dismal season so far for him. Avery is worth a roster spot based on his connection with Luck. Simpson, for me, is a bye week fill in at best.

      I would consider trying to move Rudolph and see what you can get for him. Pitta’s value dropped a lot after his zero catch game last week. Hernandez should be back within the next couple weeks.

      Also start thinking about a backup QB. Vick is on the short leash as well and might get replaced by Nick Foles sometimes in the future if he keeps having crummy games. Regardless of what’s out there, I’d drop Blackmon and get that backup QB ready.

  10. bluety says:
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    Should i trade CJ and Britt for Lynch and Turbin?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Giving up too much. Wouldn’t do it.

  11. bluety says:
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    what is a good offer for Lynch
    I have RB: CJ, Martin, Benson, R. Mendenhall
    I have WR: Miles, Decker, Britt, Boldin and Lafell

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @bluety, It depends on the other guy’s roster. You might want to try and pawn off Mendenhall based on his name value alone. (Pittsburgh hasn’t been able to run for anything.) Consider sending Britt over as well. He has all of 60 yards this season.

  12. dosattackaz says:
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    Since I have 3 dallas players (witten, bryant & murray). I have a couple of issues with my lineup for week 5…

    Should I start Jackie Battle or Ben Tate?

    Is J. Maclin safe to start this week? His hip gave me like 0.2 pts last week.

    Sebastian Janikowski is on bye. Should I pickup Greg Zuerlin?

    Finally, should I start Arizona or Seattle for this week? Seattle gave me 6pts last week. So I’m hesitant to give them another chance against Cam’s offense.

    As always, thanks!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @dosattackaz, Battle since he is on top of the depth chart for the time being; Tate is battling a toe injury.

      Maclin should be okay.

      Totally pick up Zuerlein. He’s 12-of-12 on FG this season and can hit from 60 yards out.

      Arizona would be a better choice since the Rams allow a bunch of sacks and S-Jax is questionable at best.

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