Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups, which breaks down players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest pickups at each position heading into Week 5 of the NFL season. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.


Sam Bradford STL | QB

Bradford started the season with a bang, but has since cooled off over the last couple of weeks. I think he could get his season back on track though week 5 against the Jaguars. Jacksonville has given up over 32 points and almost 400 yards per game so far this year and it’s clear that they aren’t that great of a football team. Look for Bradford to have a big first half and I think he is a solid pick up and play if you need help at quarterback. (about 55% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play

Running Backs

Le’Veon Bell PIT | RB

Even though the news broke over the weekend that Bell was going to start, he still wasn’t picked up in as many leagues as he should of been. The Steelers have no one at running back battling Bell for carries and he could give their running game the spark they have been looking for. He found the end zone twice in his first game in the NFL and if he is available in your league you need to do what you can to get him on your team. (about 75% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Danny Woodhead SD | RB

Woodhead continues to be a huge part of the Chargers offense and at this point I think he needs to be added in all leagues. He isn’t going to get a ton of carries each week, but he gets enough total touches to make him relevant in standard and PPR leagues. I expect the small running back to continue to be one of the favorite targets for Rivers and he is a great guy to add to your team for running back depth. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Willis McGahee CLE | RB

The numbers weren’t amazing for McGahee week 4, but we now know that he is the clear guy when it comes to who is going to get the most carries for the Browns. He had almost 3 times as many carries as any of the other Browns running backs and once he knocks of the rust he could have some value down the stretch. Even though McGahee doesn’t have a huge overall upside, he is still a starting running back and I think that makes him a must add in all leagues. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

LeGarrette Blount NE | RB

Blount is one of my favorite running backs to watch and I love that he is becoming fantasy relevant again. This is the second straight week where Blount has scored more fantasy points than Ridley and I expect him to keep being a big part of that offense. In New England it’s not about who might be the most talented player, it’s who can better execute the game plan and not fumble the football. I think Ridley could be 1 fumble away from losing even more carries to Blount. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Roy Helu Jr. WAS | RB

All signs are pointing to Morris being ready to come back after the Redskins bye week, so I don’t think you need to run and pick up Helu. However, since we know that He could put up solid numbers if given the chance, I think he is a great guy to add for running back depth. He is going to need a serious Morris injury to have a lot of value, but he has one of the biggest upsides out of all handcuffs. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Rashad Jennings OAK | RB

The Raiders backfield had a rough week 4, losing both McFadden and Reece to injury. Jennings played pretty well in relief and if given the chance to start he could have decent short term fantasy value. The Raiders play the Chargers week 5 and I think he could be a solid flex play if McFadden and Reece are forced to miss next weeks game. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Andre Ellington ARI | RB

Ellington continues to be a decent part of the Cardinals offense and I still love his upside moving forward. Mendenhall continues to put up sub par numbers and I think it’s only a matter of time until Ellington takes over as the lead back. There is always a good chance that Mendenhall gets hurt, but even if he is able to stay healthy then I think Ellington could end up being the running back that gets the majority of the carries for the Cardinals. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Nate Washington TEN | WR

The veteran Washington just keeps putting up big numbers and it’s time for the fantasy world to pay attention. I had him on this list last week as a must add in deeper leagues, now I am calling him a must add in all leagues. He has been consistently involved in the offense each week and he has had 2 monster games in a row. Even if Locker’s injury ends up being serious, I think Fitzpatrick is a guy that can still get the job done. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Justin Blackmon JAX | WR

Along with many other players throughout the league, Blackmon will be making his season debut week 5. He really started to play well towards the end of last year and I think he will pick up right were he left off. The Jags offense has been terrible this year and Blackmon is a much needed body as they try to turn their season around. Since they are going to be playing from behind for most of the season look for Blackmon to have a lot of junk yards late in games. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Alshon Jeffery CHI | WR

With all of the attention that defenses give Marshall this leaves Jeffery with a lot of single coverage. He has taken advantage of this and he has had solid games in 3 of the 4 so far this year. He and Cutler seem to be building their chemistry together and I expect Jeffery to keep getting better as the year goes on. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Robert Woods BUF | WR

The rookie for the Bills keeps putting up solid stats and I think he needs to be owned in more leagues at this point. The second round pick out of USC scored his second touchdown of the season and he already has over 200 receiving yards. I think he will be kind of hit or miss each week, but he certainly has the potential of putting up big numbers from week to week. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defense/Special Teams

St. Louis STL | DEF

Like I mentioned in last week waiver wire post, you need to pay attention to which team plays the Jags each week. Week 3 it was the Colts and they had a great game defensively, and week 5 it’s the Rams turn to play the worst offense in the league. The Rams are at home week 5 and I think they could put up solid fantasy numbers as a pickup and play defense. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play

Philadelphia PHI | DEF

The Eagles D had a rough go against Peyton Manning and the Broncos week 4, but I think they will do much better against the Giants next week. While Peyton has been amazing this year, Eli has been far from it. I expect the Eagles for force at least a couple of turnovers and with as carless as Eli has been with the ball it’s possible it could be another week with 3+ turnovers for the Giants offense. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play

Individual Defensive Players

Daryl Washington ARI | LB

Washington has served his 4 game suspension and he is set to come back for the Cardinals week 5 against the Panthers. He was one of the best IDP players last year and he should pickup right where he left off. Washington is one of those linebackers that just always seems to be right around the ball and he needs to be picked up in all leagues that start IDP players. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all IDP leagues