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FANTASY: Receivers atop week 5 players to target

5:16 AM, Oct 3, 2012   |    comments
Redskins receiver Leonard Hankerson could be a solid addition to your WR corps. (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)
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Wideouts continue to dominate what we are finding on the waiver wire; we've got plenty listed this week in several categories. A tight end and another kicker make it into this week's top category, and don't be afraid to pull the trigger on these guys to improve what you have at those positions. We dig deep for some running backs for those in deep/dynasty leagues.

On to this week's wonders ...

TE Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills

This high recommendation comes regardless of Chandler's status for the upcoming week. He left last week's game with a head injury, and early indications are that it will not be serious. Prior to the injury, he found the end zone twice on his way to a day that totaled four catches for 62 yards. Ryan Fitzpatrick has hit him four times this season for touchdowns, a valuable statistic for a fantasy tight end.

WR Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins

Still owned in less than 50% of online leagues, Hankerson gets repeat billing in this week's top listing. In mentioning him last week, we believed his playing time would not be affected by the return of Pierre Garcon, and it was not. His final stats were seven catches for 57 yards, but he was targeted 11 times. Those numbers are going to be typical going forward.

K Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams

Another week, another kicker recommendation. Zuerlein has not missed this season, connecting on all 12 attempts, which have included three from 50-plus and five from 40-49 yards. Especially in leagues that score bonus points based on the length of kick, don't hesitate to upgrade from your current kicker to Zuerlein. Every fantasy point counts. If you have someone like Mason Crosby or Alex Henery (among others), enjoy the increased production. The No. 2 fantasy kicker is not going to be sitting on the waiver wire much longer.

Solid Pickups

WR Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals

Kevin Kolb has brought some energy and efficiency to the Arizona passing game, and starting opposite Larry Fitzgerald, Roberts has enjoyed some solid production. He doubled his Week 3 performance by catching six passes for 118 yards and two scores. That brings his touchdown total up to four in four games, impressive numbers. Look for Roberts to continue to put up enough fantasy numbers to warrant a start at WR3 or the flex position.

WR James Jones, Green Bay Packers

Greg Jennings re-aggravated his early-season injury, which is beginning to feel like something that is going to linger off and on all season. With his status up in the air, his position on the field will fall to Jones. With Aaron Rodgers also finding his stride, this is a perfect time to hop on the Jones bandwagon. He found the end zone twice this past week (five catches for 56 yards). Look for this kind of production to continue, especially with Jennings limited.

On the Radar

RB Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots

When a running back comes out of nowhere to explode for more than 100 yards and a touchdown, that sends the fantasy community running to put in a claim. The numbers from last week (137 rushing yards on 16 carries) are gaudy, though it should be noted that they came on a day when the Buffalo defense could stop no one.

Stevan Ridley also ran for more than 100 yards (two touchdowns), and even Tom Brady found the end zone on the ground, so don't expect these numbers to repeat on a regular basis. Of note here is that Bolden is ahead of Shane Vereen on the depth chart, but still behind Ridley. With Danny Woodhead also in the mix, the backfield in New England is crowded, but Bolden is worth a roster spot as the backup to Ridley.

WR Donald Jones, Buffalo Bills

Jones might have landed higher on this list if it were not for leaving last week's game with a head injury. His status for this week is unknown, so plan accordingly. Prior to the injury, he made the most of his two catches, posting 90 yards and a touchdown next to his name in the stats column.

Deep and/or Dynasty-only

RB Jackie Battle, San Diego Chargers
RB Ryan Grant, Washington Redskins
RB Jonathan Grimes, New York Jets

By Doug Coutts

USA Today

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