Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 5

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Can you believe it's already Week 5?

Injuries have been a major storyline this season, making plenty of owners scramble to the waiver wire to find the next fresh body.

But at this point it may feel like the wire is looking about as promising as the $700 billion bailout the House just rejected.

I'm sorry, I promise to never talk politics on this column ever again. There's no place for it in fantasy football.

So to make you feel better, here are some waiver wire options that you might want to take a look at before your league counterparts can beat you to the punch.

Each and every year there are a few guys that lay around on the waiver wire for a few weeks before exploding onto the scene and becoming fantasy legends like Ryan Grant from a year ago.

It's important you keep evaluating your talent each week and don't be afraid to drop someone on your roster that has been getting by on name recognition alone.

Kerry Collins Titans, QB - He doesn't screw up. He doesn't throw interceptions. He completes a high percentage of his passes on a very good Titans team. If you're looking for a bye week fill in for Brett Favre or Derek Anderson, I'd like to reintroduce you to Kerry Collins.

Deuce McAllister Saints, RB - Rumble big man rumble.

I didn't think it was possible for the Saints to leave Deuce on their bench and let Pierre Thomas handle the bruising duties for such a good team. But through the first three games, that was the case and Deuce sat idly by on the sidelines.

No more.

He toted the rock 20 times in Week 4 and scored a TD too. People forget how good he's been in the past and only remember the countless season ending injuries he's had to endure.

He could be the best waiver wire pickup of the year.

Le'Ron McClain Ravens, FB/RB - I told you last week to pick up McClain off the wire and if you didn't listen to me then, listen to me now. He's a touchdown machine that has the look of a Marion Barber when the Ravens get down in the red zone. He's tough and when he lowers his shoulder I'm not sure anyone can stop him. And it looks like McGahee could be hurt again so McClain's value only continues to rise.

Muhsin Muhammad Panthers, WR - Geez, I absolutely hate saying this but Muhammad has quietly reentered the fantasy realm and made himself relevant once again.

He's much more efficient in the number two role next to Steve Smith and Delhomme looks his way early and often. And don't sleep on Delhomme and his surgically repaired elbow because he's starting to regain that raging Cajun form. Muhammad is only benefiting from it.

Lance Moore Saints, WR - Moore wasn't really on the short list of Saints receivers we thought would step up and fill the void left behind by Marques Colston.

But he should have been.

Brees has hooked up with Moore for seven catches in each of the last two games, highlighted by the pair of TDs Moore ended up with in Week 4.

In an offense that depends on Brees to air it out week in and week out, Moore could be too good of a proposition for you to pass on.

Kevin Walter Texans, WR - With Andre Johnson drawing double and triple teams every Sunday, Walter is free to roam and Matt Schaub knows how to find him.

Already with three TDs on this young season, Walter is a very intriguing option. But his performance hinges on whether Schaub can stay upright and efficient under center. He looked great last week against a good Jaguars defense and Walter delivered with two scores.

Justin Gage Bears, WR - Is this former Bears wide receivers week?

Gage and Collins have developed a connection down in Tennessee and he is certainly on his way to becoming the unquestioned number one wideout on this Titans team.

I'm a big believer in having as many number one wide receivers on my team as possible because every week you know they'll get plenty of balls thrown in their direction. Gage is no different and while he won't ever be a weekly starter, he could be worthy of a spot on your bench just in case.

Matt Jones Jaguars, WR - It's about time Jones started living up to his potential.

He's got the size and speed to make it as a receiver in the NFL and this year he just might have figured out how to use it. He's caught at least five passes in each game this year and scored his first TD in Week 4.

Jones could start becoming the deep threat and legitimate this team has been missing since Jimmy Smith retired.

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Its been a while sense I have asked you soemthing but what do you think about trading..
Jamal Lewis
Rudi Johnson and
Chad Ocho Cinco

To get
Reggie Bush and

Ricky responds: It's your call obviously, but I don't really like that trade for you. Deuce McAllister is back and should take goal line touches away from Bush, and Steve Smith's return should mean Moose gets less looks in Carolina's passing game.

But this is the great thing about fantasy...if you really want Bush, pull the trigger. Whatever you think will make your team better, go for it.

Dont answer my last comment. The trade was changed to me losing
J. Lewis
H. Miller
C. Johnson

And gaining
R. Bush
J. Carlson (sea TE)

What do you think?

Ricky responds: Well since I already answered your last comment, I can say that I dislike this deal for you as well. Chris Johnson (or are you talking about Chad Johnson?) has been really good so far, and Miller and Carlson seem to cancel each other out. Again, if you want to do the deal, go for it, but I think it looks a little sketchy.

What do you think of me trading

Randy Moss & Darren McFadden for

Clinton Portis & Ronnie Brown

Good or Bad?

Ricky responds: I think that's a pretty good deal for you. Both Moss and McFadden have big drawbacks. For Moss, it's his effort with Brady. For McFadden it's injuries and competition. Portis and Brown are both the focal points for their respective offenses. If you want to take that offer, I'd say go for it.

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