Week 5 waiver review: Pick up Bell, Betts
The first 12 games of Week 4 might not have gone precisely as you’d anticipated, but there wasn’t anything truly jaw-dropping in those contests.
That doesn’t mean that Chris Johnson’s low output or Terrell Owens’ huge day didn’t make you do a double-take. I just mean that, by comparison, the Sunday and Monday night affairs were far more confusing and bewildering.
The Giants ran past a turnstile-like Chicago offense line to bludgeon Jay Cutler.
Brandon Jackson, RB, Green Bay (62.8 percent)
The Packers split carries nearly evenly between Jackson and John Kuhn (20.1 percent) this week against the Lions. Neither represents a must-start option at this point, as the duo failed to take control of a game against the Lions and put them away. Washington is tied for 12th in run defense at 101 yards per game and has ceded two rushing touchdowns. Kuhn remains a speculative claim option as a potential goal-line back going forward, but it’s hard to get excited.
Ladell Betts, RB, New Orleans (1.6 percent); Christopher Ivory, RB, New Orleans (3.2 percent)
Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans (17.8 percent)
Moore caught another five passes in Week 4 and found the end zone against the Panthers. He remains a top option for Drew Brees while the team awaits the return of Reggie Bush. Moore has been targeted 19 times this season (14 catches). The Saints take aim at a rough (read: struggling) Arizona squad this weekend.
Roy Williams, WR, Dallas (26.7 percent)
Williams was one of the heroes in the Cowboys’ huge Week 3 win against the Texans (five receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns). He was targeted 20 times in the Cowboys’ first three games (12 receptions). I’m not looking for weekly fireworks, but Williams represents a decent pickup and plug-in play against a Tennessee pass defense that has been ceded a ton of yardage in back-to-back weeks.
Peyton Hillis, RB, Cleveland (69.8 percent)
I shan’t belabor the point. Hillis, who has scored in four consecutive games, and who has run over two good run defense, is somehow still available in nearly one-third of FOXSports.com leagues. I’m not quite sure why.
Hillis’ ownership level is lower than that of Brandon Jacobs of the Giants (75.3 percent), who took advantage of a smallish workload against the Bears (six carries for 62 yards and a touchdown). Jacobs should be owned as a backup, and may crack your lineup as a RB3 or Flex play against Houston.
Ben Watson, TE, Cleveland (8.9 percent)
Watson isn’t going to blow the doors off of the stats page, but he’s been a consistent target in the Cleveland attack. He’s caught three or more passes in each of the Browns’ first four games, gradually building his reception total each week. Watson is averaging 46.2 receiving yards per game (two games at 60+ yards), and scored his first touchdown of the year in Week 3.
The Falcons (Week 5 opponent) have surrendered touchdowns to opposing tight ends in back-to-back games.
Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (65.7 percent)
Manningham was targeted just once in that Sunday night slugfest against the Bears, as the Giants brought him back slowly from a mild concussion sustained in Week 3. I put him on the radar as a possible pickup for Week 5 against the Texans.
Manningham caught 14 passes for 238 yards (one touchdown) in the first three games of the season.
I’ll close things out with a couple of players heading into their bye weeks.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, New England (51.9 percent)
Green-Ellis has become the leader in the New England backfield (I know Danny Woodhead is getting the headlines along with the defense/special teams). Fred Taylor missed the Week 4 contest against Miami, thrusting Green-Ellis to the top spot. He rolled up 16 carries for 76 yards and scored for the second straight week. Green-Ellis averaged 5.4 yards per carry against Buffalo and Miami.
Davone Bess, WR, Miami (5.3 percent)
As expected, Chad Henne had some success against the New England secondary in the Monday night game. I didn’t say he was perfect, but he did pass for 302 yards. Bess, a sure-handed PPR option and “sleeper” special, caught nine passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. It was his third game this season in which he caught at least six passes. He caught 15 passes for 179 yards against the Jets and Patriots.