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Week 5: Waiver Wire

It is getting to the time of year when you might be dealing with bye week issues or injuries (or both). Here are some players who might be on waivers in your league who could provide good depth and might even find there way into your starting lineup on a regular basis:

QB Kyle Orton (CHI): I was slow on this one, I will admit it. I did not think he would continue to put up good numbers. But he has. And he is worth a roster spot (and a start, if you have bye-week issues).

QB Chad Pennington (MIA): Pennington has played well this year. He is not going to put up 30 points for you any time soon, but he is a solid backup and could be a bye-week fill-in if he has a good matchup.

RB Correll Buckhalter (PHI): Westbrook has two fractured ribs (not to mention his ankle injury). If he cannot go or is limited, Buckhalter will get the carries. Also, consider adding Lorenzo Booker, as Buckhalter has not been known for his ability to stay healthy.

RB Kevin Smith (DET): I know, I know. I told you to drop him last week. I believed the Lions when they named Rudi Johnson the “starter” in Detroit. But last week against the Bears, Smith (8 carries, 31 yards, TD) out-played Johnson (5 carries, 23 yards). Smith also had 4 catches for 25 yards. So stash him on your bench and see how these two share carries over the next couple of weeks.

RB Justin Fargas (OAK): Fargas has been out with a groin injury, but should return to the lineup this weekend or next weekend. McFadden has been limited with a turf toe injury, and Oakland would prefer to use Fargas as opposed to Michael Bush as their primary ball carrier. Grab him if he is available if you are in need of help at RB.

WR Craig “Buster” Davis (SD): If Chambers misses any time with his leg injury, Davis will likely step in. Davis has good speed and could get quite a few looks from Rivers. Keep an eye on Chambers’ injury status and add Davis if it looks like he will miss any time.

WR Steve Breaston (ARI): As I said last week, Breaston should do well as long as Boldin is out. Breaston led the Cardinals in receiving yards last week and should be a solid play again this week.

WR Brandon Stokley (DEN): Like Davis, Stokley is an injury replacement. But Denver passes the ball a lot, so Stokley should get plenty of looks. Teams are starting to force Cutler to throw to someone (anyone) else besides Brandon Marshall, which benefits guys like Stokley (particularly if Royal misses any time).

WR Greg Camarillo (MIA): Camarillo was a relatively unknown quantity coming into 2008, but he has performed pretty well, and seems to be developing a report with QB Chad Pennington. Given the nature of the Dolphins offense, it is unlikely that Camarillo will put up any huge games, but he has been very solid and could be a great bye-week fill-in.

TE Zach Miller (OAK): Raiders were on a bye last week, but he looked good before that. And I think the offense (particularly the passing game) will open up a little now that Kiffin is gone. Just a hunch.

TE Visanthe Shiancoe (MIN): Shicancoe did not do much early in the year, but now that Gus Frerotte is at QB, he has come alive (2 TDs in 3 games with Gus). This is a down year for TEs, but even with the slow start, Shiancoe is 8th in fantasy points for TEs.

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