Originally written on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 10/2/12
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Detroit and Dallas are on their bye-week. Now is the time the benches get thinner and match-ups become more important.

More importantly, there is a defense available that you need to jump on immediately.

Won’t you join me as we go window shopping through the waiver wire?

Brian Hartline is so hot right now, he’s having to resort to spraying ice cold water on his own head just to live comfortably. You should take advantage of this and pick him up for your fantasy football squadrons. (Image credit: Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald via Palm Beach Post)

Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups Vikings D/ST (Yahoo! 9%, FOX 5.9%)

The Vikings have played outstanding defense the last two weeks, allowing 13 points in two consecutive games. More importantly for you, they have delivered 15 and 23 fantasy points the last two weeks.

The big reason to go after the Vikings is the home run power they possess. Their special teams delivered two returns for touchdowns against the Lions. Percy Harvin is a game-changing weapon.

Unless you have an elite defense like San Francisco, grab the Vikings.

Christian Ponder, QB, Vikings (Yahoo! 26%, FOX 13.1%)

I have no idea why so many people are jumping on Ryan Fitzpatrick right now. He’s a turnover nightmare and faces San Francisco and Arizona the next two weeks.

I mentioned Ponder last week, and it appears people have not yet listened. He faces an awful Tennessee defense in Week 5, plus Washington in Week 6 and Tampa Bay in Week 8. If he’s still available, pick him up.

Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins (Yahoo! 23%, FOX 2.8%)

31 points.

That’s the insane output Brain Hartline had in Week 4.

Over the first four weeks, Hartline’s broken out twice. He’s clearly the Dolphins’ #1 receiver. That’s why you pick him up. Against the right opponent, Hartline, like Andrew Hawkins and Mike Williams, can pay huge dividends.

He had 19 looks and is on pace for over 1,800 yards. The peaks are worth a roster spot. He should be owned in most formats.

Andre Roberts, WR, Cardinals (Yahoo! 12%, FOX 3.3%)

If you miss out on Hartline, make Roberts your contingency plan.

He’s clearly established as the #2 receiver in Arizona behind Larry Fitzgarald. He is not a receiver I love going forward, but he can provide value in the bye-weeks. Four touchdowns in four games cannot be ignored.

*****

I must reiterate, if you have suffered on defense this season, Minnesota is a game changer. Pick them up.

Leave your questions, scenarios and comments in the handy section below. I’ll answer comments tomorrow and for the Fantasy Football Focus Podcast.

Now get out there, pick-up and dominate. Your success makes me look good. Let me ride those coattails.

The post Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups & Advice appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.


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