Orton, Big Ben, Tolbert headline cast of Week 5 waiver-wire stars
A year ago I decided to stop saying no when friends asked me to join fantasy leagues. Managing a fantasy football team isn't that much work to begin with, and after doing research adding on an extra team or two didn't sound like a big deal.
I'm now in six fantasy leagues. The consequences: Sometimes I pay attention to none of them. My friends in my most important league -- the one with the best trash talkers that also happens to be for the most money -- have chastised me for not even making the pickups I write about in this column. When you're in that many leagues, sometimes you just forget.
The plethora of leagues I'm in has taught me some things about working the waiver wire, though, even if I don't always put it to good use. There are two different types of leagues: Cut-throat ones, where everyone pays attention and treats running backs like they're platinum (e.g., my big money league) and ones where people pay attention and make pickups, but serviceable players sit on the waiver wire for weeks (i.e., my rotisserie baseball league's fantasy league).
It's important to know what kind of league you're in. If running backs get snatched up quickly, you have to be willing to take fliers on running backs, even backups, who might break out in the coming weeks. The best available running back in my most important league is
Know your league and you can conquer it by working the waiver wire. If you remember to put in claims, that is.
That's two solid games in a row for
It's unlikely Sanchez will continue to put up two touchdowns a game, but the Jets face only one tough pass defense (at home against the Packers on Halloween) the next six games. If this column's weekly quarterback pickup option isn't available, Sanchez could be a rewarding selection.
Mathews did run nine times for 55 yards and a score, but most of that was in garbage time. Tolbert didn't get another carry after the Chargers grabbed a 31-7 lead. It appears Mathews was healthy -- he played throughout garbage time -- but Tolbert continued to play on kickoff coverage despite being the No. 1 back Sunday. Tolbert is available in about 40 percent of leagues.
Did you take this column's advice last week and pick up
If you're looking for help from the waiver wire from the Lions, your team might be in trouble. But
Take a look Dallas coming out of the bye. The Cowboys are available in a lot of leagues, don't face high-powered Green Bay until Nov. 7 and looked solid in Week 3 against a good Houston offense.
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