Each week, we will run down the top waiver wire pickups with a focus on the coming week and rest of the season.
Terrelle Pryor (vs Jaguars)
Week - 19/29, 217 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 112 rush yards
Remember this is fantasy football, not the real kind. Pryor is not going to pass for big yards or throw a ton of touchdowns, but you can bet that he will run the ball. He's not going to get 112 rush yards every week but you can probably count on five or six points from his running. That means that even mediocre passing days like he had on Sunday can yield solid results. He is well worth the gamble as a high-end backup.
Carson Palmer (vs Lions)
Last Week - 26/40, 327 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Palmer looks to have developed solid chemistry with his top receivers in Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts all three of whom put up good numbers. Arizona is going to throw the ball a lot this season so in spite of some tough matchups in the NFC West, Palmer will post solid QB2 numbers based on sheer volume.
Others to consider - Jay Cutler (vs Vikings), Josh Freeman (vs Saints)
Joique Bell (at Cardinals)
Last Week - 11 touches, 92 yards, 2 TDs
Bell finished with 15 fewer carries than Reggie Bush in Week 1 but he got both goal-line carries and made them count. Bell's role in the passing game was impressive and if he continues to get the goal-line work he is a decent fantasy option.
Fred Jackson (vs. Panthers)
Last Week - 17 touches, 72 yards
Jackson was, surprisingly, the most productive Bills running back in Week 1 picking up 67 yards on 13 carries compared to 41 yards for CJ Spiller on 17 carries. It's still Spiller's backfield, but Jackson's experience will continue to earn him touches.
Da'Rel Scott (vs Broncos)
Last Week – 10 touches, 74 yards
Scott took over for starter David Wilson against Dallas after Wilson lost two fumbles carrying five times for 23 yards and grabbing five passes for an additional 51 yards. Tom Coughlin is getting fed up with Wilson's mistakes so look for Scott to see an increased workload until Wilson can work his way back into the coach's good books.
Others to consider – Bilal Powell (at Patriots), Jonathan Dwyer (at Bengals)
Brian Hartline (at Colts)
Last Week - 9 catches, 114 yards, 1 TD
Despite picking up over 1,000 yards last season Hartline was passed over in a lot of leagues. However, with Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace still lacking chemistry, Hartline remains the Dolphins go-to receiver. As the season goes on he will likely cede some looks to Wallace, but for now he is a fairly dependable WR3.
Julian Edelman (vs Jets)
Last Week - 7 catches, 79 yards, 2 TDs
Edelman saw nine targets on Sunday and caught both of Tom Brady's touchdown passes in the win over the Bills. Obviously he won't score two touchdowns every week, but Edelman should continue to see a lot of targets, especially while Shane Vereen is sidelined. Edelman is a valid flex or WR3 play this week with higher upside in PPR leagues.
Rueben Randle (vs Broncos)
Last Week - 5 catches, 101 yards
With their running game struggling, the Giants will be throwing the ball a lot. Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz will still get the majority of the looks but there should still be plenty left over for Randle who caught five balls for 101 yards in Week 1.
Andre Roberts (vs Lions)
Last Week – 8 catches, 97 yards
Roberts made a couple of very nice catches in Week 1 and was second on the team in targets behind Larry Fitzgerald. He won't get into the endzone often, but in the Cardinals pass-heavy offence Roberts will catch plenty of passes and give you decent yardage.
Others to consider – Marlon Brown (vs. Browns), Jerome Simpson (at Bears), Rod Streater (vs. Jaguars)
Jordan Cameron (at Ravens)
Last Week - 9 catches, 108 yards, 1 TD
The Browns offence as a whole didn't look very good in Week 1 but Cameron sure did with some very athletic receptions en route to a 108-yard day with a score. Tight ends play a big role in Norv Turner offences so Camerom should produce big numbers all season long. This week, he goes up against a Ravens team that allowed 110 yards and two touchdowns to Julius Thomas in Week 1. He's owned in a lot of leagues now, but if he's around, grab him.
Julius Thomas (at Giants)
Last Week - 5 catches, 110 yards, 2TDs
Thomas exploded in Week 1 and will be one of the hottest pickups this week with good reason. It's only one week, but Thomas has top-10 tight end upside. He is an athletic specimen and now that he is finally healthy will be a big redzone target for Peyton Manning. Manning loves to throw to his tight ends and has said that he expects Thomas to maintain a big role going forward.
Others to consider – Kellen Winslow (at Patriots), Tyler Eifert (vs. Steelers)