TSN.ca NFL Editor Justin Boone runs down the top waiver wire pickups with a focus on the coming week and rest of the season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Titans)
If you've been following the Bills, you know that things haven't exactly gone Fitzpatrick's way in the last two weeks. After leading the NFL in touchdowns through four games, he fell back to earth against two very stout defences (49ers, Cardinals) on the road. The antidote for what ails Fitzpatrick is on the way, as the Bills head back home and welcome the Titans' defence that is more than happy to let teams catch passing touchdowns. The Titans are allowing just under 300 passing yards per game and have given up the fifth most touchdowns through the air.
Josh Freeman (vs. Saints)
After a slow start to the year, Freeman's arm has come alive in his last two games, throwing for 627 yards and four touchdowns. His opponents in those games (Redskins, Chiefs) weren't exactly elite defences, but neither is the Saints team that Freeman will face this week. The Saints are 26th against the pass and have struggled under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The added bonus is that Freeman will have to outscore Drew Brees and company, forcing the Bucs to open up their offence even more.
Others to consider - Brandon Weeden (at Colts), Sam Bradford (vs. Packers), John Skelton (at Vikings)
Felix Jones (at Panthers)
Everything is coming up Felix. First, he had a solid cameo on the season premiere of fantasy football sitcom The League, where he was genuinely funny. Then, he stepped in for an injured DeMarco Murray and rattled off 105 yards on 19 touches and found the end zone. The Panthers have been kind to opposing rushers, offering up 127.4 yards per game on the ground. Murray will likely miss a week or two and with bye weeks in full swing, Jones could be the perfect temporary solution for your team.
Daryl Richardson (vs. Packers)
For the second time this season, Richardson eclipsed 100 combined yards, playing behind veteran Steven Jackson. New head coach Jeff Fisher has given the seventh round draft pick plenty of work early in the season, taking advantage of the speed and elusiveness that he brings to the field. While it would still take a Jackson injury for Richardson to become a fantasy starter, he may be an option for desperate teams in search of bye week help, or in deeper leagues as a stash and see player.
Others to consider - William Powell (at Vikings), LeGarrette Blount (vs. Saints), Phillip Tanner (at Panthers), Montario Hardesty (at Colts), Mike Goodson (vs. Jaguars)
Josh Gordon (at Colts)
The Browns made a significant investment when they selected Gordon in the second round of the supplemental draft, forfeiting next year's second rounder. Early in the season that looked like another Browns' personnel error, but in the last two games Gordon has shown flashes of being a contributor on offence. A week after catching two passes that were both touchdowns and went for a total of 82 yards, Gordon delivered an encore performance hauling in three balls for 99 yards and a score. With Brandon Weeden unafraid to take chances down field, Gordon will still need to hit on the big play in order to be worthy of a fantasy start, but the same could be said of Torrey Smith during his rookie season a year ago.
Brandon Gibson/Chris Givens (vs. Packers)
With Danny Amendola out, Gibson looks like the safer play in the Rams' receiving corps. Gibson had seven receptions for 91 yards against the Dolphins, while Givens was still reliant on the deep ball, catching three passes for 85 yards. Sam Bradford is a better quarterback than people give him credit for and every week one of these two receivers is going to be a solid fantasy play, but figuring out who that is will depend on the team's gameplan. I tend to favour talent, which leads me to Givens, but the rookie is raw and Gibson will be more dependable.
Others to consider - Devery Henderson (at Buccaneers), Doug Baldwin (at 49ers), Stephen Hill (at Patriots)
Brandon Myers (vs. Jaguars)
The truth is there aren't many options this time of year as far as tight ends go on the waiver wire. The early season surprises have been claimed and now you are left digging through the dumpster for what remains. Myers isn't going to win you a week, but he has yardage totals of 55, 86, and 65 in the last three games, while catching on average five passes per game. Myers has yet to reach the end zone, but if you're looking for a one week filler, then he is likely the best option out there.
Others to consider - Coby Fleener (vs. Browns), Tony Scheffler (at Bears), Lance Kendricks (vs. Packers)