Each week, we will run down the top waiver wire pickups with a focus on the coming week and rest of the season.
Nick Foles (vs. Dallas)
Last week: 22/31, 296 yards, 3 TDs; 1 rushing TD
Foles is owned by less than 20% of teams heading into Week 7 meaning a lot of fantasy teams – and surely some in need of QB help – missed out on a Top 3 performance at the position last week. If Mike Vick's hamstring isn't ready to go come Sunday Foles is a must-own. Even if Vick is ready to go Foles' performance may have been enough to spark a QB controversy in Philadelphia and owning the sophomore third-rounder could pay off before the season is out.
Josh Freeman (at New York Giants)
Last week: -
If you saw the Vikings last week, you know they need a new QB. Freeman may not be the answer, and it's likely he'll struggle for a bit as he continues to learn Minnesota's playbook, but he's the team's best option and gives fantasy teams a working bye week replacement as soon as he starts, which could be as early as this week.
Brandon Weeden (at Green Bay)
Last week: 26/43, 292 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
The Browns QB play regressed last week with Weeden taking over for an injured Brian Hoyer, but it was felt more in real football than in fantasy football. Weeden was a Top 10 QB last week, throwing for 292 yards and two touchdowns. Don't expect that to continue into next week, especially with the Browns traveling to Lambeau Field taking on the Packers, but the now 30-year-old could put up QB2 numbers.
Thad Lewis (at Miami)
Last week: 19/32, 216 yards, 2 TDs
Lewis' performance was a very pleasant surprise for the Bills in Week 6, throwing for more than 200 yards and scoring three combined TDs in almost leading the team to an OT win over the Bengals. There are reasons for pessimism with Lewis moving forward – he's questionable for Week 7 with a foot sprain; he's still Thad Lewis – but if he gets another start for Buffalo he could be worth a flyer.
Others: Chad Henne (vs. San Diego), Mike Glennon (at Atlanta)
Joseph Randle (at Philadelphia)
Last week: 11 carries, 17 yards, 1 TD
Randle is nothing more than an injury fill-in for DeMarco Murray but what makes him enticing is he joins a strong offence in Dallas and has five straight games against defences that struggle some against the run. If Murray is out for a while, this could be a really good pickup.
Brandon Jacobs (vs. Minnesota)
Last week: 22 carries, 106 yards, 2 TDs
Jacobs turned back the clock for at least one week last Thursday in rushing for 106 yards and two TDs against the Bears. David Wilson could need season-ending back surgery so the Giants' backfield should be Jacobs', at least until Da'Rel Scott returns from injury in a few weeks. Jacobs is a shell of his former self and last week's performance is unlikely to be repeated. But he is still a big body capable of plunging into the end zone should the Giants get him close enough.
Chris Ogbonnaya (at Green Bay)
Last week: 5 carries, 24 yards; 7 catches, 61 yards, 1 TD
Ogbonnaya won't receive more carries than Willis McGahee in Cleveland but his worth comes in the passing game, especially for teams in PPR leagues. The 27-year-old rushed for just 24 yards last week, and hasn't yet rushed for more than 30 yards in a game this season, but he added seven catches for 61 yards and a touchdown, making for a decent performance last Sunday. Moving forward Ogbonnaya should expect five or more targets to supplement his weak ground totals.
Others: Mike Tolbert (vs. St. Louis), Brandon Bolden (at New York Jets)
Emmanuel Sanders (vs. Baltimore)
Last week: 3 catches, 70 yards, 1 TD
There are a number of serviceable receivers that can be found on the waiver wire each week; after Pittsburgh finally got into the win column last weekend against the Jets, Sanders could be one worth a look. He's not receiving the targets he did prior to Heath Miller's return to the lineup (averaging 11 the first two weeks, seven the past three) but is still putting up more than 60 yards receiving per week on average. If he can find the end zone like he did last week, teams are looking at a double-digit scorer in Sanders.
Terrance Williams (at Philadelphia)
Last week: 2 catches, 27 yards, 1 TD
Williams saw a drastic reduction in targets last week coinciding with the return of a healthy Miles Austin, but still managed a decent fantasy line by scoring a touchdown on one of his just two catches. The rookie has looked good early in the season and while there are a number of options Tony Romo will look to first in Dallas, the Cowboys offence is explosive and should provide opportunity for Williams.
Others: Rueben Randle (vs. Minnesota), Keenan Allen (at Jacksonville), Stephen Hill (vs. New England)
Kyle Rudolph (at New York Giants)
Last week: 9 catches, 97 yards, 1 TD
Thanks in large part to garbage yards, Rudolph had his best game of the year, racking up nine catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. There is reason to believe last week was Rudolph's coming out party and not just a one week aberration. The Vikings should continue to be terrible, having to lean more heavily on the pass in attempts to cut opposing leads, lending to more opportunities for Rudolph. Don't expect the TD every week, but the TE should keep his receiving yards totals fairly high.
Jordan Reed (vs. Chicago)
Last week: 4 catches, 58 yards
Reed is the less-owned Redskins' TE with Fred Davis, he shouldn't be. The rookie third-rounder is clearly the top passing game option at TE for Washington, averaging six targets his past two games while Davis wasn't targeted once last week. Reed is taking advantage of his opportunities too, recording 58 receiving yards against Dallas on Sunday.
Others: Tyler Eifert (at Detroit), Delanie Walker (vs. San Francisco)