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 Steelers)
Last week: Bye
Pryor is still only owned in less than half the leagues and while he didn't maintain his early season numbers, he should still find a home somewhere during the bye weeks. The Raiders are coming off a bye week and playing the improving (but still not that good) Pittsburgh Steelers. Pryor has built a successful connection with Denarius Moore of late and if they find each other for another touchdown pass on Sunday, Pryor's numbers will certainly warrant a bye week fill-in start.
Ryan Tannehill (at Patriots)
Last week: 19/37, 196 yards, 3 TDs; 2 INTs
Tannehill looked very shaky against the Bills on Sunday but his day was saved from a fantasy perspective by his three passing touchdowns. The Dolphins running game just isn't very good though so Tannehill will continue to be relied upon to make plays through the air and it's not like he doesn't have weapons in the passing game. With so many injuries at the QB position and teams on byes, you could do worse than Tannehill as a plug and play.
Mike Glennon (vs Panthers)
Last week: 26/44, 256 yards, 2 TDs
With Doug Martin gone for the foreseeable future and likely the season, Glennon might be forced to air it out more. Glennon has shown some improvement over his three starts and has thrown for at least 250 yards and two touchdowns in each of the last two weeks. He's got a tough matchup against the Panthers this week, but if you're desperate at the QB position, Glennon should be on your radar.
Geno Smith (at Bengals)
Last week: 17/33, 233 yards, 1 TDs, 1 INT; 32 rush yards, 1 rushing TD
It's been someting of a roller coaster ride for the Jets rookie QB this season. He's mixed in some great fantasy games (three 20-point games) with some real stinkers (two sub-10-point games). If you're looking for consistency, look elsewhere, but if you want a bye week pick up or injury replacement with the potential for a big game you should consider Smith.
Others: Josh McCown (Bye), Case Keenum (Bye)
Mike James (vs Panthers)
Last week: 11 carries, 17 yards, 1 TD
Doug Martin is likely out for the season with a torn labrum and that means James is going to be a very popular waiver pickup this week. The Bucs offence hasn't exactly set the NFL on fire this season but any back that is likely to get more than 15 carries has to be owned. Don't expect James to be your saviour - he's not nearly as good a back as Doug Martin, but he can slide in as a decent RB2/FLEX option for the remainder of the season.
Roy Helu Jr. (at Green Bay)
Last week: 11 carries, 41 yards, 3 TDs; 1 catch, 5 yards
When the Redskins go to the hurry-up, Helu becomes their every-down back. They went there great success against the Bears on Sunday and Helu rewarded them with three touchdowns. He won't score three times every week, but given the effectiveness of their hurry-up set, don't be surprised if Helu's workload increases in the coming weeks. Alfred Morris is still the clear No.1, but Helu should continue to see around a dozen touches per week and be on the field during all passing downs. He is a high-end FLEX option with even more value in PPR formats.
Joseph Randle (at Green Bay)
Last week: 19 carries, 65 yards; 3 catches, 28 yards
Randle doesn't bring a whole lot of flash to the Cowboys' backfield but he is their starting, early-down back. Any running back that is getting 20 touches needs to be rostered based on volume alone. So long as DeMarco Murray is sidelined, Randle should be owned.
Chris Ivory (at Bengals)
Last week: 34 carries, 104 yards; 1 catch, -2 yards
Where did that come from? Chris Ivory dominated the workload in the Jets backfield on Sunday out-touchding Bilal Powell 34-3 in a win over the Patriots. It's unlikely that the split continues to skew so heavily towards Ivory, but it can likely be taken as an indication that Ivory will continue to see a fair number of looks going forward. He has fantasy relevance again.
Others: Donald Brown (Bye), Mike Tolbert (at Bucs)
Harry Douglas (at Cardinals)
Last week: 7 catches, 149 yards, 1 TD
Harry Douglas needs to be owned. Julio Jones is done, Roddy White is having a hard time staying healthy and Tony Gonzalez (with the exception of Week 6) just hasn't dominated. Matt Ryan has to throw the ball and Douglas will be a big beneficiary. He looked good as the Falcons No.1 wideout on Sunday grabbing all seven of his targets for 149 yards including a 37-yard touchdown. He is worth a pickup in pretty much any format.
Jarrett Boykin (at Vikings)
Last week: 8 catches, 103 yards, 1 TD
With Randall Cobb and James Jones both sitting out last week with knee injuries, Boykin stepped up and had a career night. He hauled in eight catches on 10 targets including an athletic 39-yard reception and a nice 20-yard touchdown. The Packers receiving corps also took another significant hit against the Browns with Jermichael Finley going down, so, even if Jones is able to return in Week 8, Boykin figures to maintain a sizeable workload. With Aaron Rodgers at quarterback that means he is worth owning.
Darrius Heyward-Bey (Bye)
Last Week: 4 catches, 44 yards, 1 TD
With Reggie Wayne out for the season with a torn ACL, Heyward-Bey will be thrust into a bigger role in the Colts' passing game. T.Y. Hilton becomes the clear No. 1 receiver but guys like DHB and Coby Fleener should see a pretty sizeable uptick in usage in the passing game. He had played a significant role in the Colts win over the Broncos in Week 6 and caught his first touchdown of the season. He is on the WR3 radar.
Others: Jeremy Kerley (at Bengals), Kendall Wright (Bye), Kris Durham (vs. Cowboys)
Jordan Reed (at Broncos)
Last week: 9 catches, 134 yards, 1 TD
We said pick Reed up in this space last week. If you listened it paid off big. If you didn't, do it now. The rookie is miles ahead of Fred Davis, who was a healthy scratch on Sunday, in the Redskins tight end pecking order now. He is a solid TE1 option for the rest of the season.
Heath Miller (at Raiders)
Last week: 2 catches, 17 yards, 1 TD
Don't worry too much about the fact that Miller only caught two passes last week. He is Ben Roethlisberger's security blanket and will maintain a significant role in the Steelers going forward. Expect more targets and catches against Oakland this week.
Others: Tyler Eifert (vs Jets), Delanie Walker (Bye), Coby Fleener (Bye)