Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 3
Carson Palmer (OAK): It was reasonable to think that Palmer's numbers last week were a fluke, and that he wouldn't be throwing 46 passes for the rest of the year. However, the Raiders seem to be content with running a lot of dink-and-dunk plays to make up for their abysmal running game. Palmer is now averaging 335 yards through two games, and though he has only thrown two touchdowns, the Raiders' offense should score more as the offensive line gets more in sync in their new scheme.
Sam Bradford (STL): The former first overall pick has put together two straight games with a QB rating higher than 100. Though he didn't put up great fantasy numbers in Week 1, he completed 74% of his passes for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in Week 2 against the same defense that gave Drew Brees fits just a week before. Bradford could be a good bye week fill-in or matchup play, depending on who your starter is.
Andre Brown (NYG): Brown is playing for his fifth NFL team, but only had two rushing attempts before joining Big Blue. He finally got a chance to show what he's got on Sunday and impressed with 71 yards on 5.5 per carry and a touchdown. Ahmad Bradshaw missed practice on Tuesday, and with the Giants playing on Thursday night against the Panthers, it's looking like Bradshaw will be doubtful to suit up. David Wilson is still in head coach Tom Coughlin's doghouse, so Brown could very well have Bradshaw-esque value getting the bulk of the carries.
Mikel Leshoure (DET): Leshoure was one of my under the radar waiver wire pickups last week, but he's about to hop on the radar. The Lions, who seemed to want to establish a running game on Sunday night, got nothing going on the ground with Kevin Smith and Joique Bell. Leshoure, a 2011 second round pick, is coming back from suspension and will be given every chance to be the early-down back. The Detroit Free Press expects him to gain the starting job "before long."
Daryl Richardson (STL): The seventh round pick out of Abilene Christian beat out second round pick Isaiah Pead in the preseason, and he has put together 17 carries for 103 yards so far this season. Starter Steven Jackson had 58 total yards before leaving the game with a groin injury and was replaced by Richardson, who had 102 total yards. Head coach Jeff Fisher said that Jackson could have returned had Richardson not been playing so well. Richardson, at the very least, has earned a change of pace role behind Jackson. Everyone knew that Jackson's years of brutal running had a chance of catching up with him this season, and this is likely not the first of his physical ailments.