Top waiver wire pickups for Week 2
Note: This list includes only players who are owned in less than 50% of leagues (hence no Julius Thomas).
Sam Bradford (STL): Many people are considering this a make-or-break year for this former first overall pick, and Bradford has gotten off to a great start. He threw the ball 38 times in the Rams' new high-octane offense, completing 27 of his passes for an impressive 71.1% completion rate. He had 299 yards, two touchdowns, and only one interception - good for a 100.7 quarterback rating. The Cardinals have a strong pass defense, so it is very unlikely that Bradford's performance on Sunday was a fluke. He could be started in some leagues as a matchup play.
Terrelle Pryor (OAK): He may not possess throwing accuracy, pocket awareness, or ideal decision-making, but Pryor can flat out make plays. He kept the Raiders - who were expected to be trounced by the Colts on Sunday - in the game by repeatedly making plays and moving the offense down the field. He will probably continue to make some boneheaded mistakes, and might even throw up a dud as far as passing yardage from time to time, but his 112 rushing yards on Sunday were not a fluke. He's worth using as a bye-week or injury fill-in, and has some upside as a starter in much deeper leagues.
Knowshon Moreno (DEN): Despite all the speculation of Montee Ball being the 1B to Ronnie Hillman's 1A, it was Moreno who lead the charge out of Denver's backfield. He's certainly not the most effective runner of the three backs, but he is the most reliable, and quarterback Peyton Manning puts a ton of stock into how much he trusts his running back. Ball will probably end up taking the bulk of the work at some point this season, but until then, Moreno is a decent flex play and solid bye-week fill-in.
Pierre Thomas (NO): Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles seem like they would make a dynamic thunder and lightning combination, but that is simply not the case. Ingram just doesn't fit with what the Saints do on offense. Thomas has more quickness, elusiveness, and ability as a receiver, which will make him the man to complement Sproles in running situations. Thomas had 43 rushing yards with four catches for 16 yards in Week 1. He's likely to typically put up performances like that, but has plenty more upside in the Saints' uptempo attack.