Top waiver wire pickups for Week 3
Note: This list includes only players who are owned in less than 50% of leagues.
Sam Bradford (STL): I had him on here last week, but he still remains only 47% owned. It's looking like this 25-year-old could be one of the premier bye week fill-ins in 2013, as he is playing by far the best football of his NFL career. He has posted a 93.1 passer rating through two games and has racked up 325.5 yards per contest. Those numbers are in part due to the Rams throwing the ball a ton (46.5 pass attempts per game), but while that number is bound to go down, the team looks to have taken on more of a pass-first identity and Bradford's numbers should continue to benefit. To top it all off, the offensive line has done a nice job of protecting Bradford, giving up no sacks thus far in the season.
Terrelle Pryor (OAK): I know that the quarterback section of this list is the same as it was last week, but these two remain the top options who are owned in less than 50% of leagues. Pryor showed something we were not sure he could do on Sunday - impressive game management. He did not make any huge plays, but consistently moved the ball and did not commit a turnover. Unfortunately, that does not result in fantasy points, but expect things to change in the future. The Raiders won't get to play the Jaguars every week, which means that Pryor is going to have to cut loose and make plays. Once he starts dropping back more often and feeling an obligation to put points on the board, he'll have more games like his Week 1 performance against the Colts.
Bernard Pierce (BAL): This is a guy who should have been drafted in your league, but according to the percentages, chances are he's available. If he is, pick him up. Unless you are absolutely loaded at running back, I'm sure you could find a place in your lineup for Pierce, who will be a borderline RB1 if Ray Rice (hip) misses Sunday's game. Rice will not practice at all this week and will be reevaluated on game day. Even if Rice is active, expect an increased workload for Pierce, who will have had put in a full week of practice.
James Starks (GB): Injuries to Eddie Lacy (concussion) and John Kuhn (hamstring) have Starks looking like he could take on every-down duties for the Packers when they face the Bengals in Week 3. Unfortunately, the Bengals have stymied opponents to 2.8 yards per carry this year. Even so, Starks should get enough of a workload to make him a flex option, especially if you own Lacy. The Packers have a Week 4 bye, and there is a good chance of Lacy being ready for Week 5, so Starks is a short-term fix.