Week 1 was a crazy week for both fantasy football and the NFL itself. In the very first game of the season, we saw Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throw a record-tying seven touchdown passes, averaging a total of 46 points in standard scoring leagues.
When Sunday rolled around, we got glimpses of new starters like Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, and rookies like Green Bay Packers' running back Eddie Lacy. We saw career games from wide receivers like Anquan Boldin who totaled 26 points in non-PPR leagues, and Victor Cruz who had three touchdown receptions. Many of these phenomenal performances belonged to your friend, but some of them are still very available.
Here is a selection of players to think about bringing to your roster when waivers runs late tonight or tomorrow morning.
Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders
Although Terrelle Pryor is only in his second season and was named the starter over Matt Flynn only a week ago, he still dominated the Colts defense in the Raiders loss. Pryor threw for 217 yards and a touchdown, and had two interceptions to go along with those. It was rushing however, that was Pryor's strong spot. He ran for 112 yards on 13 carries, helping him to 19 points in standard scoring leagues. He should continue to mature as the season progresses, and could make a solid backup. He is only owned in less than nine percent of leagues, so odds are, he's available in yours.
Transitioning from the Raiders to former Raiders quarterbacks, Carson Palmer may have finally found a solid home in Arizona. Throwing to All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald is never going to hurt your game, and it looked good for Palmer on Sunday afternoon. Palmer threw for 327 yards, two touchdowns, with an interception a lost fumble. Carson Palmer probably won't make a huge jump from the 31.8 percent of leagues he's owned in, so keep an eye on him.
Joique Bell is my number one waiver wire pick-up this week. He scored 20 points in non-PPR leagues, rushing for two touchdowns and 25 yards, while hauling in five receptions for 67 yards. Bell is getting a lot more time than expected behind Reggie Bush, and after this week's great performance, he may get even more against a weak Arizona defense. He is owned in just over 71 percent of leagues, so I'd take a peak at the available players list and try to snatch him up.
For the running back position, not many backs under 75 percent ownership performed well, besides Joique Bell. As for backs who underperformed and you may be able to trade for at a low bargain, consider BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Lamar Miller and Chris Ivory.
Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals
One of the guys Carson Palmer targeted a lot was Andre Roberts. The veteran receiver is looking to increase his role in the Cardinals offense, and Week 1 showed exactly that. Roberts caught eight balls for 97 yards, a great way to start the season. Picking up Roberts may be very smart if you need a starting Flex player. The Cardinals match up with the Lions next week.
Eddie Royal performed very well early into Monday night's game, scoring a touchdown two minutes into the second quarter. Quarterback Philip Rivers targeted Royal a lot in Monday night's game, and that's a good sign for their number one receiver.. or number three. It depends how you look at the injuries to Malcom Floyd and Danario Alexander. Royal is owned in less than one percent of leagues, so waiting on him for at least a week isn't a horrible idea.
Those are just a few solid waiver wire pickups for Week 2. As the season progresses, the list will get a lot bigger.
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