Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups, which breaks down players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest pickups at each position heading into Week 1 of the NFL season. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.


Matt Schaub HOU | QB

I know with as deep as the quarterback position is this year it’s easy to forget about guys like Schaub. However, let’s not forget that he threw for over 4,000 yards last year and that offense only got better with adding the rookie Hopkins. Schaub is a great QB2 for any fantasy team and if you have one of the young running quarterbacks as your QB1 you might want to get a guy like Schaub on your bench for security. (about 35% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Carson Palmer ARI | QB

It was pretty impressive what Palmer was able to do last year with that terrible Raider offense and I think he could do even better with the Cardinals. Palmer hasn’t had a real receiver to throw to since Chad Johnson and I am excited to see what he and Larry Fitz can do. Also, let’s not forget that the Cardinals also have Floyd and Roberts at the wide receiver position making them a team that should be able to easily move the ball through the air. (about 35% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Running Backs

Bernard Pierce BAL | RB

Pierce got a lot of hype this preseason and this makes me curious as to why he is still available in so many leagues. He is the handcuff to Ray Rice, but I think he will get enough touches to still have value in a lot of deeper leagues even if Rice stays healhty. Pierce could easily be a top 15 running back if Rice were to go down with injury and he is the perfect guy to stash on your bench just in case. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Le’Veon Bell PIT | RB

If Bell didn’t get injured during the preseason he would have been a top 40 pick in most fantasy drafts, because of his injury though he went un-drafted in a lot of leagues. He is only going to miss the first part of the season and I think he is well worth a bench spot in all leagues. Pick him up and ride him out until he comes back. Once he does come back this will give you instant trade value or just add to your overall running back depth. (about 75% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Roy Helu WAS | RB

I have always been a huge fan of Helu and he has looked great this preseason. Obvisouly he has Alfred Morris in front of him, but as far as overall upside goes when it comes to handcuffs Helu is an appealing bench option. Even if Morris doesn’t get hurt I think Helu could touch the ball enough to have value in really deep leagues. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Jordan Todman JAC | RB

I know MJD is suppose to be healthy and close to 100% heading into the season, but you can’t help but be a little skeptical. He is coming back from a major foot injury and at this point in his career he doesn’t have a ton of tread left on his tires. Todman looks to be the guy to own as the MJD handcuff, so if you are looking for a high upside running back for your bench then you might want to give Todman a look. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Keep an eye on

Wide Receivers

Michael Floyd ARI | WR

Floyd is a guy that I am really excited about and I think more fantasy owners should be looking to add him to their bench. He is far from a guarantee this year to have a breakout season, but all of the pieces are there for it to happen. Carson Palmer coming to the Cardinals is a huge improvement from their QB situation from a year ago and with Larry Fitz attracting all of the attention from defenses this should leave Floyd with a ton of single coverage. (about 75% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Vincent Brown SD | WR

The Chargers offense has been a bit of a mess the last couple of years so it’s easy to ignore some of their players. I don’t think Brown should be ignored this year though and I think he is worth owning in pretty much all leagues. Brown missed the entire 2012 season due to injury, but he is healthy now and he is in line for a lot of targets this year. Brown showed flashes of greatness during his rookie season and he now finds himself in a great situation as one of the starters for the Chargers. He could end up being the best offensive weapon for them by years end. (about 75% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Rueben Randle NYG | WR

Randle is one of those young receivers that you know will have an impact if given the chance to start. He will be behind Cruz and Nicks when it comes to targets, but even if all of those guys stay healthy I think Randle could have some value. If Cruz or Nicks were to go down though I think Randle could be a huge fantasy receiver. I think he is well worth a bench spot in deeper leagues to see what he can do. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Brian Hartline MIA | WR

The hate for Hartline has gone way too far. I know they signed Mike Wallace during the off season, but we are talking about a guy that had over 1,000 receiving yards last year and he is only owned in about half of all leagues. One could even make the argument that Hartline might have an easier time this year since all of the attention will be on Wallace. I don’t know if Hartline can match his numbers from a year ago, but the hate has gone too far and he should be owned in more leagues. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Cordarrelle Patterson MIN | WR

Patterson is a guy that didn’t get a lot of preseason hype and I didn’t really understand why. He was a first round pick and he is a versatile player that can be used in a number of ways by the Vikings. Percy Harvin was that type of player for the Vikings last year and I feel that Patterson can fit right into that role. Also, he should rack up a decent amount of return yards as well, so if your league counts return yards it’s one more reason why you should give Patterson a look. (about 35% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Tight Ends

Zach Sudfeld NE | TE

It looks like Gronk could be back earlier than expected this season, but Sudfeld will still have value until that happens. The Pats don’t have a ton of options to throw to until Gronk comes back and Sudfeld should see a solid amount of targets the first few weeks. If you don’t like your tight end matchup the first week or two then you might want to give Sudfeld a look. (about 60% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play

Defense/Special Teams

Tampa Bay TB | DEF

It’s not that I love the Bucs defense that much, it’s just that I hate the Jets offense that much. I don’t really need to say much more than that. The Jets offense is a mess and I don’t mind any defense going up against the Jets this year. (about 60% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play