1. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings
Whenever you go off for three touchdowns and zero interceptions against the best defense in the league, you become an instant pickup off the waiver wire.
While Ponder didn't throw for a ton of yards against the San Francisco 49ers (only 198), he was efficient moving the ball through the air. He also picked up 33 yards and a touchdown on the ground while showing off his athleticism.
Ponder has been quietly moving up the waiver-wire rankings, and this week he gets the porous defense of the Detroit Lions. Look for him to put up huge numbers this week.
2. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills
Despite starting the season slowly, Ryan Fitzpatrick is finally starting to put everything together. He finished Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns with 208 yards and three touchdowns.
The big reason that Fitzpatrick needs to be picked up off the waiver wire this week is because of the injuries to C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. With Tashard Choice likely to take the majority of snaps next week, the Bills should be relying on Fitzpatrick to carry the offense.
With the New England Patriots on the schedule in Week 4, Fitzpatrick should have no problem posting better numbers this week than he did last week.
3. Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans
Through the first two weeks of the season, it appeared as if Tennessee had made the wrong choice by naming Locker. However, in Week 3 Locker had a huge game, including 378 passing yards and two touchdowns.
While he does face a much better defense in the Houston Texans this week, Locker should still be able to put up quality numbers. He's become more confident in his weapons as the season has progressed and finally looks like a starting fantasy football quarterback.
4. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
The fact that Dalton is only owned in 52 percent of leagues is just ridiculous. It isn't just the fact that Dalton threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns in Week 3, either.
Dalton is quickly improving and becoming more than just a game manager for the Bengals. Of course, it helps to have a wide receiver like A.J. Green to throw to.
Don't be surprised if Dalton continues to have games like the one he did in Week 3 as the season continues.
5. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
This waiver-wire pickup is rather risky, but it has the potential to have a huge payoff.
While there is little doubt that Michael Vick is the starter in Philadelphia, if he continues to play as poorly as he has through three weeks, I can't see how the Eagles can continue with him as the No. 1 quarterback.
With Foles looking spectacular in the preseason, the Eagles could decide to go to the rookie sooner than later. If they do that, he would likely become the waiver-wire pickup of the year.