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1. Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders
With Darren McFadden expected to miss some time, Palmer becomes the catalyst behind the Raiders offense for the foreseeable future.
In Week 9, Palmer attempted 61 passes and threw for four touchdowns. While it is unlikely he'll throw that many times again, you can be certain that Oakland will have no problem relying on Palmer to lead their offense.
His matchup in Week 10 against Baltimore isn't a great one, but with teams like the New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs still on the schedule, Palmer could finish the season very strong.
2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
When Wilson is playing at the top of his game, he can really be something special. Last week, we saw him throw for three touchdowns against a stingy Minnesota Vikings defense, which was rather impressive.
The biggest problem with Wilson this season has been consistently putting up solid numbers week after week. However, in his last four weeks, he's thrown for eight touchdowns and only two interceptions.
As long as he can keep his current streak of outstanding play going, Wilson will be a great pickup this week off the waiver wire.
3. Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers
Smith is coming off a bye last week, so people may have forgotten how badly he picked apart the Arizona Cardinals defense in Week 8. He threw for 232 yards, three touchdowns and only had one incompletion in that game.
What makes Smith a little risky as a pickup this week is his matchups for the next few weeks. He plays the St. Louis Rams twice and the Chicago Bears over the next four weeks.
However, with his schedule being more favorable once the fantasy football playoffs roll around, he is definitely worth picking up this week.
4. Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jagaurs
As crazy as this may sound, this is now the third straight week that Gabbert is a top pickup off the waiver wire.
In his past two games, Gabbert has thrown for 523 yards and three touchdowns. This week will be the last week he is worth risking a start for due to his matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
After this week, it will be back to the free-agent pool for Gabbert.
5. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings
You may be asking yourself how you could possibly start a quarterback that threw for only 63 yards last week. Well, for starters, that quarterback gets the Detroit Lions at home this week.
Ponder has certainly cooled down in recent weeks, but with Percy Harvin, Jerome Simpson and Kyle Rudolph to throw to, he is always capable of having a solid outing in fantasy football.