Fantasy Football Week 2 Pickups: Replacing Ryan Grant and More Fixes

Bailey BrautiganFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2010

Fantasy Football Week 2 Pickups: Replacing Ryan Grant and More Fixes

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    Fantasy football pickups are a necessity in Week Two after injuries and lack-luster performances from many of our starters. Even if your fantasy team has taken a hit this past week, we still have an entire season ahead of us.

    Ryan Grant is injured. Bernard Berrian did basically nothing.

    Don't worry.

    We have a list of potential pickups for Week Two of this NFL season that will keep you in the game.

    Take a deep breath.

    It's going to be okay.

10. Shaun Hill: QB Detroit Lions

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    Matt Stafford is questionable with a shoulder injury, so Shaun Hill will take his place for the time being. Hill might not have as much talent, but he will be a good pickup until Stafford returns.

9. Tony Scheffler: TE Detroit Lions

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    Staying with the Lions, backup quarterback Shaun Hill hasn't built up the confidence to air out the ball as much as Stafford. This is where Scheffler comes in.

    Expect Hill to target Scheffler quite a bit in the next couple weeks. The Eagles have trouble defending against the short pass, so this tight end will be the best second option for Hill.

8. Mike Williams: WR Seattle Seahawks

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    The Seahawks shocked the NFL on Sunday with their victory over the 49ers, and Matt Hasslebeck proved to be extremely effective in his passing game.

    Williams is new, but we can expect him to only improve throughout the season. Pick him up while you still can, and let him mature a bit before starting him.

7. Brandon Lloyd: WR Denver Broncos

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    The Broncos receiving corps don't necessarily present a certain order of options for Kyle Orton, so Brandon Lloyd could be a great addition to your fantasy team.

    Lloyd had five really pretty catches against the Jags for a total of 117 yards. Taking a chance on Lloyd could pay off big time later in the season.

6. Mark Clayton: WR St. Louis Rams

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    Clayton had 10 catches for over 100 yards against the Cardinals, and Sam Bradford seems to like him. Even if Clayton did little to nothing for the Ravens, give him a shot with the rookie quarterback this year.

5. Derrick Ward: RB Houston Texans

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    We all saw what Arian Foster is capable of with the Texans, but Derrick Ward is a must if you are starting Foster.

    Why? Don't expect other teams in the league to ignore Foster for very long. The Texans will need another option once teams begin to find an answer for the starting running back, and Ward could be it.

    And not to jinx Foster, but what if he gets hurt?

4. Jimmy Clausen: QB Carolina Panthers

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    Clausen hasn't started a game in the NFL, but the Panthers didn't draft him for nothing. Matt Moore wasn't very productive, and he got injured.

    Moore will probably be fine to play in Week Two, but a few more slip-ups, and Clausen could find himself leading the Panthers.

3. Evan Moore: TE Cleveland Browns

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    Don't laugh. I know it's the Browns, but Moore would be an easy pickup for Week Two. He had three catches and 87 yards against the Bucs, and he would be a solid bench player for your team.

    Plus, nobody will fight you for him.

2. Michael Vick: QB Philadelphia Eagles

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    Michael Vick took over for Kevin Kolb after he left the field with a concussion. Vick didn't have to work very hard to improve upon Kolb's mediocre 50 yards passing, but he looked really good at quarterback for the Eagles.

    Pick him up while you still can, and you might have a legitimate starter in Vick.

1. Brandon Jackson: RB Green Bay Packers

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    We know you're freaking out over the loss of Ryan Grant, but Green Bay has more than one running back. There is no definite word on when Grant will be back, but Brandon Jackson is perfectly capable of taking over in the meantime.

    The Packers will take on Buffalo in Week Two, pick up Jackson and start him.