Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups, Week 2: Vick's Giving Kolb Nightmares
Week 1 always sends owners into panic mode if their teams don't perform well. You see guys that some people had as breakout performers or sleepers get dropped after a disappointing Week 1.
You have to ask yourself if it's worth dropping a guy you had faith in to draft after the first week of the season. As you might recall, guys like Miles Austin and Sidney Rice didn't have their coming-out parties until midseason.
If you must make a move, whether it's because of an injury or disappointment, then here is my list of guys you should target on the waiver wire.
1. Brandon Jackson RB GB
Ryan Grant sprained his ankle, and the injury could put him out of action for multiple weeks. Enter Brandon Jackson, who will take over as the lead running back in an explosive Green Bay offense.
They also have some tasty matchups coming up: BUF, @CHI, DET, and @WAS. He also had a solid game against a tough Eagles defense: 63 rushing yards on 18 carries and two receptions for 12 yards.
Those are some easy matchups, and he needs to be added in every league, even if you are not a Ryan Grant owner.
2. Mark Clayton WR STL
Clayton always underachieved in Baltimore but is now rookie Sam Bradford's favorite target after just one week. He had a huge Week 1 with 10 catches for 119 yards.
If Clayton can become the Rams' most reliable receiver every week, he will be worth using most weeks. He can at least be a matchups play you can plug in when the matchup is right. Go get Clayton.
3. Mike Thomas WR JAX
Now that defenses put most of their attention on Mike Sims-Walker, Mike Thomas is getting his chance to shine. He had a busy Week 1, grabbing six catches for 89 yards.
If David Garrard can continue to have success through the air, Thomas will be a viable WR3, WR4 or a flex play. It's definitely worth finding out if the Jaguars can continue their solid passing efforts of Week 1, and Thomas has the talent to continue it.
4. Darren McFadden RB OAK
Chances are he was probably drafted on his name alone, but if there's that slight chance he is floating on the wire, he needs to be scooped up. McFadden had a huge Week 1: 95 rushing yards, six recs, 55 yards, one TD.
Even if Michael Bush comes back this week, McFadden will be worth using against the lowly St. Louis Rams defense. Even if he is a bye week fill-in or a matchups play guy, he is worth picking up.
5. Marcedes Lewis TE JAX
Marcedes Lewis was heavily involved in the Jaguars passing attack last week, and he is definitely worth picking up if you are weak at the tight end position or need a bye week replacement.
Lewis was a red zone target of Garrard, as he had two TDs with two catches for 31 yards. Pick him up if you need a tight end.
6. Peyton Hillis RB CLE
The Browns still have no faith in Jerome Harrison. Hillis started the last game and had a decent game: 41 rushing yards, one TD, four recs, 24 yards.
Hillis may end up stealing the majority of the touches in this offense if he can keep up this kind of success. It's worth picking him up to find out.
7. Mike Williams WR SEA
Williams quickly made an impact with his new team with four receptions for 64 yards and barely missed a touchdown.
Williams has become a favorite target of Matt Hasselbeck and will continue to be involved in the offense. Grab Williams and watch him flourish as a Seahawk.
8. Mike Williams WR TB
This is the other Mike Williams, but he is a rookie. The Bucs offense isn't anything special, but Williams looks like Josh Freeman's go-to wide receiver.
Williams is at least worth grabbing as a matchups guy or a bye week fill-in. He had a solid Week 1: five recs, 30 yards, one TD.
9. David Garrard QB JAX
David Garrard is worth picking up as a backup QB or if you are an owner of a shaky QB. He can exploit bad defenses, and with the emergence of Mike Thomas and Marcedes Lewis, he can be a solid backup. Garrard is also durable, so you can count on him staying healthy.
10. Michael Vick QB PHI
If Kevin Kolb is out this week or multiple weeks with his concussion, Michael Vick will be a solid matchups play. He had an outstanding game against a top defense in the Green Bay Packers.
If you are a Kolb owner, Vick is a must-add. He gets to play the pathetic Lions defense this week, and he will shred them if he gets the start. After that, the Jaguars are up next, and if he starts, he will also shred that defense.
Vick might yet have some value this year and will at least give Andy Reid a quarterback controversy.