We started the season with a look at the top available waiver wire pick-ups in standard fantasy football drafts, and now enter the 2010 fantasy football season with our first real look at current in-season gems available on the waiver wire.
With injuries and changing roles, we enter Week 2 with a fresh batch of waiver wire pick-ups, all available in at least 51 percent of standard fantasy football leagues. Using Yahoo! Sports' standard league percentages (and standard scoring and formats), we have located quite a few solid plays for the coming week.
Feast your eyes on the first edition of our Waiver Wire Pick-up column, heading into Week 2.
Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (Available in 70 percent of all standard leagues)
We're not crowning Cassel a fantasy gem after a poor performance (just 60 yards and a touchdown), but we are leaning towards giving him a mulligan. After all, his team pounded the rock quite a bit in a mostly rain-dominated game, and the San Diego pass defense also was on top of its game.
If you lost Kevin Kolb or Matthew Stafford due to injuries going into Week 2, Cassel should be able to get you through the week with a nice matchup against the Cleveland Browns.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (81 percent)
This isn't a tough sell.
He's obviously a better option than Cassel at this point, and he played very well against an active Packers defense, topping 170 passing yards, as well as 100-plus on the ground. Look for a solid performance in a likely start in Week 2 against an improved, albeit still beatable Detroit Lions defense.
Brandon Jackson, RB, Green Bay Packers (76 percent)
Ryan Grant is now reportedly out for the season, thrusting Jackson into a major role with the Packers rush attack.
He put up 60-plus yards on 18 carries in Week 1, and looked fairly solid doing so, and could have a much bigger week against a beatable Buffalo Bills run defense in Week 2. The Packers pass more than they run, but Jackson has solid RB2 value going forward, and should be owned in all league formats.
Peyton Hillis, RB, Cleveland Browns (92 percent)
Hillis coughed-up two fumbles (losing one), but still amassed 60-plus total yards and scored a touchdown from 10 yards out. He'll have to hold on to the ball to continue getting his number called, but first glance says he's comfortably stuck as the No. 2 back, and he should make for a decent Flex play in weeks when he has a solid matchup.
Week 2 against the Chiefs is one of those matchups.
Mark Clayton, WR, St. Louis Rams (82 percent)
Clayton got a ton of targets in Week 1 and ended his day with 10 catches for 119 yards. There's a decent chance he never hits that reception total again in his career, but he's obviously carved himself a nice role in a Rams offense that suddenly likes to pass (or has to?).
Either way, he has WR3 value written all over him.
Mike Thomas, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (93 percent)
Thomas proved to be more reliable than Jacksonville's supposed No. 1, Mike Sims-Walker, as he hauled in six passes for 80-plus yards in week one. The Jaguars are trying to be more balanced on offense, and this type of performance suggest Thomas could be a spot-start from week to week as a WR3.
Todd Heap, TE, Baltimore Ravens (52 percent)
Heap surprised some people with a nice six-catch, 70-plus yard performance in the season opener, and he further proved his reliability as a receiver. He'll have to stay healthy and churn out more performances like this to warrant a spot in your starting lineup, but consider him worthy of being owned, starting now.
Tony Scheffler, TE, Detroit Lions (95 percent)
The loss of Matthew Stafford (shoulder) for any length of time hurts Scheffler's long-term value for 2010, but five receptions in his first game with the team suggests he's a bigger part of the offense than many originally thought.
He could make for a solid TE2 in most leagues, with the potential to breakout on a bigger scale.