Michael Vick finally found his way back onto fantasy football rosters.
Behind Green Bay's Brandon Jackson, who was handed a starting running back job this week because of Ryan Grant's injury, Vick was the most popular name off the waiver wire in fantasy leagues.
How on earth did we get back to Vick being a relevant fantasy football quarterback again?
It all started when Kevin Kolb got concussed last weekend in the season opener against Green Bay. Before that even happened, Kolb did not look all that impressive.
And then Vick came onto the field as the starter, electrifying the crowd and the team. In turn, he became a valuable fantasy football commodity this week as it became more clear that Kolb would not be able to play this weekend. Vick's peach of a matchup -- at Detroit -- certainly helped his fantasy outlook as well.
That leads us to the fantasy football question of the week: If you scored Vick off waivers, which quarterback(s) are you starting him ahead of this weekend?
Injuries of Note
Kevin Kolb [QB, Eagles]
The Eagles won't make any declarations about the status of either player. At best, they could return to practice on Friday. Coach Andy Reid said the players are "making progress" but they will have to pass an evaluation on Friday before returning to the field.
Michael Vick is taking the first-team reps in the meantime and looks like the heavy favorite to start on Sunday against the Lions. No matter what happens, Reid is adamant Vick can't play his way into the starting job.
Michael Vick will almost certainly start on Sunday while Kolb watches from the sidelines. It sounds like Kolb is expected to miss only one week. Then again, Andy Reid said last Sunday that he expected Kolb to play against Detroit.
Steven Jackson [RB, Rams]
"Steven Jackson's right knee was a little bit inflamed, but they took an MRI, he'll be day-to-day," head coach Steve Spagnuolo said during a Monday press conference. "I think he's alright."
Jackson battles injuries every season and plays most games despite his ailments. Still, it is a little concerning that he already is dealing with a knee injury. Kenneth Darby would not be a bad speculative pick-up before the weekend starts if you have the space.
Michael Bush [RB, Raiders]
Bush practiced in full Wednesday, although head coach Tom Cable said his status for Sunday's game versus the St. Louis Rams is undecided.
It is a nice matchup this weekend against St. Louis for the starting running back in Oakland. If Bush comes back this week, however, it would muddy the water a little bit with he and McFadden. Bush was limited in practice on Thursday, which could indicate his status is taking a turn for the worse.
Percy Harvin [WR, Vikings]
Tom Pelissero of 1500espn.com reports that Harvin did not practice on Thursday. It's presently unknown whether Harvin missed due to the hip or another reason.
It does not sound bad on the surface, so Harvin owners can breath easy for now. He did not have a good first week, however, and needs to bounce-back this weekend against Miami.
For up to the minute NFL weather updates, visit NFLWeather.com.
Bills @ Packers: Low 60s, chance of rain showers. Could make for a sloppy track on the unfrozen tundra of Lambeau Field.
Chiefs @ Browns: 70s, chance of rain showers. As if these offenses needed anymore resistance, there could be some wet weather to slow things down.
Saints @ 49ers: Low 60s, chance of rain. The Saints are great indoors, but how will a little bit of weather affect this team?
Start & Sit Reads
- Week 2 start and sit advice: DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart should run wild at home against the Buccaneers. Hard to trust Stewart after a bad week one, but I bet he gets in the endzone at least once this weekend. [Fantasy Football Xtreme]
- If you are having trouble picking a fantasy football expert to trust when it comes to start/sit rankings, keep tabs on who is doing the best on a week-to-week basis. [Fantasy Pros]
- Both of this week's hot waiver wire pickups -- Vick and Jackson -- will be popular starters in fantasy lineups this weekend. But another guy who made a lot of noise in week one, despite missing most of the preseason, was Dallas' rookie receiver Dez Bryant. [Roto Arcade]
- Fantasy owners of Arian Foster know just how bad the Colts' run defense was in week one. Now, without Bob Sanders, the Colts will try to stop the tandem of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. It could be a tall order for a struggling run D. [The Fifth Down]
- If you liked Jay Cutler's week one against Detroit, you should temper your expectations for him this weekend at Dallas. Could be a rough outing. The Bears still turn the ball over way too much to have any faith in that offense on a weekly basis. [ESPN.com]
If you need last-minute start & sit advice, keep your eyes on The Hazean's Facebook page on Sunday morning. We were able to do a little start/sit chat last week and I will try to make some time for that every Sunday, if possible.
Michael Vick @ Lions
Vick has a great matchup which fantasy owners should exploit this Sunday. He can attack the Lions through the air and one the ground, and should be in for a big fantasy afternoon.
Jason Campbell v. Rams
Campbell gets to play his first game in front of the home crowd. His numbers last week against Tennessee were not terrible, so he should have a good outing as a spot starter.
Brandon Jackson v. Bills
You might have had Ryan Grant if you added Jackson this week. He is a must-start for Grant owners as well as anyone else who scored him with a gorgeous matchup at home against Buffalo.
Darren McFadden v. Rams
Another offensive Raider with a good matchup this weekend, especially if Michael Bush does not play.
Steve Smith (NYG) @ Colts
Hakeem Nicks stole all the headlines in week one, but Smith still is Eli Manning's go-to receiver.
Calvin Johnson v. Eagles
Just a reminder to keep Megatron in your lineup even with Shaun Hill at quarterback. He will be targeted early and often in this one.
Vince Young v. Steelers
VY looked good last week ... against Oakland. Now let's see if he can become a consistent fantasy quarterback while playing against a great NFL defense.
Brett Favre v. Dolphins
It is going to be really, really hard for me to start trusting Favre again. Until he starts throwing more touchdown passes and starts looking like the Favre of last year.
Beanie Wells @Falcons
Wells already burned his owners by missing the first weekend. Until he gets fully healthy, it is going to be hard to trust Wells as a fantasy starter.
Rashard Mendenhall @ Titans
Save for the game-winning touchdown in overtime last week, Mendenhall was held mostly in check by the Falcons defense. The Titans are going to focus on stopping the run and making Dennis Dixon beat them.
Dwayne Bowe @ Browns
Bowe is familiar with the dog house in KC, so it should be OK for fantasy owners to put him in there as well after last week's stinker.
DeSean Jackson @ Lions
OK, so you probably should not bench him. But just a warning, Vick and Jackson did not look in sync last weekend. Don't get frustrated if Jackson has another mediocre effort.
For more great fantasy roster advice this week, including a plethora of Start & Sit links and consensus rankings, head over to the Fantasy Football Librarian. Don't forget to grab your library card.