2010 NFL Fantasy Football: Weekly Waiver Wire (Week 2)
After only one week of play, we have already seen several key fantasy players go down with injuries. The Packers have lost running back Ryan Grant to an ankle injury, Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb sustained a concussion, and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks with an injured right shoulder. Whether you have any of these players on your team, or if some major holes in your roster became evident after week one, you may want to look at a few of these guys who should be available on your league’s waiver wire.
Brandon Jackson, RB, GB – With Ryan Grant now out for the remainder of the season, look for Brandon Jackson to become the workhorse back that carries the load for the Green Bay Packers. Coach Mike McCarthy has said that he feels Jackson is capable of being a three-down-back and now the fourth-year man will have the opportunity to prove himself. Expect him to be a solid addition to any team as he will be the go-to running back in what is one of the league’s best offenses.
Michael Vick, QB, PHI – Andy Reid has stated that he will go back to Kevin Kolb if he is okay to play, but after failing his first concussion test, it does not appear as though Kolb will be on the field this upcoming weekend. That means Michael Vick may have another opportunity to prove that he still has a little something left in the tank. And if he produces once again in week 2 against the Lions, it will be tough for Reid not to stick with Vick as his full-time starter.
Mike Williams, WR, SEA – The name Mike Williams was being whispered around in the preseason as a potential sleeper pick in drafts, but most of the time it was Tampa Bay’s Mike Williams that was being referred to. However, that could change after week one, as it was Seattle’s Mike Williams that was the more impressive of the two with 64 yards and a touchdown (although Tampa’s Williams did record 30 yards and a touchdown). He was the most targeted receiver on Seattle with six passes being thrown his way. If he continues to top Matt Hasselbeck’s priority list, he should continue to produce some decent fantasy numbers.
Peyton Hillis, RB, CLE – When rookie Montario Hardesty went down with a season-ending injury, many thought that Jerome Harrison would be the one carrying the bulk of the rushing duties, but that was not the case in the Browns opening game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hillis and Harrison both carried the ball nine times, and although Harrison did end up with 11 more yards, Hillis was the one who scored the touchdown and also added four receptions. Hillis also fumbled the ball twice (losing one), but Mangini likes his tough running style. If he can hang onto the ball, it may not be long before he is the go-to guy in Cleveland.
Mark Clayton, WR, STL – Clayton had only three practices to prepare for his first game with Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, but he still managed to record 10 receptions for 119 yards and was targeted an impressive 16 times by the rookie. That bodes well for Clayton, who should continue to see plenty of targets as long as he is starting for a Rams team that will be playing from behind more often than not.