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Week Two: Waiver Wire Pickups

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Week one of the fantasy football season always has a way of turning half of your logical expectations upside down. While it’s unfortunate to see big time players have bad days it seems that week one is the most common week for top players to fail. All I usually hope for after the first week is that my top fantasy options can remain healthy.

As long as a player is healthy they can get through the madness of the start of the year and usually come out ok in the end. Many fantasy options do, in fact, stay healthy but players like Ryan Grant, Kevin Kolb and Matthew Stafford didn’t have such luck. Take a look below for waiver wire options as we head into the second week of the fantasy football season.

Quarterbacks

Kyle Orton: Once again, we have Kyle Orton on the list as he did have a decent game against the Jaguars and will play the Seahawks this weekend. Since the bye weeks don’t start until October, many fantasy owners won’t need an option like Orton to actually start. Still, just watching what happened to other quarterbacks this weekend, should remind you that any player can go down on one play and be done for the season.

Just look at the classic example of Tom Brady two seasons ago when he was done for the year after playing the Chiefs on opening day. Orton will throw the football, and it was nice to see Brandon Loyd step up and give him another target.

Michael Vick: Kevin Kolb sustained a concussion against the Packers in the first half of the game and Michael Vick led the Eagles back to a chance to win. Vick looked like his old self as he was productive in the passing game but excelled on the ground with over 100 yards rushing. With a game like this the media is going crazy to get Vick back in the starting lineup, but I think the Eagles will use Kolb when healthy.

This weekend Kolb could very well be out as the Eagles would be wise to let him have a week off. This team knows all about concussions after Brian Westbrook a year ago. If Vick should find the field, he would make for a nice start against the Lions.

Running Backs

Darren McFadden: Many fantasy leagues may not have Darren McFadden left on the waiver wire, but it is a good idea to check your league just to findout. McFadden looked good against the Titans has he posted 95 yards on 18 carries and also had 55 yards receiving and a touchdown. With 150 total yards against the Titans, McFadden should make for a fabulous start against the Rams if Michael Bush is out this week.

Even if Bush does play, he is still a risk to re-injure his broken thumb and that means McFadden should see the bulk of the work in the backfield this weekend. It’s only one game, but if McFadden can stay healthy he might just end up with a big year and dust off that draft bust label after all.

Green Bay Packers running back Brandon Jackson (top) is tackled after a gain by the Philadelphia Eagles safety Quintin Mikell during the second quarter of NFL football action in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 12, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)


Brandon Jackson: Ryan Grant suffered a bad (should be a high ankle sprain) sprain to his ankle, and he should probably miss a couple of games because of it. The Packers will probably keep saying that Grant will possibly be back every week but the injury he had didn’t look good. Seeing that he was already in a walking boot after the game should tell you that Brandon Jackson has a chance to get the starting job this week.

This preseason, Coach McCarthy already viewed Jackson as an every down back should something happen to Grant. With Grant down and Jackson posting decent production last week, it is safe to start him if you need a quick fix for week two.

Wide Receivers

Nate Washington: I talked about Nate Washington being the Titans No.1 receiver with Kenny Britt having such a poor showing this preseason. Washington had a solid day against the Raiders as should continue to get looks from Vince Young.

Mark Clayton: I wanted to see Mark Clayton prove that he was worth having on a fantasy football roster before I recommended that you take a look at him. It didn’t take Clayton long to prove that he truly does have fantasy relevance with the Rams as he posted ten receptions and over 100 yards in week one.

Sam Bradford held his own against the Cardinals, and if he stays healthy it looks like he’s already established a liking to the former Ravens’ bust. If you’re in a deep league, Clayton could be a nice stash to use for your bye weeks later.

Mike Williams (Seahawks): Another receiver I talked about for the week one waivers and now Mike Williams has proven to be a top option in the Seahawks passing game. Williams didn’t have a huge game against the 49ers, but he did show that he will be around this season. Williams is worth stashing on your roster and using for a bye week at this point in time.

Tight End

John Carlson: Many fantasy owners balked on taking John Carlson this season with the Seahawks having such a down year in 2009. It also didn’t look like the Seahawks were going to do much this year, but they had a decent game against the 49ers. I still have my doubts about the Seahawks offensive line but for now Carlson wouldn’t be a bad depth stash.

Kicker

Neil Rackers: The Texans awarded Neil Rackers with the starting job as Kris Brown was injured and wasn’t effective last season. In the first game of the year Rackers showed why he is a better fit for this team as he nailed home field goals and from a distance. The Texans will put up a lot of offense this season and Rackers should be a nice weekly starter for your team.

Team Defense

Raiders Defense: A defense can look much better when they play a weak opponent. Early in the season every team thinks they have a chance as their record isn’t bad yet. The Raiders’ defense should be a productive option in the second week as they host the Rams in Oakland. Sam Bradford had a decent game against the Cardinals but the Raiders will do a good job of creating pressure and making plays against the young quarterback.

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NFL fantasy football player rankings writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com

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