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Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

Michael VickWe are entering Fantasy Football Week 2 and with the fantasy season comes waiver wire pickups. Every season players will find fantasy sleepers that fall onto the waiver wire. The right waiver wire pickup can turn your season around faster than you think.

Rarely will you find a sleeper this early in the season. More often than not you will find a player or two who have a big week and then drop back off into fantasy irrelevance. The key is finding a player that you can use sporadically or regularly for the rest of the fantasy football season. This week’s pickups are rather thin. However there are a few players you could pick up for one or two weeks and make a big splash in your fantasy football league.

Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles – It pains me to write this as an Eagles fan, but he is probably your best available short-term quarterback fix on the waiver wire. If you are having some quarterback issues whether it be injury (Matthew Stafford, Kevin Kolb), underachievers (Matt Schaub, Donovan McNabb, Tony Romo) or just bad matchups this week (Carson Palmer, Dennis Dixon), Michael Vick is a great option for this week.

Kevin Kolb isn’t officially out for this week, but he was sent home on Monday. Concussions are a serious thing and even when Kolb returns, he is only one more hit away from missing half a season. Vick is the kind of a player that teams spend an entire season game planning against. His future opponents haven’t planned for Vick so there is likely great opportunity there. Vick is on the road against the Detroit Lions this week. The Eagles defense will likely get some turnovers and give Vick great field position. I’d take him, plug him in this week, and keep him on your bench for the rest of the season.

Brandon Jackson, Green Bay Packers – Rarely do you have an opportunity to grab a starting running back on a good team off of waivers. The injury to Ryan Grant will keep him sidelined for the season, if not the entire season. As of now, Brandon Jackson doesn’t have a lot of competition for carries. As the season endures, Jackson will become a more integral part of their game plan. Jackson didn’t dazzle in Philadelphia, but he has been rather capable over the last few years whenever he has had his chances.

Green Bay hosts the Buffalo Bills this week. You couldn’t ask for a better matchup for a waiver wire starting running back.

Mark Clayton, St. Louis  Rams– Guess what? Sam Bradford is not that bad. As a matter of a fact, Sam Bradford wasn’t that bad at all. Mark Clayton on less than two weeks with the team caught 10 balls for 119 yards. That is a hell of a debut for a player who barely knew the playbook. Like Jackson, it is rare to find a clear #1 receiver on waivers. I think Mark Clayton is that guy and I think he is a guy you plug in throughout the season.

LaDainian Tomlinson, New York Jets – I have written a few blogs on L.T. and his fantasy football outlook coming into the season. I am fully back on the bandwagon. L.T. looks like he has finally found the burst he has missed for the last two years in San Diego. Tomlinson averaged 5.6 yards a carry on Monday night against one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL. If he can manage 5.6 against the Ravens, imagine what he can do to other teams in the division like Buffalo, New England, and Miami?

The Jets prepared to make Shonn Greene the man this season. Greene was incredibly disappointing in his season debut with two fumbles, dropped passes, and averaged a measly 3.6 yards a carry. Joe McKnight isn’t stealing carries from anyone. I will make a bold prediction and say that by Week 4 L.T. will get a shot at the starting job and either evenly split or get more carries than Greene. Behind that line, Tomlinson has the potential to be a beast. I really like him and if he is available in your league, I’d grab him and stash him.

Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks – I know, I know I am falling into the annual Matt Hasselbeck trap. The story on Matt Hasselbeck the last few fantasy seasons is that he has a few good games, gets hurt, and becomes a wasted roster spot. I know, I have been bit by the Hasselbeck curse. Barring injuries, this could be the year he has promised to have for the last two seasons.

I don’t trust Pete Carroll, and I don’t trust the Seahawks, but there is big potential in teams sleeping on the Seahawks and taking Hasselbeck lightly. When he is on his game, he can be one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. He only had 170 yards, but he did have two touchdowns and a 108.3 QB rating. The Seahawks have one of the easiest schedules in the NFL which makes Matt Hasselbeck a very intriguing waiver wire proposition if he can stay healthy, which is a big if.

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