By Mike Cannici
It was a very eventful week 1 around the league. Many offenses looked abysmal with tons of turnovers. Fortunately, there were some players who exploded onto the scene this week such as Arian Foster and his 233 yard 3 touchdown performance to give the Texans their first win against the Colts since DAVID CARR was there QB. Foster obviously should be owned in your league but here’s a few guys that are probably under the radar in your league I suggest you go out and grab.
Kyle Orton DEN(33.8% owned in espn leagues and 51% in cbs leagues)
If you look back at my Start em’ Sit em’, you’ll see I recommended starting Orton. Although he didn’t have as big of a game as I expected, he did throw for 295 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT to go along with 2 rushes for 12 yards. I recommend him as #2QB in 2 QB leagues or in a QB by committee.
Michael Vick PHI (2%espn, 7%cbs)
Vick came on in relief of the concussed Kevin Kolb Sunday and almost brought the Eagles back against the high-powered Packers. He looked like the old Vick again and it appears Kolb probably won’t play this week in a tasty matchup against Detroit. I recommend especially to Kolb owners to get to the wire and get this guy. He’ll be an asset especially because of his legs if he were to start for an extended period of time.
Brandon Jackson GB (1%espn, 17%cbs)
Ryan Grant left late in the second quarter in Sundays win over the eagles to a ankle injury. If he were to miss significant time, Jackson would be the main benefactor. Jackson looked pretty good against a pretty stout eagles run defense, carrying the ball 18 times for 63 yds, as well as 2 catches for 12 yards. Ryan Grant is at least out til week 2 and from what coach McCarthy says and it’s a significant ankle injury he may be out for closer to 4 weeks. He is a must add for all Grant owners especially for week 2, in a favorable matchup against the Bills.
Fred Taylor NE (20.4% espn, 42%cbs)
If you held your fantasy draft earlier in August, Taylor probably wasn’t drafted. However, he is now the starting back in New England and posted some decent numbers Sunday finishing with 14 carries for 71 yards. He is obviously always an injury risk and you can never totally trust coach Belichick to go with same back week in and week out but he is the starter for now and worth a look on your waiver wire.
Javon Ringer TEN (4.1% espn, 23%CBS)
Javon Ringer is a big powerful back who is 1st in line should CJ2K go down with an injury. Ringer had 5 carries for 33 yards and a TD yesterday, despite Chris Johnson’s big day. All Johnson owners should already own him but if not go out and get him now, he’ll instantly be a top 15 back should Johnson go down.
Peyton Hillis CLE (3.7%ESPN, 28%CBS)
Contrary to popular belief, it was Hillis, not Jerome Harrison who got the start yesterday. Harrison finished with 9 rushes for 52 yards and Hillis had 9 carries for 41 yards and a score to go along with 4 catches for 24 yards. Hillis was the more productive back in what appears to be a 50/50 time share. Head out to the wire and grab this guy immediately as he will be the Goal line back and carry close to if not more than 50% of the load.
Eddie Royal DEN (53%ESPN, 62%CBS)
Royal, a receiver who was a bust in ’09, was back in his more comfortable slot position yesterday and produced. The talent is there for the 3rd year receiver out of Virginia Tech and he showed his promise again on Sunday, by grabbing 8 of his 10 targets for 98 yards. If he is still available in your league, especially PPR leagues, make him your top priority heading into week 2 as I see him being a 80-90 catch receiver in 2010.
LEGEDU NAANEE SD (38%ESPN, 23%CBS)
Naanee is a guy I have been touting for weeks now as the “new” go to receiver in San Diego with VJAX holding out. He sure didn’t disappoint me tonight. Although he had just 3 catches for 39 yards nearing the end of the 3rd quarter, he then caught a WIDE open 59 yard touchdown pass. LEG –A-DUE finished with 5 catches for 110yards and a TD. Naanee was targeted 9 times in this game.
Austin Collie IND (78.2% ESPN, 61%CBS)
The most owned of all my week 2 waiver targets, Collie exploded yesterday for 10 catches, 131 yards and a TD. He was targeted 11 times by Peyton Manning, and for those who thought Anthony Gonzalez would be back to regain that slot receiver position, I think Collie put that to rest yesterday. As with Royal, Collie is a must own in PPR leagues and should be almost 95% owned in all leagues by this time next week.
Mark Clayton STL (2.4%ESPN, 5%CBS)
Clayton, considered to be a huge bust since coming into the league, may finally have matured enough and be in the right situation to thrive in St. Louis. He did have a few drops yesterday but overall was extremely productive in that Rams offense. He has a former Oklahoma alum in Sam Bradford as his QB, and was targeted 16 times by him. Clayton finished with 10 catches for 119 yards. I wouldn’t expect him to catch 10 balls and go over 100 yards weekly, but a 5-7 reception, 70 yards a week is a distinct possibility. As your 4th or 5th WR, those are solid numbers.
Jermaine Gresham CIN (14.6% ESPN, 55%CBS)
Gresham, who was the number one TE off the board in this past April’s draft, had a big game yesterday in an offense, who historically doesn’t throw to the Tight End very often. Now, I know that Cincy was down early in this game and had to air it out to have a shot, but Gresham was able to get open several times, and was targeted a total of 10 times, catching 6 of those for 25 yards and a TD. In a league that you start two TE’s or if your starter is subpar, you may want to go out and get this guy, because he has the skills to become an elite TE in this league.
Marcedes Lewis JAC (3% ESPN, 10%CBS)
Lewis is not a guy I’d be targeting unless you were in a two TE league or TD heavy league, but with just 2 targets yesterday, he caught 2 TD passes. Don’t get overly excited about this guy but many have said he looked great in training camp and the Jaguars wanted to get him more involved in the offense. Now 2 targets does not scream more involvement to me but monitor this guy closely.
TONY MOEAKI KC (.1%ESPN, 1%CBS)
This Big Rookie TE(6’3, 252lbs) out of Iowa, is the Chiefs starting TE and had a pretty solid game this week. He has the size, is a good blocker along with having great hands. Moeaki (MO-E-OCKI) has the ability to be a player who can pick up some of the slack future hall of famer Tony Gonzalez left behind. He finished the game against the Chargers with 3 catches, 21 yards and a TD. Gates, Finley, Witten, Clark and Vernon Davis owners should grab this guy at minimum for a bye week filler because he could surprise you.
IDP players to Snatch Up
Pat Chung Safety NE (6.9%espn, 11% cbs)
Chung is a guy, out of University of Oregon who was a tackles machine. The Patriots drafted this guy to someday be there starting Safety and he now has that job due to his strong training camp and outplaying Brandon Meriweather. Chung is a guy that was on my sleeper list for defensive players coming into the season. If he’s still available in your league after the 16 total tackle performance on Sunday, pick this guy up because he is going to be a tackle machine in 2010.
LaRon Landry Safety WAS (25.8%ESPN, 51%CBS)
Landry had a big game against the rival Cowboys Sunday night and he is one of the hardest hitters in the game. He recorded 13 tackles to go along with 4 assists and is just a ball hawk. He’s another guy, along with Chung who doesn’t deserve to be on any waiver wire except for the shallowest of IDP leagues. Grab this guy immediately as well if he is available.
Clay Matthews LB GB (20.2% ESPN, 42% CBS)
Matthews was another guy who was just an absolute beast and the long hair makes him look even scarier. Sunday afternoon against the Eagles, Matthews tallied 7 tackles, 1 Forced fumble and 2 sacks in the win. With AJ Hawk basically no longer a non-factor, Matthews will be in there on every snap and rack up tackles and sprinkle in a few sacks. He makes for a great LB2 or 3 in your league.
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