Week 1 Waiver Wire Hot List
Let’s take a look at 10 players who made an impact in the fantasy world this past weekend…and could make a splash on your squad in the coming weeks:
1. Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Vick put together his best post-prison performance on Sunday against a tough Green Bay defense when he completed 16 of 24 passes for 124 yards and one score in less than four quarters of action. In addition, Vick rushed for 103 yards on 11 carries (hey, that’s another 10 points!). With Kevin Kolb expected to be sidelined this weekend against the Detroit Lions, Vick could begin to make a move for the starting gig in Philly.
2. Steve Breaston, WR, Arizona Cardinals: One of the NFP’s top sleeper candidates entering the 2010 season, Breaston stepped up big against the St. Louis Rams by hauling in seven passes for 132 yards on seven targets. A good showing against Atlanta this week could be enough to move Breaston into the starting lineup.
3. Mark Clayton, WR, St. Louis Rams: One of the big questions entering 2010: Who will be Sam Bradford’s go-to-guy? Answer: So far, it looks to be the newest Ram, Mark Clayton. The veteran wideout hauled in ten passes for 119 yards and was targeted an amazing 16 times. Somebody has to catch the ball in St. Louis this season. Might as well be Clayton.
4. Peyton Hillis, RB, Cleveland Browns: Apparently, Jerome Harrison isn’t good enough to handle the workload in Cleveland because he got the same amount of carries (9) as former Bronco Peyton Hillis. Hillis racked up 65 total yards of offense and one touchdown on 13 touches and was targeted five times out of the backfield by quarterback Jake Delhomme. Look for his role to continue to increase as long as he keeps producing.
5. Washington, D/ST: Under defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, this unit looked outstanding on Sunday night as they blitzed their balls off and hassled quarterback Tony Romo all night. The Cowboys were held to just seven points while the ‘Skins defense tallied a touchdown, sack and forced fumble. This unit has the potential to become an excellent situational start option this season.
6. Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: If he’s available, get this guy on your roster ASAP. Williams is just a rookie, but he stepped up and caught five passes for 30 yards and one touchdown on Sunday in a win over the Cleveland Browns. What’s more impressive is that Williams was targeted a team-high nine times. He’ll have plenty of inconsistent weeks, but the upside is there.
7. Austin Collie, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Collie has plenty of competition for targets and will have some lackluster weeks as a result, but he’s got big-time upside playing with future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. The veteran wideout caught ten passes for 131 yards and one score on 11 targets (2nd on team to Dallas Clark) in Indy’s loss to the Houston Texans.
8. Brandon Jackson, RB, Green Bay Packers: With starting running back Ryan Grant out this week due to a sprained ankle, Jackson will have an opportunity to run wild against a Buffalo defense that ranked 30th in the league last year against the run (156.3 yds/gm) and gave up 132 rushing yards to the Dolphins on Sunday. When Grant returns, Jackson’s role will be very limited. But he’s a great option for Week 2.
9. Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver Broncos: Lloyd has some limitations and it’s unlikely he’ll be a consistent fantasy producer, but he was one of quarterback Kyle Orton’s top receivers on Sunday in Jacksonville. The veteran wideout caught five passes for 117 yards on eight targets, finishing second to Eddie Royal, who was thrown to ten times. This competition is wide open, so Lloyd has some decent upside to consider.
10. Mike Williams, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Somebody has to catch the ball in Seattle now that T.J. Houshmandzadeh is gone, so why shouldn’t it be Williams? The former USC standout caught four passes for 64 yards on six targets (team high) in a 31-6 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Let us be clear that we are still very cautious about Williams’ upside. This guy was out of the league for a reason. However, so far, so good.