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Michael Vick – QB – Philadelphia Eagles
I know you’re as pissed off as I am about Kevin Kolb’s concussion and I can’t begin to tell you how inconvenient this is going to be to roster both Eagles QBs but we’re out for points this week. Mind you, this is just a pick up for one or maybe two weeks and insurance for Kolb but no more. I really see Kolb getting back on the field soon and he’ll be the QB to have in this offense once he is back. The bottom line does remain that Vick can do some great things while Kolb is out of the lineup and he’s got a terrific match-up coming against a poor Lions’ passing defense that let Matt Forte run wild after the catch on Sunday.Â Vick will get into the open field in this game and expose the Lions secondary with his feet and his arm. Definitely a great spot start and a must-have for Kolb owners…Â as much as I hate to admit it.
Brandon Jackson – RB – Green Bay Packers
Now I’m just as excited as everybody else when it comes to Jackson’s chances with RB Ryan Grant now out for the season but I want you all to calm yourselves down. The rumor mill has been pointing towards Buffalo and Green Bay working out a deal that would send troubled RB Marshawn Lynch to the Packers in exchange for a conditional draft pick. While the prospects of Jackson being an every-down running back are intriguing, the very likely scenario of him being in a committee that includes Marshawn Lynch or another veteran back of his ilk makes this situation a little muddy. I am still going after him in free agency but I must remind folks out there that he might not be the waiver pick to invest your whole free agency budget on. RB3 with great upside here.
Peyton Hillis – RB – Cleveland Browns
Now hear me out, I know this kid is a fullback but he’s actually a very nifty inside runner with decent hands out of the backfield. With Montario Hardesty out for the year most people, myself included, expected James Davis to get more involved in the running game and split up the carries with Jerome Harrison but it appears to be Hillis that the coaching staff favors in short yardage. Hillis was far from impressive, fumbling twice Sunday, but he’s still got the opportunity to run behind one of the better offensive lines in football. He’s definitely worth a roster spot in deep leagues and in TD heavy leagues, as he could be a potential TD-vulture in Cleveland.
Mark Clayton – WR – St Louis Rams
This is a situation to monitor and no, I’m not expecting Mark Clayton to catch 10 passes every game, but the stat that impressed me the most from week 1 was his 16 targets on Sunday. We can safely assume that the Rams will be airing it out playing behind in most games and if Sam Bradford is going to continue to favor him in the passing game, he’s going to produce for you weekly. Both players are former Oklahoma Sooners, although their careers did not overlap, and both showed a good rapport early last week. Clayton has the chance to be a solid WR3/4 and would fit well as a flex play in PPR leagues. It’s also just nice to see this fella potentially get his career back on track.
Mike Thomas – WR – Jacksonville Jaguars
Alright I was frickin wrong! Jarrett Dillard is back on injured reserve and back in my dog house, ending his second season early due to injury. Meanwhile Mike Thomas has made his presence known and secured the job opposite Mike Sims-Walker. Thomas had a terrific performance, catching 6 of his 7 targets, averaging 14.8 yards per clip. He’s always been very explosive but this year seems to be different, with improved route running from last year and a better understanding of the offense. While Thomas isn’t in an ideal situation, being that Jacksonville is a more run-heavy offense, he still has a starting job and Mike Sims-Walker isn’t the ideal picture of health either. Thomas has good flex value right now but it could soar even higher as the season goes on.
Tony Moeaki – TE – Kansas City Chiefs
I already told you about this guy in my FF Rookie Top-50 over at www.RookieDraft.com but he’s been the best tight end on the Chiefs roster since the day he set foot on the field and I don’t see that changing for a long time. The downside about this kid is the laundry list of injuries he has already piled up in his playing career but it simply doesn’t outweigh his excellent hands, great size, and blocking ability. Moeaki is the real deal and if you have issues at Tight End or still have an early bye week for a John Carlson or a Heath Miller(week 5), then Moeaki might come in handy or he might just crack your starting lineup if he keeps scoring touchdowns.
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