Fantasy Alert: Ryan Grant Out, Add Brandon Jackson and Michael Vick
There were many casualties in the Week 1 game between Green Bay and Philadelphia. In fact, starting center Jamaal Jackson and starting fullback Leonard Weaver were both deemed lost for the year, a striking blow to the Eagles' offensive outlook in 2010. But the two losses that mean the most in terms of fantasy football are those of Grant and Kolb.
First the Green Bay running back: ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Packers coach Mike McCarthy deemed Grant to have a "significant ankle injury," and Mortensen seems to believe Grant will be out quite a while. Grant owners will want to hang on to the running back until we get a clear timetable for his recovery, but right now, it's not looking good.
Brandon Jackson is the fantasy pickup and playing-time beneficiary of Grant's injury. We labeled Jackson a must-own for Grant owners in the preseason, and Week 1 proved our instincts correct. Jackson received 18 carries and caught two passes in the game against Philly, and he will probably touch the ball 20 times per game until Grant returns. Considering he already owns the skill set of an NFL feature back, it's hard not to see this promotion going well. I own Jackson in a deep league where I have Rashard Mendenhall and Jahvid Best, and I'm trying to figure which one will be benched in favor of Jackson for his Week 2 tasty matchup with the Bills.
Kolb suffered a concussion in the first half of the Eagles-Packers game, and exited the contest having completed five of ten passes for 24 yards and what was likely a negative fantasy performance in most leagues. His owners will have to pray they land Michael Vick on the wire this week. The Eagles face the Lions, the team that was by far the worst against fantasy quarterbacks last season. Oh, and they just let Jay Cutler light them up like a Christmas tree.
I'm a Kolb owner in a league, and I'm putting in a big bid to add Vick this week. He should perform like a QB1 in fantasy leagues, and is a much better options than those probably facing Kolb owners, like Chad Henne, Vince Young and Alex Smith.