Week 2 Sleepers: Plug and Play Michael Vick and Brandon Jackson
No quarterback or running back has a better matchup in Week 2 than popular pickups Vick and Jackson. Let's start with the new Eagles QB.
Michael Vick looked like the Vick of old on Sunday, piling up 103 yards rushing on 11 carries. He was very accurate in the passing game as well, completing 67 percent of his passes for 175 yards and a TD. While the performance was good, it's his next opponent that makes him a must-start on Sunday.
Vick will be up against the Lions, a team Jay Cutler just shredded for a huge fantasy day. The Lions were the worst team in terms of pass defense in 2009, and they haven't gotten much better. Vick should be able to throw for 250 yards and a TD or two while also picking up 70-plus on the ground. That's a recipe for a top-10 QB in Week 2, and I have him ranked below only the elite seven options at the position.
Brandon Jackson is in an even more enviable position heading into his first game as the Packers starter. He was pretty much shut down by the Eagles in Week 1, rushing for 63 yards on 18 carries. While the average doesn't look good, it must be pointed out that the Packers gave Jackson 20 touches (including his two receptions). Throw in the eight carries Grant had, and there's serious potential for Jackson.
John Kuhn is around to steal some looks, and he did score a TD on one of his two carries on Sunday. Against Buffalo, Jackson should be able to score from long distance. The Bills surrendered 127 yards rushing to the Miami pair of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, and Brown also chipped in 20 yards receiving. Now Buffalo middle linebacker Paul Posluszny is expected to miss the game, and the defense will have a replacement-level player right at its heart.
Chalk Jackson up for over 120 yards and multiple TDs. He's a top-10 option this week, and I'm starting him over Jahvid Best in my league.
Now to Peyton Hillis. The big Cleveland back surprisingly received just as many carries as supposed bell-cow back Jerome Harrison, with Hillis winning the reception battle four to one. Hillis also scored a 10-yard TD after a big gain by Harrison. Both running backs look to have value moving forward, and that's especially true against a team like Kansas City at home. Ryan Mathews didn't exactly carve up the Chiefs, but the Chargers fell behind quickly in that game.
Jake Delhomme is questionable to play, so the Browns figure to run the ball even more than usual. Both Harrison and Hills should get 12-plus carries, with the big back likely scoring his second TD of the season. He's a low-end RB2 option (I have him at No. 21).
Missed out on the big-name waiver wire pickups? We have a few more sleepers below for you.
Seneca Wallace, QB, CLE
Speaking of that Delhomme injury, he was in a walking boot on Tuesday and isn't a lock to play in Week 2. That would bring in the dynamic talent Wallace to feast on Kansas City. Philip Rivers threw for nearly 300 yards and added two TDs and no interceptions in his game in Kansas City. With his wheels, Wallace could be a threat for 50 yards rushing on top of 200-250 passing yards. He's unstartable in standard leagues, but two-QB formats will want to give him a spin if he starts.
Mike Bell, RB, PHI
Even though he didn't receive a carry on Sunday, Bell strained his toe and put his Week 2 status in doubt. If he plays, he should see a good-sized role in the offense. Leonard Weaver is lost for the year, leaving LeSean McCoy and Bell as the only rushing threats in Philadelphia. Against Detroit, Bell could see 10-plus carries and have a solid game as a flex option. If he plays, I like him as a top-40 option at running back, making him worth exploring in deep leagues.
Legedu Naanee, WR, SD
Owners spent a much higher pick on Malcom Floyd, but we were tabbing Naanee as a much stronger draft pick, as he could generally be picked up at the end of drafts. Naanee caught five balls for 110 yards and a TD, with the long score coming thanks to a blown coverage. Still, considering Floyd only managed three catches for 48 yards, Naanee should be at least as strong a fantasy option next week against Jacksonville. I like him for another 80 yards and a score.
Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, CLE
Like Naanee, Massaquoi caught a pretty easy touchdown on Sunday en route to a solid fantasy performance. Without the score, he would have had a terrible fantasy day, so it's quite likely he's still flying under the radar in your league. I like Massaquoi's prospects better with Delhomme under center, but he should still have some value with Wallace, if the latter winds up starting. This is a solid pickup for the season, as Massaquoi has the best shot at becoming Cleveland's No. 1 option.
Greg Camarillo, WR, MIN
He didn't show up 'til later in the game, but when he was on the field, Brett Favre locked onto Camarillo. They only hooked up for one completion (a 29-yarder), but with a long week of preparation for Camarillo, he should expect to be much more involved in the game plan on Sunday. With Miami likely to focus on stopping Adrian Peterson, Visanthe Shiancoe and Percy Harvin, Camarillo should have multiple stick-moving receptions and rack up a nice PPR line in Week 2.
Tony Moeaki, TE, KC
The rookie tight end "led" the Chiefs with three catches and 21 yards receiving (both team highs) while catching Matt Cassel's only TD pass. Yes, his QB just went 10-for-22 and threw for 68 yards, and doesn't inspire much confidence in the Chiefs passing game. Even so, Moeaki is clearly on the TE radar and worth an add in deeper, larger leagues. Standard league owners should just keep an eye on him at this point.
Oakland Raiders, TM, OAK
This week's Wheel of Defense lands on the Raiders, who get to face Sam Bradford in his first road game in front of what's always a rowdy crowd. Nnamdi Asomugha should display why he's one of the best corners in the league in this game, and the Rams should have trouble scoring points on the road in a raucous environment. I like Oakland to have a top-10 game at the team defense position, but if you can get the Patriots or Titans off the wire, I'd take them first.