Posted: Monday September 20, 2010 3:07PM ; Updated: Monday September 20, 2010 3:08PM
Dan McQuade
Dan McQuade>FANTASY FOOTBALL WAIVER WIRE

Vick a good pick to stash away

Story Highlights

Michael Vick worth waiver-wire gamble if Kevin Kolb returns to start for Eagles

Kyle Orton has thrown a TD pass in eight straight games, dating to last season

New addition Mark Clayton has emerged as top red-zone target for Sam Bradford

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Michael Vick's 284-yard, two-TD day vs. the Lions could mean a quick hook for Kevin Kolb if he struggles upon his return.
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What to do with Michael Vick?

That's the big question this week, and not just for Andy Reid. Vick put up excellent fantasy numbers -- 284 yards passing, 40 yards rushing, two touchdowns -- filling in for the injured Kevin Kolb. Reid says Kolb is the starter and Vick will return to spot duty next week; don't believe him if you want, but there is a chance Kolb seizes the starter's job next week and doesn't relinquish it.

If that's the case, Vick's fantasy value drops to almost zero, since he won't have enough reps to reliably put up good fantasy numbers. Keeping him on your roster is essentially gambling that Vick will replace Kolb in some way before the end of the season.

It's a good gamble to make for now; Vick's potential value is high enough that you can afford to waste a roster spot on him for at least a couple of weeks. If someone drops him in one of your leagues, don't be afraid to snatch him up.

Let's catch up on the latest potential targets in Week 3 ...

Quarterback

The Broncos lost in Week 1, but Kyle Orton still put up just under 300 yards (and threw a touchdown) in Week 1. In Denver's Week 2 rout, Orton (25-for-35) tossed for 307 yards and a pair of scores. That's back-to-back better-than-average performances for a guy who's generally available about half of fantasy leagues.

Going back to last season, Orton has now thrown for at least one touchdown in eight straight games. He's put up 250 yards five times in that stretch. He's never thrown for more than three scores in a game but he's a serviceable backup or No. 2 quarterback.

Josh Freeman (12-for-24, 178 yards, 2 TD; 4 rushes, 43 yards): Freeman's completion percentage was awful but he threw a pair of touchdowns for the second consecutive game. He's a second quarterback in deeper leagues.

Running back

Jason Snelling rushed for 129 yards on 24 carries and a pair of scores yesterday for the Falcons after injuries took Michael Turner (groin) and Jerious Norwood (knee) out of the game. He also caught five passes for 57 yards and another score. This isn't a repeat of Ryan Grant's Week 1 injury; Turner (75 yards on nine carries Sunday) could have returned to the game if the game were close.

Still, take a look at Snelling if you have an open spot on your bench. The fourth-year pro put up solid fantasy numbers when given carries last year, including 147 yards in the season finale. Turner's not going to lose his job, but if he wears down during the season, Snelling could be a great guy to have on the bench for emergency situations as the season goes on.

Donald Brown (16 carries, 69 yards, 1 TD; 1 catch, 19 yards): The Colts won, ahem, Manning Bowl II partially by running the ball extensively; Brown put up a good performance after not even getting a carry in Week 1. Joseph Addai (20 carries, 92 yards) still got the bulk of the work for the Colts, but Brown is another guy you might want to pick up now if you can and stash for later in the season.

Mike Tolbert (16 carries, 82 yards, 2 TD; 1 catch, 13 yards): Tolbert, not Darren Sproles, got the bulk of the workload after Chargers rookie Ryan Mathews left with an ankle injury. Mathews' injury isn't significant, but it's a sign Tolbert will get the work if Matthews isn't able to go again for any reason.

Marshawn Lynch (17 carries, 64 yards): All you can do here is pick him up and hope he gets traded out of Buffalo. He's not worth anything currently, but he could be in Green Bay, every sports columnist's favorite proposed trade so far this season.

Wide receiver

Mark Clayton, traded from Baltimore to St. Louis just before the season, is still available in about half the leagues out there. After catching 10 passes for 119 yards in his debut with the Rams last week, he caught just two in Week 1, but both for TDs.

He's the clear No. 1 option in the red zone for Sam Bradford and should put up decent numbers with the Rams' relatively easy schedule. With a rookie QB the Rams aren't going to put up a ton of passing yards but most of them look to go to Clayton.

Demaryius Thomas (8 catches, 97 yards, 1 TD): The first-round pick out of Georgia Tech missed the entire preseason and Week 1, but looked fantastic in his first professional action as Kyle Orton's favorite target. In a crowded Denver wide receiving corps, Thomas has the most potential. Stash him on your bench for a week or two and see what he does if you can.

Kevin Walter (11 catches, 144 yards, 1 TD): Walter looks to be the No. 2 option in Houston, especially with tight end Owen Daniels receiving fewer targets coming off ACL surgery. He only caught two balls in Week 1 but did score a touchdown; there are worse third-wide receiver options.

Tight end

Tom Brady targeted the speedy rookie Aaron Hernandez six times; the fourth-round tight end caught all six for 101 yards after catching a single 45-yard pass in the opener. He caught a 46-yarder on a similar play this week. It looks like the Patriots are going to use Hernandez down the field, making him another in a growing list of tight ends who can put up big days.

Marcedes Lewis (5 catches, 70 yards): After scoring a pair of TDs on two receptions in the opener, Lewis was targeted throughout the Jaguars' loss to Denver on Sunday. He's available in most leagues and is serviceable if you're in need of a tight end.

Defense

Among the top fantasy defenses after two weeks are the Miami Dolphins, who have allowed just 20 points and forced Brett Favre into four turnovers yesterday. If the Miami defense (available in around half of leagues) continues to force turnovers, it will be a fantasy force this season.

Kicker

Neil Rackers is still available in about 60 percent of leagues and continues to put up good numbers with the Houston offense behind him. Cincinnati's Mike Nugent isn't owned by almost any fantasy owner, but kicked five field goals yesterday; the Bengals offense should be good enough to make him a passable fantasy kicker.

 
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