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Pickups of the Week

Are you in need of some assistance on who to pickup to help bolster your roster?  Here are some players who we think can make a positive impact on your fantasy squad, who are still available in most leagues.

Must Haves
Brandon Jackson (RB) - With Ryan Grant done for the season in Green Bay, Jackson is now the starter in a high powered offense.  Better put in your waiver claim now and hope for the best as he could be a savior for your fantasy team as he takes the field with Aaron Rodgers.
Jackson wasn't very impressive in this one racking up 39 total yards on 12 touches, but he did find the endzone which is always nice.  Look for him to be more productive in the upcoming weeks.

Solid Pickups
Mark Clayton (WR) - After Donnie Avery went down in the preseason, rookie QB Sam Bradford found comfort in his newly acquired teammate Mark Clayton.  Their chemistry showed in week 1 as Bradford threw to Clayton 16 times, connecting for 10 catches and 119 yards.
Clayton didnt touch the ball much against the Raiders but when he did he made things happen.  Clayton finished with 2 catches for 37 yards with 2 TDs.

Peyton Hillis (RB) - Hillis surprisingly got the majority of the touches out of the backfield on Sunday, instead of Jerome Harrison. He rushed 9 times for 41 yards and also had 4 catches for 24 yards and he found the endzone.  He will face a Kansas City run defense who ranked dead last in 2009, but held rookie Ryan Matthews in check in week 1.  70+ total yards and a TD would not surprise me for week 2.
Hillis got his touches against the Chiefs.  He had 8 carries and picked up 35 yards, two more than Jerome Harrison had on 16 carries.  Hillis found the endzone in the 2nd quarter from 1 yard out.  Thats a good sign showing he will get the goalline carries and will punch it in when he has the chance.  He added 26 yards on 3 catches for a total of 61 total yards.

Darren McFadden (RB) - With Michael Bush out, McFadden had all the opportunity in the world to finally shine and he showed his talents on the field.  Rushing 18 times for 95 yards and adding another 55 yards on 6 catches and a score.  It looks like McFadden will have the backfield to himself again this week against the Rams, so look for him to shine and prove why he deserves to start each and every week.
McFadden is making a case for his starting job.  He ran well last week and ran great this week. Against the Rams McFadden had 30 carries for 145 yards and added 2 catches for 8 yards.

Legedu Naanee (WR) - Vincent Jackson is suspended and everyone turned their attention to Malcolm Floyd to break out against the Chiefs, but it was Naanee who came up big, bringing in 5 catches for 110 yards and a 59 yard TD catch.  Look for him to continue to get it done until Jackson is back.
Rivers threw for for 334 yards but Naanee wasn't a big part of it.  Rivers only threw it his way 3 times as Naanee finished with 1 catch for 14 yards.

Good For A Week
Mike Vick (QB) - It doesn't appear Kevin Kolb will see the field Sunday after suffering a concussion against GB.  He also wont be allowed to practice until Friday which also doesn't give much hope for him to start.  Vick looked really good against a strong GB Packers defense as he threw the ball well and also ran for over 100 yards.  Vick will go up against the Lions, who suffered a heart breaking loss to the Bears, but Vick should have a field day and should be in your lineup this Sunday if you don't have one of the top QBs already.
Vick should be considered a must have after today.  He proved he's more than a scrambler.  He finished 21/34 for 284 yards and 2 TDs, and added 40 yards on 4 carries with no turnovers.  After todays game he should have earned himself another start.

Carolina Panthers Defense - Playing at home against the Bucs should be a huge opportunity for you to score big, scooping up the Panthers defense for this week.  The Bucs only managed 17 points against the Browns, were sacked 3 times and had 2 turnovers.  The Panthers picked Eli Manning off 3 times and recovered a fumble while adding a sack and a safety off a blocked punt.
The Panthers defense was anything but impressive against the Bucs today.  They gave up 20 points and failed to force a turnover, and failed to sack the quarterback.