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Your fantasy squad may have only put up 50 points. You may have lost by 100. The leading scorer in Week 1 isn't always going to be the guy who wins the league. But try not to overreact after just one weekend of games. And certainly don't overreact after just a bad half of play (don't drop Kevin Kolb just yet).

That doesn't mean you can't pick up that breakout stud or passable fill-in based on what happened after the first week's games. Here are a couple looks at players that are probably on the waiver wire in your league, ones you might want to take a flier on.

Only one backup QB came in and put up solid fantasy numbers:

Michael Vick (16-for-24, 175 yds., 1 TD; 11 rush, 103 yds)

Vick, who played the entire second half after Kolb's concussion, didn't rally the Eagles from a 20-3 deficit; but he did succeed in making Philadelphia sports talk radio unbearable this week.

Vick ran for a ton of yardage but looked good moving around in the pocket and passing, too. All of this came against a Packers pass rush that was getting pressure; it also came against a banged-up secondary. Eagles coach Andy Reid said in the postgame that Kolb is still the starter (if healthy he added on Monday). It's likely Reid will stick to that; but at this point, picking up Vick is necessary insurance for Kolb owners. It might be worth taking a flier on him -- if you have a solid QB but want an upgrade.

Vince Young (13-for-17, 154 yds., 2 TD; 7 rush, 30 yds)

The Titans are clearly going to run the ball, but Young didn't make many mistakes and had a long touchdown to Nate Washington in the first quarter.

David Garrard (16-for-21, 170 yds., 3 TD; 7 rush, 10 yds)

Garrard had the highest passer rating of any QB in Week 1 (138.9). Most owners don't want their fantasy team's quarterback to be David Garrard, but he, like Young, is one of those quarterbacks who will put up low yardage totals but toss a touchdown or three.

The biggest injury on Sunday might have been the Packers' Ryan Grant, who is out for the season after injuring his ankle in the second quarter of Sunday's opener. Unless the Packers make a trade, their new No. 1 is Brandon Jackson, who filled in for Grant after the injury. Go get him.

Jackson didn't have a stellar day, rushing for 63 yards on 18 carries. (Grant had 45 yards on eight carries before departing.) But only fullback John Kuhn (2 carries) got any handoffs after Grant departed. It's not often a starting running back (at least for a few weeks) appears on the market after Week 1; those in need of a runner should grab him immediately.

Fred Taylor (14 rush, 71 yds.; 2 rec., 6 yds)

With Laurence Maroney inactive, the former Jaguar ran for respectable numbers against Cincinnati, despite not finding the end zone. The Patriots traded Maroney to Denver on Tuesday; Taylor is now the clear No. 1. He's not the only option -- three other New England runners got nine total carries to Taylor's 14 -- but he's the top guy for now and worth picking up.

Peyton Hillis (9 rush, 41 yds., 1 TD, 1 fumble; 4 rec., 44 yds)

Hillis actually got the start at running back Sunday, getting the same number of rushing attempts as Jerome Harrison and also finding the end zone. Although Hillis had a costly second-half fumble, the Browns are clearly unwilling to commit to Harrison.

Darren McFadden (18 rush, 95 yds.; 6 rec., 55 yds, 1 TD)

Really? Really. McFadden was the Raiders' leading rusher and receiver in Sunday's trashing at Tennessee, and received high praise from coach Tom Cable afterward. Michael Bush could be back next week, but one has to think McFadden's solid performance could get him more future reps.

LaDainian Tomlinson (11 rush, 62 yds.; 2 rec., 16 yds)

The Jets went with Tomlinson on Monday night after Shonn Greene struggled. If the Jets don't like what they see from Greene in games this year, it looks like they have a backup they trust. Tomlinson is probably taken in your league (if only on name value alone), but he put up decent numbers against a very strong Ravens defense. Grab him if he's available.

Who is Sam Bradford going to throw it to in St. Louis? We have our answer: The newly acquired Mark Clayton (10 catches, 119 yards.) put up fantastic numbers in his Rams debut. He set a career-high in catches after practicing with the team just three times before Sunday. Bradford isn't going to throw the ball 55 times every week, but the rest of the Rams' receivers are young. Bradford may rely on Clayton as the season goes on, especially if chemistry between the two improves.

Austin Collie (10 rec., 131 yds, 1 TD)

The second-year wideout, still available in a shocking number of leagues, was the top receiver for the Colts on Sunday. While most of the yardage came on one play, a 73-yard TD catch late in the fourth quarter, Collie still got a ton of targets from Peyton Manning. Collie also got more looks as the game went on, after Pierre Garcon dropped two passes and fumbled in the red zone. (Incidentally, Anthony Gonzalez suffered another injury on Sunday.)

Eddie Royal (8 rec., 98 yds)

Do you know how many games Royal had with more than eight catches in 2009? One. Do you know how many games he had with more than 98 yards? None (highest total -- 90). Royal was an extremely disappointing fantasy player last year, but the Broncos passing game looked fairly decent against the Jags.

Mike Williams (4 rec., 64 yds)

The Seahawks' leading receiver in their surprise blowout of the 49ers was the former USC standout given a chance by his old coach, Pete Carroll. He's worth a look in deep leagues.

Legedu Naanee (5 rec., 110 yds)

It wasn't clear who would become the Chargers No. 1 receiver with Vincent Jackson out; in Week one it was Naanee who led all wideouts. His 59-yard TD catch came on a Chiefs' blown coverage, but he still put up passable numbers otherwise, especially since the Chargers' offense struggled to score points.

Jacksonville's Marcedes Lewis scored only two touchdowns each of the past three seasons, but nabbed a pair of touchdowns in Week 1. He finished with just the two TD receptions (for 31 yards), but if he's Garrard's favorite red-zone option, he could be in line for a breakout year.

Evan Moore (3 rec., 87 yds)

Moore signed with the Browns late last season, did well in workouts and the final few games and impressed in preseason. He should end up getting more targets than Ben Watson, the Browns' other tight end, as the season progresses.

Rob Gronkowski (1 catch, 1 yard, 1 TD)

Quite a debut! The Patriots rookie definitely made the most of his one reception. He's not getting too much playing time right now. But if he's a goal-line option, and starts getting more reps in the middle of the field, he could come on as the season progresses.

The Seahawks defense simply dominated the 49ers, holding them to six points while recording two sacks and two interceptions. The defense also held Alex Smith to just 57.8 percent (26-for-45) passing. Seattle has an incredibly easy schedule, playing the AFC West and only facing the Saints and Giants as upper-caliber teams.

People held off on Neil Rackers because of his close competition with incumbent Kris Brown in Houston. Too bad. He made four extra points and kicked two field goals Sunday. If the Texans can replicate their production from the Colts game, Rackers could be in line for a ton of fantasy points.


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