Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/9/13
Week 2 is in the books and now we have a little clarity about some of those waiver wire gems. Who was a one week stud and who has the potential to go from undrafted to a top performer? Odds are that there are still a lot of great players on your waiver wire, now you just need to grab them before your competition does.BCSSean Mannion, QB Oregon StateMannion looks to have returned to his 2011 form and is putting up big numbers for the Beavers. He and stud wide receiver Brandin Cooks have a great connection. Look for Mannion to continue his success as Oregon State has a very favorable schedule at least until the end of October.Connor Wood QB ColoradoWood is throwing the ball quite a bit for the Buffaloes and so far has had a lot of success. He is averaging 370 passing yards per game and three touchdowns. Look for the big numbers to continue this week against a poor Fresno State defense. Wood is a good QB2 in BCS leagues in week three, but after that, it remains to be seen.Nate Sudfeld, QB IndianaSudfeld is one player to keep an eye on. He has been very productive during the first two weeks, but he isn’t officially the starter for the Hoosiers. In both games he has replaced Tre Roberson and thrived. It seems like just a matter of time until he gets all the snaps and when that happens, he becomes a solid fantasy option in BCS leagues.Tyler Gaffney, RB StanfordIt’s only been one game for the Cardinal, but it appears that Gaffney has emerged as the man to replace Stefan Taylor. Stanford loves to run the ball so Taylor should see plenty of carries in the future.Paul James, RB RutgersI’m still not 100% sold on James as his big performances have come against very weak defenses. With that being said, he looks to be the number one back for Rutgers and the Scarlet Knights want a balanced attack. Rutgers has a very favorable schedule so James doesn’t face many tough defenses throughout the year.Andre Williams, RB Boston CollegeBoston College head coach Steve Addazio relies heavily on his running game and Williams has been carrying the load. He is averaging close to 30 carries a games and has racked up big yardage (~160 per game). Unfortunately he has only found the end zone twice, but with his yardage continuing to pile up he could make for a decent RB3.Jared Abbrederis, WR WisconsinAbbrederis has looked good to start the season. Granted it has been against inferior competition, but regardless it is obvious that he is the Badgers top receiving option. With Wisconsin facing some legit competition in the next few weeks it’s possible Abbrederis production decreases, but I think it’s more likely he remains a solid WR3 in deep leagues.Damian Copeland, WR LouisvilleTeddy Bridgewater is running a Heisman campaign so the Cardinals are going to throw it early and often. While Copeland isn’t the top receiver, he has established himself as a quality number two guy. In both games this season he has found the end zone and that trend should continue as Louisville puts up big numbers offensively all year.Non-BCSKeith Wenning, QB Ball StateWenning and the Cardinals have been lighting up the scoreboard with over 40 points in both of their victories. The points should continue over the new couple weeks with Ball State traveling to North Texas and Eastern Michigan. Wenning has a lot of playmakers around him and is a good QB2 option.Jordan Parker, RB Middle Tennessee StateParker has eclipsed the 100 yard mark in both games this season, with the most recent one coming against a solid UNC defense. He’s averaging 22 carries a game, so it looks like the Blue Raiders will continue to feed him the ball.Steward Butler, RB MarshallAt this point I think that Butler is a sleeper at running back. Everyone knows about Marshall’s passing attack, but Butler has been making noise on the ground despite sharing carries. He’s rushed for over 100 yards in both of Marshall’s first two games. Right now, I think there are too many question marks surrounding Butler to start him, but if you have some flexibility on your bench he is worth grabbing and holding on to for a little bit.Albert Wilson, WR Georgia StateThe Panthers aren’t very good, but Wilson looks to be a hidden fantasy gem. Through two games he has 15 catches for 299 yards and three touchdowns. I’m always a little hesitant about players on really bad teams, but so far Wilson looks like a good option, especially if Georgia State continues to throw it 35+ times per game.Dominic Rufran, WR WyomingRufran has been flying under the radar for the Cowboys, but with the passing game clicking, Rufran is a good fantasy option. He started the year with an 11 catch, 120 yard performance against Nebraska and followed that up by finding the end zone three times against Idaho. Robert Herron looks to still be the number one target, but with the way Wyoming is throwing the ball around, Rufran should still have plenty of opportunities to make plays.
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