Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/18/12

Another week in the books for the NFL, and once again there were five players who scored a ton of fantasy points that came out of nowhere.

A lot of us who play fantasy are already scouring the waiver wire in hopes of picking up someone to help their fledgling team.

These five guys are going to stand out due to their Week 2 performances.

But before you go making add drops take a look to see if these guys should really supplant any of your starters or even bench guys.

Top Five Surprises

1. WR Danny Amendola, St. Louis: Week 2 vs. Washington: 15 receptions, 160 yards, 1 touchdown.   Rank 2nd 13 percent owned

It was an amazing day for Amendola. He tied an NFL record with 12 receptions in one half, shared now with Reggie Wayne.

For the second week in a row Amendola led the Rams in receptions, yards, and targets. Against the Redskins, he had a ludicrous 16 targets and ended up with 15 receptions. He also did cough up the football on his first catch, but made up for it with the rest of the day. 

After two weeks it's pretty clear that Amendola is Bradford's favorite target, but this is still an offense that needs to prove they can put up points week in and week out.

Amendola and the Rams will take on the Bears next week, who held Aaron Rogers to 218 yards passing (a down game for him). More importantly they didn't allow any Packers receiver to gain over 100 yards. Jordy Nelson was the closest with six catches for 84 yards.

At this point, Amendola isn't a safe enough bet to be a No. 2 receiver on your fantasy team. However, he may be a good flex option depending on the matchups you have with your other receivers. Scoop up Amendola if you have not done so.

2. TE Dante Rosario, San Diego: Week 2 vs. Tennessee: 4 receptions, 48 yards, 3 touchdowns. Rank 1st .1 percent owned.

Rosario was the benefactor of both Antonio Gates being injured and Randy McMichael not being any sort of a factor. Rosario managed the second most receiving yards on the day and also tied second with most catches.

All three of Rosario's scores came from within the red zone, which was probably frustrating to anyone who was starting Malcom Floyd.

Last week Rosario didn't see any action at all, so it's good to know that if Gates injury lingers, Rivers now knows he has a reliable tight end to throw to.

Keep an eye on Gates to see if he comes back soon, if he does not and you are need of a tight end, go ahead an add Rosario, but only if Gates doesn't come back right away, for it seems Rosario may be a key in the red zone game.

3. QB Sam Bradford, St. Louis: Week 2 vs. Washington: 26/35, 310 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception. Rank 4th 9 percent owned

Danny Amendola accounted for half of Bradford's yards and completions, so his final stat line looks a bit more impressive than what it really is.

The question is, if the Bears are able to take away Amendola and force him to throw to someone else, who is that person going to be? Is Bradford capable of spreading the ball around? Does he have talented enough receivers to do so?

In short, the answer is really no. Steve Smith isn't reliable enough, Lance Kendricks hasn't developed into the threat they thought, and Brandon Gibson isn't that good.

However, it is nice to see Bradford string together two decent games in a row. He has completed over 70 percent of his passes so far, and he has only one interception.

He is going to go against a much tougher defense in the Bears and he has been sacked six times already this season. The Bears sacked Rodgers four times last week, and flushed him out quite a bit. So the pressure will be on.

If Bradford can put together a decent game against the Bears he may be worth taking a look at as a nice backup on your team, but for now chalk up the performance against the Redskins as a magical day for him. 

4. QB Brandon Weeden, Cleveland: Week 2 at. Cincinnati: 26/37, 322 yards, 2 touchdowns Rank 7th       1 percent owned

The biggest night and day turnaround for a quarterback this season so far. In the rookie's first start at home against the Eagles he was 12/35 for 113 yards with zero touchdowns and four interceptions. 

There are a few different scenarios that stem from this performance. One, was the first week just rookie jitters? Secondly, was this just a fluke? Finally, are we going to expect this kind of up and down stuff from Weeden all year? 

It's to early to tell, but Weeden looked way more poised and confident. He was able to spread the ball effectively, hitting eight different receivers, five of which had at least three or more catches.

The Browns host the Bills next week. Before you start adding Weeden to your roster, see what he does against the Bills.

5. WR Donnie Avery, Indianapolis: Week 2 vs. Minnesota: 9 receptions, 111 yards Rank 7th .3 percent owned

Avery was targeted 11 times by Andrew Luck and he came away with a career day. He had three catches for 37 yards last week, so he is developing rapport with Luck. However, Reggie Wayne is still the main receiver on this team. Also Coby Fleener and Austin Collie when he is back from injury are going to receive more targets.

Keep the expectations with Avery reasonable, he had a good game, but there are too many weapons for him to repeat this kind of performance. Plus even with all the yards and catches, he didn't find the end zone. Keep Avery unowned unless he starts piling consistent performances every week.

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