College Fantasy Football: Week 2 Waiver Wire

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The USF Bulls DEF/ST highlight the best waiver wire pick-ups of Week Two.

The USF Bulls DEF/ST highlight the best waiver wire pick-ups of Week Two.

-By Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on twitter)

Week 2 of the college football season didn't appear to have a particularly stimulating slate of action, but those are the weekends that sometimes turn out the best. Dramatic finishes from coast-to-coast had college football fans on the edge of their seats all weekend long.

From Tempe to Ames to Ann Arbor to Athens there was high intensity drama in every league. Ideally, the same type of action took place on the fantasy gridiron as well. Two weeks in, there is still much to be learned - and many names to pull off that watchlist and into the starting line-up.

Quarterbacks:

Tyler Hansen, Colorado (474 yards, 3 TD, 26 yards rushing)
There are some tough games left on the slate (Ohio State, Stanford, Oregon to name a few) but a single-game school passing record cannot be ignored. With Colorado State in Week 3, Hansen is a near must-add.

Trent Steelman, Army (21 att., 157 yards, 3 TD, 43 yards passing)
The veteran has started 27 straight games and he exploded against San Diego State. With Northwestern, Ball State, Tulane and Miami, Ohio the next four games on the slate, the Knights signal caller should be a waiver wire steal-man.

Steele Jantz, Iowa State (279 yards, 4 TD, 42 yards rushing)
Precious metals appear to be a theme this week as the No. 6-ranked fantasy quarterback in the nation after two weeks is Steele Jantz. Certainly, overtime padded his stats, but his athletic ability was on full display against a quality defense. The upside may be limited, however, as the schedule gets tough from here on out.

Marshall Lobbestael
, Washington State (361 yards, 5 TD)
Even without starter Jeff Tuel, the Cougars appear to be headed in the right direction. A 59-7 whipping has placed Lobbestael squarely on the fantasy map - especially with star wideout Marquess Wilson to work with.

Keith Price, Washington (315 yards, 4 TD, INT)
This was one of the more surprising scores - at least at the end of the first. Price led the Huskies to a 21-0 lead early and held on for an underrated win. U of W heads to Nebraska next week, so Price isn't a good play until Week Four, but seven touchdowns in two games cannot be ignored.

Just in case you didn't get last week's memo:

Matt Schilz, Bowling Green (258 yards, 5 TD, INT)
Seven touchdowns against only a single interception thus far with a MAC schedule waiting.

Tevin Washington, Georgia Tech (202 yards, 2 TD, 6 yards rushing, 2 TD)
Seven total touchdowns thus far in best Paul Johnson passing attack we've ever seen. Kansas is next (Chandler Harnish anyone?)

Zach Maynard, Cal (243 yards, 4 TD, INT, 1 rec., 27 yards)
Rapport with half-brother Keenan Allen is unmistakable. Presbyterian and Washington next.

Kain Colter, Northwestern (104 yards, 109 yards rushing, 3 TD)
If you own Dan Persa, I sure hope you added Colter last week.

Brett Smith, Wyoming (236 yards, TD, 2 INT, 73 yards rushing, 2 TD)
Some growing pains ahead for freshman, but is the nation's No. 3 fantasy QB.

Running Backs:

Michael Hayes, Houston (76 yards, TD, 5 rec., 32 yards, TD)
That is four touchdowns and 11 receptions in two games. While there is crowded backfield in Houston, Hayes appears to be getting the most touches. Keep an eye on this one but cupcake C-USA schedule looms.

De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon (81 yards, 2 rec., 93 yards, 2 TD)
The Black Mamba has scored in each of his first two games as a collegiate athlete. His big-play ability will force Chip Kelly to keep him on the field - even in non-blowout situations. If you own LaMichael James, he is a no-brain add. If you don't consider his next three: Missouri State, Arizona and Cal.

Jeff Scott, Ole Miss (118 yards, 3 TD, PR TD)
The most explosive looking back for the Rebels got his chance due to injuries to Brandon Bolden and Enrique Davis. With Vandy and Georgia coming up next the schedule is tough, but he should be the bulk carrier until either Bolder or Davis returns.

Carlos Hyde, Ohio State (76 yards, 2 TD, 4 rec., 28 yards)
With suspensions still looming all over the depth chart, Hyde appears to be the go-to back for the Bucks. Hyde has 39 carries in the first two games with Miami and Colorado next on the schedule.

Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (81 yards, 2 TD, 4 rec., 22 yards)
In what was a sloppy affair against quality competition, Bernard scored his third and fourth touchdowns of the season. Virginia, Georgia Tech, East Carolina and Louisville are the Tar Heels next four contest.

James Sims, Kansas (110 yards, 2 TD, 2 rec., 49 yards)
Back-to-back 100-yard games to start the season cannot go overlooked. The schedule has some speed bumps, but is not loaded with potent defenses, so anyone who is considered a feature back must be added.

Frankie Jackson, Arkansas State (101 yards, TD, 2 rec., 16 yards)
Double-digit carries and a touchdown in each of the season's first two games warrant some attention. Maybe more of a watchlist-er.

Just in case you didn't get last week's memo:

Branden Oliver, Buffalo (126 yards, 3 TD, 2 rec., 21 yards)
I am not sure I should even have to tell you to pick this one up.

Anthon Samuel, Bowling Green (122 yards, TD)
Jordan Hopgood is still getting his touches too - and both might be viable options once in MAC play.

Chris Rainey, Florida (119 yards, TD, 3 rec., 43 yards)
Looks like Rainey might be the feature play-maker for Charlie Weis. Jeff Demps got three touches.

Wide Receivers:

Eugene Cooper, Bowling Green (6 rec., 134 yards, 4 TD)
Six touchdowns in two games shows clear connection with Schilz at quarterback.

Paul Richardson, Colorado (11 rec., 284 yards, 2 TD)
That stat line is pretty much self-explanatory. Also scored twice in week one as well.

Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech (8 rec., 211 yards, 2 TD)
Posted 14 touches in the first two games of the year - and 312 yards from scrimmage.

Josh Jarboe, Arkansas State (7 rec., 162 yards, 2 TD)
Forgotten stud recruit has begun to make an impact - has 12 catches in two games.

Aaron Pflugrad, Arizona State (8 rec., 180 yards, 2 TD)
Former Oregon Duck has scored two touchdowns in each of his first two games of the year.

Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech (3 rec., 126 yards, TD)
Won't post big reception totals but proved week one's big plays were no fluke.

Tight Ends:

Jacob Pederson, Wisconsin (6 rec., 80 yards, 2 TD)
Three scores in two weeks from a Wisconsin tight end? No-brainer add.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington (3 rec., 91 yards, TD)
Supreme physical talents with a developing quarterback. Keep an eye on him.

Zach Ertz, Stanford (3 rec., 44 yards, TD)
Back-to-back games with a touchdown to start the season.

Defense/Special Teams:

South Florida Bulls
Two huge games from the Bulls DST and now Florida A&M in Week Three. Duh.

Oregon Ducks
After a pathetic showing in Week One, the Ducks dominated against Nevada. Missouri State in Week Three.

Arkansas Razorbacks
The Hogs have allowed 10 total points this season and get Troy in Week Three.

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<p> Two weeks are in the books and the waiver wire still has plenty to offer fantasy GMs.</p>
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