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Below, you will find AthlonSports.com contributor and CFG writer Mike Bainbridge's five best waiver wire pickups for Week 2. To see the full in-depth article of over 50+ players, make sure to check out CollegeFootballGeek.com.
Matt Davis (QB, SMU)
Despite losing to Baylor by five touchdowns, the SMU offense displayed a ton of potential against a top-5 team. Junior quarterback Matt Davis still has room to grow as a passer but showed off his dynamic ability to get out of the pocket and scramble (115 rushing yards). And you know how we feel about dual-threat quarterbacks... fantasy gold. The surrounding group of talent for Davis has also improved from a year ago, with promising freshman Courtland Sutton and Xavier Jones making waves in their first collegiate action. Once SMU gets into AAC play where teams don’t play a lick of defense, Davis’ numbers will take off.
Kenny Golladay (WR, Northern Illinois)
Golladay’s performance was certainly aided by the injury suffered by fellow receiver Tommylee Lewis, but the former North Dakota transfer is a huge (6-4) target and was getting consistently open in the win over UNLV. Golladay finished with nine receptions for over 200 yards with three catches going for 41 yards or more. If Lewis is out for any amount of time, Golladay’s stock rises considerably moving forward.
C.J. Prosise (RB, Notre Dame)
With Tarean Folston now out for the year, Prosise immediately shoots up the depth chart to the No. 1 spot. After spending much of last year in the slot receiver role, Prosise made a seamless transition to running back during the offseason and was looked upon by many as breakout candidate in college football in 2015. Against a formidable Texas run defense, Prosise looked as if he had been playing running back his entire career, rushing for 98 yards on 20 carries. With two inexperienced freshmen behind him, that puts the onus even more on Prosise to carry the rushing load for the Irish.
Nick Kurtz (WR, BYU)
Meet Mitch Mathews 2.0. All throughout fall camp, there was not one BYU practice report where Kurtz’ name did not show up. That preseason hype proved true against Nebraska, as Kurtz finished with 123 yards receiving and a pair of acrobatic catches that displayed the big-play potential. At 6-foot-5 Kurtz was a highly sought after JUCO transfer in 2014 with offers from the likes of Oregon, LSU and a host of other Power 5 schools, but was unable to contribute due to a lingering foot injury. Now fully healthy, Kurtz will line up across from Mitch Mathews on a consistent basis, giving BYU two high-level talents on the outside.
Marcus Marshall (BB, Georgia Tech)
Patrick Skov will be the primary B-Back in the Georgia Tech offense, but as we saw last year with combination of Synjyn Days and Zach Laskey (328 combined carries in 2014), the Yellow Jackets will frequently rotate two rushers at the position. Marshall, a true freshman, led the team in rushing in the opener with 184 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries, and now leads the country — albeit after just one game against Alcorn State — with a whopping 23 yards per carry average. Those numbers will come down to earth with stiffer competition on the horizon, but what a start for Marshall in his first collegiate game.
— Written by Mike Bainbridge, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Bainbridge is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and current writer for CollegeFootballGeek.com. Make sure to follow him on Twitter @MikeBainbridge2.