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Waiver Wire Watch: Players to Pick Up Week 2

Mario Puig

Mario Puig

Mario sets the direction of RotoWire's college football and NFL draft content, with his other responsibilities primarily resting in those same subjects. He's a fan of Ishmael Butler, James Harrison and David Bowie.

ACC

Kevin Parks, RB, Virginia

Parks came out of nowhere to lead Virginia in all significant rushing categories Saturday, taking 16 carries for 114 yards and three touchdowns. Perry Jones was the expected starter at Virginia, but it looks like Parks should be the favorite from here. He'll probably be a bit limited against defenses tougher than William & Mary, but the upside he demonstrated Saturday is worth gambling on.

Bryn Renner, QB, North Carolina


There are much bigger obstacles than James Madison ahead, but how could anyone not be impressed with Renner's starting debut Saturday? He threw for 277 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while adding another score on the ground, but what jumps out more is that Renner completed all but one of his 23 pass attempts. That's just nuts, no matter the opponent. Renner looks like the real deal, and one could easily argue he should be owned in all formats.

Big East

Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia


Tavon Austin figures to eventually take the lead at receiver for West Virginia, but it was Bailey who made the strongest showing Sunday. He caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in West Virginia's season opener, and he seems like a great bet to finish the year as West Virginia's second-best receiver. He's worth owning in all formats.

Sterling Griffin, WR, South Florida

Griffin is probably only worth owning in deep and Big East-only leagues until South Florida's passing game shows more signs of life, but the talented receiver made a good showing in the season opener nonetheless. He caught eight passes for 75 yards, and he has the big-play ability to do much more than that down the road.

Big Ten

Jake Stoneburner, TE, Ohio State


It might just be a fluke, but Stoneburner should probably be owned in all formats after catching four passes for 50 yards and three touchdowns against Akron on Saturday. There isn't much production to be had at tight end this year, so you could almost definitely find a worse way to use a roster spot.

Edward Wright-Baker, QB, Indiana

He was only modestly successful against Ball State on Saturday, making him worth a spot only in Big Ten-only and deep leagues, but Wright-Baker generally was promising in his starting debut. He completed 62.5 percent of his passes and averaged 8.5 yards per attempt despite taking four sacks, and he might improve with experience.

Big 12

Darrin Moore, WR, Texas Tech


Moore is a must-add in all leagues after catching 12 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown against Texas State on Saturday. The opponent was weak, but the fact that Moore had eight more catches than the second-leading Tech wideout (Alex Torres) means he's probably a big deal in the Texas Tech offense.

Dominique Whaley, RB, Oklahoma

The former walk-on was a surprise hit Saturday, leading Oklahoma in all rushing categories as he stomped Tulsa for 130 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries. Brennan Clay is still a threat to steal carries, but Whaley's strong Week 1 showing means he should probably be owned in all leagues.

Conference-USA

Reggie Bullock, RB, East Carolina


Bullock didn't run well against South Carolina and probably won't fare any better against Virginia Tech, but he's worth stashing in most leagues due to the potential he offers once East Carolina's schedule lightens up. Jonathan Williams was an excellent fantasy option last year, and Bullock appears to have inherited his role.

J.J. McDermott, QB, SMU

After Kyle Padron was shockingly benched against Texas A&M on Sunday, McDermott took over and did fairly well. He completed 21-of-34 passes for 254 yards and a touchdown against Texas A&M's tough-looking defense. He should be added by all Padron owners in case he starts this week.

Independents

Tommy Rees, QB, Notre Dame


Dayne Crist emerged from a heated training camp battle with Rees only to faceplant Saturday, losing the starting role he had just earned by halftime against South Florida. Rees took over the potent Notre Dame offense from that point and wasted no time demonstrating his upside in the offense, completing 24-of-34 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions. As long as he remains starter, Rees probably should be owned in most formats.

MAC

Anthon Samuel, RB, Bowling Green


Samuel deserves to be Bowling Green's starting runner after going for 141 yards and two scores on 22 carries against Idaho on Thursday. He's a must-add in MAC-only leagues and might be worth a gamble in a number of other scenarios, too.

Alex Neutz, WR, Buffalo

If there was any doubt regarding whether Neutz would build on his impressive 2010 freshman season this year, those doubts were conclusively erased Saturday. Neutz caught 10 passes for 108 yards against Pittsburgh, indicating a big season could be ahead with Chazz Anderson at quarterback. He should probably be owned in most leagues.

MWC

Josh Boyce, WR, TCU


Boyce was a mediocre fantasy option last year despite being TCU's top receiver, as the Horned Frogs were too loaded at receiver for him to post especially big numbers. But Boyce was easily TCU's most active receiver against Baylor on Friday, catching nine passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. He's worth owning in most scenarios.

Caleb Herring, QB, UNLV

Herring is probably only worth owning in MWC-only and deep leagues for the time being, but he was generally promising against Wisconsin on Thursday. He threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions while flashing good mobility. Expect his numbers to improve against weaker competition.

Pac-12

John White, RB, Utah


Montana State isn't much of a test, but things are looking promising for White after a 150-yard, one-touchdown showing on 19 carries Saturday. He also caught a five-yard touchdown pass. The junior college transfer has the skills to stay on the field for all three downs, and he has plenty of big-play ability.

Malcolm Agnew, RB, Oregon State

Even if he did it against Sacramento State, there's no disputing the fact that Agnew needs to be owned in all formats after burning up the field to the tune of 223 yards and three touchdowns Saturday. He likely won't have anywhere near as much luck against Wisconsin, but Agnew has emerged as the clear favorite to replace Jacquizz Rodgers and that makes him worth a roster stash.

SEC

Michael Ford, RB, LSU


LSU has no choice but to run it all day with Jarrett Lee at quarterback, and Spencer Ware can't carry the load alone. And after Ford burned Oregon for 94 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, LSU might be wise to give Ford the ball as much as Ware.

Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

Lacy should have already been owned in all SEC-only leagues, but it's looking like he's worth a roster spot in a number of other formats, too. He's been a constant big-play threat during his time at Alabama, and he only needed 11 touches (eight carries, three receptions) to burn Kent State for 130 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown Saturday. He's too good for Alabama to keep him on the bench all game.

Sun Belt

Kedrick Rhodes, RB, Florida International


Rhodes was impressive as a part-time player a year ago, but he surprisingly started Saturday's game against North Texas despite the presence of the more proven Darriet Perry, who was Florida International's top runner last year. As it turned out, Perry still looks like the better player, as he ran for 94 yards and two scores on 15 carries while Rhodes only finished with 75 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Either way, Rhodes is the one who is under the radar, and he might be available in most leagues. He's probably worth owning in the majority of formats, as there seems to be enough room in the FIU offense for both runners.

Logan Kilgore, QB, Middle Tennessee

Purdue isn't exactly a tough opponent, but Kilgore isn't likely to find anything much tougher in the Sun Belt. So the fact that he completed 27-of-45 passes for 330 yards, two touchdowns and an interception Saturday means he should have a productive season ahead, particularly during in-conference play. He's worth adding in a number of formats.

WAC

Chuckie Keeton, QB, Utah State


It's early, but Keeton looked 100 percent like the real deal in his college football debut Saturday. The true freshman was starting on the road against the defending national champions, but he looked entirely unafraid. He completed 21-of-30 passes for 213 yards, adding 30 yards and two scores on the ground. He's certainly a must-own in WAC-only leagues at this point, and he's worth adding in other formats, as well.

Matt Austin, WR, Utah State

Austin is probably only worth owning in deep and WAC-only leagues for the time being, but he could turn out to be a good investment in such scenarios. He was Chuckie Keeton's security blanket against Auburn, showing the ability to be a strong possession wideout as he hauled in six catches for 67 yards.

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