Last Updated: Sep 10, 2012 1:41 PM
Now that we have two weeks under our belt, we are starting to get a good idea of team’s top receivers, how shared backfields are shaking out, and even some surprise quarterbacks. While teams have yet to dive deep into their conference play, we have enough information to start picking up some draft day afterthoughts. Check these guys out and pick them up to bolster your lineup.
Marcus Sales, WR- Syracuse
Sales looked good against Northwestern but really solidified his presence as the team’s top receiver against USC. With Ryan Nassib throwing him the ball, he is sure to see plenty of deep balls fall into his gloves. Alec Lemon was the top option for the Orange heading into the season but it looks like Sales has not missed a step sitting out the past year.
Damien Williams, RB- Oklahoma
While many expected Dominique Whaley to pick up his touchdown scoring ways from last season, it looks like junior college transfer Damien Williams might be the team’s top rushing option. Granted, the Sooners have not faced much in the way of competition but Williams is sure to see plenty of carries and could wind up being the feature back.
Brett Hundley, QB- UCLA
After a stellar performance against Rice, Hundley piqued some interest but it was too soon for him to be picked up. After putting up a similar stat line against Nebraska, it looks like Hundley is legit. He is incredibly athletic and can hurt a defense with his legs but he has shown the ability to distribute the ball to a variety of players which makes him the epitome of a dual-threat.
George Winn, RB- Cincinnati
After pummeling Pittsburgh, the nation got a clear view of how carries would be split amongst a deep Bearcat backfield. Ralph David Abernathy is the team’s version of Darren Sproles while Winn will garner the bulk of the carries. With the presence of quarterback Munchie Legaux as a runner, Winn could be a bit inconsistent but he also has shown the ability to go deep at any moment. He is worth a roster spot for sure.
Alex Amidon, WR- Boston College
When Amidon had a huge day against Miami people didn’t rush to the waiver wire as the Eagles have not really thrown the ball well since Matt Ryan roamed the campus. After reeling in 16 catches in two weeks, Amidon is sure to fly off the shelves.
Ryan Nassib, QB- Syracuse
Nassib tore apart the Northwestern secondary and nobody seemed to notice. After landing quite a few punches on heavyweight USC, the whole nation knows his name so be sure to snag him early.
Andre Davis, WR- USF
South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels is not the best passer in his conference or his state but when he does take to the air, he will be looking for Davis. Davis has the best blend of size and speed and is worth a spot start from time to time.
Tevin King, RB- Louisiana Tech
King came out of nowhere to rush for over 100 yards and three touchdowns against Houston and immediately put himself on every fantasy radar. The one thing to keep in mind was that it was actually Kenneth Dixon who saw the bulk of the carries for the Bulldogs while King turned his touches into more yards and scores. Either way he is worth a roster spot as he could breakout in Sonny Dykes’ offense.
Dewayne Peace, WR- Houston
Heading into the season, Peace was expected to be the top deep threat option for David Piland but then mysteriously, he was left off the team’s latest depth chart. Well he emerged where it matters most: on the field. Against Louisiana Tech, Peace caught 11 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown so be sure to pick him up if he is available.
Beau Blankenship, RB- Ohio
In my opinion, Blankenship showed his mettle after a workhorse-like effort against Penn State but he solidified his standing as a top running back after rushing for 168 yards and two scores against New Mexico State. The defenses of the MAC are not known for their strength and with Tyler Tettleton joining him in the backfield, no team will be able to isolate one part of the offense
Alex Neutz, WR- Buffalo
Everyone will notice Neutz because of his four-touchdown day against Morgan State but it should be noted that he was able to haul in five passes and a touchdown against Georgia. The Bulls will run the ball a ton with Branden Oliver but when they do pass, it will most certainly be to Neutz.
Terrance Owens, QB- Toledo
We all know how good Owens is but his draft stock has always had an asterisk next to it because of the presence of Austin Dantin stealing snaps. Well for what seems like the first time in forever, Owens took all of the snaps against Wyoming and looked just as good as he always has. He may still lose snaps to Dantin but he is too good to not play especially in multi-QB leagues.
David Oku, RB- Arkansas State
Oku flew under the radar heading into the season mostly because of the presence of Michael Dyer in Jonesboro. When Dyer was denied his waiver to allow him to play immediately, the torch was passed to Oku. He didn’t do anything in the season opener against Oregon but showed that he is the team’s top rushing option against Memphis. A former Tennessee Volunteer, Oku should do plenty of damage in the Sun Belt.
Austin Franklin, WR- New Mexico State
Nobody expected Franklin to repeat his 200+ yard season-opening performance but the fact that he caught five passes for 72 yards and a score against a tough Ohio team, means that he is a legitimate threat. Andrew Manley is an underrated passer and seems to have found his top target so pick him up.
Colby Cameron, QB- Louisiana Tech
Cameron looked great filling in for Nick Isham last season and it only made sense that he would flourish in his second year under Sonny Dykes. And flourish he did against an overwhelmed Houston defense as he threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns. Cameron is a steely veteran who can distribute the ball so expect him to be able to put up points against any defense he faces this year.
Shane Carden, QB- East Carolina
After Rio Johnson’s turnover-heavy show against South Carolina, Carden opened up the quarterback competition. While Johnson may still be the starter next week against Southern Miss you should still pick up Carden just in case. If he winds up stealing the job away, he could be in for a big season.