Waiver-wire news changes fast and furious throughout the week, as injuries and depth-chart shenanigans overtake us. So be sure to follow me on Twitter by clicking on the link next to my headshot at the bottom of the column, and I'll keep you updated as news warrants. Let's get to Week 2's best fantasy roster additions:
Standard ESPN League Finds
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers (owned in 37.0 percent of ESPN leagues): I'm surprised how few folks drafted Benjamin this summer. I was skeptical about his hands and mental mistakes at Florida State, and wondered if he'd be ready to be an NFL contributor right away, but I still ranked him inside my top 50 WRs. If Week 1 is any indication, even that was too low. Benjamin saw eight targets and caught six of them, including a 26-yard TD where he simply outmuscled a defensive back on a jump ball in the end zone. The fact that Benjamin did this in his first NFL contest with Derek Anderson throwing him passes only adds to the feat. Cam Newton will return in Week 2, and Benjamin needs to be owned in every fantasy league on the planet.
Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (29.4 percent): Emmanuel Sanders had a really nice debut for the Denver Broncos. You know who does a terrific Sanders impression in Pittsburgh? Wheaton. An undersized, versatile weapon with great quickness, Wheaton had no trouble getting off the line no matter where he lined up Sunday, and he caught the two hurry-up passes that got the Steelers in position for the game-winning field goal. Antonio Brown is still the top dog in this receiving corps, but Wheaton is going to see a lot of targets. He, too, should be owned in all leagues.
Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens (6.8 percent): The Ray Rice story is bigger than the NFL and certainly fantasy football, but my job here is to look at the Ravens' depth chart. In Week 1, Bernard Pierce technically may have started, but Forsett was involved early and often, and when Pierce fumbled and was benched, Forsett did a nice job as Baltimore's lead back. Now, Forsett turns 28 in October and is undersized (5-foot-8, 197 pounds) to be a featured RB. It seems unlikely to me that Pierce -- who had never fumbled in a regular-season NFL game until Sunday -- will stay in the doghouse for long. He's the guy here who is built (6-foot, 230 pounds) like a feature back. That said, anyone who drafted Rice can take a chance on Forsett in advance of Thursday night's game.
Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1.6 percent): Here we go again! The undersized Rainey (5-8, 212) dominated Tampa's backfield touches after Doug Martin left Sunday's game with a leg injury, and as of this writing it's unclear whether Martin will miss more time. If he does, Rainey figures to be the most valued member of the Bucs' backfield. Realize, however, that Mike James (0.2 percent) is still in town, and in a game where Tampa isn't playing from behind, it's possible James -- who was pretty good last season until he broke a leg -- would be the early-down component in a platoon. Still, the jitterbugging Rainey got on a roll a few times in 2013 and scored seven TDs. He should at least be added by Martin owners.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (19.8 percent): Let's be fair. Two of Hurns' first three catches in Week 1 (which all told went for 101 yards and two TDs) came as a result of horribly botched coverage by the Philadelphia Eagles. After that, Hurns didn't do a lot. But there's something to be said for a receiver who has is open frequently enough to see eight targets, indicating Chad Henne likes throwing to this undrafted rookie. Hurns is tall (6-3) but not big (195 pounds) and doesn't have blazing foot speed, so in this Jags offense, I find it hard to be too excited about him. There's some "Kevin Ogletree 2012" worry here. In fact, I prefer Marqise Lee (8.4 percent), who saw nine targets Sunday. The fact remains, though, that with Cecil Shorts struggling with a tight hamstring, there's potential for someone to be a consistent receiving threat here just through sheer dint of volume.
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers (38.7 percent): I'll admit Gates looked slow in Monday night's late game against the Cardinals. He also had a terrible first-half drop. But those assuming Ladarius Green (10.1 percent) is set to take over as the Chargers' main weapon over the middle are disappointed: Gates had 10 targets Monday night, compared to Green's two. Gates is still a giant human, still has Philip Rivers' trust, and still figures to pick up some red-zone TDs this season. He's not an elite fantasy option anymore, but if you're worried about the health of Jordan Cameron or Jordan Reed, see if Gates is available in your league.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns (6.0 percent): No, as of this writing I have no inside knowledge about whether Gordon's suspension (or the suspensions of Wes Welker and Orlando Scandrick) will be lifted due to a possible change in the NFL's drug policy. But Welker (rightly) is already owned in all leagues, and the same should be said of Gordon, fantasy's No. 1 wideout in '13. Simply put, he's worth a bench spot until the legal wrangling shakes out. He's that good.
Deeper League Finds
Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Ravens (0.3 percent): In addition to Forsett and Pierce, Taliaferro is the other potential option in the Baltimore backfield. The rookie out of Coastal Carolina is a big kid (about Pierce's size) who barely played in Week 1. But if the team is now disenchanted with Pierce because of his fumble Sunday or for other reasons, Taliaferro could get a chance. To be fair, though, a Taliaferro/Forsett time share wouldn't be all that alluring for fantasy. At the moment, consider the rookie mainly as deeper-league fodder.
Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans (7.0 percent): Locker took advantage of a decimated Kansas City Chiefs defense in Week 1, and played well in coach Ken Whisenhunt's conservative passing attack: 22-of-33 for 266 yards and 2 TDs, plus six carries for 14 yards. He still showed shaky pocket awareness at times, and he still takes too many hits, leading to the strong chance that he'll get hurt again at some point this season. But in the meantime, he's better than some of the other middling options you might think about starting in a two-QB league.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns (3.8 percent): As of this writing, the severity of Ben Tate's knee injury was unclear, and certainly whatever value Crowell has in fantasy is tied to Tate. Terrance West (who's owned in most leagues) got more work than Crowell Sunday: 16 carries for 100 yards for West, five carries for 32 yards and two red-zone TDs for Crowell. I thought West looked decent, though he doesn't seem to be a particularly sudden athlete. If he has space, he can get up to speed and make a nice play. Crowell, on the other hand, seemed to surprise the Steelers' defense with his acceleration. We've always known Crowell has great talent; he was a track hero and five-star recruit at Georgia before being expelled as a freshman. But maturity and personality are definitely question marks, which implies that West may stay ahead of Crowell for the time being. Still, deep-leaguers should note that guys with this much raw ability don't often see ownership numbers this low.
Andrew Hawkins, WR, Browns (9.2 percent): You know Baby Hawk's deal by now. He's mostly a slot receiver, and at 5-7 and 180 pounds, he isn't exactly a "jump ball" guy. As a result, his weekly upside is limited because it's so tied to volume. It's not that Hawkins never makes a play down the field -- he made a couple on Sunday -- but rather that he's not much of a breakaway or red-zone threat. However, if you're in a deeper PPR league, Hawkins is a name to know. He can be a steadying influence if the rest of your lineup is hit-and-miss.
Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons (2.8 percent): Douglas isn't quite as small as Hawkins, but he fills the same role in Atlanta's offense: slot weapon. With Julio Jones and Roddy White around, Douglas battles everyone else for table scraps, but when I saw White limp off the field near the end of the first half Sunday, my mind flashed to Douglas potentially as Matt Ryan's No. 2 wideout. (White wound up being OK.) Deep-leaguers can consider rostering Douglas, who could -- in the absence of Tony Gonzalez -- establish deeper PPR value as a player who catches six to eight passes every week.
Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills (1.5 percent): Woods got lost in the shuffle this summer as the Bills drafted Sammy Watkins and traded for Mike Williams. But Sunday, Woods played ahead of Williams in two-WR sets and wound up with four grabs for 78 yards, including perhaps the most athletic catch any man made all day, on a ball so far over his head it seemed uncatchable. It will take more than one solid, game-managing performance from EJ Manuel to earn my trust, but with Watkins potentially battling his rib problems for a while, Woods does have a chance to be involved on a weekly basis.
Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts (7.8 percent): Fantasy owners aren't relying on either Colts' TE yet, and with good reason. For all the two-TE formations the team uses, neither Allen nor Coby Fleener (12.8 percent) has transformed into a consistent performer. My vote for Allen here isn't so much about Week 1 (Fleener out-targeted him 8 to 5, though Allen did score a 41-yard TD late) as it is my assessment of Fleener, who just keeps making mistakes. He gets open a fair amount, but he just seems to drop the ball an awful lot. Allen is the in-line blocker in Indy, but he's also a deceptively fluid player in space. My hope in a deeper league would be that eventually Andrew Luck sees what I see, and transitions to using Allen more.