CFB Fantasy: Waiver Wire
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By: Steven Lassan | 10/18/10, 1:37 AM EDT
Each week, Athlon takes a look at the top pickups for your fantasy lineup. Here's a look at the top pickups following the Week 7 action.
QB Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State
New coordinator Hugh Freeze has done a good job improving the Arkansas State offense this year, averaging 403 yards and 27 points per game. Aplin is coming off a four-touchdown performance against Indiana and has a favorable stretch for the next three games – FAU, MTSU and Western Kentucky. If Aplin is on the waiver wire in your league, he’s worth a look as a top-25 fantasy quarterback the rest of the season.
QB Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
Consistency has been Harnish’s game the last three weeks, totaling at least 23 fantasy points in every matchup. Although Harnish doesn’t have a lot of upside, games against Central Michigan and Western Michigan the next two weeks should be another steady 20-25 points.
QB Aaron Murray, Georgia
Kentucky’s defense is among the worst in the SEC and was torched by South Carolina’s Stephen Garcia for 382 passing yards. If you need a spot starter for Week 8, Murray is likely a top 20-30 fantasy quarterback.
QB David Piland, Houston
Piland is no Case Keenum, but he isn’t a terrible fantasy option either. The freshman has 583 passing yards and five touchdowns through two starts. SMU and Memphis are up next on the schedule, making Piland a QB2 candidate in 120 leagues.
RB Keola Antolin, Arizona
Antolin was mentioned in last week’s column as a possible spot start and the junior didn’t disappoint with 92 yards and two scores. Antolin has posted more carries than Nic Grigsby the last two weeks and with Washington’s struggles stopping the run, he could be featured prominently on Saturday.
RB Baron Batch, Texas Tech
After he managed only two touchdowns through the first four games, fantasy owners gave up on Batch early this year. However, the senior seems to be getting comfortable with his role in the offense the last two weeks, rushing for at least 83 yards and one score. There’s not a lot of upside, but keep Batch in mind as a flex starter if you need help this Saturday against Colorado.
RB Damien Berry, Miami, Fla.
Berry is quietly having a good October, posting three consecutive 100-yard efforts. With a crowded backfield, Berry will never be an elite fantasy option, but keep him in mind for a flex play each week, especially with a favorable upcoming stretch – North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Georgia Tech.
RB Asher Clark, Air Force
Air Force’s 27-25 loss to San Diego State was costly, with fullback Jared Tew suffering a leg injury that will keep him out for a at least six weeks. With Tew out, expect Clark to be featured more in the rushing attack.
RB Lennon Creer, Louisiana Tech
The Sonny Dykes/Tony Franklin offense finally seems to be settling in for Louisiana Tech. Creer has posted over 100 yards and two touchdowns in the last two contests, and could be a valuable pickup for the playoffs – at New Mexico State and San Jose State. Question marks still remain about this offense, but Creer is working his way into must-start status.
RB Washaun Ealey, Georgia
Are we finally starting to see the Washaun Ealey we expected to see in the preseason? The sophomore rushed for 123 yards against Vanderbilt, pushing his season total to 369. With Caleb King suspended for another week, Ealey looks like a good RB3/flex play in any format.
RB Josh Harris, Wake Forest
Josh Adams was hyped as a potential 1,000-yard rusher in the preseason, but it looks like Harris might be the one to reach that mark. The Demon Deacons have used more of a committee approach at running back, but it’s hard to ignore Harris’ potential after rushing for 241 yards and two scores against Virginia Tech. With Maryland and Boston College up next, Harris is at least worth a stash on your bench.
RB Jared Hassin, Army
The fullback is one of the most important pieces to the option attack, and Hassin has been solid all season for the Black Knights. The sophomore has back-to-back 100-yard efforts and should be a good fantasy option with VMI and Air Force upcoming after a bye this Saturday.
RB Leonard Mason, Colorado State
With Raymond Carter out due to a knee injury, Mason has picked up the slack in the Colorado State rushing attack with back-to-back 100-yard efforts. The Rams have a tough matchup against Utah this Saturday, but if Mason remains the starter, keep an eye on him down the stretch with favorable games against New Mexico, San Diego State, BYU and Wyoming.
RB Keith Payne, Virginia
Payne should be one of this week’s top additions if you need a spot start at running back, with Virginia taking on Eastern Michigan.
RB Robbie Rouse, Fresno State
Rouse was expected to be the go-to back for Fresno State, but injuries have derailed his path to rushing for 1,000 yards. The sophomore has rebounded from the slow start, posting 16 carries for 150 yards and two scores against New Mexico State. With games against San Jose State and Louisiana Tech upcoming, look for Rouse to be solid RB3/flex options for owners in 120 leagues.
RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
Taylor has been on a tear the last three games, rushing for at least 100 yards in every contest. With Washington State up next, expect Taylor to extend that streak to four.
RB Jacquise Terry, Kent State
Eugene Jarvis remains sidelined for Kent State, leaving Terry as the workhorse back for the Golden Flashes. Terry has at least 21 carries over the last three games, but is still searching for his first 100-yard game. However, with matchups against Bowling Green and Ball State upcoming, Terry figures to crack the century mark in one of those games.
RB Adonis Thomas, Toledo
Thomas hasn’t been anything spectacular so far, posting a season high of 94 yards against Wyoming. However, with upcoming games against Ball State and Eastern Michigan, Thomas could easily top 100 yards in both matchups.
RB Ronnie Weaver, UCF
Brynn Harvey is closer to returning, but if he is unable to go against Rice this Saturday, Weaver deserves a look in your fantasy lineup. The junior has two 100-yard efforts in his last three games and has five touchdowns in his last four contests.
WR Jarrett Boykin, Virginia Tech
Need a spot starter at receiver for Week 8? Boykin is the perfect pickup with a matchup against Duke, the ACC’s 10th ranked passing defense.
WR Darius Johnson, SMU
There are enough passes to go around at SMU to have two fantasy options at receiver, and Johnson is the hot pickup after back-to-back weeks of 100 receiving yards. Aldrick Robinson remains the top threat for scores, but Johnson leads the team with 45 catches and is worth a look as a WR3.
WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa
After going without a touchdown the first two weeks of the season, Johnson-Koulianos has been on a tear, catching seven in his last four. The senior had a huge game against Michigan, grabbing four passes for 70 yards and three scores. Although Iowa’s offense isn’t going to throw it around like SMU, if Johnson-Koulianos continues to catch a touchdown every week, he’s worth a look as a WR3 in all formats.
WR Marquess Wilson, Washington State
There have been signs of life from the Washington State offense this year, with Wilson making a big impact as a true freshman. Through seven games, Wilson has 35 receptions for 646 yards and three scores. The Cougars are likely to be playing from behind in most games, which means plenty of passes should be headed in Wilson’s direction.
WR Robert Woods, USC
Woods’ performance against Stanford (12 receptions for 224 yards and three scores) was no fluke. The freshman certainly has the talent, but keeping up with that pace is difficult. However, Woods posted seven catches for 116 yards and two scores against California, giving him 32 receptions for 515 yards and six touchdowns this season. With the Trojans likely to be playing in shootouts the rest of the year, Woods should see five to eight receptions every week.
TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
Is Eifert the next Kyle Rudolph? The early indications are Eifert will be a capable replacement as Notre Dame’s starting tight end after catching four catches for 72 yards and one score against Western Michigan.
TE Vance McDonald, Rice
McDonald was supposed to be a big weapon in the Rice passing attack this season, but he caught only one pass in the opener against Texas and suffered a shoulder injury against North Texas. The sophomore has worked his way back into the lineup the last two weeks, catching nine passes for 70 yards and three scores. With Luke Willson also seeing targets at tight end, McDonald loses some value, but is certainly one to target if you are desperate for tight end help.
QB Nick Fanuzzi, Rice
QB Alex Gillett, Eastern Michigan
QB Jeffrey Godfrey, UCF
QB Rob Henry, Purdue
QB Ross Jenkins, Louisiana Tech
RB Desmond Johnson, Southern Miss
WR Dwight Jones, North Carolina
WR Wes Kemp, Missouri
WR Terrence McCrae, Ohio
WR Justin Veltung, Idaho
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