CFB Fantasy: Waiver Wire Report
Ricky Stanzi is worth a pickup if you need a quarterback this week.
By: Steven Lassan | 11/1/10, 12:10 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 9 action.
QB David Ellis, UAB
With David Isabelle sidelined the last two weeks, Ellis has shown he is worth a look on fantasy rosters for the final month of the season. The junior tossed three scores against Southern Miss and is worth a look as a QB2 with matchups against East Carolina, Memphis and Rice remaining.
QB Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
Harnish has been a steady option in 120 formats over the past month, posting at least 23 fantasy points in four out of five matchups. With Toledo, Ball State and Eastern Michigan up next, look for Harnish to post similar numbers in those contests
QB Aaron Murray, Georgia
Despite playing a tough Florida secondary, Murray posted a career-high 313 yards on Saturday. Murray is having an impressive season, throwing for 2,079 yards and 15 scores in his first year as the starter. If you need a quarterback for the next couple of weeks, Murray is worth a look with matchups against Idaho State, Auburn and Georgia Tech.
QB Tommy Rees, Notre Dame
Replacing quarterbacks is never a problem for Brian Kelly. With Dayne Crist sidelined for the remainder of 2010, the controls of the Notre Dame offense have been passed to Rees. The freshman impressed against Tulsa with 334 yards and four scores on 54 attempts. Although the matchups the rest of the way aren’t particularly favorable – Utah, Army and USC – Rees deserves a look in BCS-only leagues.
QB Ricky Stanzi, Iowa
The interception problems of last season for Stanzi are long gone. The senior has developed into one of the nation’s most efficient passers, tossing 19 touchdowns to only two picks. If you need a spot starter for Week 10, Stanzi’s matchup against Indiana should produce around 15 to 20 fantasy points.
QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
Mike Sherman’s switch of Jerrod Johnson to Ryan Tannehill paid dividends against Kansas and certainly showed against Texas Tech. The junior completed 36 of 50 passes for 449 yards and four scores against the Red Raiders, giving him seven touchdown tosses over the last two games. The stretch run isn’t particularly favorable to Texas A&M – Oklahoma, Baylor, Nebraska and Texas – but Tannehill is one of this week’s top adds.
RB Keola Antolin, Arizona
Antolin has been mentioned over the last couple of weeks in this report and continues to earn mention after a solid outing against UCLA. Over the last three weeks, Antolin has 317 yards and five touchdowns and appears to have passed Nic Grigsby for the No. 1 role in the Arizona backfield.
RB Lennon Creer, Louisiana Tech
If Creer is on your waiver wire, he should be one of the top adds in the queue for Week 10. The Tennessee transfer has three straight 100-yard efforts, including 149 yards against Boise State. Expect Creer to approach the century mark in upcoming matchups against Fresno State, New Mexico State and San Jose State.
RB Orleans Darkwa, Tulane
Injuries affected Darkwa earlier this year, but the true freshman is back and has sparked the Tulane rushing attack. Darkwa has 307 yards over the last two weeks and faces favorable matchups against Rice and Marshall in the playoffs.
RB Knile Davis, Arkansas
Davis has clearly emerged as the best running back in the Arkansas stable, rushing for 258 yards and five touchdowns the last two weeks. Although this week’s game against South Carolina isn’t favorable for fantasy owners, take a look at Davis for the opening week of the playoffs against UTEP.
RB Michael Dyer, Auburn
The Auburn offense isn’t just the Cam Newton show. Dyer is an emerging fantasy option, earning back-to-back 100-yard games the last two weeks. With Chattanooga and Georgia up next, look for Dyer to be the featured back and more 100-yard efforts are in his future.
RB Jay Finley, Baylor
The Baylor offense is completely different than the one most Big 12 teams saw last season. With Robert Griffin back under center, Finley has been able to find more running lanes this year, posting three consecutive 100-yard efforts. With Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma up next, Finley is a worth a look as a RB3/flex option in 120 formats.
RB Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M
The Texas A&M backfield took a hit when Christine Michael suffered a broken tibia in Saturday’s win over Texas Tech. Gray picked up the slack with 102 yards and two scores on 16 carries, giving him back-to-back 100-yard efforts. With Michael out for the rest of the season, look for Gray to get 20-25 carries every week.
RB Kendrick Hardy, Southern Miss
Hardy’s struggles with pass protection have limited his playing time, but his recent production will make it difficult to keep him off the field. The redshirt freshman posted 147 yards and two scores in Saturday’s loss to UAB, giving him back-to-back 100-yard efforts. Although Hardy may never get 25-30 touches, he has flex value against Tulane, Houston and Tulsa to close out 2010.
RB Jamie Harper, Clemson
Andre Ellington will be sidelined for the next two weeks due to a toe injury suffered against Boston College. Although the Tigers will work Roderick McDowell into the mix, Harper figures to get the bulk of the carries while Ellington is sidelined.
RB Jared Hassin, Army
Hassin has been the workhorse for Army's option attack, rushing for 100 yards in three consecutive games. If Hassin is on your waiver wire, he's worth a pickup as a RB4 or flex option for the remainder of 2010.
RB Roy Helu, Nebraska
Did Helu take a big step towards earning the bulk of the carries in the Nebraska backfield against Missouri? The senior rushed for 307 yards and three touchdowns against the Tigers for a Nebraska single-game record. Although Helu has frustrated many owners with shared carries, the senior is worth adding to see if he’s clearly the No. 1 against Iowa State this week.
RB Leonard Mason, Colorado State
Throw out Mason’s absence against Utah and the running back has three straight 100-yard games. With San Diego State, BYU and Wyoming the next three games, Mason is a solid add for any owner looking for a flex option.
RB Pat Shed, UAB
Shed posted a season-high 176 yards on 29 carries in Saturday’s win against Southern Miss. Without David Isabelle as UAB’s rushing threat from the quarterback spot, the offense leaned more on Shed. Isabelle’s upcoming return raises questions about Shed’s fantasy value, but he’s worth an add to your roster to see what happens over the next couple of weeks.
RB Ronnie Weaver, UCF
Weaver has emerged as UCF’s workhorse over the last couple of weeks and rushed for a season-high 180 yards in the 49-35 win over East Carolina. Although Latavius Murray may steal a few touches, Weaver has worked his way into RB3 value the rest of the year.
RB Cierre Wood, Notre Dame
With Armando Allen out for the rest of the year, Wood is expected to assume the go-to role in the Notre Dame backfield. Although Notre Dame’s November schedule isn’t great, Wood is at least worth a look if you are hurting for running back depth.
WR Cole Beasley, SMU
Beasley has been a reception machine since early October, catching at least seven passes over the last five games. As long as Beasley is catching seven passes a game, he should be a WR3 in 120 formats.
WR Kevin Bolden, Southern Miss
DeAndre Brown is getting closer to a return, but has Bolden surpassed him as the No. 1 receiver in the Southern Miss offense? The junior college transfer has 18 receptions for 286 yards and two scores over the last two weeks. Keep a close watch on Bolden’s numbers as the playoffs approach.
WR Nick Harwell, Miami, Ohio
Is there a new No. 1 receiver for quarterback Zac Dysert? Armand Robinson was expected to be the go-to option, but Harwell has emerged over the last four weeks, catching 33 passes for 475 yards and three scores. Harwell is worth a look if you are desperate for a receiver, especially with his performance the last four weeks.
WR Denarius Moore, Tennessee
Looking for a spot starter at receiver this week? Moore torched South Carolina for 228 yards and one score and gets a porous Memphis pass defense this week.
WR Juan Nunez, Western Michigan
With Western Michigan’s struggles to run the ball, it’s been up to the passing attack to lead the offense this year. Jordan White is the No. 1 option for quarterback Alex Carder, but Nunez is an effective fantasy option with 56 catches for 635 yards and six touchdowns this year. Look for Nunez to be a solid WR3 the rest of the year.
WR DeMarco Sampson, San Diego State
Sampson has been on a roll the last three weeks, posting at least 100 receiving yards and four catches. Look for the senior to be a WR3 against Colorado State and UNLV, but will struggle to earn fantasy points against TCU and Utah.
TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
Losing Kyle Rudolph was a big blow to the Notre Dame lineup, but Eifert has been a steady playmaker in his absence with at least four receptions in each of the last three games. Even with Tommy Rees taking over under center, expect Eifert to catch three to five passes a game.
TE Cody Sparks, Tulane
Finding a productive tight end has been a difficult task for most fantasy owners this year, but some options have emerged off the waiver wire. If you are looking for a starting tight end, take a look at Sparks. The senior has 23 catches for 226 yards and three touchdowns this year. Although Sparks may not be an elite option, he deserves a look in 120 formats for the upcoming playoff stretch.
QB Kolton Browning, UL Monroe
QB Austyn Carta-Samuels, Wyoming
QB Boo Jackson, Ohio
RB Mustafa Greene, NC State
RB Keith Payne, Virginia
RB Chris Rainey, Florida
RB Kenny Turner, New Mexico State
WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
TE Richard Hall, Akron
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