Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/2/13
What a great way to start the college fantasy season! There were lots of exciting games and many unexpected results. With week one in the books, it’s time to take a look at some potential waiver wire pickups. It’s important to note that since it has only been one week some of these players could be one week wonders. You’ll want to jump on some of these players quickly, but others are worth watching in week two before putting them in your starting lineup.BCSBaker Mayfield, QB Texas TechWe knew whoever won the Texas Tech starting quarterback job would immediately become a quality fantasy option. Mayfield, a walk-on true freshman, didn’t disappoint in the season opener against SMU, throwing for over 400 yards and four touchdowns while also running for one touchdown. Mayfield will struggle at times, as most true freshman do, but when the matchups are right he’s a good QB2 option.C.J. Brown, QB MarylandI was shocked when the UMD grad in one of my leagues started Brown, turns out he knew what he was doing as Brown shredded FIU both with his arm and legs. Brown has a lot of weapons and a favorable schedule over the next few weeks with Old Dominion, Connecticut and West Virginia.J.W. Walsh, QB Oklahoma StateWalsh didn’t start the game, but replaced Clint Chelf and performed well enough to be named the starter for week 2. The Cowboys offense didn’t look explosive in week one, only scoring 21 points against Mississippi State. Walsh rushed for over 100 yards and I expect the passing game will bounce back in week 2 against UT- San Antonio.Trey Edmunds, RB Virginia TechIf you look just at the box score, picking up Edmunds seems like a no brainer as he ran for 132 yards against a ferocious Alabama defense. Keep in mind that 77 of those yards came on one touchdown run, so if you subtract that, he ran for 55 yards on 19 carries. Virginia Tech will run the ball and the defenses that they will face will only get easier from here making Edmunds a potentially good option.Tevin Coleman, RB IndianaColeman burst on to the scene in a big week Thursday night with 169 yards and two touchdowns against Indiana State. Yes I do realize the game was against Indiana State, but it looks like Coleman has surpassed Stephen Houston as the Hoosiers top back. Indiana likes a balanced offense and with upcoming games against Navy, Bowling Green and Missouri, Coleman could make a solid RB2/RB3 option. If he continues to perform well he might even become a worthwhile starter once Big Ten play begins.Jonathan Williams, RB ArkansasNew Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema showed that he is going to run the ball early and often. Williams looked good against Louisiana-Lafayette in week one and should continue to get a lot of carries. Freshman running back Alex Collins actually got three more carries than Williams, but for now Williams is still on top of the depth chart and worth considering.Chris Harper, WR CaliforniaHarper emerged as the top target for true freshman quarterback Jared Goff. Goff targeted him early and often and Harper produced with 11 catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns. With a true freshman throwing him the ball, there might be some speed bumps, but overall Harper is a solid WR2/WR3 option.Paul Richardson, WR ColoradoNormally I recommend staying far away from any Colorado player, but Richardson might be an exception. He looked fully recovered from last seasons injury, torching the Colorado State secondary for over 200 yards and two touchdowns. The Buffs have some favorable matchups over the next few weeks making Richardson a good option as he continues to build chemistry with the new starting quarterback.Non-BCSShane Carden, QB East CarolinaCarden is only owned in a little over half of the leagues on Fantrax and this week he showed he should be picked up in a lot more. ECU has a very explosive offense and Carden does a great job throwing the ball around. He does have a couple of tough matchups in September with Virginia Tech and UNC, but once he enters conference play in October the big numbers will pile up.David Oku, RB Arkansas StateOku ran for over 1,000 yards in 2012 and started 2013 with a strong start rushing for two touchdowns and 124 yards against Arkansas Pine-Bluff. This was easy competition for Oku and things get tougher next week against Auburn and former coach Gus Malzahn. While he may struggle against Auburn, the scheduled gets easier for Oku after week 2.Charles Ross, RB RiceRice looked strong against a Texas A&M defense that was depleted by suspensions. Still, Ross is worth a look as his schedule gets a lot easier from here. Keep in mind Rice has a bye in week 2, so you might be able to wait until next week to grab this guy.Jamarcus Nelson, WR UABNelson showed he is the Blazers top receiver this year and looks poised for a breakout season. His production should decrease significantly against LSU, but after that the big numbers should continue.Josh Harper/Isaiah Burse, WR Fresno StateDavante Adams is clearly the top option for quarterback David Carr, but if week one is any indication the Bulldogs are going to throw the ball a ton. Both Harper and Burse had over 10 catches. Burse had over 100 receiving yards while Harper found the end zone twice. Both players are worth watching/adding and at this point it’s too early to tell which one is option two. Regardless, either one seems to make a good WR3 option.
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