Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/24/12

Yet another week has passed in college football and it was a doozy.  

The Big Ten continues to struggle while the MAC is looking better than ever.  Alabama rolled on while the team right behind them, LSU, had quite a scare from Auburn.  Up in Pullman, Connor Halliday is leading an offense that now resembles the Mike Leach offenses we had grown accustomed to in Lubbock. 

Last week I recommended you pilfer the Wazzu receiving corps and it would have done you well.  Freshman Gabe Marks had his second straight 100-yard game while Isiah Myers caught his fourth touchdown in four games. 

Kolton Browning led the Warhawks to yet another near upset while on the West Coast, David Fales ripped up yet another secondary.  As we venture towards the mid-mark of the season, the pickings on the waiver wire have leaned out a bit but there are still plenty of quality acquisitions to be had.   


Brandon Carter, WR- TCU

After tallying just one catch against Grambling in the season opener, Carter has blown up reeling in 13 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns that last two weeks.  Fellow receiver Josh Boyce mans the outside which leaves the middle of the field open for the lightning quick Carter.  Casey Pachall is passing the ball with ease so Carter is one to secure if available.

Chris Thompson, RB- Florida State

Against Wake Forest, Thompson looked fantastic taking just nine carries for a whopping 197 yards and two scores.  If you were like me and thought that was just a fluke, you likely watched people in your league clamor to pick up the diminutive Seminole only to see him fall flat on his face the next week against Clemson.  Well after the ‘Noles put away the Tigers, it was clear that Thompson is not just a big-play specialist but rather is an integral part of the offense.  Against Clemson, Thompson rushed for 103 yards and two scores while also catching eight passes for another 79 yards.  As the Florida State offense goes, so goes Thompson which makes him a must have in any league.

Donnell Kirkwood, RB- Minnesota

As long as MarQueis Gray is out, Kirkwood will be the main rushing threat and it is clear that head coach Jerry Kill likes to ride his workhorse.  In the last two games combined, Kirkwood has toted the rock 51 times for 209 yards and two touchdowns.  There are worse options for a RB3 out there.

A.J. McCarron, QB- Alabama

Normally I would never suggest you pick up an Alabama signal caller but with the way that the Crimson Tide are steamrolling their competition, McCarron is tossing quite a few scores.  In four games, McCarron has thrown ten touchdowns and is worth a start as a QB2.

Mike Shanahan, WR- Pitt

Much like telling you to pick up an Alabama quarterback, it was hard for me to suggest a Pitt wide receiver past when Jonathan Baldwin roamed Heinz Field.  However, Shanahan has proven to be a reliable target for a vastly improved Tino Sunseri and it is showing on the stat sheet.  Shanahan has not caught less than five passes per game this season and has two straight 100+ yard performances.  The offense is finally clicking and that means Shanahan will see a lot more balls thrown his way. 

Brandin Cooks, WR- Oregon State

At the beginning of the season, everyone’s attention was on Markus Wheaton as the top target for the Beavers and while he has been solid, people are not talking much about Cooks.  The sophomore receiver is leading the team in receiving yards and touchdowns after two games and is averaging over 20 yards per catch.  The offense still has to prove it can consistently move the ball but at this point, Cooks is a great WR3 option. 

Melvin Gordon, RB- Wisconsin

If you recall, Gordon was the star of the spring game and was someone that I highlighted in our Keeper Series earlier this year.  His time was not supposed to come but after Montee Ball left the game against UTEP with a head injury, Gordon was thrust into duty and responded with eight carries for 112 yards and a score.  As long as Ball is out, Gordon is a nice option even with James White stealing carries.  Ball will likely return but Gordon is worth a start or two.

Stefon Diggs, WR- Maryland

Diggs didn’t take long to cash in on all of his potential after hauling in three passes for 113 yards and a score against West Virginia.  Diggs has caught exactly three passes in all of his four games but as he progresses, so does his yards-per-catch.  Add to the equation that his passes are coming from a freshman quarterback and he is doing remarkably well with an incredibly high ceiling.  Get in on him now before it is too late.



Tavarese Maye, WR- Louisiana-Monroe

With the success of the Warhawk offense (and the team as a whole), Maye has become a solid option at receiver.  Despite the level of competition he has faced, Maye has caught 22 passes in just three games for 197 yards and a score.  Those numbers are not amazing but just wait until he reaches conference play.  Maye is a great pick up especially in PPR leagues as the Warhawks should do some major damage against Sun Belt defenses this year.

Brent Leonard, WR- Louisiana-Monroe

If I tell you to pick up Tavarese Maye, I have to tell you to get his counterpart, Brent Leonard.  Leonard is actually the more consistent of the two and has been Kolton Browning’s favorite target for a while now.  He will never put up gaudy YPC numbers but will snag everything thrown his way.  If you are in a PPR league or just a really deep All-124, pick up Leonard and watch him consistently put up numbers.

Josh Schaffer, WR- Western Michigan

At the beginning of the season, Schaffer was supposed to be the deep threat for the Broncos but has battled injuries this season.  After snagging six passes for 104 yards and a score, it looks like Schaffer is almost back to full health.  Jaime Wilson will likely still be the top target for quarterback Alex Carder but Schaffer should be picked up in deeper leagues.

Dareyon Chance, RB- Western Michigan

I like and dislike some things about Dareyon Chance.  I like the fact that he is providing balance to a Western Michigan offense that passes the ball well but hasn’t had a notable rusher in a while.  I also like that Chance has carried the ball 48 times for 210 yards and two touchdowns the last two games.  What I don’t like is that he is only 5’5, 169 pounds.  Regardless, he is getting a heavy workload and should be considered as a flex option in deeper leagues.

Nathan Wenning, QB- Ball State

Wenning has been around Muncie for what seems like forever but the Ball State football team was pretty much a fantasy afterthought since Brady Hoke left.  However, Pete Lembo has resurrected the program and in case you didn’t notice, they knocked off a Big Ten and Big East opponent the past two weeks.  The Cardinals feature a punishing ground game but when Wenning does take to the air, he is completing over 60% of his passes and has five touchdowns in the last two games.  He is not going to carry the torch for your team but is worth a start as a QB2 from time-to-time.

Dominique Blackman, QB- Idaho

Blackman caught my eye after throwing for over 350 yards against a stingy Bowling Green team and again when he was able to draw some blood against LSU.  After his latest, 300+ yard passing performance, I feel confident in recommending the Vandals’ signal caller.  He plays against some pretty weak defenses the rest of the way including New Mexico State, Texas State, and UTSA and should put up big numbers in those outings.  He, like many of the waiver wires options this time of the year, is the kind of guy that you start if the matchup is right.

Matt Austin, WR- Utah State

Utah State doesn’t feature a high-flying passing attack but that does not mean that Austin is not worth picking up.  He is the team’s top receiving option and as the Aggies head into conference play, he should see more production like his 75 yard, one touchdown day against Colorado State.  He is not going to blow anyone away but he is worth a steady 12-15 points.

Adam Muema, RB- San Diego State

My only apprehension with Muema is the presence of Walter Kazee in the backfield.  However, after a monstrous 200+ yard day against San Jose State, Muema is bound to earn more carries.  He is worth a roster spot and should be started if the opponent is right. 


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