CFB Fantasy: Waiver Wire Report

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Larry Smith should shine against Eastern Michigan

Larry Smith should shine against Eastern Michigan

QB Nathan Enderle, Idaho

Enderle is likely owned in a good percentage of fantasy leagues, but if he’s on the wire, give him a look for the next couple of games. The Vandals have a bye week before facing Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, Hawaii and Nevada. Enderle has thrown three touchdowns in back-to-back games and could reach that total in each of the next four games.

 

QB Adam Froman, Louisville

Not many people expected Froman to work his way into fantasy consideration this year, but the senior has been a steady option the last two weeks. Against Oregon State, Froman totaled three scores and 288 passing yards, while throwing for 308 yards and three scores against Arkansas State. With a porous Memphis secondary up next, look for Froman to be a quality spot starter.

 

QB Larry Smith, Vanderbilt

Need another option for a spot start at quarterback? Smith isn’t registering on the radar for owners in 120 leagues most weeks, but with Eastern Michigan on the schedule, look for the junior to hit 20 fantasy points.

 

RB Vick Ballard, Mississippi State

Ballard was a popular spot start last week and didn’t disappoint with 119 yards and three scores against Alcorn State. If Ballard is on the waiver wire in your league, expect another solid outing against a suspect Houston run defense this Saturday.

 

RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon

Need a spot starter at running back? Two words: Washington State.

 

RB Allen Bradford, USC

The USC backfield continues to frustrate fantasy owners, but Bradford may have gained an edge with 223 yards and two scores against Washington. Expect Marc Tyler and Dillon Baxter to see some carries going forward, but Bradford should be the starter for Saturday’s game against Stanford.

 

RB Matt Brown, Temple

With Bernard Pierce’s status uncertain for Saturday’s game against Northern Illinois, fantasy owners should look at Brown for a start. The sophomore gashed Army for 226 yards and four scores last week and should see 20-25 carries if Pierce is unable to go.

 

RB Darren Evans, Virginia Tech

Ryan Williams’ status is unknown for Saturday’s game against Central Michigan. Even if Williams returns to the lineup, look for Evans to get 15-20 carries in a favorable matchup against the Chippewas.

 

RB Ray Graham, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt continues to insist Dion Lewis is his starter. However, the production on the field is clearly in favor of Graham and after his 277 yards against Florida International, this sophomore is a must-add in all leagues. Even if Graham doesn’t start this week, he should see 15-20 carries and should he continue to outperform Lewis, look for a change on the depth chart.

 

RB Daniel Herron, Ohio State

The Ohio State rushing attack is struggling, but Herron appears to have passed Brandon Saine for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. Herron rushed for 95 yards and one score against Illinois and faces a struggling Indiana defense this Saturday.

 

RB Deantre Lewis, Arizona State

Lewis has been one of the most impressive freshman running backs this year, totaling 382 yards and three scores through five games. Lewis also has three consecutive 100-yard performances and faces a Washington defense that ranks 113th nationally against the run.

 

RB Stevan Ridley, LSU

The LSU passing attack continues to sputter, but Ridley has churned out back-to-back 100-yard efforts. Although Florida is a tough matchup this Saturday, Ridley faces McNeese State on October 16 and a favorable playoff run to close out the year – UL Monroe, Ole Miss and Arkansas.

 

RB Derrvin Speight, Utah State

Speight is a risky pickup, but one that could pay dividends this week. Figuring out the carries in the Utah State backfield has been difficult, especially with Michael Smith sidelined the last two weeks due to injury. Keep a close watch on the news coming out of Utah State this week and if Speight is the starter, he could be a top-40 fantasy running back against Louisiana Tech.

 

RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford

Taylor was mentioned as a pickup in last week’s report and is likely going fast after his 113 rushing yards against Oregon. If he’s on your waiver wire, be sure to add him with a favorable upcoming stretch – USC, Washington State and Washington.

 

RB Eric Williams, Ball State

Ball State has struggled to find a consistent passing attack, but a deep backfield is the anchor for the offense. Williams is in a fight for carries with three other backs, but leads the team with 62 rushing attempts and 309 yards. With Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan coming up, Williams should be a solid RB3/RB4 option.

 

WR Kris Burd, Virginia

The Virginia passing attack is nothing special, but Burd has been a consistent find for quarterback Marc Verica. Burd has a touchdown catch in all four games and three 100-yard efforts. If you need an option at receiver in Week 6, Burd should be able to find the endzone once again.

 

WR Theo Riddick, Notre Dame

Although Michael Floyd is having a solid statistical start – 28 receptions, 408 yards and two touchdowns – the junior has been a disappointment for fantasy owners. Hurting Floyd’s value even more has been the improvement of Riddick over the last three games. Riddick has 26 receptions and three scores over the last three contests, likely earning WR3 value for Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh.

 

WR Roy Roundtree, Michigan

Roundtree closed out 2009 on a high note, catching 26 passes in the final three games and appears to have emerged as the go-to guy for quarterback Denard Robinson. Roundtree has back-to-back 100-yard games and if you need a starter for Week 5, take a look at this sophomore receiver with a leaky Michigan State secondary up next.

 

TE Brandon Barden, Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt’s passing attack has shown improvement this season, and Barden has been a favorite target for quarterback Larry Smith. Barden has at least four receptions in three out of the four games and is a top-10 tight end fantasy option against Eastern Michigan this week.

 

TE Collin Franklin, Iowa State

Franklin had a disappointing performance against Northern Iowa in Week 4, catching one pass for nine yards. However, Franklin rebounded with six receptions for 68 yards and one touchdown. As long as Franklin gets 3-5 catches a week, he’s likely a top 12 option at tight end.

 

TE Eric Lair, Minnesota

A new strategy proposal – spot start tight ends. With a lack of elite options this year, owners should be able to play the waiver wire and get a quality pickup each week. Lair is coming off a two-touchdown performance and has a favorable stretch upcoming with Wisconsin and Purdue. 

 

Watchlist Worthy

 

QB Jerry Davis, Buffalo

RB Shaun Draughn, North Carolina

RB Dwayne Priest, Eastern Michigan

RB Jermaine Thomas, Florida State

WR Josh Gordon, Baylor

 

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