A look at the top pickups following Week 6 action -
QB Nick Foles, Arizona
Looking for a spot start at quarterback? With Washington State up next, Foles is a perfect bye week replacement.
QB Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
Harnish isn’t flashy, but has been a steady producer since the second week of the season. The junior has back-to-back games of at least 23 fantasy points and faces a favorable upcoming stretch – Buffalo, Central Michigan and Western Michigan. If you need quarterback help, Harnish is one to grab.
QB Aaron Murray, Georgia
Lost in Georgia’s sluggish start has been Murray’s solid play. The redshirt freshman entered the season as a question mark, but looks like a building block for the Georgia offense. Murray has seven scores in his last two games and faces two relatively favorable matchups over the next two weeks – Vanderbilt and Kentucky. Keep Murray in mind if you need a quarterback in a deep 120 or BCS-only league.
QB David Piland, Houston
The Houston offense hasn’t been the same since losing Case Keenum, but Piland provided some hope in his first start against Mississippi State. The freshman threw for 301 yards and two scores, earning just under 20 fantasy points in a standard scoring league. With Rice, SMU and Memphis upcoming, Piland is an intriguing upside pick for owners in 120 leagues.
QB Ryan Radcliff, Central Michigan
Radcliff may not be Dan LeFevour, but he is proving to be a solid fantasy option in 120 formats. Radcliff has at least 18 fantasy points in every game but one this year and should equal that mark against Miami, Ohio this Saturday.
QB Corey Robinson, Troy
If Robinson is on the waiver wire in your league, this might be your last opportunity to pick him up. The redshirt freshman is coming off a big performance against MTSU, throwing for 259 yards and three scores. With UL Lafayette, UL Monroe and North Texas upcoming, Robinson could easily hit 300 yards in each of those games.
QB Adam Weber, Minnesota
Don't overlook Weber if you are desperate for a starter at quarterback for Week 7. Sure, Minnesota is 1-5, but Weber hasn’t been the problem. The senior has at least two passing scores in each of the last five games and faces a suspect Purdue secondary this week. Don’t expect monster numbers, but Weber looks like a safe pick for 20 fantasy points.
RB Anthony Allen, Georgia Tech
Big things were expected of Allen in 2010, but he’s been a disappointment for the most part. However, there were signs of life against Virginia, with Allen rushing for 195 yards and three scores. If an owner gave up on Allen in your league, pick him up and hope the production from Week 6 continues.
RB Damien Berry, Miami, Fla.
Miami boasts a bevy of talented backs in the stable, but Berry has started to put some distance on the rest of the rushers. The senior has at least 20 carries in each of the last three games and double-digit fantasy points in every contest this year. Duke, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland is a favorable four-game stretch for Miami and even though there’s not a lot of upside with Berry, he’s worth a look as a flex option.
RB Lennon Creer, Louisiana Tech
With a sputtering passing attack, the Bulldogs are starting to lean a little more on Creer. The Tennessee transfer rushed for 120 yards and two scores against Utah State and has a favorable matchup against Idaho this Saturday. There’s certainly some question marks about whether Creer can continue that production in this offense, but he’s at least worth a stash in 120 leagues.
RB Daniel Herron, Ohio State
It’s pretty clear Herron has passed Brandon Saine on the depth chart, and the Buckeye back is worth a roster spot in all formats. Herron has yet to top 100 yards, but has at least 16 fantasy points in five out of six contests this year. Wisconsin won’t be a tremendous fantasy start for Herron, but Purdue and Minnesota the following two weeks are favorable.
RB Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati
Pead was a huge disappointment early in the season, rushing for 36 yards in the opener against Fresno State and missing time over the next two weeks with a knee injury. However, Pead has bounced back, rushing for 366 yards in the last two games. The Bearcats face another vulnerable run defense (Louisville) this week, which makes Pead a good pick to go over 100 yards once again.
RB Jermaine Thomas, Florida State
The Seminole backfield is crowded with names, but Thomas is the one holding the most fantasy value going into Week 7. The junior posted 30 fantasy points in Florida State’s blowout win over Miami and should get 15-20 carries against Boston College this Saturday. With a crowded backfield, don’t expect Thomas to get a monster workload, but he’s worth a look as a flex option in 120 leagues.
RB Johnny White, North Carolina
White has been a steady option for the Tar Heels, posting two 100-yard efforts and four rushing touchdowns this year. The senior faces the ACC’s worst run defense on Saturday (Virginia), making White a solid RB3 in 120 formats.
RB Eddie Wide/Matt Asiata, Utah
With the Utah backfield, it’s a roll of the dice to figure out which player is worth a start in a fantasy league each week. Asiata has 55 carries for 245 yards and three scores, while Wide has 53 carries for 281 yards and five scores. If you need an option in your backfield this week, both are worth a look as Utah takes on Wyoming.
RB Eric Williams, Ball State
In last season’s matchup with Eastern Michigan, Ball State rushed for 463 yards and four touchdowns. With the Eagles struggling to stop the run once again, look for the Cardinals to rely heavily on the ground attack once again. Although Ball State has a crowded backfield, Williams should be the best pick to shine against Eastern Michigan.
WR Josh Gordon, Baylor
Kendall Wright is the No. 1 option for quarterback Robert Griffin, but fantasy owners shouldn’t overlook Gordon. The sophomore has a touchdown catch in each of his last four games and as long as quarterback Robert Griffin stays healthy, he should be on rosters in 120 leagues.
WR Theo Riddick, Notre Dame
After catching four passes in the first two weeks of the season, Riddick has been a man on a mission, catching 35 over the last four games. Although Riddick had his streak of a touchdown reception in three consecutive games snapped against Pittsburgh, the sophomore looks like an every week start as a WR3.
WR Robert Woods, USC
Was Woods’ performance against Stanford a sign of things to come? The freshman caught 12 passes for 224 yards and three scores against the Cardinal – easily the best game in his young career. With the USC defense struggling, expect the Trojans to be involved in plenty of shootouts. Even if Woods doesn’t repeat that performance against California this Saturday, he’s still worth a look in all formats.
TE Dwayne Allen, Clemson
Allen has only one touchdown catch this season, but has 18 receptions through five contests. Although he’s struggling to find the endzone, it’s clear Allen is a big part of the offense and the touchdowns should come with time.
TE Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky
Doyle has posted a touchdown in back-to-back games and leads the Hilltoppers with 18 receptions and 210 receiving yards. With the Hilltoppers in Sun Belt play, look for the sophomore to remain a steady starting option at tight end for owners in 120 formats.
TE Eric Lair, Minnesota
When it comes to finding a starting tight end for your fantasy team, you want someone who is consistently seeing passes his way every week. Lair has been one of the top targets for quarterback Adam Weber, catching at least two passes every game. With a potential shootout against Purdue this Saturday, Lair is a good bet to see three to five catches and a touchdown.
QB Ryan Katz, Oregon State
QB Matt Schilz, Bowling Green
RB Alex Allen, Akron
RB Jared Hassin, Army
RB Jacquise Terry, Kent State
WR Josh Bellamy, Louisville