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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 8 action.
QB Garrett Gilbert, Texas
Gilbert got off to a slow start this season, but posted a career-high 356 passing yards against Iowa State. With the Longhorns continuing to struggle establishing the run, look for the offense to lean even more on the passing attack, and Gilbert is worth a look as a spot starter with Baylor ahead this Saturday.
QB Jeffrey Godfrey, UCF
Godfrey continues to impress as a true freshman, leading the Knights to a 5-2 record, with the only losses coming to NC State and Kansas State. The freshman isn’t putting up big passing numbers, but has scored two touchdowns in back-to-back games. With favorable matchups upcoming against East Carolina and Houston, give Godfrey a look as a QB2 in 120 formats.
QB Boo Jackson, Ohio
If you need a spot starter this week, Jackson is one to pickup against UL Lafayette. Phil Bates will see some time as a running threat from the quarterback position, but Jackson should be good for at least 200 yards of offense and two scores.
QB Jeremiah Masoli, Ole Miss
Masoli isn’t the fantasy option he was at Oregon, but the senior is coming off a good performance against Arkansas – 327 passing yards and three scores, along with 98 rushing yards. With Auburn and UL Lafayette up next, the senior is worth a look as a QB2 in 120/BCS-only formats.
QB T.J. Yates, North Carolina
William & Mary is a dangerous FCS team, but Yates should be a reliable option if you need a quarterback off the waiver wire this week.
RB Keola Antolin, Arizona
Although Antolin is splitting time with Nic Grigsby, he has worked his way into fantasy consideration. The junior has six touchdowns in the last three games and has 206 yards in the last two contests. The Wildcats face UCLA, Stanford and USC over the next three weeks, and Antolin can help as a flex option in 120 leagues.
RB Damien Berry, Miami, Fla.
Jacory Harris and the Miami passing attack may get all of the attention, but Berry is quietly posting solid fantasy numbers this year. The senior has four consecutive 100-yard games and gets a shot at the ACC’s worst run defense this Saturday – Virginia. If Berry is on your waiver wire, be sure to pick him up for a start this week.
RB Knile Davis, Arkansas
The Razorbacks certainly have one of the top passing attacks in college football, but establishing a running game has been atop the priority list for Bobby Petrino’s offense this season. Davis’ emergence has been huge for Arkansas, allowing for more balance and less pressure on quarterback Ryan Mallett. Davis posted a career-high 176 rushing yards against Ole Miss and should continue to get 15-25 carries a week.
RB Washaun Ealey, Georgia
Caleb King is back in the lineup this Saturday, but coach Mark Richt will have a hard time keeping Ealey off the field. Over the last two games, Ealey has rushed for 280 yards and six touchdowns. Although he’s not a great start this Saturday against Florida, the sophomore has a favorable stretch to close out 2010 – Idaho State, Auburn and Georgia Tech.
RB Jay Finley, Baylor
Finley has come alive the last two weeks, rushing for 143 yards against Colorado and posting a career-high 250 against Kansas State. The senior also has two scores in back-to-back games. Finley has a tough matchup against Texas this week, but keep in mind Baylor takes on Oklahoma State and Texas A&M in Weeks 10 and 11.
RB Alex Green, Hawaii
Yes, this isn’t a misprint – a Hawaii running back on the waiver wire report. The Warriors still have one of the most potent passing attacks in college football, but the rushing attack has played a key role over the last couple of weeks. Green has at least 13 carries in the last three games and has seven touchdowns during that span. With Idaho up next and a favorable stretch in the playoffs (San Jose State and New Mexico State), Green is a perfect flex option in 120 formats.
RB Daniel Herron, Ohio State
With all of the attention on Terrelle Pryor, it’s easy to overlook Herron in the stat column. However, Boom has scored two touchdowns in each of his last three games and has 11 rushing scores this year. Although Herron has yet to reach 100 rushing yards in a game, he’s clearly finding his way to paydirt and should be a solid addition in any format.
RB Bryan Kariya, BYU
With a freshman quarterback under center, BYU decided to change its offensive attack before the game against San Diego State. The Cougars went with a run-first approach and it has paid off with a 2-1 record in their last three games. Kariya is sharing time with J.J. Di Luigi, but has 230 yards and three scores in the last three contests. BYU has a bye this week, but Kariya could pay off in the playoffs with UNLV, Colorado State and New Mexico on the schedule.
RB Phillip Tanner, MTSU
If you are looking ahead a couple of weeks, Tanner could be a good addition for any lineup searching for a running back pickup. MTSU plays North Texas and Western Kentucky in Weeks 11 and 12. If you have a roster spot available, Tanner is worth a stash.
RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
Last week’s waiver wire report mentioned Taylor as a possible pickup, and the Stanford back didn’t disappoint with 142 yards and two scores against Washington State. Despite totaling four straight 100-yard performances, Taylor remains on the waiver wire in 120 formats. If he’s available, Taylor should be one of this week’s top additions to your team.
RB Alexander Teich, Navy
Figuring out how the carries will be divided up in the Navy offense is tricky. An injury to Vince Murray opened the door for Teich to see more playing time and he hasn’t disappointed with 305 rushing yards and two scores the last two weeks. Although Teich isn’t guaranteed to get 20-25 carries when Murray is healthy, stash him to your bench and wait and see how the touches pan out.
RB Jacquise Terry, Kent State
With Eugene Jarvis still on the sidelines with an injury and it’s uncertain if he will suit up this year, Terry has a firm grasp the starting running back spot for the Golden Flashes. The junior isn’t putting up huge numbers, but has 21 carries in each of the last four games. Terry also has six touchdowns over that span and should pad his numbers with a favorable matchup against Ball State this week.
RB Adonis Thomas, Toledo
Need a spot starter at running back this week? Thomas is the perfect pickup with a porous Eastern Michigan defense ahead.
RB Ronnie Weaver, UCF
The UCF coaching staff has decided to redshirt Brynn Harvey, leaving Weaver as the go-to back this season. Weaver has displayed a nose for the endzone – eight touchdowns in five games – and has two 100-yard efforts over the last four weeks. With running backs getting thin on the waiver wire, Weaver could provide a late boost to owners in 120 formats.
WR Josh Gordon, Baylor
Gordon didn’t catch a pass against Colorado, but returned to the stat column with seven receptions for 141 yards and two scores against Kansas State. The sophomore is one of the top deep threats in the Big 12 and has worked his way into WR3 status in select matchups the rest of the season.
WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa
There’s no doubt Iowa loves to pound the rock, but the passing game has been solid all year, and Johnson-Koulianos has been the go-to guy for quarterback Ricky Stanzi. The senior has a touchdown catch and at least four receptions in each of the last five games. With upcoming matchups against Indiana, Northwestern and Minnesota, Johnson-Koulianos is a good playoff pickup for an owner in need of a receiver.
WR Juan Nunez, Western Michigan
With a lackluster rushing attack, it’s been an aerial show for Western Michigan each week. Quarterback Alex Carder has played well all season, and Nunez has been one of his favorite targets, catching 51 passes for 591 yards and five scores. With the Broncos continuing to lean with the pass every week, Nunez is moving into must-start status in 120 formats.
WR Casey Robottom, Tulane
Robottom was one of our preseason sleepers at receiver and is starting to move up the fantasy rankings after three solid performances. The senior posted his best game of 2010 against UTEP, catching 10 passes for 151 yards and two scores. With SMU, Southern Miss and Rice the next three opponents, look for the Green Wave to be involved in plenty of shootouts, and Robottom should be a safe pick for at least six receptions each week.
WR Kenny Stills, Oklahoma
With DeJuan Miller sidelined for the rest of the year, Stills has a clear path to be the No. 2 receiver for a potent Oklahoma passing attack. After a good performance against Missouri, the freshman is worth a look in your lineup as a WR3 against Colorado.
TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
The Notre Dame passing attack certainly misses Kyle Rudolph, but Eifert has filled in admirably, catching four passes in each of the last two games. With quarterback Dayne Crist continuing to throw his way, Eifert is one of the top pickups at tight end this week.
TE Cameron Graham, Louisville
Louisville’s offense is showing marked improvement this year, and the development of quarterback Adam Froman has benefited Graham’s fantasy value. The senior is on pace to easily top last season’s numbers and has two receptions in every game. With consistent tight ends hard to find this year, Graham is becoming a dependable option every week.
TE Allen Reisner, Iowa
As mentioned in the Cameron Graham writeup, finding consistent fantasy options at tight end is difficult this year. Reisner only has two touchdowns, but has 24 receptions for 268 yards. Even if Reisner doesn’t reach the endzone, he’s at least catching passes every week.
QB Bryan Ellis, UAB
RB Orleans Darkwa, Tulane
WR Marcus Barnett, Cincinnati
WR Tyshon Goode, Kent State
WR Nick Harwell, Miami, Ohio
WR Da’Jon McKnight, Minnesota
WR Kenny Stills, Oklahoma
TE Lucas Reed, New Mexico