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Aaron Murray is a solid pickup for a Week 11 matchup against Auburn.
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 10 action.
QB Kolton Browning, UL Monroe
With last year’s starter (Trey Revell) returning to the team this season, it was a surprise when head coach Todd Berry anointed Browning his starting quarterback coming out of spring practice. However, Browning has answered any question marks with his play so far. The redshirt freshman has thrown for 2,080 yards and 12 touchdowns, along with rushing for 306 yards and three scores. Although he should be on your bench against LSU this week, Browning is a solid QB2 for matchups against North Texas and UL Lafayette.
QB Jeffrey Godfrey, UCF
Godfrey has been mentioned in this report a couple of times this year, and the freshman continues to impress with each outing. In last week’s win against Houston, Godfrey tallied 36.26 fantasy points – the best of his career. With Southern Miss, Tulane and Memphis up next, Godfrey is a solid QB2 for owners in 120 formats.
QB Tim Jefferson, Air Force
Looking for a spot starter at quarterback for the next two weeks? If so, Jefferson is the pickup with matchups against New Mexico and UNLV in Weeks 11 and 12.
QB Aaron Murray, Georgia
Although Georgia ranks 15th nationally in total defense, odds are against the Bulldogs finding a way to slow down Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton this Saturday. With a likely shootout shaping up in Auburn, look for Murray to post 20-25 fantasy points in Week 11.
QB Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
Scheelhaase has been on fire over the past two weeks, posting 35.6 fantasy points against Purdue and 38.5 against Michigan. The redshirt freshman has shown big improvement since the season opener and looks like a long-term answer at quarterback for Illinois. If Scheelhaase is on your waiver wire and you need a quarterback, take a look at him for upcoming matchups against Minnesota and Northwestern.
RB Alvester Alexander, Wyoming
Alexander took advantage of a porous New Mexico run defense to post a career-high 151 rushing yards last Saturday. With matchups against UNLV and Colorado State in the next two weeks, Alexander is a good RB3/flex option to grab off the waiver wire.
RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Although John Clay and James White could return this week against Indiana, fantasy owners should add Ball to their radar. If the news out of Madison isn’t positive for a return by one of the injured backs, Ball should see 15-20 carries against a bad Indiana defense.
RB Asher Clark, Air Force
Clark isn’t going to command 20-25 carries a week, but if you need a pickup to bolster your options in the playoffs at running back, the junior is one to add. With matchups against New Mexico and UNLV upcoming, don’t be surprised if Clark reaches 100 yards and a score in both games.
RB Orleans Darkwa, Tulane
If Darkwa is available on your waiver wire, be sure to make this freshman one of your top pickups for Week 11. Darkwa has been the workhorse for the Tulane offense over the last three weeks, rushing for at least 114 yards in each contest. Although the UCF matchup will be tough in Week 12, Darkwa should be a lock for 100 yards against Rice and Marshall.
RB Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M
Gray was mentioned in last week’s waiver wire report as a solid pickup for the final weeks of the season and the junior didn’t disappoint against Oklahoma. Gray earned his third-straight 100-yard performance, rushing for 122 yards and one score against the Sooners. Although Gray isn’t going to be an elite start among running backs, the junior is a solid RB3 or flex option the rest of the way.
RB Kendrick Hardy, Southern Miss
Hardy’s emergence has only added another weapon to a dangerous Southern Miss offense. The redshirt freshman had his two-game streak of 100-yard efforts snapped against Tulane, but should be on your roster for matchups in the playoffs against Houston and Tulsa.
RB Bryan Kariya, BYU
If you are desperate for running back help in the playoffs, Kariya is one to target. Although his season high in yards is 88, Kariya has found the endzone in three out of the last four games. With a young quarterback piloting the offense, the Cougars have leaned heavily on the rushing attack to win games. Even though JJ Di Luigi may be the starter, Kariya will likely get 15-20 carries in each matchup over the final three weeks of the season.
RB Keith Payne, Virginia
Even if Payne struggles to reach 100 rushing yards, he’s a good bet to at least reach the end zone every week. The senior has three 100-yard games this season, but has amassed 14 touchdowns, including nine over his last five games. Upcoming matchups against Boston College and Virginia Tech will be tough, but Payne will be difficult to keep out of the endzone.
RB Alexander Teich, Navy
Teich played a big role in Saturday’s 76-35 win over East Carolina. The fullback rushed for 157 yards and one score on 14 attempts, giving him 639 yards and three scores this season. Although Teich will likely share some of the fullback workload with Vince Murray, he could threaten 100 yards in upcoming games against Central Michigan and Arkansas State.
WR Dwight Jones, North Carolina
There’s no doubt Jones is one of the ACC’s top big-play threats, after catching eight passes for 233 yards and one score against Florida State. Jones now has three games of at least 107 receiving yards in his last four contests, along with reaching the endzone three times. With an injury to running back Johnny White, expect the Tar Heels to lean even more on the passing attack, which makes Jones a solid WR3/WR4 the rest of the year.
WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
With Ryan Tannehill under center, Swope has watched his numbers increase over the last three weeks. The sophomore has 24 catches for 311 yards and two scores over his last three contests and he’s worth a pickup as a WR3 for a Week 11 matchup against Baylor.
TE Lucas Reed, New Mexico
The insertion of Stump Godfrey as New Mexico’s starting quarterback seemed to spark the offense in Saturday’s 34-31 win over Wyoming. Not only did Godfrey lead the Lobos to their first win of the year, the freshman favored Reed as one of his favorite targets. The sophomore caught seven passes for 100 yards and two scores against the Cowboys, giving him 16 receptions for 238 yards and four scores over the last three games. The Lobos will be playing from behind a lot with their remaining schedule, which should mean plenty of passes from Godfrey to Reed.
TE Lee Smith, Marshall
Smith got off to a slow start this year, catching only five passes in his first three games. However, Smith has reemerged as a favorite option for quarterback Brian Anderson, catching at least three passes in each of the last four matchups. The senior is coming off his best performance of the season, catching nine passes for 81 yards and two scores against UAB. With Memphis, SMU and Tulane to close out the season, fantasy owners have to like Smith’s potential in a thin tight end crop.
TE Cody Sparks, Tulane
Sparks was mentioned as a pickup in last week’s column and didn’t disappoint with three catches for 34 yards and a score against Southern Miss. Although three catches a week isn’t overwhelming in fantasy points, owners need to find someone consistent for the playoffs and Sparks is one to consider.
RB Derrvin Speight, Utah State
RB Kenny Turner, New Mexico State
WR Bo Bowling, Oklahoma State
WR Jack Tomlinson, Ball State
TE Cooper Helfet, Duke