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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 11 action.
QB Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
Need a spot starter for Week 12? Take a look at Cousins against Purdue. The junior quarterback has a touchdown pass in every game but one this year and 15 overall. The Spartans should be able to exploit a Purdue secondary allowing 215.7 passing yards per game, allowing Cousins to post 15-20 points.
QB Bryan Ellis, UAB
Ellis was mentioned in this report over the last couple of weeks and finished as the No. 7 overall fantasy quarterback from Week 11 with 35.7 points against East Carolina. Ellis may not throw five touchdowns every week, but should be a top-25 fantasy option the next two matchups against Memphis and Rice.
QB Alex Gillett, Eastern Michigan
Eastern Michigan has shown considerable progress under coach Ron English, and Gillett is a piece the offense can build around. The sophomore has posted three games of over 100 rushing yards and tied a season-high with three touchdown tosses against Western Michigan. If you are desperate for a quarterback, Gillett is worth a look against Buffalo this Saturday.
QB Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois is one win away from clinching the MAC West title and should have little trouble with Ball State this Saturday. Harnish posted 31 fantasy points against Toledo and should be a safe option in lineups for 20-25 points. If the Huskies win this Saturday, will Harnish and running back Chad Spann have an easy workload in the regular season finale against Eastern Michigan?
QB Jake Heaps, BYU
The Cougars have won three in a row and Heaps continues to get better with every outing. The true freshman has six touchdown tosses over the last two weeks and should be a solid option against a porous New Mexico defense this Saturday.
QB Tim Jefferson, Air Force
Jefferson was forced to leave Saturday’s game against New Mexico due to an injury, but should be back in the lineup against UNLV on Thursday night. The Rebels have struggled to stop the run all year, which should give Jefferson a good chance to get 15-20 fantasy points.
QB Matthew McGloin, Penn State
McGloin’s final stat line against Ohio State wasn’t pretty – 159 yards and two interceptions – but also threw the first touchdown passes under Joe Paterno at Ohio State. McGloin is an intriguing option for Saturday’s game against Indiana – a defense that allowed 83 points to Wisconsin last week. Don’t expect much upside, but 20 fantasy points seems reasonable.
QB Tevin Washington, Georgia Tech
With Joshua Nesbitt sidelined for the rest of the regular season, Washington is worth a look in BCS-only leagues. The sophomore posted 19.2 fantasy points in a loss to Miami, but Washington could score 25-30 this Saturday against a struggling Duke run defense.
RB Jamie Harper, Clemson
With Andre Ellington likely sidelined once again, Clemson will turn to Harper to lead the ground attack. Harper gashed Florida State for 143 yards and one score, along with nine receptions for 54 yards. Harper should have no trouble racking up yards against Wake Forest this week, which ranks 100th in the nation in rush defense.
RB Pat Shed, UAB
Shed has only two rushing touchdowns this year, but has been a solid all-around playmaker for UAB. In Thursday night’s loss to East Carolina, Shed posted 81 rushing yards and caught nine passes for 84 yards and a score. With Memphis and Rice up next, look for Shed to post 15-20 fantasy points each game.
RB Derrvin Speight, Utah State
Utah State has missed Robert Turbin this year, but Speight has posted back-to-back 100-yard performances the last two weeks against New Mexico State and San Jose State. Look for Speight to be a solid fantasy option this Saturday, facing an Idaho defense that ranks 104th nationally against the run.
RB Alexander Teich, Navy
Teich isn’t getting a ton of carries, but he is certainly making the most of every opportunity. The junior has 210 yards and three touchdowns over the last two games and faces an Arkansas State defense that ranks 111th nationally against the run this Saturday. Even tough Teich may get 15-20 carries, expect 80-100 yards and at least one score.
RB Adonis Thomas, Toledo
Thomas isn’t posting huge carry totals, but has at least 11 fantasy points in six out of the last seven games. Thomas is also coming off a 31-point game against Northern Illinois and closes out the year with Bowling Green and Central Michigan. Although Thomas may not be a workhorse back, keep him in mind for a flex pickup.
RB Marc Tyler, USC
USC has struggled to settle on a go-to back this year, but it looks like Tyler is emerging as the No. 1 option over the last three weeks. Tyler led the way with 31 carries for 160 yards and one score against Arizona – his best rushing output of the season. Tyler is a solid RB3/flex option over the next two weeks, with favorable matchups against Oregon State and Notre Dame.
RB Nathan Walker, Air Force
Walker has emerged as a reliable replacement for injured fullback Jared Tew, rushing for 204 yards and two scores over the last two weeks. Expect another steady performance from Walker this week, facing a UNLV defense giving up over 200 rushing yards per game.
WR Kevin Bolden, Southern Miss
Bolden has been a favorite option of quarterback Austin Davis the last four weeks, catching 26 passes and four scores during that span. Even with DeAndre Brown returning, look for Bolden to be a solid fantasy pick in expected shootouts against Houston and Tulsa.
WR Jeremy Deering, Rutgers
With Mohamed Sanu battling injuries, Deering has become the new wildcat quarterback for Rutgers. In Saturday’s loss to Syracuse, Deering rushed for 166 yards and one score and is an intriguing pickup for the next two matchups against Cincinnati and Louisville. Deering’s role could diminish once Sanu is healthy, but the freshman is worth a pickup as a wait and see option.
WR Nick Harwell, Miami, Ohio
Harwell seems to have passed Armand Robinson as the go-to target for quarterback Zac Dysert. The freshman has at least 19 fantasy points and eight catches in each of the last four weeks. Look for Harwell to be a WR3 this Saturday, taking on Akron and the MAC’s worst pass defense.
WR Denarius Moore, Tennessee
Since Tyler Bray took over as Tennessee’s starting quarterback, Moore has been worth a look in starting lineups. The senior has scored at least 16 fantasy points in each of the last three weeks and should reach paydirt in the final two games of the year against Vanderbilt and Kentucky.
TE Jeffery Anderson, UAB
Tight ends have been hit-or-miss this year, but if you can get one that’s playing well – go ahead and ride the hot hand. Anderson posted 23.7 fantasy points against East Carolina and should be a solid option the next two weeks against Memphis and Rice.
TE Vance McDonald, Rice
McDonald was expected to be one of the top 10-15 fantasy tight ends this year, but a shoulder injury limited his value early on. However, McDonald has picked it up recently and caught five passes for 103 yards and three scores against Tulane. Expect the Owls to be in shootouts against East Carolina and UAB the next two weeks, which should mean good things for McDonald’s fantasy value.
TE Lee Smith, Marshall
Smith was mentioned as a pickup in the waiver wire report last week and didn’t disappoint with 16.8 fantasy points against Memphis. Expect Smith to be a top-10 fantasy tight end against SMU and Tulane and the senior should be one of this week’s top adds at this position.
TE Cody Sparks, Tulane
Since the Green Wave began a full slate of Conference USA play in mid-October, Sparks has been a reliable fantasy pick. The senior has at least 10 fantasy points in four out of the last five matchups and should be a top 10-15 tight end over the final two weeks of the season.