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Below, you will find CFG writer Mike Bainbridge's five best waiver wire pickups heading into Week 8. To see the full in-depth article of over 40+ players, make sure to check out CollegeFootballGeek.com.
David Washington (WR/QB, Old Dominion)
The converted wide receiver stepped in for the Monarchs for the ineffective Shuler Bentley after one series against Charlotte and never looked back. The redshirt junior wound up throwing for 365 yards and four touchdowns in the win, and is all but assured to be ODU’s starting quarterback moving forward. Washington is listed as a WR on Fantrax, and had just seven receptions coming into the matchup, so he is very likely to be available at this point. Jump on him now as a viable backup option on your roster that you can start in a pinch.
Akrum Wadley (RB, Iowa)
The Hawkeyes just continue to roll out a different running back each week and produce a fantasy star. To begin the year it was LeShun Daniels, who rushed for 123 yards, but has dealt with injuries since Week 2 and seen just limited action. Backup Jordan Canzeri had a monster game against Illinois last week with 256 rushing yards. Against Northwestern, Canzeri was sidelined with an ankle injury that kept him out the remainder of the contest in a walking boot. Stepping in for Canzeri was third-stringer Wadley, who gashed the Wildcats for 204 yards and four touchdowns. We have yet to hear of a prognosis on Canzeri’s ankle injury, but the assumption is that Wadley will be the starter for at least the next game at home vs. Maryland after Iowa’s bye week.
Kent Myers (QB, Utah State)
You hate to say it, but we all knew at some point that Chuckie Keeton would miss a stretch of games due to injury. After trying out as a wide receiver during the offseason, Myers moved back to his normal role as the team’s backup QB as insurance in the event that Keeton got hurt again. Here we are in Week 8 and the sophomore Myers is saving Utah State's season yet again. Myers was set up with excellent field position all evening against Boise State, but he capitalized on that with four total touchdowns in the blowout victory, giving him seven in three starts. Utah State has a tough matchup vs. San Diego State coming up, but the remainder of the schedule is filled with lackluster defenses.
Jared Baker (RB, Arizona)
Arizona starting running back Nick Wilson has been plagued by a foot injury of late, causing the talented sophomore to miss Saturday’s contest against Colorado. In his place, backup Baker got the start and had a career day for the second straight week. After setting a career high with 123 yards rushing last week in the blowout win over Oregon State, Baker broke that personal mark quickly with 207 yards and three total touchdowns in the win over the Buffaloes. Although Wilson did not play, he was dressed and competed in pregame warm ups so he should not be far away from full health. Baker, though, has done enough the previous two weeks to earn additional carries moving forward.
Zach Pascal (WR, Old Dominion)
Coming into the matchup with Charlotte, Pascal had just 14 receptions for 124 yards. Not exactly fantasy-relevant numbers. With the aforementioned David Washington (see above) getting the nod at quarterback on Saturday, Pascal caught 11 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns. VERY fantasy-relevant numbers. If Washington is the guy moving forward, that ups the value of Pascal and some of the other Old Dominion receivers as well.
— Written by Mike Bainbridge, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Bainbridge is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and current writer for CollegeFootballGeek.com. Make sure to follow him on Twitter @MikeBainbridge2.