Injuries to quarterbacks were unfortunately one of the bigger storylines this past week in college fantasy football with the likes of Trevor Knight (Texas A&M), Chad Kelly (Ole Miss) and Brent Stockstill (Middle Tennessee) all going down. With playoffs either here or just around the corner in most leagues, the waiver wire will be essential this week if you had one of these three starting QBs.
A successful college fantasy football season hinges on a keeping a close eye on the waiver wire and AthlonSports.com will be the place each week during the year to find the top pickups for your roster.
Below are the top waiver wire selections for Week 11.
Clayton Thorson (QB, Northwestern)
Thorson has struggled the past two weeks with just two touchdown passes, but it’s tough to muster much of anything against the likes of Ohio State and Wisconsin. One thing that is not so tough to do these days is score on the Purdue – Thorson’s next opponent. During this recent four-game losing streak, the Boilermakers have given up on average 45 points per game. There has not been much resistance against both the run and the pass, as teams have combined for six TD passes and a whopping 16 rushing scores during that span (yes, Justin Jackson is sure to be listed in the start ’em section later this week). With Thorson averaging 43 passing attempts per game over the last four games, plus his added rushing ability, he should thrive this coming week against a bad Purdue defense.
Ryquell Armstead (RB, Temple)
If you plan on adding Armstead to your roster, it is important to note that Temple is on the bye this week, so he will be unavailable to use. But if you have the roster space and can survive not using him this week, he looks to be a top waiver wire add as we enter the home stretch. Despite being No. 2 on the depth chart behind starter Jahad Thomas, Armstead has out-carried Thomas in each of the last three games, including this past week where he rushed for 133 yards on 20 carries against Cincinnati. Thomas has dealt with injuries this past month, which has contributed to the smaller workload, but even with him fully healthy, Armstead has shown enough to garner a healthy dose of carries in the last two games of the season. Speaking of, Temple will face Tulane and East Carolina in the last two weeks, both of which rank in the bottom half of the country in defending the run and have allowed a combined 34 rushing touchdowns in 2016.
Da’Leon Ward (RB, Texas Tech)
The numbers haven’t been overwhelming, but Ward has clearly taken over as the lead back for the Red Raiders with a combined 55 carries over the last two weeks. The true freshman got his first start two weeks ago against TCU and was impressive, rushing for 98 yards while also catching eight passes for 49 yards. Ward followed that up with 93 yards on the ground and a touchdown this past week against Texas, while catching another four passes. Ward will have a favorable matchup this week as well against Oklahoma State, as the Cowboys rank 97th in the country against the run, allowing 203 yards per game. In PPR leagues, Ward looks to be a valuable add at the running back spot.
Devin Singletary (RB, Florida Atlantic)
With the season already in the dumps, FAU was starting to give some the younger players some more looks, including Singletary whose workload had been increasing from week to week. This past week against Rice was the freshman’s coming out party, rushing for a school-record 252 yards on just 23 carries and three touchdowns. Singletary had 283 all-purpose yards on the day as well – another school record. Don’t expect this kind of performance each week from Singletary as Rice is just pitiful on defense, but there are some favorable matchups ahead against the likes of UTEP, Old Dominion and Middle Tennessee. Keep an eye on Singletary for the remainder of this year and a potential sleeper moving forward into next season.
Jacob Hollister (TE, Wyoming)
Need a quick add at the tight end position to close out the year? Look no further than Hollister. The senior tight end did not have the breakout year we were expecting, but he has really come on the last two games with a combined 10 receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns. No coincidence either that Hollister has started to improve with how well his quarterback Josh Allen is playing the last two weeks (Allen is also a worthy candidate for a waiver add). Hollister has a great shot at finding the end zone for a third consecutive week against a UNLV pass defense that is allowing more than 250 yards per game through the air and 18 TD passes.
Other Players Worth Considering
Gus Ragland (QB, Miami, Ohio)
Jake Hubenak (QB, Texas A&M)
David Blough (QB, Purdue)
Aeris Williams (RB, Mississippi State)
Jaylen Smith (WR, Louisville)
Trace McSorley (QB, Penn State)
Daniel Jones (QB, Duke)
Shaun Wilson (RB, Duke)
Carter Stanley (QB, Kansas)
Kennedy McKoy (RB, West Virginia)
Dakiel Shorts (WR, West Virginia)
James Williams (RB, Washington State)
Arion Worthman (QB, Air Force)
Akeem Judd (RB, Ole Miss)
Justin Goodwin (RB, Rutgers)
Juwuan Harris (WR, Rutgers)
Ahmmon Richards (WR, Miami)
John Urzua (QB, Middle Tennessee)
Doni Dowling (WR, Virginia)
Devin Gray (WR, Cincinnati)
Andrew Ford (QB, UMass)
Rico Dowdle (RB, South Carolina)
Dimetrios Mason (WR, Missouri)
Kaleb Evans (QB, ULM)
Thomas Koufie (RB, ULM)
Deontay Burnett (WR, USC)
Gardner Minshew (QB, East Carolina)
Ty Gangi (QB, Nevada)
Josh Allen (QB, Wyoming)
Jason Pellerin (QB, Ole Miss)
— Written by Mike Bainbridge, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Bainbridge is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. For more College Fantasy Football insight, Make sure to follow him on Twitter @MikeBainbridge2.