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College Fantasy Football Top Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 12

Shea Patterson

Shea Patterson

With all leagues in the playoffs at this point in the college fantasy football season, we are paring down the list of potential waiver wire pickups, but we are still seeing plenty of names popping up not on rosters that could help win a championship.

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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 12.

Ryan Graham (QB, Northern Illinois)

Graham came on for an injured Anthony Maddie last week against Toledo and played well in relief, throwing for 227 yards and three touchdowns. The senior quarterback can also move around in the pocket, rushing for 97 yards on 17 carries. Graham is used to being in this situation as he played extensively last year when former starter Drew Hare went down with a season-ending injury. With the news that Maddie will now miss the remainder of the season, Graham will be the starter moving forward against what looks to be a very favorable schedule that includes Eastern Michigan and Kent State.

Marcus Marshall (BB, Georgia Tech)

With starter Dedrick Mills suspended for two games for a violation of team rules, Marshall got the start at B-Back and rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown against Virginia Tech on Saturday. Marshall was the leading rusher for the Yellow Jackets back in 2015, but has received limited snaps this season due to the emergence of Mills. With Mills due to miss another game, Marshall will likely get the bulk of the carries against a Virginia defense that is allowing nearly 180 rushing yards per game. For just this upcoming week, Marshall would be an excellent add.

Shea Patterson (QB, Ole Miss)

Patterson made the list last week, but I was hesitant to highlight him as he would be a true freshman making his first career start on the road against a tough opponent in Texas A&M. Patterson looked every bit the part of what made him the five-star recruit coming in as he threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Rebels to a comeback victory against the Aggies. Patterson was initially expected to redshirt this season, but with the season-ending injury to Chad Kelly, head coach Hugh Freeze decided it was best to get an early glimpse of the future for the remaining three games. There is zero chance that Patterson is available in dynasty formats, but in season-long leagues, Patterson should be there for the picking and has a decent matchup against the 70th-rated pass defense in the country in Vanderbilt.

Zach Smith (QB, Baylor)

Smith will get the start next week against Kansas State as it was announced that Seth Russell will undergo season-ending surgery after breaking his ankle against Oklahoma. With the injury, Russell’s great career at Baylor will come to an end. Smith, a former four-star recruit, was already projected to be the heir apparent to Russell and will now get an extended look as the starter for the remainder of the season. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder closed the game out against the Sooners after Russell went down, going 6-of-15 for 154 yards and a touchdown. Smith will not be available in most dynasty leagues as he was projected to be the guy moving forward for the Bears, but should be on waivers in standard leagues if in need of a pinch starter at QB. Teams have been taken to the air in recent weeks against Kansas State as the Wildcats have given up a combined 980 passing yards and nine TDs in the last three games, so we could see Baylor employ a similar offensive strategy on Saturday.

Thomas Koufie (RB, Louisiana-Monroe)

Koufie made the waiver wire list last week after rushing for 70 yards and two touchdowns against South Alabama, giving him three consecutive weeks with a rushing touchdown. That said, he wasn’t as high on the priority list as ULM has struggled to run the football for much of the year and Koufie was still not getting the majority of the workload in the backfield. That changed last Saturday as the sophomore running back rushed for a career-high 201 yards and five touchdowns against Georgia State. Koufie got stronger as the game went on, scoring three of the touchdowns in the third quarter alone, and had 141 of his 201 yards in the second half. Running room may be more difficult to come by this week against the No. 14 rush defense in the country in Appalachian State, but the Mountaineers are not impenetrable as they just gave up 129 yards and two touchdowns last week to Troy RB Jordan Chunn.

Other Players Worth Considering

Ian Eriksen (RB, Eastern Michigan)

Van Edwards (RB, Akron)

Jon’Vea Johnson (WR, Toledo)

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— 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.