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College Fantasy Football Top Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 4

Chico McClatcher

Chico McClatcher

We just wrapped up week three of the college football season, and as can be expected, it was another weekend that featured new and unfamiliar faces coming up with big performances and thrusting themselves into the fantasy conversation.

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A successful college fantasy football season hinges on a keeping a close eye on the waiver wire and will be the place each week during the year to find the top pickups for your roster.

Here are the top names you need to know for Week 4.

JaMycal Hasty (RB, Baylor)

Hasty wasn’t on anyone’s radar heading into the season as he was the No. 4 running back behind a trio of established veterans. But with Johnny Jefferson not playing in 2016, and Shock Linwood struggling to find much running room, the door opened for the redshirt freshman to get more carries. After scoring his first career touchdown last week, Hasty followed that up with 105 rushing yards and another score this week against Rice. Hasty now leads the team in rushing despite fewer carries than both Linwood and Terence Williams, though all three backs did receive double-digit carries on Saturday. Despite what looks to be a running back-by-committee approach moving forward for Baylor, Hasty is worth a roster spot.

Dalton Sturm (QB, UTSA)

This wasn’t even expected to be Sturm’s job prior to the season as most expected Sam Houston State graduate transfer Jared Johnson to win the starting gig. But the former walk-on has continually impressed when he’s been on the field for the Roadrunners, and had his best performance of the season against Arizona State, throwing for 274 yards and two touchdowns while also adding in a 51-yard touchdown run. Sturm did split snaps the previous two weeks with Johnson, but after an outing like this, the job is now expected to be his full-time. If you are in need of a quarterback with one of your starters on a bye week, Sturm is a viable selection.

Brandon Radcliff (RB, Louisville)

Radcliff was one of the major disappointments in fantasy football last season, rushing for just seven touchdowns after having 12 the year prior. But the senior running back looks rejuvenated to start 2016 after losing weight this offseason and has now put together consecutive 100-yard performances against Syracuse and Florida State. The volume of carries isn’t there, as Radcliff has just 27 total through three weeks, but that is to be expected with an electrifying quarterback like Lamar Jackson joining him in the backfield. With the Louisville offense putting up points in bunches, Radcliff, at the very least, figures to see plenty of scoring opportunities moving forward.

Chico McClatcher (WR, Washington)

Three games, four touchdowns. After just eight catches a year ago in his freshman season, McClatcher has already surpassed that total with 10 receptions for 197 yards and four touchdowns through just three games. A converted running back, McClatcher is used in a variety of ways in the Huskies’ offense, lining up in the slot, on the outside and even in the backfield, giving him plenty of opportunities to see the football. The schedule toughens a bit in the coming weeks with Arizona, Stanford and Oregon next on the docket, but Washington is lighting it up through the air to start the year, and McClatcher is a big reason why.

Kamryn Pettway (RB, Auburn)

Pettway got his first action of the season last week against Arkansas State, rushing for 152 yards on 15 carries. It was an impressive showing, but the real test would be how Pettway would fair this past Saturday against an SEC defense. Results came back positive as Pettway put together another 100-yard effort, going for 123 yards and a touchdown in the loss to Texas A&M. Even more promising for Pettway is the he appears to be the first option over Kerryon Johnson, who did not see his first carry until the fourth offensive drive of the game for the Tigers. Still expect Johnson to see a considerable amount of carries moving forward, but Pettway looks to be Auburn’s No. 1 back at this point.

Other Players Worth Considering

Tony Stevens (WR, Auburn)

Lamical Perine (RB, Florida)

Sam Darnold (QB, USC)

Jalin Moore (RB, Appalachian State)

Jawaun Harris (WR, Rutgers)

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— Written by Mike Bainbridge, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Bainbridge is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. Make sure to follow him on Twitter @MikeBainbridge2.