We are through the first month of the college football season and there are still plenty of names out there that are continuing to pop up on the stat sheet and are still not on any fantasy rosters.
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 5.
Corey Willis (WR, Central Michigan)
We mentioned Willis last week in our start/sit column and the junior did not disappoint with six receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Virginia. With Saturday’s performance, Willis has caught at least one touchdown in each of the first four games to start the season and now leads Central Michigan in receptions, yards and touchdowns. With no improvement in sight from the Chippewas’ rushing attack, expect to see quarterback Cooper Rush continue to sling it around through the air with Willis being the primary recipient.
Shun Brown (WR, Arizona)
Arizona starting quarterback Brandon Dawkins has found his clear go-to target the past two weeks in sophomore Shun Brown. During that span, Brown has 12 catches for 206 yards and a touchdown. The next closest receiver after that has just 40 receiving yards. The schedule does not get easier for Brown and the Wildcats during the month of October with UCLA, Utah and USC in the next three games, but the sophomore wideout has an apparent connection with his quarterback that should continue to develop.
Trayveon Williams (RB, Texas A&M)
The true freshman gave the Aggies offense a spark for the second straight week, rushing for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Arkansas. Williams did have more than 100 yards last week as well, but 89 of those came on one play. This week, Williams saw his touches increase against a good SEC opponent, which bodes well for his usage moving forward, though don’t expect a significant boost as head coach Kevin Sumlin has already announced the plan to continue a running back rotation. Williams’ apparent big-play ability, though, makes him a threat to find the end zone any time he touches the football.
James Gardner (WR, Miami, Ohio)
Another receiver mentioned in the start/sit column for Week 4, Gardner kept alive his streak of four straight games with a touchdown as he had six catches for 79 yards and a score in the loss to Cincinnati. Considered the fifth option at receiver by many entering the season, Gardner is now the clear go-to target in the passing game as no other target on the team has more than one receiving touchdown compared to his five. Making Gardner an even more intriguing option as a waiver wire selection is the RedHawks’ upcoming schedule with Ohio (85th in the FBS in passing defense) and Akron (126th) next up.
Austin Carr (WR, Northwestern)
Prior to the season, there wasn’t a single player outside of Justin Jackson on the Northwestern offense that was worthy of fantasy consideration, but that has changed with the improvement of Carr. The senior wideout caught eight passes for 109 yards and a score in the loss to Nebraska, giving him two straight 100-yard performances and his third consecutive game with a touchdown. Compared to the rest of the team, it’s evident who is the primary target for quarterback Clayton Thorson, as Carr has more than twice as many receptions than any other wide receiver on the team. After four games, Carr is tied for 13th in the country with 26 catches.
Other Players Worth Considering
Michael Gallup (WR, Colorado State)
Andre Patton/Jawuan Harris (WR, Rutgers)
Donnie Corley (WR, Michigan State)
Brian Herrien (RB, Georgia)
Olamide Zaccheaus (WR, Virginia)
Ross Trail (QB, Cincinnati)
John Diarse (WR, TCU)
Jordan Huff (RB, Northern Illinois)
Seth Collins (WR, Oregon State)
Justice Hill/Rennie Childs (RB, Oklahoma State)
Anthony Nash (WR, Duke)
Austin Proehl (WR, North Carolina)
Jeremy Cox (RB, Old Dominion)
Steven Montez (QB, Colorado)
Kalib Woods (WR, Florida Atlantic)
Dontravious Wilson (RB, Central Florida)
James Morgan (QB, Bowling Green)
Ron’Quavion Tarver (WR, Utah State)
— 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.
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