Nearing the halfway point of the college fantasy football season and there are still new names that are leaving an impression in the box score and on the stat sheet that are not on any rosters.
A successful college fantasy football season hinges on a keeping a close eye on the waiver wire and Athlon Sports will be the place each week during the year to find the top pickups for your roster.
Below are the top waiver wire selections from Week 6.
Nic Shimonek (QB, Texas Tech)
Texas Tech starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes left the game against Kansas on Thursday with a shoulder sprain after he was tackled by a Jayhawk defender. As of now, it sounds like the injury is not as serious as initially thought, but Mahomes may be on the shelf for a week or two at most. If that is the case, and you are in need of a starter at quarterback, you may be wise to look at his backup, Shimonek. In just a quarter and a half of relief duty, Shimonek lit up the Kansas defense for 271 yards and four touchdowns –with nearly half of his yards (131) coming courtesy of No. 1 receiver Jonathan Giles. It needs to be reiterated that Mahomes is not expected to be out for a long period of time – if at all – but if he does miss a week or two, Shimonek would be the top quarterback to add to your roster.
Cole Hikutini (TE, Louisville)
Dropped passes and fumbles marred the first three weeks of the season for Hikutini, but the last two games have resembled much of what we saw from the senior tight end in 2015. Hikutini was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week two weeks ago as the best at his position after posting 85 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals’ rout of Marshall. Saturday night at Clemson, Hikutini was yet again an integral part of the Louisville passing game with seven receptions for 84 yards. The Cardinals have a bye this week so Hikutini won’t be available to play, but moving forward, he is worthy of a roster spot.
Justice Hill (RB, Oklahoma State)
Needing some semblance of a rushing attack to balance out the offense, the Cowboys turned to Hill and the move to the true freshman is already paying dividends. Prior to the season, Oklahoma State was expected to go with a committee of backs with the likes of Chris Carson and former Stanford transfer Barry Sanders Jr., but after three weeks of minimal production, head coach Mike Gundy has handed the feature back role to Hill. And the freshman has made the most of his opportunities, topping 100 rushing yards with a touchdown against both Baylor and Texas. Hill got 25 carries against the Longhorns with no other Oklahoma State player getting more than six rushing attempts, so it seems abundantly clear that Hill is the go-to guy moving forward. With upcoming matchups against Iowa State and Kansas, Hill has a great chance at a few more 100-yard performances in the next few weeks.
Demetris Robertson (WR, California)
While fellow receiver Chad Hansen is grabbing all of the headlines (and for good reason), Robertson is quietly having an excellent start to his collegiate career. In the last two games alone, the true freshman has 200 receiving yards and four touchdowns, and looks to be the clear No. 2 option in the No. 2 passing offense in the country. Robertson won’t have the same volume of receptions that Hansen puts up on a weekly basis, but he seemingly become the team’s deep threat, and that is always valuable coming from an offense that throws the ball as much as Cal does.
Anthony Maddie (WR/QB, Northern Illinois)
If you follow my Twitter feed @MikeBainbridge2 (shameless plug), I mentioned that Maddie would be an excellent waiver wire selection after NIU announced he was starting at quarterback this week against Ball State. Due to the injury to Drew Hare, and in need of a serious spark after starting the year 0-4, the Huskies turned to the former wide receiver and the decision worked brilliantly as Maddie threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 160 yards. Making Maddie even more valuable is his multi-position designation on Fantrax where he is listed as both a receiver and quarterback, giving you the option to slot him in at either position in your lineup.
Other Players Worth Considering
Demarcus Felton (RB, Texas Tech)
Jon’Vea Johnson (WR, Toledo)
Deshaunte Jones (WR, Iowa State)
Joshua Jacobs (RB, Alabama)
Dante Pettis (WR, Washington)
Deon Cain (WR, Clemson)
Hayden Hurst (TE, South Carolina)
Armand Shyne (RB, Utah)
Jared Cornelius (WR, Arkansas)
Riley McCarron (WR, Iowa)
Dontravious Wilson (RB, UCF)
Anthony Nash (WR, Duke)
Steven Montez (QB, Colorado)
Scott Miller (WR, Bowling Green)
James Gilbert (RB, Ball State)
Nick Holley (RB/QB, Kent State)
Emanuel Thompson (WR, Troy)
Ty Lee (WR, Middle Tennessee)
Allenzae Staggers (WR, Southern Miss)
Samuel Stewart (RB, Rice)
Charles Williams (RB, UNLV)
— 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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