The Week 9 college fantasy football waiver wire looks to be flooded with running backs, as we saw some surprising performances from a few guys that have had disappointing seasons up until this point. LJ Scott looks to have regained his starting spot for Michigan State after topping 100 yards for just the second time this year. Same goes for Virginia Tech running back Travon McMillian.
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 9.
Gunner Kiel (QB, Cincinnati)
It was announced late last week that Cincinnati was making a change once again at quarterback and that Kiel would be getting the starting nod once again against East Carolina. With quarterbacks Hayden Moore and Ross Trail failing to move the offense on a consistent basis, head coach Tommy Tuberville re-opened the quarterback competition this past week and it was Kiel who emerged from the pack. The fifth-year senior has had a roller-coaster career but possibly had one of his best performances during his time in college with 348 yards, four touchdown passes and zero interceptions in the win over the Pirates. In all likelihood, this is Kiel’s job now for the rest of the season and he should be able to put up some big numbers in the remaining weeks with some porous pass defenses on the horizon.
Brogan Roback (QB, Eastern Michigan)
There have been quite a few highs and lows for Roback over the past year and a half. In the second game of last season Roback took over the starting job for the Eagles and had a productive season with 2,300 passing yards and 16 touchdowns. In August, Roback was then suspended for a violation of team rules and it was unknown if he would even play at all this year. He would sit for the first three games, but was still the No. 2 behind junior college transfer Todd Porter even when eligible to return to the team. Roback has now started the past three weeks and looks to be back to his 2015 form, already with eight touchdowns in the last four weeks. With favorable matchups coming up against Miami (Ohio), Ball State and Northern Illinois, look for Roback to put up some big numbers with the aid of his top target, wide receiver Sergio Bailey, who also is a priority waiver wire add this week.
Damarea Crockett (RB, Missouri)
When given chances this season, Crockett has made the most of his opportunities. In the four games in which Crockett has posted double-digit carries, the freshman has combined for 484 yards and seven touchdowns. Against Middle Tennessee this past weekend, Crockett had his coming out party with 156 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the loss. While injuries to upperclassmen Ish Witter and Alex Ross allowed for Crockett to get these opportunities in the lineup, even when they do return, it does not appear like the starting job will be available if the true freshman continues to perform at a high level. Crockett should be in line for a heavy workload moving forward.
Braeden West (RB, SMU)
I was surprised to see West still available on waivers considering he is the lead back for SMU, but he was in a few of my leagues and should be scooped up rather quickly. West posted his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game this past Saturday against what was the No. 3 rush defense coming into the weekend in Houston. West was originally expected to split carries with fellow sophomore Xavier Jones, but a season-ending injury to his classmate has allowed West to emerge as the Mustangs’ top rusher. He has gotten double-digit carries in all but one game this season. West has a favorable matchup next weekend against a Tulane defense that just gave up 300 yards on the ground to Tulsa.
Tyrone Owens (RB, New Mexico)
The New Mexico running back situation is a frustrating one as the Lobos distribute carries fairly evenly between Owens, Teriyon Gipson and Richard McQuarley. Heck, even fourth-string running back Daryl Chesnut gets into the action as well, as all four backs have 46 or more carries on the year. But at this point, it’s difficult not to argue that Owens doesn’t deserve a spot on a fantasy roster after what he has done the past month. With Gipson in and out of the lineup, Owens has become the top dog for the Lobos with four consecutive games with a rushing touchdown and 100 yards in three out of the last four weeks. His big-play ability has been on full display with runs of 42, 62, 58 and 83 yards over the past month, which is why he’s averaging 7.8 yards per carry on the season. Owens could have some big weeks ahead with Hawaii and Nevada on the docket, both ranking in the bottom 10 in the country in rush defense.
Other Players Worth Considering:
Travon McMillian (RB, Virginia Tech)
Ryquell Armstead (RB, Temple)
Tre Watson/Khalfani Muhammad (RB, California)
Tim Cook (RB, Oregon State)
David Blough (QB, Purdue)
Jordan Lasley (WR, UCLA)
Breck Turner (RB, Eastern Michigan)
Sergio Bailey (WR, Eastern Michigan)
Andrew Ford (QB, UMass)
McKenzie Milton (QB, UCF)
Gus Ragland (QB, Miami, Ohio
Clayton Thorson (QB, Northwestern)
Devin Duvernay (WR, Texas)
Justin Goodwin (RB, Rutgers)
Dru Brown (QB, Hawaii)
Shaedon Meadors (WR, Appalachian State)
James Flanders (RB, Tulsa)
Dennis Andrews (WR, Middle Tennessee)
Josh Knight (WR, Marshall)
James Summers (RB, East Carolina)
Khalil Lewis (WR, Cincinnati)
LJ Scott (RB, Michigan State)
Lorenzo Harrison (RB, Maryland)
Levern Jacobs (WR, Maryland)
Benjamin Snell (RB, Kentucky)
Tonny Lindsey (RB, Utah State)
Dontel James (RB, Fresno State)
Ty Gangi (QB, Nevada)
— 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.