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Below, you will find AthlonSports.com contributor and CFG writer Mike Bainbridge's five best waiver wire pickups for Week 6. To see the full in-depth article of over 50+ players, make sure to check out CollegeFootballGeek.com.
Callen Hightower (WR, Idaho)
Hightower made the most of his opportunities on Saturday against New Mexico State, catching 10 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Hightower got the start in place of leading receiver Dezmon Epps, who was suspended indefinitely by the school last week for an alleged domestic violence incident – his second suspension this season. With Epps unlikely to return this season, Hightower looks to be the guy who will fill the void, and that means plenty of passes coming in his direction. Before the suspension, Epps ranked in the top 20 nationally in targets amongst receivers.
Trey Rodriguez (RB, Florida Atlantic)
After being suspended for the first four games of the season due to a violation of team rules, Rodriguez now has a stranglehold on the FAU starting running back position. Rodriguez had his highest carry total of the year Saturday against FIU en route to 140 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in the win. The freshman now has accounted for a touchdown in every game he has played in this season and looks to be the focal point of the Owls’ offense moving forward.
Jamari Staples (WR, Louisville)
Staples missed the first four games of the season due to a knee injury, but has been the Cardinals’ top receiver since his return to the lineup. The former UAB transfer had his breakout performance on Friday against Wake Forest with a career-high 10 catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Staples transferred in this offseason after nearly 500 receiving yards as a freshman, and he has plenty of familiarity with offensive coordinator and then-UAB head coach Garrick McGee. If quarterback Lamar Jackson can continue to improve as a passer, Staples has a chance to keep this run of production going for the remainder of the season.
Mikel Horton (RB, Kentucky)
Starting running back Stanley “Boom” Williams left the game against Tennessee midway through the second quarter with an elbow injury the kept him out the remainder of the contest. Horton replaced Williams and the sophomore ran well, finishing the game with 109 yards on just 14 carries. As of now the timetable is unknown for the extent of Williams’ injury, but if he is to miss any time, go ahead and snatch up Horton as a backup alternative. He looks to be the first option off of the bench ahead of JoJo Kemp.
Jamauri Bogan (RB, Western Michigan)
Before the season, the spotlight for Western Michigan was centered on star running back Jarvion Franklin, who rushed for 1,550 yards as a true freshman. Now, Franklin has seemingly taken a backseat to another freshman running back in Bogan. In the matchup against in-state rival Eastern Michigan, Bogan rushed for 61 yards and four touchdowns, giving him seven scores in the last three games alone. CFG hinted prior to the season that Franklin could see a decrease in reps in 2015 after his 300-plus attempts in his first year, but we did not expect there to be a better option on the roster. Bogan looks to be a better play at this point over Franklin.
— Written by Mike Bainbridge, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Bainbridge is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and current writer for CollegeFootballGeek.com. Make sure to follow him on Twitter @MikeBainbridge2.
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