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College Fantasy Football Top Five Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 12

Brandon Radcliff

Brandon Radcliff

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Below, you will find contributor and CFG writer Mike Bainbridge's five best waiver wire pickups for Week 12. To see the full in-depth article of over 40-plus players, make sure to check out

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Jehu Chesson (WR, Michigan)

Chesson had a record-setting performance against the Hoosiers on Saturday with 10 receptions for 207 yards and four touchdowns, three of which came in the first half alone. His final touchdown wound up being the most important, a five-yard pass from quarterback Jake Rudock with time expiring to send the game into overtime. After not scoring a touchdown in the first seven games of the year, Chesson has now found the end zone in each of the last three games, giving him a team-high seven on the season.

Shaun Nixon (RB, TCU)

A running back by trade, Nixon has been used predominantly at wide receiver the past two weeks with Josh Doctson out of the lineup, producing 16 catches for 224 yards and a touchdown in his absence. The Horned Frogs have dealt with a myriad of injuries at the wide receiver position in 2015, but have gotten good performances from some of their younger players such as Nixon and fellow freshman KaVontae Turpin. In this offense (depending on the health of QB Trevone Boykin) the targets will be there for Nixon to put up double-digit fantasy points in any given week and he is a perfect flex option.

Kenny Potter (QB, San Jose State)

San Jose State has rotated quarterbacks for much of the year, but looks to have finally settled on Potter, the former junior college transfer. In the five games since he took over as the starter, Potter has combined to produce 12 total touchdowns, including a four-game streak in which he rushed for a score as well. A dual-threat option, Potter had his best overall game of the year against Nevada, throwing for 186 yards and three touchdowns while also topping the century mark on the ground (116). Potter and the Spartans will travel to Hawaii next week where the Rainbow Warriors just gave up six touchdown passes to a quarterback who had just eight in his career coming into the game.

Brandon Radcliff (RB, Louisville)

Remember this name? Radcliff has not become the featured running back that many envisioned entering this season after rushing for a team-leading 737 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014. The junior back started the year off well, rushing for 76 yards and two touchdowns in the opener, but fell off the map midseason and was eventually held out of the lineup completely three weeks ago against Wake Forest. The past two games have been a completely different story, however, as Radcliff has topped 100 yards against both Syracuse and Virginia, and is beginning to look like the same back from 2014.

Kerry Thomas (WR, UTSA)

Thomas is likely to be available in most leagues because let’s be honest here, who thinks of UTSA when it comes to college fantasy football? But Thomas is a name to absolutely take note of as the sophomore receiver has combined for 24 receptions in the last three games alone. Thomas actually tied his own school record this past Saturday with nine catches against Charlotte, matching the same record he broke just two weeks earlier. The Roadrunners close the season with matchups against Rice and Middle Tennessee, both of whom rank in the bottom third of the country in pass defense.

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