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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.
Jarrett Stidham (QB, Baylor)
On Monday it was announced that Baylor starting quarterback Seth Russell will undergo season-ending neck surgery after suffering a broken vertebra in the win over Iowa State on Saturday. Luckily for Baylor, the team has a bye this upcoming week, and will likely use that time to prepare prized freshman Stidham to start next Thursday on the road against Kansas State. In limited action this season, Stidham has looked every bit his 5-star rating, completing 80 percent of his passes and throwing six touchdowns in mop-up duty. Don’t expect Stidham to put up Russell-like numbers, but the drop off will not be significant. Any quarterback in the Baylor offense is a top-10 option in college fantasy football.
Jalen Nixon (QB, UL Lafayette)
With the offense sputtering under quarterback Brooks Haack, UL Lafayette made a change at quarterback to dual-threat option Nixon. While the results in the win-loss column have not changed much, Nixon has provided a much-needed spark to the offense, as the Ragin’ Cajuns are averaging nine more points per game with Nixon at the controls. The junior quarterback certainly has work to do as a passer, but he is a dynamic athlete as proven this past week against Arkansas State when Nixon rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns. The remaining schedule for Nixon is favorable, as ULL plays four teams ranked 100th or lower in scoring defense.
Soso Jamabo (RB, UCLA)
UCLA got a scare on Thursday night in the win over Cal when starting running back Paul Perkins went down with what appeared to be a pretty significant knee injury. Even after the game, head coach Jim Mora described the injury as “not good,” leading many to believe Perkins would be out for an extended period of time. According to BruinsReportOnline, it does not appear to be as bad as expected with Perkins suffering a reported bone bruise. No further updates have been provided by the team, but this looks to be trending in the direction of a quick return for Perkins. To be on the safe side in case Perkins misses a week or two, go ahead and grab touted freshman Jamabo, who is the team’s second-leading rusher.
Ryan Nall (TE/RB, Oregon State)
Oregon State’s season is in the dumpster at this point, so why not play some of the younger players on the roster? That started this weekend with redshirt freshman H-Back/tight end Ryan Nall getting 20 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown in the Beavers’ loss to Colorado. With starter Storm Barrs-Woods on the shelf dealing with an undisclosed injury, and the passing game in flux, Nall should see a healthy diet of carries next week when Oregon State travels to Utah. Currently on Fantrax, Nall is listed as a RB/TE so he offers flexibility to your roster and would be a top play at the tight end spot in this week’s lineup.
Andrew Allen (WR/QB, New Mexico State)
Similar to Nall, that positional versatility is key for a guy like Allen. As a quarterback, he has very little value. Allen made just his second career start this week against Troy and threw for just 161 yards and a touchdown in the 52-7 blowout loss. That won’t cut it on anyone’s roster at the quarterback spot. The fact that you can start him at the wide receiver spot, though, makes him all the more valuable. Even if he puts up similar numbers to this past week, that is guaranteed double-digit fantasy points each week for the remainder of the season. Any roster will take that kind of production at the wide receiver position.
— 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.