Kentucky looks to have a star in the making at running back in Benny Snell Jr.
We are nearing the last quarter of the college fantasy football season, yet we are still finding diamonds in the rough that are not on rosters at this point in the year. Freshman running backs were the story this past weekend with Benny Snell Jr. (Kentucky), Juwan Washington (San Diego State) and Da'Leon Ward (Texas Tech) seeing extensive work. Both in the short- and long-term, these are worthy selections that should be on rosters moving forward.
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 10.
Benny Snell Jr. (RB, Kentucky)
Always a bit hesitant to trust any offensive player from Kentucky the last four or five years, probably since the days of when Andre Woodson was under center, but the Wildcats look like they may have found a gem at running back in Snell. After not playing in the first two games of the year, Snell had an historic debut against New Mexico State with 136 rushing yards and four touchdowns. After a pair of mediocre weeks against South Carolina and Alabama, Snell has taken over the bulk of the workload the previous three games, combining for 414 yards and three touchdowns, including 192 yards on 38 carries this past week against Missouri. The true freshman has some tough matchups upcoming against Georgia and then to end the season with Louisville, as both rank in the top 16 nationally against the run, but Snell should be featured heavily as he is Kentucky’s best chance to notch one more victory to become bowl eligible.
Andrew Ford (QB, UMass)
Ford has been one of the more productive fantasy quarterbacks in the country over the last three weeks with a combined 11 touchdowns, including three TD passes in each game. This past week against Wagner, Ford had his best outing of the year with 355 passing yards and four total touchdowns. Yes, you can partially attribute that to the competition level, but Ford also was impressive the previous week on the road against South Carolina as well. The schedule is tough the next two weeks with two top-50 scoring defenses in Troy and BYU, but Ford is proving he is capable of finding the end zone via the pass or with his legs.
DeAngelo Yancey (WR, Purdue)
It is evident that Purdue has gone a totally different direction on offense since the firing of head coach Darrell Hazell. In the last three games, quarterback David Blough has averaged a little more than 50 passing attempts, due in large part to the Boilermakers trailing by double digits. Those that have Blough on their roster are not complaining one bit, though, and should probably go ahead and snatch up his favorite receiver as well in Yancey. The senior wideout has four touchdown catches in the last three games, including three receptions of 50 yards or more. Don’t expect a high volume of catches from Yancey as he has just eight combined in the last three weeks, but he is finding the end zone consistently of late and that is more than you can ask for out of any Purdue player these days.
Pharaoh Brown (TE, Oregon)
Brown being on the field at all this season makes for one of the better stories in college football, but now he is starting to produce like the top-tier talent he was prior to the injury. Brown missed all of last season after tearing two ligaments in his knee and almost having his leg amputated following a game against Utah in 2014, and was thought to be finished playing football for good. Now, Brown looks to be back at 100 percent and has seemingly developed a quick connection with freshman quarterback Justin Herbert. In the last two games, Brown has 10 catches for 182 yards and three touchdowns, including a 72-yard TD reception this past week against Arizona State. With Oregon’s passing game looking much improved with Herbert under center that raises the stock for Brown and the other Oregon pass catchers.
Samajie Grant (RB, Arizona)
The running back position has been in flux all season long for the Wildcats with injuries and suspensions decimating the depth chart. Junior starter Nick Wilson has only played in two full games due to a knee injury. Co-starter Orlando Bradford was kicked out of the program. Freshman J.J. Taylor had breakout performances against Hawaii and Washington before suffering a season-ending injury. With no capable options left, head coach Rich Rodriguez was forced to turn to his diminutive (5-9, 180) senior wide receiver to carry the load Saturday against Stanford. Entering with just seven carries in his Wildcats career, Grant got 19 against the Cardinal and while his overall stat line (64 yards) may not look impressive, the amount of touches is promising going forward. With no timetable as of now with Wilson’s return to the lineup, Grant looks to be worth a pickup with some average defenses remaining on Arizona’s schedule.
Other Players Worth Considering:
Jordan Johnson (RB, Buffalo)
Dorian Brown (RB, Ohio)
Juwan Washington (RB, San Diego State)
Arion Worthman (QB, Air Force)
KeeSean Johnson (WR, Fresno State)
Nyquan Murray (WR, Florida State)
Kennedy McKoy (RB, West Virginia)
Josh Allen (QB, Wyoming)
Rico Dowdle (RB, South Carolina)
David Blough (QB, Purdue)
Dimetrios Mason (WR, Missouri)
Adam Breneman (TE, UMass)
Andy Isabella (WR, UMass)
James Summers (RB, East Carolina)
Ryquell Armstead (RB, Temple)
Da’Leon Ward (RB, Texas Tech)
Dieuly Aristilde (WR, Eastern Michigan)
Tony Brooks-James (RB, Oregon)
Boston Scott (RB, Louisiana Tech)
Ty Lee (WR, Middle Tennessee)
Warren Wand (RB, Arkansas State)
Darrell Henderson (RB, Memphis)
Charles Williams (RB, UNLV)
— Written by Mike Bainbridge, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Bainbridge is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. For more College Fantasy Football insight, Make sure to follow him on Twitter @MikeBainbridge2.