Week one is nearly in the books and now the mad dash begins to find those rare studs that slipped through the cracks on draft day. We're releasing two waiver wire reports (BCS and non-BCS
), and we organized each into a few categories to help your search.
LOW HANGING FRUIT
If you drafted in late August, these guys were likely snapped up on draft day. But just in case they weren’t, we’re listing them here as a final reminder. Grab them NOW.
RB Malcolm Agnew, Oregon State
As has been well documented here on CFG, Agnew was one of the hotter names to emerge from the latter half of fall camp. He showed why in the opener, erupting for 223 rushing yards on 33 carries. He hit paydirt three times. He’s cemented himself as the unquestioned starter. However, he does face a tough test at Wisconsin next week.
WR Darrin Moore, Texas Tech
Here’s another guy who kept popping up time and time again in August. Those who snagged him on draft day were rewarded with a dominating 12-221-1 performance.
SNATCH ‘EM UP
These guys will be hot commodities on the wire this week.
QB Tommy Rees, Notre Dame
Dayne Crist has a rough go of it in the opener and was benched. Rees looked much better guiding the offense, and while nothing has been announced as of this writing, one would have to guess he'll be the starter when the Irish travel to Ann Arbor next week. Whoever is the signal caller in a Brian Kelly offense holds fantasy value. in Rees' case, he'd make a nice QB3 in All-FBS formats.
RB Dominique Whaley, Oklahoma
The Oklahoma backfield was viewed as a massive running back by committee heading into this season. Although multiple back carried the ball against Tulsa, Whaley stood out from the pack with his play. He racked up 131 yards and four scores in week one. The key in evaluating the Oklahoma running back situation is to wait for a guy to stand out from the pack then jump on the bandwagon. If you are of that mindset, snag Whaley while he’s hot. However, just realize that Roy Finch, Brennan Clay, Jonathan Miller and Brandon Williams lurk in the background and could steal the spotlight on any given week.
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, Michigan
All eyes were on the Michigan ground game to see who (other than Denard Robinson) would see the carries in this offense. In the rain-shortened opener, Toussaint lugged the rock 11 times (for 80 yards and 2 TDs) while Michael Shaw only saw the ball 4 times (for 55 yards and 1 TD). Michigan’s play calling involved more traditional RB looks around the goaline, and less Denard Robinson free-lancing. This is good news for whoever eventually wins the RB job. Right now, Toussaint leads the pack. We’re not sure he’ll be the main man each and every week from here on out, but he’s worth taking a shot on.
RB John White, Utah
White won the starting job heading into the Montana State game, but his play highlighted his natural ability. White carried the ball 19 times for 150 yards and one touchdown while adding one receiving touchdown to his scoring total. Utah may have a difficult time adjusting to the Pac-12, but White showed that he can be a feature back in Utah’s new west coast offense.
TAKE A CHANCE
If you have the roster room, these prospects are worth a look.
QB Barrett Trotter, Auburn
If you’re in a deep league or a BCS-only format, Trotter is worth a long look. He’s not much of a runner, which devalues him quite a bit fantasy-wise, but he will put up respectable passing stats in Gus Malzahn’s offense. While Auburn as a whole looked terrible against Utah State, Trotter was impressive down the stretch, leading his team to two late scores. His was 17-for-23 for 261 yards and three scores on the day.
QB Tevin Washington, Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech did something they haven’t done since Paul Johnson took over as head coach - throw for over 250 yards in a game. Washington passed the ball for 271 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 34 yards rushing. This is not the typical quarterback production that the Georgia Tech flexbone offense produces. Before you get too excited about these stats just remember that they played Western Carolina.
RB Lyle McCombs, Connecticut
DJ Shoemate was listed as the co-starter at RB in the official press release from UConn, but he suffered an ankle injury in Thursday’s practice (which was kept silent) and McCombs was thrust into the lead back role. He made the most of his opportunity by running the ball 24 times for 141 yards and FOUR touchdowns against Fordham. Granted, this was against a cupcake opponent and yes, Shoemate is expected back soon. Still, if you have a large roster and can afford taking a risk, McCombs is worth a shot as UConn gets Vandy, Iowa State and Buffalo in the coming weeks. As long as Shoemate is out, this guy holds value.
RB Kevin Parks, Virginia
Running back Perry Jones was the only experienced rusher returning in the Virginia offense for 2011. Expectations were high that he could become the main back but he was upstage Saturday by redshirt freshman Parks. Parks did split carries with Jones, but he produced at a much higher level by turning his 16 carries into 114 yards and three touchdowns against Williams and Mary. The competition only gets stiffer from here on out. If you’re in a BCS only league or a deep all-120 league it might not be a bad idea to take a risk on Parks and see if he can produce. His week two performance against Indiana should have a lot to say for how well he will fare in the ACC.
RB Andre Williams, Boston College
With starting running back Montel Harris out due to injury, Williams became the man for the Eagles. In a tough match-up with Northwestern, he toted the rock 22 times for 114 yards and two scores. He showed he can carry a heavy load. The next three games look nice for Williams with match-ups against UCF, Duke, and Massachusetts. But once that stretch is over you can expect Harris to eat into his carries and Williams’ fantasy value to drop.
RB Terrance Ganaway, Baylor
Ganaway looked very impressive running hard in his match-up with TCU. He racked up 83 yards and two scores on 24 carries. Although he stood out as the primary back for the Bears, you can’t count out the possibility that Oregon transfer Lance Seastruck is granted a special waiver and becomes eligible for this season. If this happens, Ganaway’s fantasy value will most likely drop. But he brings enough positives to the table to make it worth your wild to snag him up on a deep roster now and then sit back and let the dust settle with Seastruck.
RB Chris Rainey, Florida
Charlie Weis arrives on campus in Gainesville and instantly both Gator running backs have great outings (Jeff Demps 27 fantasy points, Rainey 30). Rainey is intriguing due to his versatility. He rushed for 79 yards and a score, and caught 6 balls for 67 yards and another TD. If you’re in a PPR league looking for some RB depth, you could certainly do worse than Rainey. The split carry mindset by Chuck Weis could drive you crazy at times, but Rainey is sure to have a handful of explosive games this fall.
WR Keenan Allen, Cal
Allen’s new quarterback, Zach Maynard, is his cousin. The two hooked up 8 times for 112 yards on Saturday. If this family-connection continues, Allen could be in for a good year.
WR Terrence Williams, Baylor
With Josh Gordon leaving school, Williams stepped right in and became RG3’s WR2 against TCU, catching 6 balls for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns. While he might not put up 28 fantasy points every week, he certainly stands a good chance to be a key part of the dangerous Baylor offense.
TE Joseph Fauria, UCLA
It's tough to trust anything (other than maybe RB Jonathan Franklin) in the UCLA offense these days, but in a college fantasy football world with so few options at TE, Fauria is worth grabbing right away if you need help at the position. Why not? He grabbed 6 balls fror 110 yards and a touchdown against Houston on Saturday.
WAIT AND SEE
Need to see more from these guys before pulling the trigger.
QB Richard Brehaut, UCLA
Kevin Prince started the game at QB for the Bruins with Brehaut being worked in as the game went on. Once again (sigh) Prince went down to an injury and Brehaut was ready to step up in his absence. Without playing the entire game Brehaut racked up 351 total yards and three total touchdowns against Houston. The thing to remember when contemplating picking him up is that they were playing Houston. Yes Houston is a good team, but that defense lacks the same talent that Brehaut will face in the Pac-12. Just add him to your watch list for now instead of making a knee jerk reaction.
QB Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
Wilson certainly boosts Wisconsin’s championship hopes in 2011, but what fantasy owners need to realize is that he will receive more media hype than the actual fantasy value he brings to the table. Wilson had a superb game in week one, passing for 255 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 62 yards and another score. But they were playing UNLV and playing them at home. He holds value in BCS-only leagues, and is a spot starter in All-FBS formats.
QB Joe Bauserman, Ohio State
Here’s another case of a big name on a big program that will receive media attention, but his fantasy value is limited. Bauserman scored four total touchdowns against Akron, but he only amassed 195 total yards. Freshman phenom Braxton Miller did play in this one, and you can only expect his role in the offense to grow as the year goes on. The smart move is to ignore Bauserman unless you’re in a deep BCS-only league or a Big Ten-heavy format.
QB Tanner Price, Wake Forest
Price did put up some nice stats on Thursday night. He passed for 289 yards and three touchdowns against Syracuse. But he did leave the game due to injury and did not return. The doctors have said that his injury isn’t major and he won’t miss an extended period of time. The injury concerns are the only things that has us saying “wait and see,” but the fact he did this against a BCS conference school has us intrigued to see what else he can do once he’s healthy again.
WR Chris Givens, Wake Forest
Givens caught 7 calls for 171 yards and 2 scores against Syracuse. If QB Tanner Price is healthy, Givens is worth a look in BCS-only formats. Wake will likely be playing from behind often, which is always a good thing if you’re a dangerous receiving threat.
CUT ‘EM LOOSE
Throw them back into the player pool.
QB Jeff Tuel, Washington State
Tuel suffered a broken clavicle early in the game with Montana State and he is expect to miss a minimum of eight weeks, if not the entire season. Even if he does return late in the season, back-up Marshall Lobbestael looked good in his absence and it will be hard to have the same level of expectations for Tuel in the later portion of the season.
RB Brandon Bolden, Ole Miss
Don't cut him loose just yet, but be ready. It sounds as if his ankle injury is a serious one and he could miss extensive time, or even the season.
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