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.
SNATCH ‘EM UP
These guys will be hot commodities on the wire this week.
QB Casey Pachall, TCU
Heading into the week one match-up with Baylor there was word that Pachall was still in a battle for the starting job and that there could potentially be a split snap scenario unfolding. Friday night’s game erased those rumors. Pachall took all the snaps in the offense and led a fierce fourth quarter comeback that fell short due to the defense’s inability to stop Baylor. Pachall passed for 251 yards, threw for four scores and had two interceptions to go along with 23 yards rushing and one touchdown on the ground. You can expect his play to get better as the year progresses, and once the Mountain West schedule hits his value will surely rise. However, he won't likely be in many more shootouts like the one that unfolded on Friday night, so keep your expectations in check.
QB Chuckie Keeton, Utah State
This freshman had no hype entering the 2011 season. His play at Auburn in his collegiate premier will have fantasy owners taking note. In his first college game Keeton accounted for 246 total yards and two touchdowns while playing on the road against an SEC school. His athletic ability helps dispel the rumors that he is a flash in the pan performer in week one. He could be a popular one week spot start with Weber State next on the docket. After that, Utah State has a bye week.
RB Branden Oliver, Buffalo
Since fall camp opened the Buffalo coaches have been hell-bent on running the football this season. For the past couple of seasons the coaches have shuffled multiple backs throughout the season. It looks like they may have found their workhorse. Oliver ran the ball 35 times against Pittsburgh for 114 yards and a score. Pretty impressive numbers against a tough Big East defense. You can expect his production to take a big jump once conference play rolls around, and his week two match-up with Stony Brook just got a whole lot juicier!
TAKE A CHANCE
If you have the roster room, these prospects are worth a look.
QB J.J. McDermott, SMU
SMU head coach June Jones surprisingly benched Kyle Padron just two drives into the season. McDermott came in and led the team to two quick scores, and played the rest of the game with mixed results. As of this writing, we haven't heard Jones' post-games comments on the situation, but if he is considering opening up the quarterback competition, McDermott is worth rolling the dice on.
QB Kris Proctor, Navy
Proctor had one of the single best fantasy performances of week one with 222 total yards, four total touchdowns, and one interception. He had the best fantasy match-up of the season against Deleware last week. Don’t expect Proctor to sustain these numbers throughout the season, and there are a limited number of good fantasy match-ups remaining on the schedule. But Proctor was the soul of the offense and that’s enough to make it worth a chance at picking him up for some good spot starts down the road.
RB Anthon Samuel, Bowling Green
Here’s a freshman special that popped out of nowhere. Bowling Green travel across the country to play Idaho in a game where many expected the passing game to dominate the offensive production. Samuel emerged as the feature back for BG by running the ball 22 times for 141 yards and one touchdown. This was not a pushover opening game, and although his stats don’t blow you out of the water you can’t ignore his workload this early in the season for a freshman. If you’re in a deep league and got some roster space for a flyer, take a shot on Samuel.
WR Josh Boyce, TCU
Boyce was the unquestioned No. 1 target of quarterback Casey Pachall during the loss to Baylor. The big WR caught 9 balls for 96 yards and a score. While it’s unlikely that the Horned Frogs will be engaged in many more 50-48 shootouts this year, the will be in the redzone often. And when they’re near that goal line, Boyce becomes a threat to score.
WAIT AND SEE
Need to see more from these guys before pulling the trigger.
QB Keith Wenning, Ball State
The Ball State program is under a new coaching staff and offensive system. That makes it very difficult to measure the player’s fantasy value in the early season. Wenning did show us all some very good things against Indiana. On paper Indiana should have run away with this one. Instead, Ball State came back from an early deficit to come back and win this one. Denning passed for 173 yards and two scores, while running the ball eight times for 61 yards and another touchdown. If you want to roll the dice in a deep league just snatch him up now. The safe play is to wait and see how he does in week three when Ball State faces off with Buffalo.
QB Nick Lamaison, UTEP
Lamaison put up some nice numbers that the UTEP offense hasn’t seen in a while. He passed the ball for 365 yards, three scores, two interceptions, and one fumble. We are including him here to help tell fantasy owners that the UTEP offense is still a major work in progress. They couldn’t run the ball well, which helped put the ball in Lamaison’s hands to keep throwing the ball. The other major factor at play here is the fact UTEP played Stony Brook. Just hold off from making an snap judgments on Lamaison.
RB Michael Hayes, Houston
In a game against a Pac-12 foe, Haynes was the most stable of Houston’s three running backs. He carried the ball seven times for 42 yards and two touchdowns. He provides added value in PPR leagues with his six receptions for 42 yards, giving him nearly 100 total yards. But there are still two other running backs in the Houston backfield. It will be difficult to predict which games you can rely on Hayes to reach the endzone. The safe thing to do might be to avoid Hayes for now and wait to see if he can do it for a couple of games before committing to him.
WR Bernard Reedy, Toledo
Caught 5 balls for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns in the opener. Can he become a viable spot fantasy starter opposite Eric Page? Time will tell.
WR Justin Hardy, East Carolina
This isn’t the first time Hardy caught our eye. He had some great scrimmages in fall camp. On Saturday, Hardy caught a whopping 11 balls for 91 yards and a TD. Michael Bowman returns to the lineup this week against Virginia Tech, which could minimize Hardy’s value somewhat. But if he can establish himself as Dom Davis’ WR3 in this offense, he’s worth having on your roster in deeper leagues. And in keeper leagues, he’s a great one to stash away.
WR Dylan Denso, San Diego State
With Vincent Brown and Demarco Sampson off to play in the NFL, QB Ryan Lindley is on the hunt for a new go-to receiver. Denso is one to watch. He caught 4 balls for 64 yards and 2 TDs on Saturday. He’s not the most physically gifted athlete on the Aztecs, but he’s got all of the intangibles you want.
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