We're in the thick of it now, folks. Week 5 is here. Time to get rid of that dead weight on your roster and replace it with some players with more potential as we head into the heart of the season. For our BCS waiver wire report, click here
SNATCH ‘EM UP
These guys will be hot commodities on the wire this week.
QB Tyler Tettleton, Ohio
Tettleton has now produced back-to-back performances that have caught the eyes of the fantasy world. In week three against Marshall he accounted for 338 total yards and four total touchdowns. In week four he racked up 339 passing yards and three touchdowns against Rutgers. He beginning to look like a fantasy player you can count on.
QB Keith Wenning, Ball State
Wenning has been gaining momentum the past two weeks. Against Buffalo in week three he threw for 226 yards with two scores, and in week four against Army he passed for 324 yards and three scores. With MAC conference play coming around the corner, now would be the time to grab Wenning for some spot starts in your fantasy line-up.
RB Jahwan Edwards, Ball State
The Ball State offense is waking up. Edwards was highlighted in last week’s waiver wire article after posting 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns against Buffalo. In week four he only managed 64 yards but found the endzone three times against Army. Look for Edwards to continue to be the center of Ball State’s rushing attack in the weeks to come.
RB Reggie Bullock, East Carolina
Week four was the first time East Carolina faced an opponent that doesn’t have a serious talent advantage. Against UAB Bullock ran the ball for 169 yards and a score. His role in the passing game has been limited thus far in 2011, but he still holds value as a rusher.
WR Phillip Payne, UNLV
Payne has come up with 25 and 30 fantasy point performances over the past two weeks. The schedule sets up nicely over the next month. Payne has had his share of off-the-field issues in past years, but if he can keep those aside and stay on the field he could be a force in the MWC.
WR Deon Long, New Mexico
Long caught 9 balls for 209 yards and 3 touchdowns last week against Sam Houston State. Next up is equally week New Mexico State. Aside from last week's insane numbers, he has put up 12, 7, and 15 fantasy points to start the year.
TAKE A CHANCE
If you have the roster room, these prospects are worth a look.
QB Logan Kilgore, Middle Tennessee
Kilgore had a great showing in week four throwing for 415 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception. This was the first big performance he has posted, but all the previous games were against BCS conference opponents. Now that conference play is coming around, Kilgore is a guy that is definitely worth taking a chance on.
QB Cody Fajardo, Nevada
Those who have been long-time readers to CFG know that we have a man crush on Cody Fajardo, Nevada's quarterback of the future. We gobbled him up in every keeper and dynasty league this past off-season, and are patiently awaiting him to take over the offense in 2012... or sooner. Fajardo is starting to garner playing time already. On Saturday against Texas Tech he rushed 10 times for 139 yards ands 2 scores, and also passed for 59 yards and a score. We're not sure of his role in the offense moving forward, but he's worth stashing away if you have roster room just in case he becomes The Man at some point this fall.
RB Anthon Samuel, Bowling Green
Samuel has been productive in all but one game this season. Against Miami, Ohio in week four he ran for 121 yards and a score. Taking his lack-luster performance against Wyoming out of the mix, he is averaging around 130 rushing yards and a score per game. With waiver wire running back options being very thin this year, Samuel may be a guy worth taking a shot on.
RB Jawon Chisholm, Akron
Akron has not been very good offensively this season, but the week four match-up with Virginia Military Institute provided a spark for the squad. Chisholm had his second 20+ carry, 100 yard performance. In week four he ran the ball 27 times for 188 yards and one touchdown. Against Cincinnati the week prior he still produced 133 yards on 25 carries. The fact Chisholm produced against a Big East defense should make you feel more at ease with picking him up.
RB Pat Shed, UAB
Shed was drafted in many leagues but once he had gotten injured many fantasy owners dropped him. He is probably laying in the weeds in most fantasy leagues. Shed wasn’t spectacular against East Carolina but he did rack up 121 total yards and one rushing touchdown. Shed caught eleven passes in week four, adding more value in PPR leagues. Considering how thin the waiver wire running back options are this year, Shed is worth taking a stab at to get more depth on your roster.
RB Kendrick Rhodes, Florida International
Rhodes has been very hard to predict this season. He posted a respectable 77 yards and two scores performance in week one, then he was just average against Louisville and UCF. Against Louisiana-Lafayette he racked up 30 carries for 157 yards and three touchdowns. He hasn’t received this big a workload in any other game, but his numbers can’t be ignored. If you pick him up you must realize that he is a feast or famine type of fantasy player, so be ready for the ups and downs.
RB Brandon Rutley, San Jose State
Rutley rumbled for 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns on a whopping 33 carries on Saturday against New Mexico State. Granted, NMSU has a terrible defense, but this performance cannot be ignored. If you're in a super-deep league format and need help at RB, why not roll the dice on Rutley?
RB Benny Cunningham, Middle Tennessee
Cunningham has posted 19, 17 and 22 fantasy points to kick off the season. He gets Memphis next week in what appears to be a nice match up. Then the Sun Belt season kicks into high gear. If you're in a deep league, you could do much worse that Cunningham.
WR Keith Sconiers, Akron
Sconiers is another Akron player that has caught fire over the last two weeks. In week four he hauled in eight receptions for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Against Cincinnati in week three he had seven receptions for 137 yards and another score. With back to back weeks of positive production you could expect to see his highlighted role in the offense carry over into conference play.
TE Ryan Otten, San Jose State
Otten was on our preseason radar as a potential sleeper. He was slowed down at the start of the season due to injury, but it looks like he’s back to full strength. He led all receivers in week four with six receptions for 98 yards and two scores. The coaches know the type of talent they have and now that’s he’s healthy you can bet he will be leading the team in receptions on a consistent basis.
WAIT AND SEE
Need to see more from these guys before pulling the trigger.
QB J.J. McDermott, SMU
McDermott played well enough to avoid splitting reps with Kyle Padron. McDermott passed for 357 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. While this performance may give the impression that he has solidified the position, the truth is a bit different. SMU was playing Memphis, arguably the worst team in the Bowl Subdivision. When the competition gets tougher don’t be surprised when the dual QB system is used again.
QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
Carr has posted some decent games, but week four had him putting up a monster game. Against Idaho he threw for 371 yards, five scores, and two interceptions. Idaho has been lousy on offense this year, and the Fresno State offense is still a run first mindset. Although Carr’s numbers have been steadily improving each week, passing on him might be the right thing to do since this week’s numbers are something you can’t count on him to do multiple times.
RB Raymond Maples, Army
Week four was a coming out party for Maples as he rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns against Ball State. Although his performance was good, in two prior match-ups with teams of similar talent level (Northern Illinois & San Diego State) he only had a total of 15 carries for 62 yards and no trips to the endzone. Due to his lack of production against other mid level schools it may be hard to commit to grabbing Maples this week.
RB Kenny Turner, New Mexico State
Turner made the most of his match-up with San Jose State, posting 148 total yards and two total touchdowns. This was a game that featured two pretty terrible defenses. Turner hasn’t done much in his previous three games. The best performance was against Ohio in week one when he had 134 total yards but no scores.
WR Willie Snead, Ball State
With the Ball State passing game finding its rhythm lately, fantasy owners are trying to find who the primary receiver will be. Snead had a great week four performance by pulling in ten receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown. The only reason we think you might want to wait on Snead is that in the week three game with Buffalo he only mustered four catches for 21 yards and a score. If he can have another big game he will shoot up into a guy you should add on your squad.
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