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Waiver Wire Pickups (10/18): Who to grab before Week 8 starts

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ACC

Mustafa Greene, RB, North Carolina State
Greene hasn’t scored a touchdown in three weeks, but he has still had two good games in since that time and he might start finding the end zone again soon.

Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech
Boykin has had two one-catch games this season, but he has had eight catches in each of his last two games and has five touchdowns on the season.

Big 12

Jay Finley, RB, Baylor
Finley had a few pretty good games before last week, but then he exploded for 143 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries against Colorado. That’s a performance worth taking note of.

Eric Stephens, RB, Texas Tech
The Red Raiders aren’t known for their running game, but Stephens has still had a few good games on the ground and he’s part of their passing game as well, as his seven catches for 54 yards against Baylor can attest to.

Big East

Tino Sunseri, QB, Pittsburgh
Sunseri threw for 266 yards and four touchdowns against Syracuse last week, giving him nine touchdowns against three interceptions on the season. Aside from a rough game against the Miami Hurricanes, he’s been good this season.

D.J. Woods, WR, Cincinnati
Only once this season has Woods failed to score a touchdown, and he had huge games against North Carolina State and Oklahoma. Considering how bad the Big East is this year, Woods should be afforded relatively favorable matchups going forward.

Big Ten

Da’Jon McKnight, WR, Minnesota
The Golden Gophers are a mess, but that hasn’t hurt McKnight up to this point. Assuming the firing of Tim Brewster doesn’t change the offense too much, McKnight should keep producing. He’s gained 439 yards and scored six touchdowns already, and maybe a new head coach can help stabilize the team and lead to even more production from McKnight.

B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State
Cunningham tends to trade off big games with Mark Dell and Keshawn Martin, but he's the best option of the three because he leads the team in receptions (25) and touchdown receptions (four).

Conference USA

Casey Robottom, WR, Tulane
Robottom has been fairly consistent this year, but his nine receptions for 106 yards against Tulsa last week was particularly impressive. He has 38 catches this season, so clearly his quarterback is looking for him.

Jonathan Williams, RB, East Carolina
Williams started off the season with three tremendous games before slowing down for a couple weeks. However, last week against North Carolina State he had another good game, so it might be time to have some trust in Williams again. Outside of a game against Central Florida, Williams’ schedule from here is intriguing.

Independents

Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
With Kyle Rudolph lost for the season, somebody has to step in at tight end for the Fighting Irish. Eifert had four catches for 72 yards and a score last week, so it appears he might be a reasonable replacement.

MAC

Alex Gillett, QB, Eastern Michigan
Yes, Eastern Michigan is bad, but last week against Ball State Gillett threw for 225 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while running 35 times for 189 yards and two scores. The MAC seems unusually weak this year, so Gillett has potential for a few more good games.

Eric Williams, RB, Ball State
Williams has scored touchdowns in two of his last three games, including three touchdowns three weeks ago against Central Michigan. Aside from a poor game against Iowa, he’s been a consistent performer this season.

MWC

DeVonte Christopher, WR, Utah
Christopher has disappeared in two games this season, but he’s scored in his last two games, and two weeks ago he tallied six catches for 124 yards while scoring.

Matt Asiata, RB, Utah
Before last week’s game against Wyoming Asiata scored a touchdown in three straight games, and against the Cowboys he ran for 109 yards. Hopefully he’ll get the touchdowns and the 109 yards at the same time in his next game.

Pac-10

Robert Woods, WR, USC
Just in case you wrote off Woods’ performance against Stanford two weeks ago as a fluke, take note now: Woods has arrived and he’s here to stay. The super recruit true freshman followed up his mammoth Stanford performance with seven catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns against California. He now leads USC in receiving yards and is on pace to finish the season with 60 catches for 956 yards and 12 total touchdowns.

Jeff Maehl, WR, Oregon
The Ducks’ running game might get most of the attention, but Maehl has still been very impressive in the passing game. He’s scored at least one touchdown in his past four games.

SEC

Chris Matthews, WR, Kentucky
Matthews may have had a couple less than stellar games, but he’s shown he can play well against big-time competition. Against Florida he caught six passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and last week in Kentucky’s upset of South Carolina he reeled in 12 passes for 177 yards and a score.

Ronnie Wingo, RB, Arkansas
Wingo doesn't receive many carries for Arkansas and so he is only worth a look for owners in very deep leagues, but he has quietly scored five touchdowns this year. What makes Wingo an odd case is that four of those touchdowns have been as a pass-catcher. Since almost all his production comes as a receiver, he's especially worth a look in PPR leagues.

Sun Belt

Jason Bruce, WR, Troy
Bruce is no Jerrel Jernigan, but he has been surprisingly productive in Troy’s high-powered passing attack this year. He has four receiving touchdowns so far and will have a chance to pad his stats as Troy heads into a stretch were all but one of their remaining opponents are in the Sun Belt.

Luther Ambrose, WR, Louisiana-Monroe
Since his first game of the season, Ambrose hasn’t had less than 53 yards in a game and last week he had 77 yards and a score. He’s played most of this year with a tough schedule, so things should get easier as Ambrose continues to face Sun Belt opponents.

WAC

Robbie Rouse, RB, Fresno State
Rouse has had some injury issues this season, but last week he rushed for 150 yards and two scores on 16 carries. Fresno State is committed to running the ball, so Rouse could be productive if he just stays on the field.

Justin Veltung, WR, Idaho
Veltung only has 12 catches this season, but last week he caught six passes for 140 yards and a whopping four touchdowns. Those are numbers you can’t ignore. Just like how you can’t ignore the fact that Veltung has seven touchdowns on those 12 catches. There’s major upside here, though the risk is also apparent.

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