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Waiver Wire Watch: Players to Pick Up Week 6

Mario Puig

Mario Puig

Mario sets the direction of RotoWire's college football and NFL draft content, with his other responsibilities primarily resting in those same subjects. He's a fan of Chip Kelly, James Harrison and David Bowie.

ACC

Montel Harris, RB, Boston College


If Harris was abandoned in your league due to his preseason knee injury, he might be worth picking up in light of last week. Andre Williams aggravated his ankle injury against Wake Forest on Saturday, allowing Harris to take most of the carries. He finished the game with 108 yards on 22 carries. His value obviously would take a big hit, however, if Williams should regain a prominent role in the backfield.

James Washington, RB, North Carolina State

Washington is mostly worth a look in deeper leagues, but if Curtis Underwood (ankle) misses another game, Washington could put up nice numbers against Central Michigan. He had a big game starting in Underwood's place against Georgia Tech, running for 131 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while catching five passes for 35 yards. His value may prove to only be temporary, but he could still pay off for some owners.

Big East

Dustin Garrison, RB, West Virginia


Even if it was against Bowling Green, running for 291 yards and two scores on 32 carries is generally a good enough showing to jump to the top of the depth chart. Vernard Roberts and Andrew Buie simply didn't show much this year, but Garrison has looked sharp for two weeks now, including against LSU. He needs to be owned in all leagues until he slows.

Nick Provo, TE, Syracuse

Provo didn't enter the year with high expectations, but he has been fairly sharp the last three weeks. He has 15 catches for 189 over that span, including an eight-catch, 85-yard showing against USC. He's certainly not a priority pickup, but he nonetheless could be worth adding if you need tight-end help.

Big Ten

Derek Moye, WR, Penn State

Between facing favorable defenses and strong opposing offenses (thus forcing Penn State to throw the ball more), Moye should continue to produce. If it weren't for a Week 1 blowout victory and a brutal Alabama defense in Week 2, Moye would have headed into Week 3 with more than just 108 receiving yards. Indeed, in the three games since he has 335 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Moye is one of the nation's best receivers, so he should keep posting decent numbers even with his awful quarterback situation.

Jordan Hall, RB, Ohio State

While the five-game suspension for Dan Herron was supposed to end at this point, there are now reports that he might remain suspended for at least another week. If that turns out to be true, Hall could remain a decent value for another week. He's clearly ahead of Carlos Hyde on the depth chart, and Ohio State is unlikely to have much interest in throwing the ball with Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller as the team's quarterbacks.

Big 12

Eric Ward, WR, Texas Tech


Ward was off the fantasy radar entering this year, but he has quietly been one of the nation's top producers at receiver so far. His yardage total of 215 is modest if not unimpressive, but he has 20 catches through four games with seven touchdown catches. If Darrin Moore (knee/ankle) continues to miss time, Ward's value is especially high in the short term.

John Hubert, RB, Kansas State

His upcoming matchup with Missouri isn't a good one, but Hubert has a favorable two-game stretch after that with Texas Tech and Kansas. Bryce Brown is officially not a concern for Hubert's workload, as Hubert averages 17 carries per game outside of a Week 2 blowout against Kent State. Averaging 5.7 yards per carry, Hubert should turn into a solid spot start against the Red Raiders and Jayhawks.

Conference-USA

Ryan Balentine, WR, Southern Mississippi


You ideally won't need to throw him right into your starting lineup, but Balentine is quietly putting together a nice season. If he can keep it up, he'd be worth starting in many scenarios. He has 24 catches for 323 yards and three touchdowns in five games, including 12 for 182 yards and all the scores in the last two weeks. Kelvin Bolden's presence complicates things, but it's possible the two can coexist.

Willie Carter, WR/RB, Tulsa

Carter is similar to Charles Clay, in that he's sometimes classified as a running back but primarily works as a receiver. He's not putting up gigantic numbers in the role, but he's doing just enough to put him on the fantasy radar in many leagues. He had one game with zero touches and so he's mostly just a roster stash/wait-and-see type of pickup, but in his other four games he has a total of 321 yards and three touchdowns. Keep in mind, Carter has played against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Boise State this year. The rest of his schedule is much more favorable.

Independents

Jonas Gray, RB, Notre Dame


That he's behind Cierre Wood on the depth chart means Gray is primarily an option in deep leagues, but Gray is nonetheless pushing for a significant role in Notre Dame's surprisingly run-heavy offense. Quarterbacks Tommy Rees and Dayne Crist proved to be liabilities, while Gray and Wood have turned out to be productive. Gray offers a power element that Wood lacks, and coach Brian Kelly is starting to notice. In the last three games Gray has 30 carries for 243 yards and two scores. Expect Notre Dame to get him the ball more consistently from here.

MAC

Morgan Williams, RB, Toledo


Williams took over for Adonis Thomas (broken arm) against Temple, and he looks like he'll remain Toledo's top running option as long as Thomas is out. If he keeps playing like he did Saturday, in fact, he might force a timeshare in the backfield, excellent as Thomas is. Williams burned the Owls for 121 yards and a score on 20 carries, and a weaker Eastern Michigan defense is up next. Williams actually ran for 1,010 yards (5.98 yards per carry) and six touchdowns as a freshman in 2008, so he definitely has the talent to keep it up.

LaVon Brazill, WR, Ohio

Brazill has been known as a talented player, but poor quarterback play had always held him back. Then Tyler Tettleton emerged. Tettleton's fast start of 1,192 yards and 12 touchdowns through five games has resulted in 332 yards and five touchdowns receiving for Brazill. That includes 268 yards and all the touchdowns the last four weeks. With a MAC schedule, he should keep producing.

MWC

Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming


Herron has been quiet since his 104-yard, two-touchdown showing in the opener against Weber State, but look for him to get back on track this week against Utah State. The Aggies have a potent offense and a good run defense, two factors that should force Wyoming to throw the ball. Given that Utah State lacks a strong pass defense, Herron should be able to produce respectable numbers.

Colin Lockett, WR, San Diego State

San Diego State will need to throw the ball more than usual to keep up with TCU this week, and Lockett has shown enough ability this year to suggest he can get open against the Horned Frogs. TCU has allowed an unfathomable 13 touchdowns compared to just two interceptions in five games this year, with SMU lighting them up for 349 yards and four touchdowns. With 19 catches for 325 yards and three scores heading into this game, Lockett should be up for the task.

Pac-12


Marqise Lee, WR, USC


Lee is a true freshman, but he has made a sizeable impact the last three weeks. He started slowly this year after earning a great deal of praise in fall camp, but he has steadily picked up steam, totaling 14 catches for 257 yards and three touchdowns in his last three games. With defenses guaranteed to obsess over Robert Woods in the USC passing game, Lee is a lock to get favorable matchups. Unfortunately for defenses, he appears to have the talent to capitalize.

Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

Carey is primarily a deep-league consideration, but he has steadily increased his presence in the Arizona backfield in recent games. The high point was last week's game against USC, when he ran for 34 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries while adding 45 yards and another touchdown on three receptions. Look for Arizona to light up the Oregon State defense in Week 6, and expect Carey to find the end zone at least once in the process.

SEC

Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama


Trent Richardson showed why he's the top Alabama running back against Florida on Saturday, burning the Gators for 181 yards and two scores on the ground. But given that Alabama is taking on Vanderbilt this week, you can expect the Crimson Tide's rushing attack to feature Lacy extensively, particularly after things start getting out of hand. Averaging 8.6 yards per carry as well as scoring five rushing touchdowns, he'll be able to do something with the opportunity.

Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas

Although he had an embarrassing fumble against Texas A&M last week, Hamilton should still be in line for a good game against Auburn in Week 6. That's because the Tigers likely will be giving special attention to Jarius Wright after he torched Texas A&M for 281 yards and two touchdowns on 13 catches last week. Hamilton is good enough to take advantage of the situation.

Sun Belt

Blaine Gautier, QB, Louisiana-Lafayette


Gautier opened the year primarily as a rushing specialist, but he has really taken hold of the full Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback role since. He has 550 yards and five touchdowns through the air in the last two weeks, with 117 yards on the ground in the same span. Troy hasn't shown a strong pass defense so far this year, so it would be disappointing if Gautier didn't keep playing well in Week 6.

Kedrick Rhodes, RB, Florida International

The Akron Zips are next on the schedule for Florida International. A game against Akron almost always means a big game for the opposing offense, and Rhodes is FIU's main ballcarrier. He has 400 yards and five touchdowns on the ground through five weeks, and it would be a big surprise if he didn't see a substantial increase to those numbers after this week.

WAC

Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State


As long as he's healthy, Otten is a great bet to produce. He has emerged as one of college football's best tight ends, totaling 12 catches for 210 yards and three touchdowns the last two games. While it might seem as if that came out of nowhere, Otten actually gave a preview of his potential at the end of last year, catching 12 passes for 160 yards and three scores in his final three games after missing most of the year with a toe injury. Ankle troubles caused him to miss the second game of this year, but he's clearly picking up where he left off at the end of 2010.

Nick Isham, QB, Louisiana Tech

Isham is a true freshman who hasn't been especially impressive so far this year, but he's in a pass-happy offense that's taking on one of the nation's worst defenses in Week 6. Last week against Hawaii, he only completed 56.9 percent of his passes, averaged just 6.0 yards per pass and threw two interceptions, but he also managed to throw three touchdowns and run for another. Idaho has allowed 308 yards per game through the air this year with 12 passing touchdowns, and the picture would be significantly uglier if the team hadn't had a cupcake matchup against North Dakota in Week 2.