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Waiver Wire Watch: Players to Pick Up Week 8

Mario Puig

Mario Puig

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ACC

Jacory Harris, QB, Miami (FL)


Harris has been an unlikely model of consistency the last month, but it's time to give him some credit for what he's done lately. He heads into this week's showdown with Georgia Tech's potent offense with 10 touchdowns and one interception in his last four games, averaging 9.9 yards per attempt. For those who need help at quarterback, Harris is worth a gamble in a number of scenarios.

Rodney Smith, WR, Florida State

Star freshman Rashad Greene (ankle) might be back this week, but Smith is still a talented player in his own right and has definitely earned a prominent role in the Florida State offense. His total of 386 yards and three touchdowns through six weeks is modest, but he should be valuable all year in ACC-only leagues. And he could get a bit more work than usual this week as Florida State takes on a Maryland team that scored 45 points last week.

Big East

Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers


Rutgers' miserable offensive line limits Jamison's upside, but anytime a player receives 96 carries over a four-week span, it's difficult not to get curious as a fantasy football owner. Jamison finally started to capitalize on the workload against Navy last week, going for 101 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries against Navy. His schedule isn't especially easy from here, but his big workload makes him a good target for those in need of running back help.

Van Chew, WR, Syracuse

Chew has been extremely quiet lately, but those in need of a spot starter in deep or Big East-only leagues should look at him this week as Syracuse attempts to keep up with West Virginia's superior offense. He had a touchdown in the first three weeks before taking on two tough defenses in Toledo and Rutgers.

Big Ten

B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State


Cunningham is a good receiver, but he might be available in your league due to his inconsistency and low touchdown total (two). If so, he's worth a gamble as Michigan State takes on Wisconsin this week. The Badgers are tough, but Michigan State will need to throw it more than usual to keep up with Wisconsin's strong offense. That means Cunningham is a good bet to get his number called.

Keenan Davis, WR, Iowa

He has been relatively quiet about it, but Davis has been productive on a fairly consistent basis this year and probably should be owned in most formats. He has a touchdown in all but two games, and with Marvin McNutt on the other side, he'll continue to see favorable coverage. He faces a weak Indiana defense this week.

Big 12

T.J. Moe, WR, Missouri


Moe has gotten less work this year due to Missouri going a bit more run-heavy on offense, but he has a good chance to get some work against a high-scoring Oklahoma State squad this week. Oklahoma State's passing defense numbers look good on paper, but the team gave up yardage to Arizona, Texas A&M and Kansas - the team's defense would look much worse if it weren't for easy matchups against Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas and a Tulsa offense that lacked G.J. Kinne most of the game.

Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M

Previously one of college football's top-rated fantasy options, Fuller has been nothing short of a gigantic bust this year with just 32 catches for 351 yards and two touchdowns through six weeks. But if he was abandoned in your league, he's probable worth a pickup at this point. With Ryan Swope totaling 206 yards and four touchdowns against Baylor, Fuller can probably be expected to see single coverage for the first time since his freshman season.

Conference-USA

Willie Carter, RB/WR, Tulsa


Carter continues to provide low-ceiling, high-floor production that makes him an ideal flex play in a lot of leagues. He caught a season-high eight passes for 85 yards and a touchdown against Rice last week, giving him a touchdown in three straight games. As long as G.J. Kinne is on the field, Carter should remain a consistent option.

Kelvin Bolden, WR, Southern Mississippi

This might seem like a bit of a cheap entry given that Bolden has scored in three straight games, but he could really be in for a nice day this week. As solid as Bolden has been lately, fellow wideout Ryan Balentine has been better, which means Bolden could see some more favorable coverage as Southern Mississippi takes on a high-scoring SMU team this week.

Independents

Cody Hoffman, WR, BYU


Hoffman is best approached only in deeper leagues, but those in need of a boost at wideout might find some luck here. Hoffman has two scores in the last three weeks with quarterback Riley Nelson leading the offense rather than Jake Heaps, and Idaho State isn't a tough opponent this week.

MAC

Dominique White, RB, Eastern Michigan


Javonti Greene won't leave the picture entirely, but White has played too well lately to not remain a prominent ballcarrier in the Eastern Michigan offense. He has 377 yards and five touchdowns on the ground the last three weeks, averaging 6.1 yards per carry over that span. Western Michigan got ripped up on the ground against Northern Illinois last week, so White should be able to keep it going.

Donte Harden, RB, Ohio

Harden doesn't seem to have a high ceiling, but he has been a consistently productive player this year when healthy. He has 390 rushing yards with an average of 5.6 yards per carry and, while he has only two touchdowns, he should eventually see more of those as long as he remains productive on a per-play basis. Akron's unimpressive defense should give him a good shot at finding the end zone this week.

MWC

Joe Banyard, RB, UTEP


With two huge games in a row, it's time to forgive Banyard for his 12-carry, 17-yard showing against Stony Brook in Week 1. In the last two weeks, Banyard has inexplicably gone off for 337 yards and two touchdowns on just 31 carries. Colorado State is allowing 5.1 yards per carry this year, so Banyard could keep rolling this week.

Leilyon Myers, RB, UTEP

If you're in a deep league, then you might want to consider looking at UTEP's other running back. While Myers doesn't have the ability to match Banyard as far as yardage goes, he has six touchdowns in the last five weeks nonetheless. In a deep or touchdown-only league, Myers could provide surprisingly decent depth.

Pac-12

Tony Jones, RB, Colorado


With Rodney Stewart out somewhat indefinitely with a knee sprain, Jones is expected to step in as Colorado's top runner. He doesn't have Stewart's skill and therefore is primarily best targeted in deeper formats, but Jones did score two touchdowns in Stewart's place against Washington last week. His schedule isn't particularly good the next two weeks, but Jones could be a good spot start against Arizona and UCLA.

Malcolm Agnew, RB, Oregon State

Agnew ended his four-week absence by returning to the field against BYU on Saturday and, while his numbers weren't big, his workload can be expected to increase. He was Oregon State's best runner Saturday, taking 10 carries for 49 yards. He's worth adding in most leagues if you need some help at running back.

SEC

Bruce Ellington, RB/WR, South Carolina


With Marcus Lattimore out for the year with a knee injury, it's possible that Ellington will get some more work as a ballcarrier for South Carolina. Brandon Wilds is likely the team's top pure running back with Lattimore out, but it was Ellington who was featured more in the offense prior to Lattimore's injury. Ellington has 11 carries on the year for 91 yards and a touchdown as well as 12 receptions for 129 yards. He could be worth a gamble in deep and SEC-only leagues.

Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt

Stacy has been a very productive runner this year when he hasn't been subjected to the Alabama or South Carolina defense, running for 381 yards and two touchdowns on just 57 carries so far, giving him a rushing average of 6.7 yards per carry. With a matchup with Army ahead, you can find a worse spot start than Stacy this week.

Sun Belt

D.D. Kyles, RB, Middle Tennessee


After being reduced to obscurity at the start of the season, Kyles started getting carries in recent weeks. He did a good job with the increased workload, moreover, running for 201 yards and two scores on 34 carries in his last two games. A matchup with Florida Atlantic this week doesn't appear particularly intimidating, either.

Centarius Donald, RB, Louisiana-Monroe

If you need help in a deep or Sun Belt-only league, Donald could be worth a speculative addition. He has far and away been Monroe's most productive runner this year, averaging 6.9 yards per carry while the next-most productive runner averaged just 4.0 yards per carry. Coming off a 14-carry, 112-yard showing against Troy, Monroe would be smart to give Donald more work.

WAC

Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada


If Fajardo is still available in your league, he's close to a must-add at this point. He seems to have clearly taken the starting quarterback role from Tyler Lantrip, and his rare rushing ability makes him a potentially big get in fantasy football. He has 323 yards and five touchdowns with a rushing average of 8.5 yards per carry in four games this year, and is even coming off a start against New Mexico in which he completed 80 percent (20-of-25) of his passes.

Billy Ray Stutzmann, WR, Hawaii

He's no Greg Salas, Kealoha Pilares or even Royce Pollard, but Stutzmann is worth a look if you're in need of wideout help. In the last four weeks he has 29 catches for 352 yards and two touchdowns, and as long as Pollard is on the field, Stutzmann is likely to see favorable coverage situations.

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