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CFB Waiver Wire: Players to Pick Up Week 6

Chris Bennett

Bennett covers baseball, college football and college basketball for RotoWire. Before turning to fantasy writing, he worked in scouting/player development for the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. He's also a fan of the ACC.

AMERICAN ATHLETIC

Chris Moore, WR, Cincinnati

Another week, another Bearcats receiver. Moore scored in the team's first two games this season, and was the "safest" of Cincinnati's receivers entering the year, so he may be owned, but it's certainly worth checking. Moore has six catches, five of which have gone for touchdowns. He scored nine times on 45 catches last year, and with Gunner Kiel already scoring 14 times in three games, Moore shouldn't have a problem reaching double-digit touchdowns.

Zack Langer, RB, Tulsa

Langer seemingly came out of nowhere to run 20 times for 82 yards and a touchdown Saturady against Texas State. He had just 13 carries for 69 yards entering the game, but at 6-foot-1, 215, it's important to note Langer has scored in consecutive games. James Flanders still seems to be the lead back, but Langer has 25 pounds on him, and could be a treat to score weekly.

ATLANTIC COAST

Michael Brewer, QB, Virginia Tech

We've reached a point of the season where conference games are in full effect, bye weeks are as well, and owners likely will need some weekly streaming options. And when you're in need of a one-week quarterback, few places are better to turn than Chapel Hill, where UNC has allowed 353 yards per week through the air, which factors in the 189 it allowed against Liberty to open the year. The Tar Heels also surrendered 10 passing touchdowns in the last two weeks. Brewer has been a bit mistake prone through five games, tossing 10 interceptions. But he's got nine touchdowns, and the Hokies have struggled to run the ball. Brewer is set up for a nice game in Week 6.

Jesus Wilson, WR, Florida State

Wilson gets the nod over Clemson's Germone Hopper as he looks to have a little more staying power. Wilson has seen his catches increase in each of the first four weeks of the season, topping out last Saturday with a six-catch, 109-yard, two-touchdown outing. Until freshmen Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph become more involved, Wilson looks like he is the team's second receiving option. And last year showed that the Noles can have plenty of fantasy relevant receivers. Regarding Hopper, he's certainly worth a claim this week with a wait-and-see approach. It's important to remember Charone Peake missed the game due to swelling in his knee, and Hopper is still the third option at best behind Mike Williams and Artavis Scott.

BIG 12

Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State

Watching Thursday's game, James Washington looked like a potentially nice addition this week, and while he still may be, Ateman has been more consistent and is likely just as available. Despite not having a touchdown this season, Ateman has 10 catches for 200 yards in the last two games. He has a clear rapport with quarterback Daxx Garman and should continue to be a steady source of receptions.

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

Despite the presence of K.D. Cannon, and the return of Antwan Goodley, Coleman managed to catch 12 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown in his first action of the year. After missing the season's first three games due to a hamstring injury, Coleman is another mouth for quarterback Bryce Petty to feed.

BIG TEN

Desmon Peoples, RB, Rutgers

The Scarlet Knights' backfield is an apparent mess with Paul James lost for the season. A week ago, Justin Goodwin shined with 26 carries, 104 yards and a score. And while he didn't disappear last week against Tulane (12 carries, 82 yards,) Peoples gained 83 yards on 21 carries. Peoples had 19 rushes a week ago when James went down, and the volume suggests he could be the team's preferred choice despite a noticeable size difference (Peoples is listed at 178 pounds as opposed to Goodwin's 200). It's a bad fantasy situation but it's an offense that produces rushing yards, and both need to be held until the situation becomes clearer.

Dan Vitale, TE, Northwestern

Vitale leads the Wildcats in receptions (18) and yards (216). And he's a tight end. That's enough to peak interest even if he'll likely be inconsistent weekly.

CONFERENCE USA

Lucky Whitehead, WR, Florida Atlantic

Whitehead averages a meager 8.1 yards per catch. That's the bad news. But he's quickly emerged as one of the more consistent volume receivers in the country. Whitehead has 28 grabs through five games, having never caught less than five passes in a game. He's scored twice and also has 13 rushing attempts. Eventually, you'd think the yardage has to go up if he continues to see this many touches weekly.

Jordan Parker, RB, Middle Tennessee

Anytime a running back gets 31 carries in a game, seemingly out of nowhere, this late in the year, it's wise to take notice. Parker had shared carries with Reggie Whatley to begin the year as he was eased into action following a hip injury, having just 38 carries in the team's first four games. He's worth a gamble on the chance that he's fully healthy and thrust into a lead back role.

MID-AMERICAN

Thomas Rawls, RB, Central Michigan

Rawls missed two weeks following an arrest and suspension for alleged credit card theft. It's possible, even probable, that he was dropped following his off-field issues, which were quickly rectified. Rawls returned last weekend, running 17 times for 65 yards and two scores. He's now up to five touchdowns in three games and should continue to be a weekly option in the MAC.

Bronson Hill, RB, Eastern Michigan

Hill personifies the gloriousness that is MACtion for fantasy football managers. He has 199 yards through four games, but is coming off of a 1,101-yard season. Hill managed last year's total after having 169 yards out of conference, a seven-yard game and a DNP during league play. What it adds up to a lot of yards with conference play looming.

MOUNTAIN WEST

Ryan Finley, QB, Boise State

Finley saw his first action of the season Saturday at Air Force and promptly led the Broncos to two touchdowns in three-and-a-half minutes Saturday. New head coach Bryan Harsin quickly confirmed that Grant Henrick will remain the team's starter for Week 6 at Nevada, but it's clear his leash is short. Hendrick had four interceptions before being removed and hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in two weeks. Finley is an excellent dynasty league target at this point, who could see his number called sooner than later.

Lamar Jordan, QB, New Mexico

This column apparently put the kiss of death on Lobos' starter Cole Gautsche, who has played sparingly at best due to a hamstring injury since being featured here earlier in the year. Gautsche remains the starter when healthy, but it's unknown when that will be. Jordan has shown enough potential as a passer he can give the Lobos a different look. He's also six inches and 50 pounds smaller than Gautsche, so he's unlikely to run as often, but the bottom line remains Jordan is capable when given snaps. And now, he's the best bet for New Mexico.

PAC-12

Cameron Smith, WR, Arizona State

Let's preference this by stating the Pac-12 has a lack of breakout performers despite having some high-powered offenses and four teams ranked in the Top 16. Smith's eight-catch, 95-yard, one-touchdown performance came via a backup quarterback who threw 68 passes Thursday night. He's had one other game with 77 yards and a score, while blanketing that with a combined three catches and 26 yards in his other two outings. Smith looks like he'll be inconsistent at best, but gives the Sun Devils a smaller, quicker option to compliment Jaelen Strong and take some heat off of running back D.J. Foster. He has a tough upcoming schedule with USC, a bye week and Stanford on the horizon, however.

Kendal Thompson, QB, Utah

Simply put, Utes quarterback Travis Wilson is struggling. He hasn't topped 191 yards in three weeks, and has just one touchdown pass the last two games. Additionally, he has only 81 yards rushing after posting 386 last season, and one can't help but wonder if designed runs are being limited due to the brain injury Wilson was diagnosed with last season, an intercranial artery issue that was once thought to be career threatening. Wilson opened 201 with six consecutive games with at least 234 yards and two touchdowns, but threw for a total of 187 yards in the his final three games with a 3:6 TD:INT ration before missing the final three games of the year. Worse, he completed just 31.8 percent (14-of-41) of his passes in that stretch. Wilson's problems go deeper than just Saturday night's disappointment, and it's fair to wonder whether a change could occur. Thompson, an Oklahoma transfer, narrowly lost the starting job to Wilson during August.

SEC

Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

Chubb returned from a two-week absence due to thumb surgery to garner 12 touches, 52 total yards and a touchdown Saturday against Tennessee. Further, fellow freshman Sony Michel will reportedly miss up to six weeks due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the same contest. Chubb is suddenly the team's second back in a run-heavy offense. He should see a steady number of touches to make him an option in SEC leagues, and possibly a flex option in larger formats.

Brandon Harris, QB, LSU

Harris has been confirmed as the Tigers' starter for Week 6 after completing 11-of-14 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 36 yards and two scores over the weekend. That effort came against New Mexico State, at home, however, and Harris will make his first career start at Auburn this Saturday. It's a tall task, but Harris' skill set is tailor made for fantasy success.

SUN BELT

Jamal Robinson, WR, Louisiana-Lafayette

If Robinson remains unowned in your league, make sure that changes immediately. He underwent knee surgery after being injured in the team's second game, but returned to practice Monday and will be on the field this Saturday against Georgia State. Despite playing just under six quarters, he's the team's second-leading receiver behind running back Elijah McGuire. Robinson had five catches for 112 yards and two scores in the first game of the year and figures to feast on Sun Belt defenses. His return should also provide a huge boost for quarterback Terrence Broadway, who some may have grown frustrated with over the first month of the season. There's a chance Broadway is available as well.

Rashon Ceaser, WR, Louisiana-Monroe

It's only been little more than a month since Ceaser was a preseason all-conference selection. He injured his leg in a season opening win against Wake Forest and just now seems to be rounding into form. Ceasar caught 12 passes for 121 yards Saturday and closed 2013 with four consecutive 100-yard games. Now healthy, Ceaser should be posting big lines weekly against conference opponents.