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CFB Waiver Wire: Waiver Wire Watch (11/16)

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Jamie Harper, RB, Clemson

Harper was a bit slow to start the season, but he’s really found his form since Andre Ellington’s toe injury. Last week against Florida State, he was outstanding. In addition to rushing 27 times for 143 yards and a score, he caught nine passes for 54 yards. Ellington is out at least another week, so definitely grab Harper if you can.

Dontrelle Inman, WR, Virginia

Inman was quietly having a productive season for Virginia, but he really went off in the last two weeks. He has 16 catches in that span, totaling 299 yards and a touchdown. Most of those numbers came against Duke, but he still had six catches last week against a tough Maryland defense.

Big 12

Detron Lewis, WR, Texas Tech

Lyle Leong is the main man in the Red Raiders’ passing game, but there is still plenty to go around. With Weber State on the docket, Lewis could be in line to rack up lots of fantasy points.

Cody Johnson, RB, Texas

The Longhorns are a major disappointment this season, and their running game has struggled mightily. However, Johnson has been their best running back, and he gets a chance to pad his stats a bit with a game against Florida Atlantic. Most Big 12 running backs can’t say that.

Big East

D.J. Woods, WR, Cincinnati

It’s been a rough start to the post-Brian Kelly era for the Bearcats, but their passing game is still strong. Woods has 775 yards and seven touchdowns thus far, and prior to last week he had three very good games in a row.

Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Austin started the season off with three good games before faltering a bit. However, he’s picked it up recently and he’s coming off a two-touchdown game against Cincinnati.

Big Ten

Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

John Clay (knee) missed last week’s laugher against Indiana and is questionable to play in what could be a shootout against Michigan. Grab Ball now in case Clay is out again, but know that Ball has a decent chance to produce regardless of Clay’s status.

Derek Moye, WR, Penn State

The Hoosiers aren’t likely to give up 83 points again this season, or ever for that matter. The Nittany Lions still have to be glad to see Indiana on the schedule, though. Moye is Penn State’s best wide receiver, and he’s scored a touchdown in two straight games.


Mike Jones, WR, UAB

In his last four games, Jones’ worst performance saw him catch one pass for an 11-yard touchdown. The week before that, he had 86 yards and three touchdowns on eight catches. With remaining matchups against Memphis and Rice, Jones should keep rolling.

Cole Beasley, WR, SMU

Aldrick Robinson has the touchdowns, but Beasley leads the Mustangs with 62 receptions and 759 yards, plus he has five touchdowns in his own right. In his last six games, he has at least seven receptions per contest.


Jared Hassin, RB, Army

Army is having a fairly big season, and Hassin has been a big part of that. He has 858 yards and nine touchdowns on the year, with his best games having come in recent weeks. With Arkansas State on the schedule this week, another good game seems quite possible, perhaps even likely.


Thomas Merriweather, RB, Miami (OH)

Merriweather has scored touchdowns in the past two weeks, giving him five on the season. He has a good chance of continuing that trend against Akron.

Adonis Thomas, RB, Toledo

Thomas has been an unpredictable player this season. He has a couple games where he didn’t do much, but he’s coming off rushing for 152 yards and two touchdowns against Northern Illinois. Now Bowling Green, one of the worst teams in the MAC (which is saying something) is coming to town.


Luke Ashworth, WR, BYU

Most of Ashworth’s value came last week against Colorado State when he turned four receptions into four touchdowns. However, he did have touchdowns in the two weeks prior, so it wasn’t a total fluke. A matchup against New Mexico means Ashworth has a good chance to find more success.

Leonard Mason, RB, Colorado State

Mason has had issues staying on the field, but he’s still managed 490 yards and five touchdowns on 83 carries. This week, the Rams play Wyoming, so if Mason can make it through the game there’s a good chance he puts up solid numbers.


Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA

Franklin had a tremendous three-game stretch earlier in the season, but then his numbers trailed off a bit. In his last game, he rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown against Oregon State, so maybe he’s back on track. Considering the Bruins play Washington this week, it’s worth a shot.

Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State

Wheaton wasn’t a big part of Oregon State’s offense earlier this season, but he has stepped up since James Rodgers’ season-ending injury. He caught six passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns last week, and Oregon State’s bad defense means the Beavers will need to throw a decent amount to keep up with whoever they play.


Trey Burton, QB, Florida

You never know how many touches Burton will get in a game, and where he will get them from. That makes him a tricky player to take a shot on. Still, he has 11 touchdowns on the season and the Gators play Appalachian State this week. However he gets the ball, there’s a good chance he finds the end zone this week.

Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama

The Crimson Tide are a running team, so McElroy’s numbers are decent, but not all that impressive. However, Alabama ends the season with games against Georgia State and Auburn. Neither of those defenses is likely to defend Alabama’s passing game well, if at all.

Sun Belt

Darriet Perry, RB, Florida International

The Golden Panthers have played particularly well in-conference, and that has been the case for Perry as well. He’s rushed for over 100 yards in his last two games, and he scored a touchdown in both of them.

Luther Ambrose, WR, Louisiana-Monroe

Unsurprisingly, Ambrose and company struggled last week against LSU. However, they won’t be stuck playing SEC teams looking for an easy win the rest of the way. Prior to that LSU shellacking, Ambrose had put up five good games in a row against Sun Belt competition.


Derrvin Speight, RB, Utah State

Speight has been great the past two weeks, in particular last week when he rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns. His numbers aren’t that impressive when you consider that they came against New Mexico State and San Jose State, but an upcoming matchup against Idaho gives Speight good odds once again.

Royce Pollard, WR, Hawaii

Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares have been the two Hawaii wide receivers who have tallied the huge numbers this season. However, Pollard still has 43 catches for 542 and three touchdowns. With San Jose State up next for Hawaii, there should be plenty of offense to go around.