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Waiver Wire—Week 3
Collin Hill, QB-Colorado State
Hill, a true freshman, completed 21-of-27 passes for 315 yards and four passing touchdowns, while adding another 56 yards and a touchdown on the ground in a 47-21 win over Northern Colorado in his first collegiate start.
Jalin Moore, RB-Appalachian State
Jalin Moore was already in line to get a bunch of carries in the Mountaineers’ run-heavy offense, but an injury to starter Marcus Cox has made Moore an insurance policy to Cox’s owners.
I’Tavius Mathers, RB-Middle Tennessee
The Blue Raiders have lost a number of receivers to season-ending injuries, which makes Mathers even that much more valuable as the 2016 season progresses. Against Bowling Green on Saturday, Mathers carried the ball 27 times for 157 yards and three touchdowns, while adding another 103 yards and a touchdown in the passing game.
Robert Martin, RB-Rutgers
We projected Martin as the Knights’ top back in the preseason, and now that he has recovered from an early-season injury, he looks the part. Martin carried the ball 21 times for 169 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s win over New Mexico.
JJ Taylor, RB-Arizona
Taylor ran for 168 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s win over Hawaii after starter Nick Wilson went down with an injury. If Wilson is sidelined for an extended period of time, which is something we’ve seen before, Taylor vaults to the top of the Wildcats’ running back depth chart.
Zack Moss, RB-Utah
Troy McCormick gives the Utes’ backfield some versatility, Armand Shine gives them depth, but Zack Moss is the future. In Saturday’s win over San Jose State, Moss carried the ball twelve times for 92 yards and a touchdown as Utah’s starting running back.
Austin Carr, WR-Northwestern
Through three weeks, Carr has been consistent as quarterback Clayton Thorson’s go-to receiver, catching at least five passes and 70 yards in every game and has a receiving touchdown in two of three games.
Chico McClatcher, WR-Washington
McClatcher reminds us a lot of former Huskies receiver Jaydon Mickens. Combined with big-play receiver John Ross, the 5-7 sophomore adds more play-making ability to the Washington passing game.
Sebastian Smith, WR-Ohio
Smith was slowed by an early-season injury, but he now seems poised to be Ohio’s top receiver in 2016 after catching nine passes for 156 yards against Tennessee on Saturday.
Josh Malone, WR-Tennessee
Adding Malone might be a little risky because he’s only caught nine passes in three games this season, but he has scored in all three games and is definitely the Vols’ best receiver.
Ray-Ray McCloud, WR-Clemson
If we would have projected that after three games McCloud would have more touchdown receptions than Mike Williams and Artavis Scott combined, no one would have ever believed us. We still do not believe it ourselves, but McCloud has established himself as a legitimate target for quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Nate Cole, WR-Cincinnati
Cole and Devin Gray are quarterback Hayden Moore’s top two receivers. Gray is a big-play threat, averaging 20.3 yards per reception, and Cole is Moore’s go-to receiver, totaling 21 receptions and four touchdowns through three games in 2016.