Around this time of the year, some well-known names can be found in the waiver pool as owners were forced to play roster roulette around injuries and bye week dillemas in the weeks leading up to now. Don't assume that every player on this list has found a permanent home in your league because some names have resurfaced after going of the grid the past few weeks.
Blake Frohnapfel, QB-Massachusetts
The UMass offense has scored at least 30 points four times this season and Frohnapfel has attempted 120 passes in the past two games resulting in 978 yards and nine touchdowns.
Next three weeks: at Kent State, vs Eastern Michigan, at Toledo
Reilly O’Toole, QB-Illinois
O’Toole threw for 118 yards in relief of injured starter Wes Lunt on Saturday and the senior quarterback may provide serviceable numbers over the next 4-6 weeks as Lunt will be sidelined with a broken leg. O’Toole is undoubtedly more valuable in Power 5-type league formats.
Next three weeks: at Wisconsin, bye, Minnesota
Justin Jackson, RB-Northwestern
The Wildcats have made themselves relevant in the Big Ten Conference after an 0-2 start to the 2014 season. Jackson, a freshman, has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in two of the past three games and carried the ball 33 times in Northwestern’s 20-14 upset win against Wisconsin.
Next three weeks: at Minnesota, vs Nebraska, bye
Devontae Booker, RB-Utah
After splitting time with Bubba Poole in the beginning of the year, Booker has emerged as a workhorse back over the past two games carrying the ball 57 times for 334 yards and two touchdowns.
Next three weeks, bye, at Oregon State, vs USC
Michael Gordon, RB-Arkansas State
Gordon missed a lot of time with a rib injury during the first half of the season, but a strong outing against Louisiana Monroe on Saturday proved to us that he is feeling pretty good now. Gordon ran for 168 yards on 15 carries against the Warhawks and there may be a chance that the junior running back was cut loose by fantasy owners who needed to shuffle their rosters around bye-week and injury dilemmas.
Next three weeks: at Georgia State, bye, @ LA-Laf.
Sam Craft, RB-Memphis
Craft ran for 170 yards and a touchdown on 38 carries in Memphis’ impressive 41-14 win over Cincinnati. Doroland Dorceus was lost for the season due to an injury and it seems that Craft may shoulder the load the rest of the way, if Saturday night was any indication.
Next three weeks: vs Houston, bye, at SMU
Anthony Wales, RB-Western Kentucky
Starting running back Leon Allen left the game Saturday against UAB with a bruised knee. Anthony Wales replaced Allen and ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-39 loss to the Blazers. The good news for Allen’s fantasy owners is that Western Kentucky has a bye next week, which gives him two weeks of rest and recovery. However, we all know how unreliable injury information can be in the college game and Wales should at least be scooped up as an insurance policy until we have a definitive word regarding Allen’s availability October 18 at FAU.
Next three weeks: bye, at FAU, vs Old Dominion
Mike Dudek, WR-Illinois
Dudek has at least six receptions and 90 yards in three consecutive games for the Illini, but an injury to starting quarterback Wes Lunt won’t help things moving forward. However, chance are pretty good that Illinois will still be airing it out with Reilly O’Toole at the helm, which makes Dudek a nice addition in deep-FBS or Power 5 leagues.
Next three games: at Wisconsin, bye, Minnesota
Mike Williams, WR-Clemson
No other player on the Clemson roster has had their fantasy value affected more by Deshaun Watson taking over at quarterback than Williams. The sophomore receiver has totaled 12 receptions for 277 yards and four touchdowns in the past two games.
Next three games: vs Louisville, at Boston College, vs Syracuse
Jamal Robinson, WR-Louisiana-Laf.
After getting injured in Week 2, Robinson was projected to miss 2-4 weeks and some fantasy owners may have dropped him in the course of playing roster roulette. The senior receiver returned from injury on Saturday and caught eight passes for 119 yards and a touchdown in a win over Georgia State.
Next three games: bye, at Texas State, vs Arkansas State
Lucky Whitehead, WR-Florida Atlantic
If you play in a deep-FBS PPR league, Whitehead could be a sneaky addition for you over the next month. The senior receiver leads the team with 36 receptions and has never caught fewer than five passes in a game. You could even wait a week to grab Whitehead off waivers because the Owls have a bye this weekend, but with games against Western Kentucky, Marshall, and UAB upcoming, there seems to be some fantasy potential on the horizon.
Next three weeks: bye, vs Western Kentucky, at Marshall