The regular season has reached its midpoint and waiver wire competition will start to lessen on a weekly basis moving forward. Whether you are making moves for the short-term or eying potential matchups in the fantasy postseason, this week’s waiver recommendations have you covered.
Dylan Thompson, QB-South Carolina
In relief of injured starter Connor Shaw, Thompson threw for 261 yards on the road at Central Florida and led a second half comeback. Shaw’s shoulder injury will keep him on the sidelines for 2-3 weeks and Thompson becomes especially valuable for fantasy owners in BCS-only leagues.
Karson Roberts, QB-Air Force
Taking over for suspended Jaleel Awini, Roberts rushed for a team-high 161 yards and two touchdowns at Nevada Saturday evening. In the next two weeks, the Falcons play Navy and San Diego State, which makes Roberts a nice fill-in if your roster needs the help.
Donnel Pumphrey, RB-San Diego State
The freshman back has simply outperformed teammate Adam Muema and single-handedly sparked a 26-16 come-from-behind victory at New Mexico State over the weekend. Muema has not looked like the back we saw in 2012 and Pumphrey may be the spark that the Aztecs offense has been missing.
Cameron Stingily, RB-Northern Illinois
Stingily will most likely be hit-or-miss on a weekly basis because quarterback Jordan Lynch is the Huskies primary rushing threat, but the junior running back should provide depth, especially if your roster is filled with injury or bye-week dilemmas.
Joey Demartino, RB-Utah State
As long as teammate Joe Hill continues to be hampered with knee troubles, Demartino should receive the majority of carries in the Aggies backfield.
George Atkinson III, RB-Notre Dame
Has Atkinson finally stamped himself as the Irish’s lead back after rushing for 148 yards and a score against Oklahoma this past weekend? We’re not sure, but the junior back is worth a roster spot if you have the patience to wait and find out this coming Saturday when Notre Dame faces Arizona State.
Aaron Wimberly, RB-Iowa State
After carrying the ball 19 times for 137 yards against Tulsa Friday night, Wimberly has been named the starter at running back for the Cyclones’ Thursday night contest against Texas.
Josh Harper, WR-Fresno State
After a very productive Week 1, when he caught 14 passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns, Harper only totaled five receptions for 47 yards in the next two games. Late Saturday at Hawaii, Harper hauled in nine passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns, making him as valuable as teammates Davante Adams and Isaiah Burse from a fantasy perspective