Waiver Wire—Week 1  

 

Feeling down on your roster after Week 1?  No worries.  College Fantasy League Championships are usually won by those most active on the waiver wire and we’ve got you covered this week with over 30 names to give your roster an instant upgrade.

  

Brandon Doughty, QB-Western Kentucky
Doughty was at the top of a short list of players we recommended adding to your roster before games started on Thursday.  After passing for 569 yards and six touchdowns against Bowling Green in Week 1, Doughty will likely be one of the most sought after players in your league, if he is still available.

 

Clint Trickett, QB-West Virginia
We doubt that Trickett is floating around in the waiver pool in BCS-only leagues, but in FBS formats the senior quarterback may be available.  After passing for 365 yards and a score against Alabama in the season opener, we feel good about using Trickett as a QB1 or QB2 consistently in 2014.
 
Blake Jurich, QB-San Jose State
Against North Dakota on Thursday, Jurich went 22-of-25 for 250 yards and three passing touchdowns, while adding 20 yards and a score on the ground.  You may have to sit on Jurich for a bit as the Spartans travel to Auburn and Minnesota over the next three weeks, but once they hit Mountain West Conference play the senior quarterback will be worth the addition.

 

Dee Hart, RB-Colorado State
News of an ankle injury one week before the season opener may have caused some owners to release the Alabama transfer into your league’s player pool.  In Friday night’s win over in-state rival Colorado, Hart looked like a perfect fit in the Rams offense, rushing for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

 

Marlon Mack, RB-South Florida
The freshman running back is a little bit of a wild card on this week’s waiver wire.  It’s hard not to notice a player that rushes for 275 yards and four touchdowns, but you have to keep things in perspective when considering the Bulls had trouble with Western Carolina, one of the SoCon’s bottom-feeders.  We will get a better gauge of his long-term fantasy potential in the coming weeks, when USF hosts Maryland, North Carolina State, and UConn in successive weeks.

 

Aaron Jones, RB-UTEP
Unlike Marlon Mack, it’s a little easier to put Aaron Jones’ 237 rushing yards and three touchdowns in perspective because we can at least compare New Mexico’s defense with a handful of those that the Miners will face in C-USA.  Running behind an experience offensive line, Jones is paying instant dividends for fantasy owners who took a chance on him during the draft.    
 
Jacobi Owens, FB-Air Force
Owens’ 233 rushing yards against Nicholls State was the most ever in school history by a player making his first career start.  As the Falcons primary ball carrier in 2014, Owens has the potential to start on a consistent basis for fantasy owners in leagues using (3) RB-plus or (2) RB with FLEX.

                                

Sherman Badie, RB-Tulane
Like Doughty of Western Kentucky, Badie was on our late-week list of players to add going into the first weekend.  The freshman running back displayed his big-play potential against Tulsa on Thursday night by rushing for 215 yards on just 15 carries, including a 90-yard touchdown run.  Badie may not carry the ball 25-plus times much this season, but 15-20 touches per week should be enough to produce solid fantasy numbers.

 

Larry Rose, RB-New Mexico State
The true freshman running back rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries and added a receiving touchdown against Cal-Poly on Thursday night.  If Rose earns that type of workload in Sun Belt Conference play, he could be a mainstay in your RB2 or FLEX position in 2014.

                                

Taywan Taylor, WR-Western Kentucky
We had Taylor ranked in our Week 1 WR Rankings, but we’re just not sure he was on many rosters going into the opening weekend.  He and teammate Brandon Doughty will likely be hot commodities in your league’s waiver system if they are available.

 

Malcome Kennedy, WR-Texas A&M
We had Kennedy as the third-best option at receiver for the Aggies headed into the 2014 season.  After Week 1, he looked like the best fantasy option.  It seems as if the Aggies top 3-4 receivers are all in line for a consistent amount of looks from quarterback Kenny Hill.  We’re not expecting double-digit receptions every week, but 7-8 receptions per game looks realistic in that offense.

                                

Vince Mayle, WR-Washington State
We were high on Mayle headed into fall camp, but we dropped him as the weeks wore on.  In the absence of Gabe Marks, he and River Cracraft look like quarterback Connor Halliday’s top targets after the Cougars season opener against Rutgers.

 

DaeSean Hamilton, WR-Penn State
Penn State Christian Hackenberg is one the nation’s top passing quarterbacks and if he is going to look that often for the freshman receiver (11 rec. for 165 yds. vs. UCF), we might want to look for him, too.

                                

Zach Pascal, WR-Old Dominion
After catching eight passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener against Hampton, Pascal looks like the next-best fantasy receiver on the Monarch’s roster behind Antonio Vaughan. 

 

Kevin White, WR-West Virginia
After the Mountaineers first game of 2014, it seems as if Kevin White may play up to the potential we expected in 2013.  In the season opener against Alabama, White hauled in nine passes for 143 yards and a score.  We’re very curious to see the West Virginia offense against some of the defenses in the Big 12.

 

Isaiah Jones, WR-East Carolina
After Jones’ Week 1 performance (10-150-1), it seems we had him pegged accurately as the No.2 receiving option for the Pirates behind Justin Hardy, but we may have had him ranked too low (#112).

 

Keevan Lucas, WR-Tulsa
Not only was Lewis’ numbers impressive (13-233-3), but a handful of his catches were game-changers, none bigger than his 84-yard TD reception with :37 to play in the second quarter to cut into Tulane’s 21-7 lead and his eventual game-tying TD catch with 2:53 to play that sent the game into overtime.

 

D’haquille Williams, WR-Auburn
After catching nine passes for 154 yards and a touchdown on Saturday against Arkansas, Williams looks like a legitimate playmaker and should get a lot more opportunities in Gus Malzahn’s offense.

 

OTHER NOTABLES:
Tanner Lee, QB-Tulane—22/44 for 262 yards and 3 TD
Tyler Jones, QB-Texas State—21/25 for 278 yards and 4 TD; 6 rushes for 51 yards
Marteze Waller, RB-Fresno State—16 rushes for 97 yards and 2 TDs vs USC
Kenny Hilliard, RB-LSU—18 carries for 110 yards and TD vs Wisconsin
Centaurius Donald, RB-UL Monroe—26 carries for 117 yards vs Wake Forest
Joel Bouagnon, RB-Northern Illionois—16 carries for 97 yards and 4 TDs vs Prebyterian
Josh Reynolds, WR-Texas A&M—6 receptions for 76 yards and TD vs South Carolina
Nick Jones, WR-South Carolina—5 receptions for 113 yards and 2TDs vs Texas A&M
Jerico Richardson, WR-Nevada—13 receptions for 177 yards vs Southern Utah
Jordan Thompson, WR-West Virginia—5 receptions for 62 yards vs Alabama
Ron Willoughby, WR-Buffalo—10 receptions for 132 yards vs Duquesne
Corey Jones, WR-Toledo—4 receptions for 78 yards and TD vs New Hampshire; KR & PR
Jared Dangerfield—10 receptions for 92 yards and TD vs Bowling Green


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