We'll provide two waiver wire articles each week. One on Sunday, "First Look," and another on Monday dubbed "Second Glance" after we've had more time to go over all of the stats from the weekend. Below are a few players that caught Joe Arpasi's eye.
Alex Gillett, Eastern Michigan
Gillett had a career game against Ball State by accounting for 414 total yards and five total touchdowns to go with one interception. Before you get too excited, realize that Ball State has the worst defense in the MAC next to Eastern Michigan’s.
Ross Jenkins, Louisiana Tech
Has the Tech offense finally woken up? Ross was lights-out against Idaho, with 456 total yards and five total TDs. Jenkins has a bye next week, but he does have two nice matchups with New Mexico State in Week 11 and San Jose State in Week 13. If you want to stash someone away for the playoff run, go ahead and take a risk on Jenkins now.
Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
Tyrod may not still be available in all leagues, but he has become the center of the offense since RB Ryan Williams has been out of action. Tyrod had 323 total yards and four total touchdowns this week, and the mighty Duke Blue Devils are up next on the schedule.
Josh Harris, Wake Forest
Harris has not done much all season, but against a tough Virginia Tech defense, he ran for 241 yards and two TDs. The last two weeks, Harris’ workload has been increasing, and he could start becoming a centerpiece of the offense. Picking up Harris is risky, but it's worth making the move if you are in need of serious RB help.
Lennon Creer, Louisiana Tech
Creer has now put together back-to-back good games. It's looking like the coaches realize they need to feed him the ball, as he has racked up 18 and 23 carries in the last two games. Against Idaho he ran for 179 yards and two TDs. Creer is looking more and more solid as a fantasy option.
Jacquise Terry, Kent State
Terry may have already been picked up by now, but if he is still available, now is the time to snag him. He has scored in his last three games. This week, he accounted for 115 total yards and three rushing TDs. The schedule unfolds nicely down the stretch and should make for some nice fantasy plays.
Robert Woods, USC
Last week I dubbed Woods a “flash in the pan,” but now I am changing my tune. He is a freshman, and he has developed enough for the coaches to utilize him as the top deep threat in the offense. He is now the solid No. 1 WR option for Barkley. He had seven receptions for 116 yards and two TDs. If he is still out there, grab him now, and if you own RoJo, it might be time to start looking at a replacement for his performance today.
Justin Veltung, Idaho
I tend to be pessimistic when guys appear out of nowhere, but this is the time of year to take risks on guys that could pay off down the stretch. Veltung had four TDs on just six receptions for 140 yards. He has scored in all but two games this season, so it may not be that much of a stretch to see him producing down the stretch.
Dwight Jones, North Carolina
Jones might be my “flash in the pan” warning for the week. Jones has done little this season, and his good performance this week was against Virginia. But he was able to take seven receptions for 198 yards and two TDs. There’s not a bunch of great matchups coming, but he could be usable for three weeks later this season. Play it safe with him, and if you pick him up, wait until the William and Mary week to start him.
Vance McDonald, Rice
McDonald put in another nice performance this week. He scored for the second straight week on six receptions for 37 yards. He is sharing time with TE Luke Wilson, but McDonald is still worth plugging into your lineup.
Ben Thayer, Eastern Michigan
Thayer has been pretty reliable this season at TE. He usually scores between 5-9 fantasy points, but he exploded in the score-fest with Ball State. He had three receptions but he was able to rack up 65 yards and two TDs.
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