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The Pig Market - Waiver Adds From Week Eight
Here are some names that caught my eye this weekend...
The art of trading lies in timing and opportunity…
- Leonardo Fibonacci, mathematician
Welcome, my friends, to the Pig Market. Here, CFF manager frantically scour the streets—inspecting each and every merchant carefully in hopes of unearthing a hidden volume pig, or engaging in hellacious bidding for the fattest pigs at auction. A place where savvy buyers prove their mettle with extreme cunning, and first-timers unload their entire wallets on the latest cochon-du-jour.
I promised in my offseason content that I’d have you covered for waiver wire information each week and I plan to make good on that promise with yet another series (how many is it now? I’ve lost count…). Here, I will highlight players that I think are notable and that are also not highly rostered in standard leagues; or are not known commodities already. I’ll try to provide at least a few names at each position group per week.
Options are fairly limited this week. For those in need of QBs, I’d advise looking to past articles and assessing whether any of those options are appropriate for your team this weekend.
(UCLA) Ethan Garbers — UCLA’s Garber had a solid showing on Saturday vs. a porous Stanford defence, scoring over 24 points in a 42-7 route. While the UCLA QB situation appears to be fairly fluid (you never know when Dante Moore will reposition himself as QB1), they have a nice matchup this weekend vs. Colorado, which should produce mucho fireworks. If BYEs are piling up, you could do worse than Garbers. Obviously, you’d need to monitor what ol’ Chip is saying this week about the QB room (and good luck to you).
(App State) Kanye Roberts — In Nate Noel’s absence, Kanye ‘Yeezy’ Roberts saw a massive increase in workload, with 26 carries and four targets in App State’s game vs. ODU on Saturday. His previous season highs were 11 carries and one target, so this was a pretty dramatic increase in his workload. He ended up rushing for 109 yards and accumulating 16 more through the air, but failed to reach the end zone unfortunately. It doesn’t seem likely that that trend will continue if he continues to see 30 opportunities again next weekend. This play is purely dependent on the health of Noel, but if he misses time again, Roberts makes for an in intriguing play in the short term. App State plays Southern Miss, who are (according to Fantrax) almost dead last against the run this season.
(USF) Nay’Quan Wright — While his QB has stolen the headlines this season, Wright is not a bad option at RB right now. Wright’s seen double digit carries in five of his last six, and scored 17.6 and 31.7 points in his last two. For a smaller player, he doesn’t get the pass volume you’d expect, but he’s been hot two weeks in a row with a very forgiving schedule down the stretch. The Bulls are on BYE this week, however.
(Utah) Sioni Vaki — Vaki is a lot of fun, isn’t he? While we know he isn’t RB1 on his own team, the Utes are so decimated on offence that their offence has essentially been reduced to just giving the ball to Ja’Quinden Jackson and Sioni Vaki. You could do worse than picking up the converted safety this week. Side note: how wild is it that Brant Kuite and Cam Rising are going to be back for another year of CFB in 2024? Christ, it feels like these guys have been Utes since the MWC days.
(BGSU) Terrion Stewart — Stewart’s now seen 19 carries or more in three of his last four, and he’s scored over 20 points in two of his last four. He torched a down Akron team on Saturday, scoring over 31 points on 19 carries. The next leading carrier had five carries, so it appears that Stewart is ascending as a potential volume pig in the MAC, a potentially dangerous combination down the stretch.
(Jax State) Anwar Lewis — If fellow RB Malik Jackson is out on Wednesday, Anwar Lewis could be a solid play vs. a forgiving Florida International defence. He saw 21 total touches last week when Jackson went down, and converted those opportunities into 20.6 points.
Other: KeShawn Wicks (ODU), Cam Edwards (UConn) and C’Bo Flemister (Pitt).
(Arkansas State) Courtney Jackson — Since Jaylen Raynor has taken over the reigns of the Red Wolves’ QB position, no other player has benefited more than WR Courtney Jackson. After starting the season without a score higher than 12 points in his first three games, Jackson has now scored 17 or more points in three of his last four, and over 20 in two of his last four. They’ve got a good matchup vs. UL Monroe this weekend. In particular, he’s not a bad option if you’re playing Raynor as a stack partner, but there are other Red Wolves WRs that see solid volume also.
(WMU) Kenneth Womack — One of the many VP alarms in the interns’ offices was in danger of going off on Saturday when WMU’s Kenneth Womack almost saw 20 targets in one game (19), of which he converted to 14 catches, 90 yards and a score (29). That now makes double digit (in fact, 15+) targets in two of his last three games. WMU might not be moving at the same pace they did to open the season, but they’re still operating at a decent clip. QB Hayden Wolff attempted 42 passes total last Saturday, so there’s plenty of targets to go around.
(Houston) Joseph Manjack — Originally a USC Trojan, Manjack transferred to Houston last season. Around the same time that Donovan Smith decided to start playing like the player we were hoping he’d be, Manjack’s production numbers started to take off. Manjack’s averaging 6.7 targets per game, and currently sits at 14.6 FPG.
Other: Will Pauling (Wisconsin), Lawrence Keys III (Tulane), and Kaedin Robinson (App State).
See previous articles.
(Rutgers) Gavin Wimsatt — It doesn’t bring me any pleasure to include Wimsatt in this week’s Fool’s Gold section, as I’m a shareholder of his in the 24-teamer I’m in. Remarkably, he was my highest scoring QB this week (on a team that includes that tosser Caleb Williams, but I digress…). I don’t think we need to overthink this one, he hasn’t produced at this level once before this past Saturday, and the remaining schedule sucks.
Other: Jarquez Hunter (Auburn), Demond Claiborne (Wake Forest), and Andrew Henry (NM)
SMU (vs. Tulsa) — At only 16% owned, SMU makes for a good option if you’re in need this week, they currently average the sixth most FPG in standard DST scoring formats, and play a struggling Tulsa team this weekend. P5 opponents OU and TCU actually weight their average down quite a bit with a total of three points scored in those weeks. Against G5 opponents they are averaging over 16 PPG.
Texas A&M (vs. South Carolina) — A&M might be inept in terms of coaching, but they do have a boat load of high end players in the front seven. They’re productive, averaging 10.6 PPG, and that’s with games against Tennessee and Alabama already out of the way.
FSU (vs. Wake Forest) — Wake Forest is struggling a lot on offence right now, particularly in pass protection, so what better recipe than to pair them up with a defence who has a future first rounder on the EDGE?
Other: Maryland (vs. NW)
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