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College Fantasy Football: Week 5 Waiver Wire

by Eric Froton
Updated On: September 30, 2019, 8:56 pm ET

My name is Eric Froton - I have been playing College Fantasy Football for 20 years and I will be writing a weekly waiver-wire column focusing on Dynasty and Deep league availability. Many college leagues have a keeper format of some kind attached to it and I intend to slant my coverage towards those formats if possible. Ownership percentages are from Fantrax.

12-team leagues

QB - Layne Hatcher - Arkansas State - Freshman - 7%

In 2018 Logan Bonner backed-up Arkansas State's star QB Justice Hansen while Layne Hatcher (6'1/205) redshirted in his first year. Bonner is a junior and with the clear succession hierarchy in place solidly held the starting QB spot throughout spring and fall camp, while Layne Hatcher secured the backup spot by beating out Top-100 incoming freshman QB Recruit Coltin Clack. When Logan Bonner went down with a broken thumb last week it was indeed Hatcher who got the nod. Starting this past weekend against shootout-prone Troy, Hatcher completed 25-of-35 passes for 440 yards - 4 TD's - 2 INT's in Arkansas State's thrilling 50-43 victory over the Trojans.  The Red Wolves' offense is averaging 33 PPG and 319 PYPG so far and enter the meat of their Sun Belt schedule as they travel to play a Georgia State team that has allowed 41 PPG and 494 YPG. Hatcher will feast on the Panthers porous defense this week and he should be picked up everywhere.

RB - Tony Jones Jr. - Notre Dame - Junior - 14%

Tony Jones Jr. was only listed at $3000 in DraftKings' DFS games this week in what was a gross oversight as TJJ rushed 18 times for 131 yards and three touchdowns. Jones had only 9 carries against a tough Georgia run defense and 6 carries  in a blowout against New Mexico over the past 2 weeks, which explains TJJ's relatively low ownership rate. However Jones also ran for 241 yards - 7.3 YPC - 4 TD's in his other two games against UVA and Louisville. Notre Dame hosts Bowling Green this week in a matchup that I'm somewhat wary of given TJJ's low-usage in their 66-14 blowout over New Mexico. He will likely rush for at least one touchdown, but I wouldn't expect 15+ carries against the rebuilding BG. Jones Jr. is a priority addition as the starting RB for a strong Notre Dame offense that is averaging 38 PPG. 

RB/WR - Aston Walter - Rice - Senior - 2%

Aston Walter is a very rare breed of special CFF players - starting RB's who also qualify at WR according to Fantrax's current positional designations. It's basically a system glitch from 2018, when Walter rushed 64 times - 354 - 4.0 - 0, while only catching two passes in 11 games. The reason why I believe he is considered a WR is because his twin-brother and 2018 starting RB Austin Walter caught 44 passes for 525 yards out of the backfield. I think Fantrax read the 2018 line for "A. Walter" and thought it was Aston. Sherlock Froton, at your service. 

Regardless of position Walter has received at least 14 carries in 4-out-of-5 games this year posting a line of 76 - 293 - 3TD, while catching 6 passes - 28 yards - 2 TD's in the receiving game. These are obviously not eye-popping numbers, however when you realize that Rice has played an absolute hellscape of a schedule facing - @Army/Wake/Texas/Baylor/La Tech! Rice now enters their CUSA slate and took Louisiana Tech right down to the wire last week in a narrow 23-20 loss. Walter is the clear Rice bell-cow and travels to UAB this week. You could do a lot worse in a spot-start considering there are roughly 100 teams on bye this week.

WR - David Bell - Purdue - Freshman - 6%

With the rampant success of Rondale Moore last season in HC Jeff Brohm's high-octane offense it was only natural for the David Bell (6'2/185) hype-train to get rolling quickly. As the 11th ranked composite 2019 WR, Bell made a big splash in fall camp practices but was hampered by a hamstring injury heading into their season opener at Nevada. Bell recovered well enough to catch a 49-yard touchdown in his first game and followed that game up with 4 - 82- 20.5 against Vandy. Unfortunately Bell suffered a shoulder injury early in their 34-13 loss to TCU that appeared to be possibly serious causing many CFF owners to cut bait on Bell and lowering his ownership rate to only 6%. Bell ended up being able to return after their bye week and caught  8-of-14 targets for 114 yards in Purdue's 38-31 loss to Minnesota last weekend. Bell should be the new WR1 of the Purdue offense and should be added in all leagues considering his pedigree and whopping 14 targets in Rondale Moore's absence. 

WR - Kaylon Geiger - Troy - Junior -7%

How is Kaylon Geiger still only owned at a 7% rate?!?! The man has three 100-yard games in the first 4 games of the year, posting a line of 26 - 388 - 3 TD's thus far in 2019. Geiger is fantasy gold in PPR leagues averaging 6.5 receptions per game for a Troy offense that ranks 12th in total yards and is torching opposing defenses for 41.3 PPG. Now you'll likely want to put Geiger on the bench for their next game at Mizzou and Troy has a bye in Week 7. However starting in Week 8 Troy faces - South Bama/@Georgia St./@CCU/Georgia So/@Texas St./@Lousiana/App State.  You can hardly ask for a better stretch run from a schedule perspective. Geiger will be a frequent starting CFF option from Week 8 on and should be owned in all 12-team leagues.

TE - Kyle Pitts - Florida - Sophomore - 10%

 The Trask-to-Pitts, Kyle-to-Kyle Connection is in full swing for the 5-0 Gators. The first two games of the 2019 season Pitts only caught five passes for 36 yards and was used as a supporting cast member of the passing game under Felipe Franks. When Franks went down with a season-ending injury it was Kyle Trask who took over and led Florida to a 29-21 victory over Kentucky. Since Kyle Trask took over Pitts has caught at least four passes in all three games for 153 yards and three touchdowns as a key cog in the Florida offense. Florida is averaging 288 PYPG to go with 34 PPG and will need to rely on Pitts as a dependable receiver in their next two games, as they’ll host Auburn for homecoming before traveling to Death Valley, where LSU will seek revenge for last year's defeat. He's a great TE add for teams looking for stability at the position.

20-team leagues 

QB - Jake Luton - Oregon State - Senior - 4%

It's been a long, hard road back to respectability for a once proud Oregon State program brought low. OSU hired former star QB Jonathan Smith as head coach to take over the rudderless program and after a year-zero scenario last season the Beavers are making tangible progress on offense. Oregon State currently ranks 22nd in the country with 483 YPG while posting a strong 34.3 PPG. The defense is still abominable but HC Smith is doing all he can to re-mold the entire program, so he will get plenty of rope there. Fortunately for CFF'ers - we don't mind bad defenses. Feel free to let the other team score, then the offense can get the ball back and Luton can throw it to superstar WR1 Isaiah Hodgins some more. Luton was asked to put the ball in the air 39 times in their hard-fought 31-28 loss to Stanford this weekend, accounting for 337 yards - 69% - 1TD in the contest. Thought he only threw one TD that game, Luton has thrown nine touchdowns in four games and the Beavers travel to play UCLA in what will likely be perfect weather conditions for a good old fashioned shootout this weekend. He's a solid spot start in deep leagues for owners scrambling to account for the Week-6 Mega Bye Week.

RB - Sincere McCormick - UTSA - Senior - 2%

I know, I know - "really Froton, a UTSA RB?!?! Hear me out readers - as mentioned multiple times already Week 6 is deep league desperation time for many owners who will be shuffling players around. It's basically waiver-wire Christmas! Now that I think about it, perhaps "Waiver-Wire Hell Week" is more Apropos? For instance, in the Rotoworld 50-Team CFF Industry Super League I have to somehow find THREE WR off the Wire this week since i'm loaded to the gills with Wazzou and USC WR's. What i'm saying is it's all-hands-on-deck for many deep league CFF'ers. With that in mind Sincere McCormick has averaged at least 14 PPG in PPR formats in 3-of-4 games this season and takes on fellow perennial cellar-dweller UTEP on Saturday. As I peer into my magic (Mario) Crystobal I see the first 100-yard game of the season for Mr. McCormick, as i've liked the brief snippets i've been able to catch of his performance and the matchup is right. You should "Sincere"-ly grab him and take a wait-and-see approach to starting him in favorable spots for the rest of UTSA's CUSA schedule.

RB - Journey Brown - Penn State - Sophomore  - 5%

It's been quite a "journey" for Brown who was reportedly in HC James Franklin's dog-house heading into fall camp. However Brown showed resiliency and embraced the challenge with "Open Arms". Since the season began, Brown and projected co-starter Ricky Slade have each gone their "Separate Ways" as Brown has taken over the lead back role in the pass-first Penn State offense. This past week in a 59-0 thrashing of Maryland, Brown proved he can do it "Any Way You Want It" by scoring both a receiving and a rushing touchdown against the overmatched Terps. Journey has thus far thrived under the "Lights" in Beaver Stadium and though he hasn't received as many touches as you'd like to see from a CFF starting RB, "Don't Stop Believin" that Journey can produce this weekend when Penn State hosts a CFF-Friendly Purdue defense.

WR - Whop Philyor - Indiana - Junior - 3%

We're on quite a streak of phenomenal names this week as we follow up Sincere and Journey with Whop Philyor (5'11/172). Whop only finished 6th on the team last year in receiving, posting a modest line of 23/235/1. With J-Shun Harris moving on, Whop entered the 2019 season as the starting slot receiver for Indiana's air attack. Philyor is averaging 7 touches per game and exploded this past week for 14 - 142 - 2 in a 40-31 loss to Michigan State. Whop has been heavily involved in the offense all season for the Hoosiers has put up a total receiving line of 31 - 371 - 3 while also rushing 5 times for 43 yards. Philyor has scored double-digit fantasy points in four-out-of-five games this season and should be a solid low-floor receiving option with upside when Indiana returns from bye to play a CFF friendly troika of Rutgers/@Maryland/@Nebraska 

WR - Michael Lawrence  - North Texas - Senior - 1%

As a walk-on in 2017  Michael Lawrence led North Texas in receiving with 62 - 819 - 4 in a stellar sophomore campaign. However last year with the emergence of Jalen Guyton and Rico Bussey, Lawrence fell to 4th in receiving yardage for the Mean Green. This year Guyton graduated and Bussey got injured which has allowed Lawrence to re-establish a key role in the North Texas passing game. He has caught at least 5 passes in 3-of-the-last-4 games and led North Texas with 9 catches for 120 yards in their 46-25 loss to Houston. The best predictor of the future is what has happened in the past and Lawrence has already shown the ability to produce if given the opportunity. North Texas is putting up 33 PPG and is on bye this week before traveling to face Southern Miss in a pivotal CUSA West tilt.

TE - Mitchell Brinkman - Northern Illinois - Junior - 1%

The pickings are slim in the deep league tight end waiver market, but Brinkman (6'3/250) has been a dependable option for the Huskies and deserves consideration. He is averaging three catches per game and showed out against Vandy catching two passes for 45 yards and a touchdown in the 24-18 loss. NIU is coming off three straight brutal away games against Power Five opponents Utah/Nebraska/Vanderbilt and finally gets to play a MAC opponent in Ball State at home. NIU is quietly averaging 270 PYPG and should see a sharp uptick in production now that they're playing in their weight-class again. Brinkman will see his numbers rise in similar fashion and is a solid add to tight end needy deep leaguers. 

Dynasty/Deep League Quick Hits

QB - Tanner Morgan - Minnesota - Sophomore - 3%

Morgan threw for 289 yards in Minnesota's previous game, and completed 21-of-22 passes for 396 yards and four touchdowns in Minnesota's 38-31 win over Purdue last weekend. He has an elite WR corps in Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson while accounting for 11 touchdowns over in Minnesota's first four games as the Gophers are currently undefeated. 

RB - Master Teague - Ohio State - Freshman - 7%

Teague has received at least 10 carries in each of his last four games as he has established himself as the heir apparent to J.K. Dobbins in the Ohio State backfield by rushing 52 times for 326 yards, a 6.3 YPC and 3 touchdowns in 5 games so far this season. He's a dynasty must-have.

RB - Re'Mahn Davis - Temple - Freshman - 6%

My dear readers - I told you three weeks ago to pick up Re'Mahn Davis everywhere, especially in keeper leagues. This past week he ripped off 29 carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns as he clearly established himself as the bell-cow for a rock-solid Temple squad. Please right this egregious error and get him up to at least 25%.