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Waiver Wire—Week 1
Jalen Hurts, QB-Alabama
Up until one week before the season began, we were leaning towards Hurts being the starter, but then supposedly he had been eliminated from consideration. After his Week 1 performance vs USC, the freshman will most likely become the new Alabama starting quarterback.
Tyler Jones, QB-Texas State
There were some concerns about where we ranked Jones in the preseason because of the Bobcats’ inexperience at receiver, but after his 400-plus yard, 4-TD passing game at Ohio on Saturday, we’re feeling good about his 2016 fantasy potential.
Wilton Speight, QB-Michigan
Speight tossed three TD passes in his first 18 minutes as the Wolverines’ starting quarterback and should be solid as the season progresses throwing to the likes of Jehu Chesson, Amara Darboh, and Jake Butt.
Will Worth, QB-Navy
Unfortunately, Tago Smith’s season could be over after the senior suffered a knee injury in the opener versus Fordham. If the severity of Smith’s injury is confirmed, Worth is next in line to lead the Midshipmen offense.
Anthony Scott, RB-East Carolina
It wasn’t a surprise to see Scott run for 120 yards and a TD in the season opener vs. Western Carolina, but what jumped out at us was his nine receptions for 90 yards and 2 TDs.
Terrence Williams, RB-Baylor
The assumption was that Williams would make up for the loss of Johnny Jefferson, and after Saturday’s 72-yard, 2-TD performance, that assumption became a reality.
Ryquell Armstead, RB-Temple
News about Jahad Thomas’ hand injury didn’t surface until Friday evening and it’s possible that Armstead may have to start at running back for at least two more games.
Tion Green, RB-Cincinnati
If the season opener was any indication of what is to come in 2016, Green could get more work in the Bearcats’ backfield than Mike Boone. Maybe the coaches will ride the hot hand, but it seems like Green will have a more significant role in the offense.
Troy McCormick, RB-Utah
Owners of Utah running back Joe Williams have a reason to be concerned with the performance of Troy McCormick in the season opener and should grab the junior off the waiver wire.
Curtis Samuel, WR-Ohio State
Leading up to the season, Head Coach Urban Meyer said that Samuel would be a do-everything player for the Buckeyes in 2016 and after one game it certainly seems as if that will be the case. Samuel carried the ball 13 times for 84 yards and caught nine passes for 177 yards, totaling three touchdowns against Bowling Green.
Steven Dunbar, WR-Houston
Dunbar was quarterback Greg Ward’s favorite target in Houston’s Week 1 win over Oklahoma and it’s hard to ignore his potential in the Cougar’s explosive offense.
Taj Williams, WR-TCU
We knew about KaVontae Turpin’s playmaking ability, but there was some uncertainty about who else would emerge as a consistent receiving threat for quarterback Kenny Hill. We may have been provided clarity a lot sooner than we thought after Williams hauled in eleven passes for 158 yards and a touchdown in TCU’s Week 1 shootout against South Dakota State.
Ervin Philips, WR-Syracuse
We had Steve Ishmael and Amba Etta-Tawo pegged as two of quarterback Eric Dungey’s top receivers heading into the 2016 season, but IR Ervin Philips’ 14 receptions in Syracuse’s opener was one of the biggest fantasy surprises in Week 1.
Cedrick Wilson, WR-Boise State
Wilson seems as if he will be the second-best option in the Broncos passing game behind Thomas Sperbeck.
John Ross, WR-Washington
We may have underestimated John Ross’ ability to return from a season-ending injury in 2015. He’s a game-changer on offense and on special teams.
Michael Henry, WR-Western Michigan
We were wondering who might fill the void left by the departure of Daniel Braverman, and after the Broncos’ Week 1 game at Northwestern, the early signs point to Michael Henry.
Troy Fumagalli, TE-Wisconsin
Fumagalli was quarterback Bart Houston’s favorite target in Saturday’s win over LSU, catching seven passes for 100 yards.
Gabe Schrade, Tight End-Texas State
Schrade was a late addition to the preseason rankings after learning he was one of quarterback Tyler Jones’ favorite targets in camp. Schrade hauled in six passes for 72 yards in the Bobcats’ season opener at Ohio.
Others to consider:
Josh Allen, Wyoming: 19-of-29, 245 yards, 2 TDs; 10 rushes, 70 yards
Garrett Smith, UL-Monroe: 20-of-33, 208 yards, 2 TDs; 14 rushes, 150 yards, TD
Philip Nelson, East Carolina: 28-of-32, 398 yards, 5 TDs
Tyler Stehling, Rice: 22-of-37, 183 yards; 11 rushes, 85 yards, TD
Daniel Jones, Duke: 10-of-15, 189 yards, 2 TDs; 2 rushes, 28 yards, TD
Alex Ross, Missouri: 18 rushes, 67 yards
Justin Crawford, West Virginia: 21 rushes, 101 yards, TD; 5 rec., 9 yards
Devon Spalding, Central Michigan: 15 rushes, 135 yards, TD
Andy Davidson, Army: 22 rushes, 121 yards, 2 TDs
Dedrick Mills, Georgia Tech: 18 rushes, 68 yards, TD
Devine Ozigbo, Nebraska: 17 rushes, 103 yards, 2 TDs
Jeffrey Wilson, North Texas: 15 rushes, 86 yards, TD; 6 rec., 55 yards
Ben Luckett, UL-Monroe: 18 rushes, 110 yards, TD; 2 rec., 13 yards
Stedman Mayberry, Texas State: 17 rushes, 79 yards, TD
Jordan Chunn, Troy: 13 rushes, 161 yards, TD
Greg Howell, FAU: 16 rushes, 128 yards, 2 TDs
Jarred Craft, Louisiana Tech: 12 rushes, 68 yards, TD; 2 rec., 28 yards
Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M: 15 rushes, 94 yards
Chris High, Navy: 10 rushes, 176 yards, 2 TDs
James Gilbert, Ball State: 29 rushes, 160 yards, 2 TDs
Warren ball, Akron: 18 rushes, 110 yards, TD
Nate Phillips, Arizona: 7 rec., 69 yards
Isaiah Jones, Southern Miss: 3 rec., 93 yards, TD
ArDarius Stewart, Alabama: 4 rec., 113 yards, 2 TDs
Elijah King, Texas State: 6 rec., 89 yards, 2 TDs
Deondre Douglas, Troy: 7 rec., 45 yards
Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia: 6 rec., 122 yards, TD
J’Mon Moore, Missouri: 8 rec., 104 yards
Devin Gray, Cincinnati: 5 rec., 111 yards
Bryan Edward, South Carolina: 8 rec., 101 yards
Josh Magee, South Alabama: 7 rec., 113 yards, TD
Marcus Kemp, Hawaii: 5 rec., 96 yards
JoJo Natson, Akron: 4 rec., 90 yards, 3 TDs
Devin Ross, Colorado: 8 rec., 97 yards, TD