CFF Waiver Wire Gemstones Week 10

By John Laub
John Laub



    Waiver Wire Gemstones

          College Fantasy Football: Week 10







Holton Ahlers, East Carolina
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 8%
With only two wins in eight games, East Carolina and Coach Scottie Montgomery must look ahead to next season, and Holton Ahlers is clearly the future at quarterback. A true freshman, he enrolled at ECU in January and was promoted as the starter against Central Florida on October 20. In the past two games, Ahlers has passed for 855 yards and tossed four touchdowns, scoring over 68 fantasy points. “We stay in the film room and our coaches do a great job of recognizing that we could put some wrinkles in to help us get a couple yards or a couple touchdowns,” Ahlers stated. With Tulane and UConn on the schedule in the next two weeks, Ahlers is worth acquiring down the stretch.

Ryan Willis, Virginia Tech
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 6%
Since replacing Josh Jackson behind center, Ryan Willis has become an under-the-radar CFF starter. In the last five games, the junior signal caller has scored over 23 points in each contest. He surpassed 300 yards passing twice, completed 108 of 179 passes (60%) and tossed 12 touchdowns. He has also scored twice on the ground and scrambled for 180 yards. Willis has led the Hokies to only two victories, which has frustrated Coach Justin Fuente. But there are not many other options on the roster. “We know he (Willis) can make some plays down the field. He can run. He has a big arm,” Fuente said. Can Ryan be consistent winner? “The reason Josh was the starter is that he could do those things more consistently than anybody else we had. And Ryan’s challenge is to do that,” the Coach added. Notwithstanding concerns, Willis should not be available in over 90% of leagues and is well worth stashing over the final weeks of the season.

Additional Quarterbacks

Willie Jones, Texas State
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 1%
Ben Hicks, SMU
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 25%

Running Backs

Reggie Corbin, Illinois
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 16%
In four of the last five games, Reggie Corbin has exceeded the century mark on less than 20 carries in each match. On only 57 attempts, he has scampered for 625 yards while averaging an amazing 10.9 yards per carry. In the past two weeks, the junior is the fifth most productive CFF runner with 57.8 points in ppr-formats. Against Minnesota on Saturday, he became the first Illini player to rush for two touchdowns beyond 70 yards in a game since 1944. “Reggie plays like that every game,” Coach Lovie Smith said. “Week in and week out, he just plays football for us.” Illinois travels to Nebraska this weekend, and the Cornhuskers allow 33.7 points and 173 rushing yards per game. Corbin should excel once again with his fifth 100-yard outing of the campaign.  

Deon Jackson, Duke
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 3%
On his first carry of the game, Deon Jackson scored a 75-yard touchdown and continued his recent dominance against opponents and ascendency up the CFF charts. Against Pittsburgh two weeks ago, he set a school record with 403 all-purpose yards and was named the ACC Co-Running Back of the Week honors. Over the past two weeks, the sensational sophomore ranks among the Top 12 ball carriers in college fantasy football with 275 yards rushing and two total touchdowns. He also has four receptions for 98 yards. “His understanding of the whole offense is really great,” Duke quarterback Daniel Jones proclaimed. “…the confidence (as a pass catcher) that he has in his hands adds an element …that’s a huge additional weapon to our offense.” The Blue Devils have an intriguing schedule in the closing weeks: North Carolina, Clemson and Wake Forest. Obviously, the game against the Tigers is not an option to start Jackson, but both the Tar Heels and Demon Deacons are delicious matchups.

Additional Running Backs

Ke’Mon Freeman, SMU
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 2%
Aca’Cedric Ware, USC
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 4%
Darwin Thompson, Utah State
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 49%

Wide Receivers

Damion Willis, Troy
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 4%
Damion Willis put together a game for the ages at Troy. In the victory over Louisiana-Lafayette, Willis grabbed 10 passes and scored a 75-yard touchdown. He came close to setting a new school record with 213 receiving yards, falling 12 yards short of the 50-year old mark. “What he did was amazing, but that’s what we expect from D-Will,” Troy linebacker Tron Folsom said. “He gets better and better every week. One thing about him, he practices every day just like he plays.” In the past two games, he has 15 catches for 345 yards and three touchdowns. The next two weeks are marvelous matchups for the Trojans against Georgia Southern and Texas State. If CFF managers need a receiver for the post-season, Willis is available on over 95% of waiver wires.


Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 2%
In the fourth quarter against Illinois, Rashod Batman scored two long touchdowns from 61 and 86 yards. For the afternoon, he recorded seven receptions for 175 yards. A freshman, Bateman has established himself as the second playmaker behind Tyler Johnson in the Golden Gophers’ aerial assault. In consecutive games, he has topped 100 yards receiving while snatching 11 passes. For the season, Bateman has 42 catches for 578 yards and six touchdowns, which is the most receptions by a freshman in school history. Minnesota concludes the crusade against Purdue, Northwestern and Wisconsin, and Bateman will see plenty of targets the remainder of the year. 

Additional Wide Receivers

Reggie Roberson, Jr., SMU
Fantrax Ownership Percentage: 22%