By: Kristen Ashly
It’s hard to believe it, but Week 7 of college football is already upon us. That means, incredibly, the season is already more than half way over. But, that doesn’t count out the weeks of tough fantasy competition ahead of us. In fact, the dirty fight to the finish is only getting, well, dirtier.
For the last few weeks, I focused on games and players that fantasy owners should grab for their DFS lineup. But what about the folks who just want advice on a good backup plan? Here’s three waiver wire steals you should be grabbing before lineups lock, if you can still find them.
Algernon Brown, RB, BYU
Brown was a potential add to your roster last week, when it looked like Adam Hine might be out for an extended amount time with an ankle injury. Owners hesitated only slightly, when it appeared that freshman Francis Bernard might split time with Brown, after staff was impressed with previous production. Though Bernard certainly got a few more carries than usual, he couldn’t compare to Brown’s numbers. Against East Carolina, Brown carried 24 times for 134 yards and a whopping three touchdowns, while Bernard only saw eight touches. If Brown is still available, snatch him up. There’s no reason to believe he won’t see similar numbers this week.
Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
There’s a slim chance Michel is even still available at this point, due to the amount of touches he’s seen even as a back up, but with a sudden increase in touches and starter status, grab him if he’s been overlooked. Michel will now see himself as the No. 1 running back for Georgia, after Nick Chubb suffered a heartbreaking knee injury on Saturday. Michel has great fantasy potential, especially after he grabbed 145 yards on a loss to the Volunteers. He’ll need to be watched carefully, though; his ball control technique needs crucial attention. Don’t doubt it for a second though, Michel has the possibility to shine in the wake of Chubb.
Anthony Wales, RB, Western Kentucky
It was widely believed, that once Wales got back to full health, he would resume as the starting running back for Western Kentucky. By all appearances, that happened Saturday against Middle Tennessee. Freshman D’Andre Ferby took over when Wales and Leon Allen fell to injury, and did rather well–gathering up 231 yards and four touchdowns over the previous three weeks. Against MTSU, however, Wales pulled in 19 carries for 111 yards, while Ferby only saw eight touches. With the high contrast in numbers, it’s safe to say Wales will start for Week 7.
Kristen Ashly is a senior editor and contributor for Nuts & Bolts Sports. You can follow Kristen on Twitter @KristenAshly.