Panic Plays: Week 6

There a many times during the season where every thing goes wrong at once. You may have four players out on bye weeks and all of a sudden one of your other players is dealt a suspension/injury. You, of course, may be out of options and may have to go and make an emergency acquisition. This new section of the blog will dive into some players that may help those of you that are in dire need of help each week. I know some of you are in extremely deep leagues but I hope that some of these players are available in your league.

Quarterbacks

Cole Gautsche, New Mexico (vs. New Mexico State)- Gautsche is more of a threat running the ball than he is throwing it. He is playing a soft New Mexico State defense so look for him to put up some solid numbers this week.

Karson Roberts, Air Force (vs. Navy)- After a wild week, the decision was made to allow this game to be played. Roberts is the beneficiary of the starting quarterback being kicked off of the team. In his first start last week, he rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns against Nevada. Expect this game to have a lot of emotion behind it and Roberts could be in line for some pretty good stats.

Chase Rettig, Boston College (vs. Army)- This game was on the verge of not being played as well but now that it is, Rettig should offer some fantasy value in an emergency start. Army is coming off of a game where they gave up 320 yards passing. Rettig is a decent quarterback and shouldn’t disappoint you if you are looking for a last minute replacement.

Running Backs

Jonathan Wallace, FAU (at UAB)- Wallace’s opponent UAB gives up 172 yards per game on the ground. They have also given up 13 rushing touchdowns so far this season. Wallace is by no means a fantasy stud, but has been pretty consistent this season carrying an average of 13 times per game for 60 yards per game. This however, is the worst defense he has seen so far and could put up a surprising performance.

Marteze Waller, Fresno State (at Idaho)- After missing the game against Boise State, Waller returned last week carrying the ball 22 times 96 yards and two touchdowns. It’s tough to expect this performance often as he splits carries with Josh Quezada but this game should get out of hand and Waller could find himself getting plenty of opportunities.

Shadrach Thornton, NC State (vs. Wake Forest)- Got off to a slow start this season but made the most of his lone carry against Clemson a couple of weeks ago. He took it 21 yards for a touchdown. Last week, he started the game at running back and carried the ball 13 times for 71 yards and a touchdown in a blowout win against Central Michigan. Could be more of an impact this week against a 2-3 Wake Forest team.

Wide Receivers

Devon Cajuste, Stanford (vs. Washington)- This guy will be available in all-FBS leagues for sure but may still be available in BCS- only leagues as well. He has emerged as another weapon in this powerful Stanford offense. He won’t light up the stat sheet but as a spot start as a WR3, he may be worth a look.

Tony Pierson, Kansas (vs. Texas Tech)- Pierson is a player that I like to break out soon. He has only played three games this season but has 15 catches for 209 yards. I expect the Jayhawks to be behind in this game so I expect the ball to be in the air more often. The Red Raiders’ defense is solid but I like Pierson to emerge as a solid emergency WR option.

Kyle Nunn, San Jose State (at Hawaii)- Nunn will need to step up as he is now likely to start with the injuries to Noel Grigsby and Jabari Carr. He caught five passes last week for 85 yards mostly in the second half after the Carr injury. Look for him to see increased targets as the defense will key on Chandler Jones.

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