On The Wire: Stock Watch – Pt. 1

As week two is approaching, some of us will need to start looking to the waiver wire to improve our teams. Like I mentioned in my previous article, please don’t do anything your going to regret later on. Even though I’m mentioning Kenny Hilliard as a potential running back to add, don’t pick him up and drop Fournette. It’s way too early to be jumping ship on potential studs. Always do your own home work on guys before adding them. Anyway, my criteria for this post were: 1.) players had to be available in 80% of FanTrax leagues. 2.) players had to be in favorable offensive systems, which produced fantasy results last season. 3.) players had to have had some level of success in week one. After doing some research here were some of the players I really liked who fit all three of my criterion:

RB – Dee Hart (Colorado State) – Owned in 7% of FanTrax leagues: 

Anybody catch the “Rocky Mountain Showdown” on Friday evening? In Colorado State’s dominating 31-17 win over in state rival Colorado, I can’t count how many times I heard “the Alabama transfer.” But, that is exactly what Hart is, and it speaks for the talent he possesses. It’s hard to fathom the amount of talent that has carried the ball in the ‘Bama backfield in Saint Nick’s tenure. Even receiving an offer from Saban and company is an honor in itself. Well Hart transferred to CSU after seeing minimal playing time for the Crimson Tide. After graduating from Alabama Hart was eligible to play right away. He was a 5-star recruit and the number one all-purpose back in the 2011 class on Rivals. Splitting carries with Treyous Jarrells, Hart had a marvelous performance. He finished the game with 22 carries, for 139 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Jarrells also had a good game in which he carried the ball 17 times for 121 yards and a touchdown. But if you watched the game like myself, Hart clearly passed the eye test and looked like the better of the two running backs in Colorado State’s backfield. I’d imagine it will continue to be a two-headed monster until something gives. But who can forget what Kapri Bibbs was able to accomplish in the Ram backfield last season as the workhorse? He ran for 1,741 yards and 31 touchdowns. Pure fantasy gold. Only one lineman returned on offense from a year ago. But with the week one performance CSU had on the ground, it’s hard to leave Hart on the waiver wire. Pick him up if you need RB depth.

RB – Russell Hansbrough (Missouri) – Owned in 11% of FanTrax leagues: 

Although he was featured in a backfield where 3 running backs received over 92 carries, Hansbrough finished the 2013 season with 685 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground. Last season’s backfield was led by Henry Josey, who finished the season with 1,166 yards rushing and 17 total touchdowns. Josey is gone to graduation. Gary Pinkel and staff felt it was necessary to feature the “other back”, Marcus Murphy at wide receiver to maximize his talents to best help the team. Murphy’s role isn’t confined strictly to WR, as he received 9 carries in Saturday’s win against South Dakota State. The change however, does tell us that the coaching staff feels very confident in Hansbrough as the feature back. Murphy and Josey combined for 1,767 yards and 25 touchdowns on the ground last year. That is a ton of production. If this year’s rushing attack is nearly as effective as it was last season, Hansbrough could reap the benefits of being the #1 guy in Missouri’s backfield. If you caught Saturday’s top plays on SportsCenter, Hansbrough made the cut with one of the most impressive runs you’ll see all year. Aside from the amazing play, Hansbrough finished the day with 126 yards and 1 TD on 20 carries. He could be in for a good season. Add him with confidence.

RB – Kenny Hilliard (LSU) – Owned in 4% of FanTrax leagues: 

Leonard Fournette is the ball carrier that has received all of the hype in the LSU backfield. Some around the country have squandered at the idea that Fournette is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Most people weren’t very worried about the departure of Jeremy Hill, due to the lofty expectations everyone has set with Fournette. Hill averaged 6.9 yards per carry last season, totaling 1,401 yards, to go along with 16 touchdowns. That is a ton of production to expect from a true-freshman. I’m not inferring that Fournette won’t make an impact this year, but sometimes expectations can be set too high. Just ask Nick Saban on that one. I do believe Leonard could have a very good season, but what I saw on Saturday was exactly what he is: an inexperienced true-freshman. He finished his debut with 8 carries for 18 yards. Most people around the country figured Terrence Magee would make an impact if Fournette wasn’t all he was jacked up to be. Magee only managed 8 yards on 6 carries. After three quarters of football in Saturday’s showdown with Wisconsin, the Tigers were on the verge of being upset. Then Kenny Hilliard took over. He ran for 93 yards and a touchdown in the final quarter of play. His final stats were: 18 carries, 110 yards, and 1 touchdown. Considering the fact he played a major role in the Tigers comeback win, I’d imagine he will get the first crack at proving his worth. Les Miles raved about how much quicker and lighter Hilliard looked before the season’s opener. He is the most experienced position player on LSU’s roster, and also has 22 career touchdowns. If you own Fournette, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to handcuff him with Hilliard, if you haven’t already.

WR – Malcome Kennedy (Texas A&M) – Owned in 6% of FanTrax leagues: 

Kennedy returns to College Station for his senior season as the most experienced wide-receiver on campus. Arguably the most polished player at receiver for Kevin Sumlin’s Aggies, he is also the most overlooked and underrated of the receiving corps. As the only SEC school in the state of Texas, Coach Sumlin has been able to reel in top-tier recruits. In the current era we live in today, hype can often overlook experience. Speedy Noil and Ricky Seals-Jones both have undeniable talent. But last season, Kennedy caught 60 passes for 658 yards and 7 touchdowns. Noil is owned in 50% of leagues and Seals-Jones is owned in 76%. Kennedy? Well he’s owned in 6% of leagues. Kennedy leads an inexperienced wide receiving group that lost Mike Evans, Derel Walker, and Travis Lebhart from a year ago. Little credit was given to Kevin Sumlin over the past two season’s as Johnny Manziel took the college football world by storm. Many people overlooked the Aggies and wrote them off before the season had begun. Well, unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock Sumlin and sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill had other things to say. Hill threw completed 73.3% of passes for 511 yards and 3 touchdowns. This performance made most people recognize that the Aggie’s high powered offense is here to stay, regardless if Manziel is under center or not. For a team with such a high powered offense that runs as many plays as it does, Kennedy deserves to be on fantasy rosters at the very least. Malcome already knows the offense like the back of his hand, unlike some of the inexperienced receivers on the team. If Thursday’s beat down of South Carolina shows signs of whats to come, Kennedy could be in for a huge year. He was Kenny Hill’s favorite target. He lead the team in catches and receiving yards as he finished the day with 14 receptions for 137 yards. Kennedy didn’t find the end-zone but if he’s Hill’s most comfortable and familiar target, he should have no problem with that. Pick him up before this offense sets the world on fire. 

WR – Darius White (Missouri) – Owned in 2% of FanTrax leagues:

Ranked as the sixth wide-receiver in the class of 2010 by Rivals. White committed to the Mack Brown led Texas Longhorns. After two seasons in which he received very little playing time, White decided to transfer. He chose Missouri as his landing spot. After sitting a year due to NCAA transfer rules, White was ready to play a role in 2013 for the Tigers. But once again, playing time was hard to come by in a receiving corps that included Dorial Green-Beckham and L’Damien Washington. Both of which combined for over 1,776 yards and 22 touchdowns, are now gone. White finished the season with only 7 catches for 76 yards and 1 touchdown. Marcus Lucas, who also factored into the offense while amassing 692 yards and 3 touchdowns is also gone. With the those three departures, Darius White’s time to shine may finally be here. Bud Sasser, received most of the preseason buzz for this years wide receivers at Mizzou. Sasser had 26 catches for 361 yards and 1 touchdown last season, which made him the leading returning contributor from a year ago. Maty Mauk, who received a considerable amount of playing time last season, due to an injury to James Franklin, is this years starting quarterback. Mauk played admirably when his number was called last year and played a pivotal role in helping the Tigers make their first SEC championship game appearance. The Tigers didn’t throw a whole lot (21 attempts) in their opening game against South Dakota State, but Mauk and White connected on 2 touchdowns in Saturday’s win. The TD’s were White’s only catches but they showed his big play ability. One was a 44 yarder, while the other was a 39 yard catch. This gave Missouri fans a reason to be optimistic about the player who once drew comparisons to AJ Green. Keep an eye on White. If his 2014 season is nearly as successful as either L’Damien Washington or Green-Beckham’s campaign’s from a year ago, he is worth owning. 

Who else deserves to be on this list? Got any college fantasy football questions, or just feel like talking football in general? Follow me on Twitter @PutBoobieIn and send me a tweet. 

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