Week 5 Waiver Wire – Freshman & Sophomore Edition

What a great weekend of football. There were upsets, miracles, and huge performances. Speaking of miracles, how in the world did Missouri lose to Indiana? Anybody catch the tail end of the Arizona game? Anu Solomon played his best Merlin impersonation. The wizard-like Solomon led the Wildcats to 36 fourth-quarter points and beat Cal on a last second Hail-Mary. Dak Prescott emerged as a legitimate Heisman contender in Mississippi State’s road victory at LSU. Melvin Gordon put up stats you usually only see in high school. While Shane Carden made it known he’s more than just a fantasy quarterback. Some of us saw Oregon squeak by Wazzu. As did Florida State, who was without Heisman winner Jameis Winston, and beat Clemson in dramatic fashion in overtime. Oklahoma proved victorious in a classic Big-12 shootout. Speaking of undefeated teams, is anyone going to beat BYU this year? Taysom Hill and the Cougars stayed unbeaten in a victory over Virginia. Another weekend filled with college football is now behind us. What a weekend it was. On a side note this week will go by incredibly slow for me as I’m taking the trip to Ann Arbor to watch my Gophers take on the Wolverines. Go Gophers. If we win I would be shocked if Brady Hoke still has a job come Monday. But anyways, here is my freshman and sophomore waiver wire report:

RB Samaje Perine (Freshman) Oklahoma

True-freshman Samaje Perine had been overlooked in his short stint with the Sooners. Fellow freshman, Joe Mixon was the running back who received most of the hype in this year’s freshman class. Mixon, a 5-star recruit on Rivals was suspended from Oklahoma early in the year. Perine, a 4-star recruit himself worked his way up the depth chart due to Mixon’s suspension. Perine started the season splitting carries with sophomores Keith Ford and Alex Ross. Ford found himself on the injury report this past weekend, which opened the door for the freshman to receive a heavy workload. Perine shall be overlooked no longer, as he made the most of his opportunity. He carried the ball 34 times for 242 yards and 4 touchdowns against West Virginia. He could still find himself in a RBBC, but his performance on Saturday could catapult him into the drivers seat to be the lead back on a very talented club. Go scoop him up before someone else does. He is worthy of additions in all fantasy formats.

RB Justin Jackson (Freshman) Northwestern

An Illinois native, Justin Jackson chose to bring his talents to Northwestern over the likes of multiple SEC schools. A four star recruit on Rivals, Jackson possesses a combination of great speed and vision. Sounds a lot like a former Wildcat running back, Venric Mark. Mark transferred before the season in a bizarre series of events. But in 2012, Venric ran for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns. Senior Treyvon Green figured to be the next option at running back. So far Green has been less than impressive, which has opened the door for Jackson. In Northwestern’s 24-7 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday, Jackson carried the ball 21 times for 92 yards and 1 touchdown. Not overly impressive, but his workload has increased in every game this season. The future is now in Northwestern’s backfield. Jackson is worthy of additions in dynasty formats, and a potential stash in every format.

RB Justin Goodwin (Sophomore) Rutgers

Junior running back, Paul James has been ruled out for the season with a torn ACL that occurred in Saturday’s game against Navy. James owners looking to replace his production may turn to his backup Justin Goodwin. In limited time last season, Goodwin carried the ball 111 times for 521 yards and 5 touchdowns. Rutgers isn’t shy about using a workhorse in their backfield. As James replacement, Goodwin carried the ball 26 times for 104 yards and 1 touchdown on Saturday. HC Kyle Flood isn’t shy about using a workhorse running back. Goodwin probably doesn’t carry the greatest dynasty value, as I’m sure James will eventually be back in full force for the Scarlet Knights. But he could provide fantasy owners with better than average production this season. There is a chance Desmon Peoples receives his fair share of carries as well, but he has a much different skill set from Goodwin’s. Keep an eye on Goodwin. 

WR Zach Pascal (Sophomore) Old Dominion

For those looking to capitalize on a pass happy offense, Pascal may be your guy. In three of his four games this season, Pascal has caught at least 6 passes and had 98 yards receiving. Quarterback Tyler Heinicke ranks 7th in the country in completions with 108. Pascal has been his favorite receiver this season as he’s caught 25 passes for 329 yards. The sophomore receiver also has 3 touchdowns this season. Early signs point to consistent production from the Old Dominion receiver. If your in need of a wide receiver, Pascal may be your guy. This offense has the potential to put up huge numbers on any given Saturday.

WR Rashard Higgins (Sophomore) Colorado State

In the Rams last two games, Higgins has caught 18 passes for 290 yards and 2 touchdowns. Colorado State has been averaging 340 yards and nearly 3 touchdowns per game through the air this season. Higgins has been the go-to receiver for quarterback Garrett Grayson. As Higgins leads the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns. The early part of the season has been no fluke either. As a freshman Higgins caught 68 passes for 837 yards and 6 touchdowns. He carries a lot of value in dynasty leagues and could be in for a big sophomore season. Higgins is currently available in over 70% of leagues on Fantrax. If you need to add some depth at WR, Higgins is a viable option.

WR Shay Fields (Freshman) Colorado

Fields is more of a player to consider in PPR formats. The freshman wideout has caught at least 6 passes in each of his first four games of his young career. Fields a 4-star receiver on Rivals was a huge get for the Buffs in terms of recruiting. Opponents may start game planning to shut down Nelson Spruce, which would benefit Fields immensely. The Buffaloes love throwing the ball and have made it a point to get Fields involved early and often. Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau ranks 5th in the country with 172 passing attempts. Outside of Nelson Spruce, Fields is next leading pass catcher, with 27 receptions. He has 16 more catches than the next Colorado receiver, which is a very good indication for potential fantasy owners.  As the season progresses Fields will only get better. His chemistry with his quarterback and his feel for the speed of the game will continue to improve. Fields is a great dynasty addition.

TE Cam Serigne (Freshman) Wake Forest

Tight end has been incredibly thin so far this season. If your looking for some help at the position, freshman Cam Serigne may be your guy. Through four games, Serigne has a team high 21 receptions. He also has 219 yards and 1 touchdown. This Wake Forrest offense isn’t going to light the world on fire, but if the Demon Deacons are constantly playing catchup in the ACC, their passing game could provide some fantasy value. Serigne is definitely worthy of roster consideration in all formats. He could provide above average production, and should only get better as the season goes on.

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