God is great, beer is good, and college football is crazy. Do I even need to mention how amazing this past week was? Weekends like this remind me that all of the rankings, and playoff chatter don’t have any significance right now. Sure its nice to feel respected nationally, but at the end of the day the only thing teams can do is control their own fate. Personally I don’t find it necessary to be politicking already. Last year Auburn emerged late in the season. There is so much football left, I’m not ruling anybody out. With that said, in my humble opinion I believe Mississippi State has looked like the most complete team in the country so far. Never thought I’d say that, but it’s truly how I feel. There is so much football yet to be played, that so many scenarios could and will play out. If your a fan of a team that lost this weekend, all hope is not lost. This weekend was a great reminder of how much parity exists in the college football landscape. Sure the SEC West has looked superior to other conference and divisional foes. But college football has always been one of those sports where you can lose on any given Saturday if you overlook an opponent. This was amazing weekend of football and I’m going to leave it at that. For me there’s no reason to even discuss playoff spots because we’ve still got half a season for everything to play itself out. Anyways here are my top freshman and sophomores on most waiver wires:
RB Jon Hilliman (Freshman) Boston College
Hilliman is owned in just 6% of Fantrax leagues. I had mentioned Hilliman in an “intriguing matchups” article earlier in the season. But he is definitely worth rostering. In his last three games, he has rushed for 315 yards and 6 touchdowns. Hilliman appears to be the featured back, as he has been getting the bulk of the workload. The emergence of dual threat quarterback, Tyler Murphy has made the Eagles less reliant on their running backs. But its hard to forget what Andre Williams accomplished in this offense last season (2,177 yards & 18 touchdowns). I’m not expecting that type of production from Hilliman but he is a solid addition in dynasty formats.
RB Alfred Ramsby (Freshman) Georgia Southern
This Georgia Southern rushing attack has been nothing short of amazing this season, as they’re averaging 376 yards/game and have totaled 26 touchdowns. Matt Breida and quarterback Kevin Ellison have been the ones putting up most of the numbers this season. But Ramsby has out carried Brieda in two consecutive games now. Ramsby has also scored a touchdown in four consecutive games. If both Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins are rostered in most leagues, I definitely feel Ramsby is worthy of consideration himself. This is best run game in the country in both yards/game and touchdowns. This is Georgia Southern’s first season at the FBS level as they are new members of the Sun Belt conference. Last year led by Minnesota Viking rookie running back, Jerrick McKinnon, Georgia Southern ran for 360 yards/game. They don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Considering the fact Ramsby is a freshman he should only get better.
RB Sam Craft (Sophomore) Memphis
Filling in for starting running back Doroland Dorceus, who is out for the season, Craft played admirably. In Memphis’ impressive 38-14 victory over Cincinnati, Craft ran the ball 38 times for 170 yards and 1 touchdown. Putting him in this article is based off of this one game, but if he continues to see the bulk of the carries he could provide value. I haven’t quite been able to find why Brandon Hayes didn’t play, but there were rumors that he also was hurt in the Ole Miss game. Sorry I can’t provide you with more information on it, but if I were to guess, Craft may have forced himself into a bigger role. Monitor the situation, giving a guy 38 carries shows you the faith the coaching staff has in him.
WR River Cracraft (Sophomore) Washington State
Under Mike Leach, Wazzu is the most pass happy offense in the country by a long shot. The top four wide receivers on the team are rosterable. The Cougars are throwing the ball over 60 times a game this season, and have been nearly unstoppable. Connor Halliday just broke the single game yardage record with 734 yards. WR River Cracraft has been incredibly consistent this season. He’s had at least 83 yards receiving in every game this season, and has caught a touchdown in every game but one. Coming off of an 11 catch, 172 yard, 3 touchdown performance, this might be the last week he’s available on your leagues waiver wire. He’s only owned in 14% of leagues on Fantrax. Don’t be afraid to add him even though he’s not the number one receiving option. He’s in the top ten in the country in receptions, along with Myers and Mayle. Cracraft has also been building great chemistry with Halliday over the past few weeks. Worthy of roster spot in all formats.
WR Mike Dudek (Freshman) Illinois
I’ve been on high on Dudek before he ever played a snap, as I play in a Big-Ten only league, and Dudek was talked about highly on the Illinois front. When your reading comparisons to players like Wes Welker you take note. Well Dudek’s true freshman campaign has been quite impressive so far. In his last three games he has caught 21 passes for 380 yards. On the season he has 539 yards and 3 touchdowns, and could be on his way to being named Big-Ten freshman of the year. Dudek is one of the fastest players head coach Tim Beckman has been around in his tenure at Illinois. Dudek’s value does take a hit with the recent injury to Wes Lunt that will keep the QB out for 4-6 weeks, but Dudek does carry long term value. Especially in this pass happy offense.