If you are reading the week 10 college fantasy football waiver wire column, there is a good chance you have clinched a playoff berth or are battling for a postseason spot. Hence, congrats on a great campaign.
I wanted to thank all of our readers and Twitterverse diehards who have supported and contributed to our column all season long. This will be our last waiver wire gemstones article of the year. Do not worry. We are still going to assist CFF managers in making lineup decisions with our other two weekly columns: College Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet and CFB DFS Cheat Sheet.
As the journey comes to an end, CFF managers must be meticulous making roster decisions: It is not advisable to drastically change course or radically adjust starting lineups…Be smart. I have highlighted players to target on the college fantasy football waiver wire if you badly need a replacement player.
Week 10 College Fantasy Football Waiver Wire
MJ Morris, North Carolina State
Fantrax Ownership: 4%
Yards Per Attempt: 8.3
Total Fantasy Points: 63.1
With Devin Leary calling signals at North Carolina State, I did not expect to see MJ Morris on the gridiron for the Wolfpack this season. Regrettably, Leary suffered a season-ending injury and has not played since Florida State a month ago.
Morris stepped into the lineup against Virginia Tech two weeks ago and has performed beyond reasonable expectations. He has guided North Carolina State to consecutive victories while passing for 475 yards, rushing for 55 yards and tossing six aerial strikes–three in each game.
Morris has also posted back-to-back 30-point outings for college fantasy footballers. In 2000, Philip Rivers was the last true freshman at NCSU to have three touchdowns in successive games and the former Chargers’ QB did it twice.
“He [Morris] has the players playing hard for him. They believe in him. He’s taking care of the football. He’s way ahead of where we thought he’d be at this point in his career,” coach Dave Doeren stated after the victory over Wake Forest (ncstate.rivals.com).
At 6’2” and 192-pounds, the freshman was a four-star prospect from Georgia and No. 5 dual-threat signal caller in the nation by Rivals. Down the stretch, the Wolfpack welcomes Boston College to town and closes the campaign on the road at Louisville and North Carolina. All three games have the potential for high-scoring matchups as NCSU seeks a bowl invite.
Trenton Bourguet, Arizona State
Fantrax Ownership: 2%
Yards Per Attempt: 8.5
Total Fantasy Points: 86.1
A quarterback competition took place over the summer in Tempe, Arizona, and Emory Jones opened the campaign behind center. After the Sun Devils lost to Eastern Michigan at home, coach Herm Edwards was fired, and Shawn Aguano was named interim coach for the remainder of the season.
After losing to Stanford, Aguano turned to Trenton Bourguet beyond center, and the offense has scored 78 points in the two games with Bourguet, who has been stupendous. He is on a record-setting pace, completing the most passes by any quarterback in his first two starts since 2000.
The redshirt junior has completed 70-for-92 passes (76%) for 784 yards and five touchdowns. In ten quarters, Bourguet has thrown for 996 yards and eight touchdowns with three interceptions. His fantasy ceiling is capped because he is not a scrambler and not likely to produce points with his legs.
A pro-style signal caller out of high school, Bourguet totalled 7,612 career passing yards with 89 career touchdown passes, breaking the Arizona 5A state record for touchdowns. At 5’11” and 185-pounds, CFF diehards need to place Bourguet on their radar for the 2023 season in redraft, and possibly, dynasty leagues.
Honorable Mention Quarterbacks
Kurtis Rourke, Ohio
Fantrax Ownership: 42%
Yards Per Attempt: 9.0
Total Fantasy Points: 285.1
Kaleb Johnson, Iowa
Fantrax Ownership: 10%
Scrimmage Yards: 572
Total Fantasy Points: 84.2
It seems kooky to include a Hawkeyes’ player in a college fantasy football column. In 2022, Iowa ranks 128th in total offense in the nation, scoring only 17.2 PPG. and averaging only 262.8 YPG. Nevertheless, the Hawkeyes are taking small steps forward in the past two games, scoring 57 points in the victories. Why the improvement?
It is clear that the coaching staff finally came to the conclusion that Kaleb Johnson deserved more carries despite being a true freshman. Against Northwestern and Purdue, Johnson amassed 35 carries and rambled for 293 yards and a touchdown while averaging 8.2 YPC.
On Monday, he was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week after an outstanding outing versus the Boilermakers. Johnson registered his first 200-yard performance, rambling for 200 yards on 22 attempts with a touchdown. In Hawkeyes’ history, the 200 rushing yards are the eighteenth-most in a single game and the second-highest total all-time by a freshman.
“He (Johnson) just keeps improving. He’s done a nice job. He’s grown each week and has a great attitude. That’s been consistent since we got going. He has a great attitude. He enjoys playing. You can see that when you watch him and he enjoys practice, too,” Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz declared (247sports.com).
It seems counterintuitive to pick up a ball carrier on one of the worst offenses in the nation. Yet. Iowa has cultivated productive CFF runners in the past and maybe the unit has addressed its challenges running the ball with Johnson taking over the load.
Lawrance Toafili, Florida State
Fantrax Ownership: 34%
Scrimmage Yards: 614
Total Fantasy Points: 117.4
Coach Mike Norvell’s plan to turn around Florida State took a little more time than expected but the Seminals are finally competitive at 6-3, Ranked No. 25 in the AP poll and in line for a bowl berth. This year QB Jordan Travis has been the top Florida State CFF player as QB38 with 226 fantasy points.
Over the past two weeks, Lawrance Toafili has also become fantasy viable. He is the CFF RB15, scoring 48.1 points. In PPR leagues, Toafili is more valuable with 20 receptions for 247 yards and a touchdown. He also has 80 carries for 367 yards and five scores on the season.
Coming out of high school, the redshirt sophomore was a four-star recruit, No. 17 RB, and No. 27 overall prospect by 247Sports. During his first two seasons on campus, he is the fifth player in school history with a receiving and rushing touchdown of at least 70 yards: He scampered for a 73-yard touchdown run in 2020 and sprinted for a 75-yard touchdown catch in 2021.
In the next two weeks, Florida State travels to Syracuse and plays Louisiana-Lafayette, which bodes well for Toafili’s fantasy success.
Honorable Mention Running Backs
Edward Saydee, Temple
Fantrax Ownership: 1%
Scrimmage Yards: 722
Total Fantasy Points: 117.2
Cartevious Norton, Iowa State
Fantrax Ownership: 19%
Scrimmage Yards: 159
Total Fantasy Points: 27.9
CFF Twitterverse on Fire!
Who is the top target on the CFF waiver wire this week?
- WR Tyrone Howell, UL-Monroe: 3%
- RB Kaytron Allen, Penn State: 37%
- WR Sam Wiglusz, Ohio: 39%
- QB Austin Aune, North Texas: 21%
“Give me Mean Green QB Austin Aune. Three straight weeks of 320-plus yards passing and 11 touchdowns. Added B-2-B weeks of 70% completion rate. It’s Double A for me!” @NinoBrown_T2T
“Of course, the Wiggles for me. Sam is dynamite and consistent on a great offense.” @aceholesrule
Identify the most intriguing G5 quarterback who should enter the transfer portal and play at a P5 program in 2023:
- Seth Hennigan, Memphis: 15%
- Kurtis Rourke, Ohio: 20%
- Michael Pratt, Tulane: 42%
- Dequan Finn, Toledo: 23%
“I voted for Seth Henigan…To me he’s the best fit for a power 5 team. Dequan Finn a close second.” @RealChrisKay
“Dequan Finn for me. He is a fantasy stud with very little supporting cast. With the right group of WRs, watch out!” @aceholesrule
“I’m not sure that Mikey Keene, UCF is a P5 quarterback, but he has shown enough the last couple of weeks that I hope he doesn’t sit and backup JRP for CFF next year.” @copieps
Who is your highest-ranked G5 NFL Draft/DEVY prospect after 10 weeks of the season?
- Zakhari Franklin, UTSA: 14%
- Rashee Rice, SMU: 54%
- Nathaniel Dell, Houston: 20%
- Puka Nacua, BYU: 12%
“Rashee Rice has the most NFL upside.” @Daboys_22
“I agree with @Daboys_22 that it’s Rashee Rice. I’ve been on Rice before the season kicked off. He was one of my Uncut Gem WRs for ToiletsToTitles. Yesterday, he had 9 receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns vs. Houston. The second score showed his development. Came back for the ball, got turned around and was aware of the goal line.” @NinoBrown_T2T
“I have been a Rashee Rice believer for a while. Easy choice for me.” @DevyDeepDive
“I voted for Rashee Rice as well. Dan Brugler had him in his top 50 mid-season draft prospects recently.” @FabFalco
“I think Puka Nacua is my guy. Not sure about Rashee Rice.” @skipnewton31
“Rashee Rice for me. Even when he was younger and backing up future NFL players, I’ve always loved his style and talents.” @aceholesrule
Eliminating CJ Stroud and Bryce Young from the conversation, who is your highest-ranked DEVY QB prospect after 10 weeks of the season?
- Drake Williams, UNC: 31%
- Caleb Williams, USC: 59%
- Quinn Ewers, Texas: 7%
- Other, comment below: 3%
“Caleb Williams for me. I feel he is a touch better at most things than Drake Maye.” @aceholesrule
“Caleb Williams is my QB #1 in DEVY.” @DevyDeepDive
“I love Caleb Williams…but what Drake Maye is doing as a freshman is fantastic. He is legit playing like a third-year player with 31 touchdowns, which has him at first in the FBS and 2,964 passing yards rank fourth. He also only has three interceptions.” @NinoBrown_T2T
KeSean Carter, Houston
Fantrax Ownership: 2%
Team Target Share: 12.8%
Total Fantasy Points: 100.3
I have witnessed some incredible performances and games watching college football for over 40 years. Saturday’s game between Houston and SMU ranks among the most memorable. The teams combined for 140 points, which was the most in an FBS regular-season game in the AP poll era since 1936: The total surpassed the previous record of 137 between Pittsburgh and Syracuse in 2016.
Of course, the two quarterbacks, Clayton Tune and Tanner Mordecai, combined for over 120 fantasy points, passed for over 900 yards, and completed 16 touchdown passes…Wow!
Four receivers eclipsed the 100-yard threshold and three Cougars–Nathaniel Dell, KeSean Carter, and Matthew Golden–accomplished the feat. The last time Houston had three receivers over 100 yards was against Navy in 2018. Carter registered his fourth career game with 100-plus receiving yards and the second-straight week over 100 yards.
The senior originally enrolled at Texas Tech in 2018 and played in Lubbock, TX for three campaigns before transferring to Houston. After a slow start to the current campaign, the sleek speedster has sky-rocketed over the past two weeks with 19 targets, 15 catches for 238 yards, and two scores. In the next two weeks, the Cougars have tempting matchups versus Temple and East Carolina, and the aerial assault will continue to soar.
Moose Muhammad II, Texas A&M
Fantrax Ownership: 9%
Team Target Share: 16.4%
Total Fantasy Points: 92.1
When seeking receivers on the waiver wire late in the season, I am looking for targets. It is that easy. After the loss of Ainias Smith for the season, the Aggies sought a playmaker on the outside, and Moose Muhammad III has stepped up and consistently produced.
In his last five games, Muhammad has eclipsed 16 fantasy points four times, including over 23 twice. For the season, the 6’1” and 195-pounder has secured 30 passes for 441 yards and three scores. He has been even better over the past two weeks. Muhammad has garnered 24 targets, logging 15 catches for 211 yards and a touchdown, scoring 41.1 fantasy points and ranking as the CFF WR26.
“Moose (Muhammad) is a gifted guy. He’s got really good hands, and there’s still a level he could go to,” coach Jimbo Fisher stated a week ago (si.com).
I am old enough to have rostered his father Muhsin Muhammad in NFL fantasy football and even won a fantasy championship in 2004 thanks largely to the receiver’s league-leading 16 touchdown catches as a member of the Panthers. Maybe next year the Aggies’ playmaker will lead my team, and other astute managers, to a CFF championship.
Honorable Mention Wide Receivers
Tyrone Howell, UL-Monroe
Fantrax Ownership: 5%
Team Target Share: 24%
Total Fantasy Points: 147.5
CFF All-Americans: Week 10
- QB Tanner Mordecai, SMU: 62.5 points
- QB Clayton Tune, Houston: 60.2 points
- RB Edward Saydee, Temple: 55.4 points
- RB Devin Neal, Kansas: 45.4 points
- WR Nathaniel Dell, Houston: 43 points
- WR Puka Nacua, BYU: 41.8 points
- WR Tyrone Howell, Louisiana-Monroe: 41.6 points
- TE Ben Redding, SMU: 24.8 points
- Flex La’Damian Webb, South Alabama: 48.7 points