Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 8

Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 8
UCLA RB Joshua Kelley is well worth consideration of a waiver-wire pickup in CFB fantasy as we run down the best options available for Week 8.
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Utah freshman QB Jack Tuttle will transfer.

This stunner is being reported by multiple outlets. Tuttle is the highest-rated quarterback recruit to ever sign with Utah. A four star-recruit and No. 8 pro-style QB in the country coming out, Tuttle has not appeared in any of Utah's six games. In August, he lost out to redshirt freshman Jason Shelley in the battle for backup duties behind second-year starter Tyler Huntley. Huntley will return next year to (presumably) be backed up by Shelley. Tuttle, from Southern California, could, according to 247Sports, now look into Ohio State, Duke, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, and West Virginia. At one time he also held offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, LSU, Nebraska, USC and Wisconsin. He'll likely have to sit out next season and lose a year’s eligibility.
Source: 247 Sports
Oct 18 - 12:25 PM

Minnesota HC P.J. Fleck said that senior RB Shannon Brooks (knee) will practice on Thursday.

Brooks was recently medically cleared off his torn ACL back from back in early March. To this point, Fleck has declined to offer a timeline for Brooks' return to the field. A bigger complication than Brook' health is his legal status. Brooks was arrested Sunday morning for probable cause of domestic assault from a fight with his roommate. The city attorney declined to press charges. With Brooks (and fellow lead back Rodney Smith) out, freshmen Mohamed Ibrahim and Bryce Williams have jumped to the top of the depth chart. No matter how this shakes out, we would expect Fleck to keep Brooks' appearances below five. If Brooks appears in four games or fewer, he'll qualify for a redshirt and can return next year.
Oct 18 - 12:03 PM

Auburn redshirt freshman RB JaTarvious Whitlow (shoulder) practiced on Wednesday.

Whitlow is considered day-to-day in advance of Auburn's showdown with Ole Miss upcoming. He sustained a left shoulder injury during the third quarter of Saturday's loss to Tennessee. We should have a more definitive idea as to the redshirt freshman's availability versus the Rebs later in the practice week.
Oct 17 - 10:00 PM

LSU redshirt sophomore TE Thaddeus Moss (foot) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

"It's something that he's not completely healed. We want it to heal a lot faster, but it's not healing the way we want it," said LSU HC Ed Orgeron. Moss (6'3/240) has managed to practice at points throughout the early fall, but will end his season never having been healthy enough to appear in a game proper. A foot injury which has lingered since the summer is the culprit, here. The Tigers plan on exploring a potential medical hardship waiver now that Moss' season has been cut short. Foster Moreau will continue to see the bulk of work at tight end through to the end of the season, though the depth behind him has thinned.
Source: 247Sports
Oct 17 - 9:27 PM

Alabama four-star 2019 verbal OT commit Amari Kight is not wavering off his pledge.

That's not to say that the 6-foot-7, 310-pound Kight's recruitment has quieted since he pledged to Alabama in late April. Auburn and LSU continue to circle for the four-star lineman. Still, at this juncture, he seems to be very much of the "Alabama or bust" mindset. On the 247Sports composite board, Kight lands as the No. 46 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
Oct 17 - 8:28 PM

Sources tell ESPN's Heather Dinich that findings in the results of the investigation of the Maryland football program are at least a week away.

The investigation is being done by the University System of Maryland, and they're currently looking into accusations of a toxic culture at the university that was at least partially set in motion by the death of former Terrapins tackle Jordan McNair. The board of regents will reportedly be made privy to the investigation on Friday, but the results won't be made public with no media availability. Earlier on Wednesday, it was announced that a group of parents were "fearful" that head coach D.J. Durkin would keep his job despite the various allegations. We should have a better idea of this mess at this point next week, but there are no guarantees.
Source: ESPN
Oct 17 - 7:52 PM

Michigan State senior WR Felton Davis III was named the Reese's Senior Bowl offensive player of the week for his effort in Week 7 against Penn State.

It was a huge game for Davis, picking up eight receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the upset victory; with one of the scores being the go-ahead touchdown with under a minute to go. Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy cites that scouts are "enamored" with Davis's upside because of his size (6'4/203), quickness and elusiveness. "In terms of skill-set, his best asset is his ability to big-on-the-ball, meaning that he understands how use his big strong frame at the point of the catch," writes Nagy. "One term that scouts use to describe this kind of receiver is "QB-friendly" and Davis has been that for Leweirke this season." If Davis III can keep this up, he's going to be one of the first senior wideouts off the board.
Oct 17 - 7:35 PM

Virginia senior S Juan Thornhill was named as the Reese's Senior Bowl Player of the Week after his effort on Saturday against Miami.

Thornhill was a monster in the upset win of the Hurricanes; picking off two passes and making six more tackles in the 16-13 victory. Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy came away impressed with the performance as well, noting his "disciplined zone integrity, good anticipation, and secure hands (an underrated trait for a defensive back)." He also notes that he's a quality defender in the box against the run, something you don't see a lot of from rangy safeties. "NFL teams are very enticed by Thornhill’s skill-set as a safety and would even want to see him rep as an outside cornerback in a Senior Bowl environment," writes Nagy. "If he continues to excel in his high/low safety role and displays adequate cover skills as a cornerback, Thornhill could become a favorite of many teams come draft time."
Oct 17 - 7:24 PM
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