Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 8: Kevin White Emerging as Nation’s Best Receiver?

October 16th, 2014
West Virginia star wideout Kevin White will look to continue his excellent senior season against Baylor on Sunday. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

West Virginia star wideout Kevin White will look to continue his excellent senior season against Baylor on Sunday. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Now that we are in the thick of conference play in the college football season, marquee matchups keep presenting themselves to the delight of draft analysts and collegiate fans alike. Unbeaten teams Florida State and Notre Dame face off this week, ensuring one of them will suffer its first loss of the season, while undefeated teams Baylor and Mississippi will try to avoid letdowns against unranked opponents. The chaos and drama of college football continues this week and the NFL’s next crop of players are battling for their respective teams and draft stock.

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This Week in Fantasy Football: 2014 NFL Week 7

October 15th, 2014
Derek Carr emerged in Week 6 as a quarterback worth owning in fantasy football. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

Derek Carr emerged in Week 6 as a quarterback worth owning in fantasy football. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pickups

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (Owned in 4% of Yahoo! Leagues): The young gunslinger is perhaps the only glimmer of hope for Oakland Raiders fans. After throwing four touchdowns against a very tough San Diego defense, he is one of the better options as a No. 2 quarterback for the coming bye weeks. He is building a connection with his bevy of wide receivers and has the chance to put up top-15 numbers every week from here on in.

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals (30% Y!): After sitting out for more than a month with a nerve injury in his throwing shoulder, Palmer returned Sunday against the Washington Redskins and revitalized the Arizona Cardinals’ passing game by throwing for 250 yards. Arizona loves to throw the ball, and Palmer has good amount of weapons. Pick him up as a streamer quarterback option for bye weeks.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 6

October 14th, 2014
C.J. Spiller and the running backs graded out poorly for Sunday's loss by the Buffalo Bills to the New England Patriots. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

C.J. Spiller and the running backs graded out poorly for Sunday’s loss by the Buffalo Bills to the New England Patriots. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

An emotional pregame speech from new owner Terry Pegula turned the Buffalo Bills’ home crowd up, but the team on the field failed to topple the New England Patriots, as the Bills fell to 3-3 while the New England Patriots took a one-game lead in the AFC East. There were many parties who did not perform as well as they needed to for the Bills in their 37-22 loss.

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Has the Buffalo Bills’ Mike Williams Experiment Already Failed?

October 14th, 2014
It looks as though Mike Williams' run with the Buffalo Bills might not last long after he was inactive Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

It looks as though Mike Williams’ run with the Buffalo Bills might not last long after he was inactive Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

When the Buffalo Bills traded a sixth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for wide receiver Mike Williams in April, it looked as though the Bills were getting a bargain. A 6’2”, 212-pound pass-catcher who had at least 63 receptions and 771 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons, Williams brought the size and experience Buffalo needed in its receiving corps.

Six months later, the trade hasn’t merited much value for the Bills.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah

October 13th, 2014
Ameer Abdullah is one of multiple running backs with a chance to end the position's first-round drought in the 2015 NFL draft. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

Ameer Abdullah is one of multiple running backs with a chance to end the position’s first-round drought in the 2015 NFL draft. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Ameer Abdullah, who is fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 878 rushing yards after six games in his senior season, is making his case to be the first running back taken in the first round of an NFL draft since 2012.

Abdullah has competition at the position, as Georgia junior Todd Gurley and Wisconsin junior Melvin Gordon also drawing first-round buzz, but he has done plenty to put himself in the conversation through the first half of his final collegiate season.

The Nebraska offense goes through Abdullah, who has proven himself this season as a workhorse who can contribute in multiple capacities.

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