As we roll into the midway portion of the season, it's really time to stop doubting guys who continue to produce. There is still a great deal of talent available in most leagues, and here are just a few who can help you win in Week Eight, and beyond.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech - Absolutely no reason he should be available in any league right now. Taylor has scored at least three times in each of his last three games, already has 110 more rushing yards than he had all of last season, and is just one touchdown pass away from matching his 2009 totals. And oh yeah, the Hokies welcome Duke to Blacksburg Saturday.
Damien Berry, RB, Miami - Sometimes, we love upside and a chance at big points. Other times, we just love consistency in our lineup. That's what Berry gives you. A Week One blowout aside, Berry has carried at least 16 times in every game, and his lowest yardage output was 87 yards. He's got three straight 100 yard games, and the touchdowns are starting to come as well.
Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State - Ballard is overdue for an appearance here, and amazingly it is coming off one of his "worst" performances of the season, a 20-carry, 98-yard effort against the once mighty Gators. Worst only because it was the first game all year in which Ballard didn't score. He has a whopping 12 touchdowns in seven games and should get at least two more this week against UAB.
Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, WR, Iowa - After starting slow, DJK has seven touchdowns in his past four contests, highlighted by last weeks three scores. With Indiana, Minnesota and Northwestern still on the docket, Johnson-Koulianos won't have a problem scoring at least five or six more times as the season winds down.
Wes Kemp, WR, Missouri - T.J. Moe is still the man, but look at Mr. Kemp now that he is healthy. It's doubtful that owners who drafted Kemp early during the preseason held on to him, but his 10 catch, 89 yard, two score game against Texas A&M should make him a popular pickup in all leagues. He isn't likely to duplicate that line against the Sooners, but it's beyond reasonable to assume Kemp can start playing like the receiver many thought he was in August.
David Piland, QB, Houston - Case Keenum he isn't, but Piland is getting better on a weekly basis, and looks locked in as the Cougars starter. Posting 583 yards and five scores since taking over, Piland is looking at SMU and Memphis over the next two weeks. He'll do a nice impersonation of the guy who went #1 overall in nearly all drafts this season.
Jacquise Terry, RB, Kent State - The yardage isn't overly impressive, but the scores are. Terry has six in his last three games, and with stout defenses like Bowling Green and Ball State on the horizon, that average should keep up.
Justin Veltung, WR, Idaho - Any receiver who posts a 6-140-4 line automatically gets listed here. On the season, Veltung only has 12 catches, but a ridiculous seven of them have gone for scores. And look who the Vandals get next - New Mexico State and Hawaii. Clearly these figure to be defensive struggles. See a theme here with the non BCS folks listed?
Josh Boyce, WR, TCU - Call this a keeper league special, but the redshirt freshman is coming in to his own. Second on the team in receiving yards and touchdowns, Boyce looks like the next dynamic threat for the Horn Frogs. Get in now before it's too late.
Need more? Check out this week's player rankings.