FANTASY PLAYS: Turbin, Davis, Kroft and other Week 5 adds
More notable injuries, plus the Buccaneers and Bears on byes this week will create a greater sense of urgency when heading to the waiver wire.
Be prepared to spend aggressively if you use a Free Agency Acquisition Budget (FAAB), or have contingent/alternative options ready in case you don't land your preferred player on waivers because an opponent has priority.
Wolfpack, Cavaliers meet in ACC cross-divisional matchup
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State's passing game has been the strength everyone expected in preseason. Now the Wolfpack must find the reliable running production to go with it.
FANTASY PLAYS: Week 2 pickups good, but no huge players
After the first full week of fantasy football results, there are interesting potential adds on the waiver wire, but it seems unlikely there are any major difference-makers yet that aren't widely owned in leagues. Yet there are certainly some distinctive and helpful targets who can help plug some potential holes.
Colts Preview Capsule
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-12)
New faces: G Matt Slauson, TE Eric Ebron, WR Ryan Grant, DT Denico Autry, LB Najee Goode, rookies G Quenton Nelson, OL Braden Smith, DE Kemoko Turay, LB Darius Leonard, RB Jordan Wilkins, RB Nyheim Hines, coach Frank Reich.
Key losses: RB Frank Gore, CB Rashaan Melvin, S Darius Butler, DT Johnathan Hankins, WR Donte Moncrief, coach Chuck Pagano.
Colts’ running back depth tested after spate of injuries
WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Jordan Wilkins figured the days of working in an understaffed backfield ended at rookie minicamp.
A spate of injuries proved him wrong.
When the Indianapolis Colts returned to practice Saturday, the running back took a quick glance around the field and suddenly realized only three other people were around — rookie Nyheim Hines, veteran Christine Michael and former NFL star Tom Rathman, who now serves as the Indianapolis Colts' running backs coach.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — First-round choice Quenton Nelson is one of nine draft picks who have signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
The announcement came Friday, the same day Indy opened its rookie mini-camp.
Nelson was selected No. 6 overall and is expected to start immediately at left guard.
The Colts also signed two of their four second-round picks — defensive ends Kemoko Turay and Tyquan Lewis.
NC State set a new program record with the exit of head coach Dave Doeren's first recruiting class this weekend. The seven players taken in the 2018 NFL Draft are the most ever (since the Common Draft Era began in 1967). The previous record was six selections (in 2012 and 2006).
"It feels incredible to see dreams become reality," Doeren said. "I know how hard these young men worked. I love them for never giving in and establishing a work ethic and culture here that will carry our program."
Garner High School alum and North Carolina State standout Nyheim Hines is headed to the Midwest.
The Indianapolis Colts picked the running back Saturday in the fourth round (104th overall).
"(I'm) excited for the opportunity, and even more excited the Colts used one of their draft picks on me. It's a dream come true," Hines said.
INDIANAPOLIS – Saquon Barkley is making good on his goal of dominating the NFL Combine workouts.
The former Penn State running back, who had the most repetitions at his position in the bench press on Thursday, continued to wow scouts on Friday.
Barkley had the second-best time in the 40-yard dash, running it in 4.41 seconds on his first attempt and 4.42 on the second. The only running back to run it faster was North Carolina State's Nyheim Hines, who ran a 4.39.
NC State’s Hines, Richardson leaving school early for NFL
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State running back Nyheim Hines and offensive tackle Will Richardson are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft.
The school announced both players' decisions Friday. Hines ran for 1,112 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the nine-win Wolfpack and was a first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick by The Associated Press. He averaged 143.7 all-purpose yards per game, leading the ACC and ranking fifth among power-conference players.
Wolfpack QB Finley returning for final college season
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley says he'll return for his final season of eligibility instead of entering the NFL draft.
The school released Finley's statement Saturday, with Finley saying he believes N.C. State could win an Atlantic Coast Conference title with several key starters returning on offense.
NC State's 52-31 Sun Bowl victory against Arizona State matched the Pack's talent and its potential to end a season that raised the bar in Raleigh.
"We have records being broken in this game -- the all-time leading receiver here in Jaylen Samuels, we have a 3,000-yard passer in Ryan Finley, a 1,000-yard receiver in Kelvin Harmon and a 1,000-yard rusher in Nyheim Hines," head coach Dave Doeren said after the game.
NC State beats Arizona State 52-31 in Sun Bowl
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — North Carolina State's offense came up big in a Sun Bowl matchup that was supposed to be about defense.
Nyheim Hines had three of North Carolina State's Sun Bowl-record six rushing touchdowns to help the Wolfpack beat Arizona State 52-31 on Friday. Hines' three scoring runs were all from 5 yards.
"It just really goes to show how great our offensive line is," Hines said. "I'll definitely have to treat them when I get back to Raleigh."
NC State beat Arizona State 52-31 in the Sun Bowl to finish the season with a 9-4 record (6-2 ACC). The performance is the Wolfpack's first 50-plus point game against a Power-Five opponent in Dave Doeren's five years in Raleigh and the first for the program since beating Maryland 56-41 in 2011.
The circle of Love: Hometown supporters help WFHS grad become Heisman finalist
When Bryce Love was 11 years old, former N.C. State football and track star Danny Peebles called WRAL about his young track star.
"First of all, I'm glad I made that call," Peebles said. "I'm a good prognostication, so next time I call, you guys'll know."
NC State rebounds after 2 tough losses for 17-14 win over BC
BOSTON (AP) — Nyheim Hines was feeling much better on Saturday after injuring his right ankle two weeks ago.
The rest of his teammates are feeling pretty good now, too, with a chance for a memorable conference record.
Hines had a 50-yard scoring run midway through the fourth quarter, and North Carolina State rebounded from two tough losses against high-ranked teams with a 17-14 victory over Boston College.
ACC features array of versatile backs that add big punch
When Boston College's special teams coach was looking for volunteers to return kickoffs a couple of years ago, freshman wide receiver Michael Walker shyly raised a hand and quickly found a niche.
"I kind of just took on the role and it's been working out," Walker said.
No. 20 NC State pulls away from Pitt in 35-17 win
PITTSBURGH (AP) — On the road with a chance to take control of the ACC's Atlantic Division, No. 20 North Carolina State spent a half nearly squandering the opportunity, familiar territory for a program that has spent more than a decade fighting a losing battle with sustained success.
Then the third quarter started, the Wolfpack dominated and a promising season took another impressive step forward.
As N.C. State arrives at the midway point of its season at 3-0 in ACC play and 5-1 overall, a look at how the Wolfpack got here and what might be ahead for Coach Dave Doeren’s team.
No. 24 NC State beats No. 17 Louisville 39-25
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren spent the weeks leading up to the season repeatedly saying his Wolfpack team was ready for a big step forward after years of building depth and experience.
Halfway through the schedule, his team is proving him right.
Nyheim Hines ran for two touchdowns while the defense slowed reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson to help No. 24 North Carolina State beat No. 17 Louisville 39-25 on Thursday night.
Wolfpack wins 4th-straight game, 33-25 over Syracuse
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State focused all week on avoiding a letdown after its upset win at then-No. 12 Florida State a week ago.
With failures of the recent past in their minds, the Wolfpack started fast to make sure there would be no such disappointment this year.
Nyheim Hines rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown, Jaylen Samuels and Reggie Gallaspy each ran for a score as well, and N.C. State held off a late rally to beat Syracuse 33-25 on Saturday afternoon.
Samuels scores 3 TDs as Wolfpack rolls past Furman, 49-16.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With its offensive line back at full strength, North Carolina State flexed its muscle.
Jaylen Samuels rushed for three touchdowns to help the Wolfpack beat Furman 49-16 on Saturday.
Samuels scored on runs of 2, 1 and 1 yards, all in the first half. He added six catches for 75 yards for the Wolfpack (2-1), who rushed for a season-high 242 yards.
Wolfpack RBs set to share the load in opener vs. Gamecocks
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State's offense leaned heavily on a single running back last year. Things will look different for Saturday's opener against South Carolina in Charlotte.
The Wolfpack lost top rusher Matt Dayes from last year's team, and now has a depth chart indicating a committee approach with juniors Nyheim Hines and Reggie Gallaspy II, and fifth-year graduate Dakwa Nichols.
NC State's defense played well when its offense didn't and the Wolfpack offense gained steam as the defense lost its force.
The result: a 27-13 loss to Miami on Senior Day, yet another missed opportunity for a win by a team that points to basic mistakes after the clock winds down.
A fourth-quarter drive, that started with NC State trailing 20-10 encompassed the type of frustrating play that has become the marque of the 2016 season.