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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Twelve

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

One week closer to the fantasy football playoffs. With injuries running rampant and fantasy rosters needing help, the waiver wire will provide some much needed help and depth for fantasy owners. There's plenty of big names waiting to be plucked from the free agent pool this week. It's time to prepare for week 12.


Thomas Rawls- Running Back- Seattle Seahawks- With the news that Marshawn Lynch could be done for the season, Thomas Rawls made Lynch owners forget all about possibly losing their first round pick. In nine games this season, Rawls has rushed for over 600 yards and two touchdowns and is averaging over nine fantasy points per game. His week 11 performance saw him tear up the 49ers for 209 yards and a touchdown. If Lynch misses any time whatsoever, fantasy owners will be thrilled to have the rookie  on their roster. He could lead a fantasy team to a championship if Lynch is done for the season.

Javorius Allen- Running Back- Baltimore Ravens- This has not been a kind season for the Ravens. With Forsett breaking his hand and done for the season then Flacco tearing his ACL and missing the rest of the season, the Ravens can start preparing for next season. There has been one bright spot though. His name is Javorius Allen and he needs to be owned immediately. Week 11 saw Allen post his first double digit fantasy points game and there could very well be more of those in the tank this season. Now the bell cow for the Ravens, fantasy owners could fill a major need with the addition of the former USC Trojan.


Spencer Ware- Running Back- Kansas City Chiefs- Coming out of seemingly nowhere in week 11, Spencer Ware rushed for 96 yards  and scored twice while putting up over 20 fantasy points. Charcandrick West's fifteen minutes of fame may be over. If owners miss out on the top two targets in Allen and Rawls, Ware may end up being more than just a consolation  prize.

Ahmad Bradshaw- Running Back- Indianapolis Colts- With Bradshaw back in the fold in Indianapolis, the Frank Gore experiment may be just about over. Even if Gore gets his share of touches, there will be plenty of touches for Bradshaw as well. After posting over 17 fantasy points in week 11, fantasy owners in need of running back depth should take a serious look at Bradshaw. He's especially useful in PPR formats as he caught four balls for 20 yards versus the Falcons.


Shaun Draughn- Running Back- San Francisco 49ers- Unless you're playing in a PPR league, Shaun Draughn will provide little to no value for fantasy owners. He rushed for a measly 37 yards on 12 carries but caught eight balls for 40 yards. Standard league fantasy owners will want to stay away from the dumpster fire that is the San Francisco 49ers this season.

J.J. Nelson- Wide Receiver- Arizona Cardinals- With just too many mouths to feed in the desert, the Cardinals wide out had himself a breakout game in week 11 to the tune of four catches for 142 yards and a touchdown. He posted over 20 fantasy points versus the Bengals in week 11 but with all the options for Carson Palmer,  it will be difficult for Nelson to repeat that performance. He is however someone to keep an eye on at this point.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Eleven

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

It's Wednesday and that means it's time for fantasy owners to get their waiver wire claims in. There isn't much time as the fantasy playoffs get closer and closer to make those necessary changes to get your team prepared for the stretch run.


Mark Sanchez-Quarterback- Philadelphia Eagles- Not that "The Sanchize" is anything to write home about but with the injury to Sam Bradford, someone has to quarterback for the Eagles and that someone will be Mark Sanchez. In his only appearance this season, Mark Sanchez completed 14 out of 23 passes for 156 yards and an interception. Last season in nine games, he passed for 2,418 yards and 14 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. While fantasy owners won't be tripping over themselves to acquire Sanchez, Sam Bradford owners may want to take a look at him to fill their quarterback position. Sanchez may not be great, but he's surely better than a goose egg at the position.

Davante Adams- Wide Receiver- Green Bay Packers- Before the season began, Davante Adams was a fantasy darling. It only took a few short weeks before fantasy owners began to drop him from their rosters. Now it looks like he may be worth a roster spot once more. The last two weeks, Adams has 11 and 21 targets respectively and seems to be the focus of Aaron Rodgers. With Green Bay struggling over the last few games, fantasy owners should expect Adams to keep getting looks. What he does with those targets is another story.

Zach Miller- Tight End- Chicago Bears- With three touchdowns in his last two games, Zach Miler looks to fill a need at tight end for fantasy owners that need help at the position. It will be difficult for him to follow up his week ten showing but coming off of his first double digit fantasy performance of the season, fantasy owners will want to take a chance on him for week 11.


Brock Osweiler-Quarterback- Denver Broncos-  Now that we know Peyton Manning will miss at least week 11, Brock Osweiler gets his chance to shine. With obviously no statistics to go on, fantasy owners that need help at the quarterback position may want to take a chance on the former Arizona State University signal caller. Osweiler has a favorable matchup versus the Chicago Bears in week 11 which doesn't hurt him at all.

Jay Ajayi- Running Back- Miami Dolphins- With no more than six attempts in the two games he played, it seems like it may be time for the former Boise State product to get a shot in the NFL. Obviously Lamar Miller is firmly planted as the starter in Miami but Ajayi should serve as a change of pace back for the remainder of the season. He could end up being a decent flex play at some point for owners in desperate need of a running back.

Richard Rodgers- Tight End- Green Bay Packers- Fantasy owners can do much worse than Richard Rodgers. With five touchdowns already this season, he also has 33 catches for 256 yards and is averaging over six fantasy points per game. Reliable tight ends are difficult to come upon for fantasy owners these days and Richard Rodgers would be a boost to tight end needy rosters.


Case Keenum- Quarterback- St. Louis Rams- The Nick Foles experiment seems to be over in St. Louis and now it's time for Case Keenum to show once again that he is not an every week starter for fantasy owners or the Rams. Having not played in a meaningful game since last season where he saw two games and passed for 435 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, Case Keenum is nothing but a desperate play for fantasy owners and if it comes down to Case Keenum, your season is probably over anyway.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Ten

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Another week in the books and the playoffs looming closer. It's getting closer to crunch time for fantasy owners to fix their rosters. With injuries decimating owners on a weekly basis, every roster could use some help. The margin for error is growing smaller by the week and meaningful transactions are becoming less and less. With week ten staring fantasy owners in the face, it's time once agin to hit your waiver wire and get your teams ready for another week of fantasy football.


Brandon Bolden- Running Back- New England Patriots- Now that the news of Dion Lewis is out, the Patriots and Dion Lewis owners need to figure out a contingency plan for the remainder of the season. Brandon Bolden is the front runner to replace Lewis. In limited action this season, Bolden has five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown. He figures to share the targets in the passing game with James White so owners that are missing Dion Lewis may want to grab both Bolden and White or one if you miss out on the other.

James White- Running Back -New England Patriots- Most fantasy owners assume either Brandon Bolden or James White is going to be the beneficiary of the Patriots losing Dion Lewis for the rest of the season. With the Patriots backfield becoming suddenly murky (with Blount being the exception), fantasy owners would be wise to grab both White and Bolden if possible until the Patriots decide which back will be the next Dion Lewis. Of course knowing the Patriots, both could end up being useful or useless.


Karlos Williams- Running Back- Buffalo Bills- With 336 yards rushing and five touchdowns to his name this season, Karlos Williams could be a valuable piece to a fantasy roster. Only issue is LeSean McCoy is expected to play this week. Even so, Williams has been productive even with Shady in the lineup so running back starved fantasy owners will want to pick up the rookie. Of course, his week ten matchup versus the Jets is a tough matchup.

Marcel Reece-Running Back-Oakland Raiders- With the concussion to Latavius Murray and not being cleared as of yet to play in week ten, fantasy owners should take a look at Marcel Reece. His value will be in the passing game so owners in PPR formats will definitely want to grab Reece. With 20 catches and over 200 yards and three touchdowns on the season,  Reece could be a boost to owners who lost Murray or just need a running back.


Matt Hasselbeck- Quarterback- Indianapolis Colts- Now that Luck is out a few weeks, Hasselbeck is taking over the signal caller duties in Indianapolis. When he filled in earlier this season for Luck, he played admirably. While he isn't on any fantasy owners' wish list, he could be a bye week fill in or there to help Luck owners. In the two games he played this season, Hasselbeck averaged over 18 fantasy points per game and while that is nothing to write home about, he's better than taking a zero at the position.

Wes Welker- Wide Receiver- St. Louis Rams- While Welker is more than a name than anything else at this point in his Pro Bowl career, fantasy owners should not expect too much from him. Last season, Welker finished with 49 catches for 464 yards and two touchdowns. He's a better NFL player than fantasy player and won't provide much fantasy impact for the next eight weeks.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Nine

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Another week, another decimated roster in fantasy football. If your fantasy team (or NFL team)didn't sustain an injury in week eight, consider yourself lucky. It's time once again to get those waiver wire pickups in whether it's to cover a bye week or replace a player lost to injury.


DeAngelo Williams- Running Back- Pittsburgh Steelers- Week eight was very cruel to fantasy owners. Many lost their first round pick in Le'Veon Bell for the entire remainder of the season. This makes DeAngelo Williams a must add heading into week nine. Even non Bell owners will want Williams on their roster. In the first two games of the season when Bell was out due to suspension, Williams scored over 13 fantasy points and over 27 fantasy points respectively. Now that Williams will carry the load for the rest of the season, owners that are lucky enough to grab him off of the waiver wire just got themselves a starting running back in week nine. That move could be a potential game changer as fantasy playoffs get closer.

Jeremy Langford- Running Back- Chicago Bears- With a knee injury sidelining Matt Forte for at least two weeks, Jeremy Langford becomes a must own for Forte owners. While fantasy owners have nothing in terms of fantasy production to go on, once again, Langford steps in as a starting running back and finding those at this stage of the season is not an easy task. In the six games Langford appeared in so far this season, he already has two touchdowns on 27 touches and five targets in the passing game. It appears Jeremy Langford will fill the hole Forte left quite nicely.


Vernon Davis- Tight End- Denver Broncos- With the acquisition of former San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, Peyton Manning now has another weapon to add to his arsenal. That could mean big things coming from VD. Having been lost in San Francisco for the last couple of seasons, this may be the move that revitalizes the career of VD. Coming off of his best game this season where he saw eight targets and caught six of them, fantasy owners in need of a tight end or just want to upgrade should definitely take a flyer on Vernon Davis.

Kamar Aiken- Wide Receiver- Baltimore Ravens- Now that Steve Smith Sr is done for the season (thanks again to the week eight injury bug), the Ravens will need another receiver to step up in his absence. With the rookie Perriman still not ready to debut, that leaves Kamar Aiken to fill the void. On the season, Aiken has over 330 yards on 25 receptions with two touchdowns to go with it. Now that he projects to be the number one receiver in Baltimore, fantasy owners can expect those numbers to jump up a bit.

Malcolm Floyd- Wide Receiver- San Diego Chargers- Fantasy owners can thank the week eight injury bug on yet another major player going down in Keenan Allen for at least a few weeks. That would make sense for Malcolm Floyd to step in and while Floyd could be a nice addition to a fantasy roster, he himself has a history of not staying healthy. Feel free to use a waiver wire priority on him if you need a receiver being that Philip Rivers is playing out of his mind right now in terms of passing yards. Floyd hasn't had a bad season up until this point hauling in 21 balls for over 400 yards and three scores.


Heath Miller- Tight End- Pittsburgh Steelers- For fantasy owners in need of a tight end, you can do worse than Heath Miller. Just be cautious that you don't expect too much from the Steelers star as he has a few big games here and there then can disappear for a few weeks altogether. On the season, Miller has 27 catches for over 270 yards and is coming off of his first double digit fantasy points game of the season. Grab him if you need a tight end but again, don't expect a repeat performance week in and week out.

Nate Washington- Wide Receiver- Houston Texans- While Washington has been a more productive wide out than anyone would've thought this season, he's a very streaky player who may be good for a few weeks and that's it. With 26 catches for over 400 yards up until this point, he can only keep this up for so long before he disappears completely. With the Texans a team that has to play catch up a lot, fantasy owners can expect a lot of passing from them but it's hard to go into a week relying on Nate Washington to give you much of anything.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Eight

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

It's Wednesday and that means it's time to get those waiver wire pickups in. We are in the thick of the fantasy football season and the margin for error is getting smaller each week. Whether it's bye weeks or under performing players, most fantasy rosters need a good tweak here and there and there's no better place to see which players are worth picking up than The Fantasy Sports Brain.


Danny Amendola- Wide Receiver- New England Patriots- A few weeks ago, I never would have considered Danny Amendola worth much in fantasy football but at the torrid pace he's been performing, he's well worth an add at this point. Amendola has 18 targets over the last two games and is coming off of double digit fantasy points in back to back games. With bye weeks tearing through fantasy lineups, owners will want to grab Amendola if he's still available.

Darren McFadden- Running Back- Dallas Cowboys- I can't believe I'm endorsing McFadden but as of right now, he seems to be the guy in Big D. With an injury limiting Joseph Randle and Christine Michael not getting as much action as fantasy owners though in week seven, a healthy Run DMC can be just what fantasy owners need to help out in the running back department. While he isn't wowing fantasy owners by any means, he did get a bulk of the workload in week six versus the Giants where he netted 152 yards and a score. Fantasy owners should expect to see McFadden carry the load as long as he stays healthy.


Ladarius Green- Tight End- San Diego Chargers- While fantasy owners knew Green was more than capable of filling in for Antonio Gates, he proved once again that he can fill in admirably when fantasy owners needed him most. While Green's numbers were nothing to write home about, he did score double digit fantasy points as the touchdown he scored really made his day. Fantasy owners can rest comfortably starting Green in week eight if Gates isn't able to go again.

Alfred Blue- Running Back- Houston Texans- With the season ending injury to Arian Foster, Alfred Blue looks to be the lead back for the time being. While he didn't do much to make fantasy owners take notice earlier in the season while Foster was out, he is a starting running back and those are difficult to come across at this point in the fantasy football season. His only memorable game this season came back in week three versus the Buccaneers where he scored double digit fantasy points. Until the Texans go in a different direction at running back, fantasy owners will want to roster Alfred Blue.


Orleans Darkwa- Running Back- New York Giants- While not much is known about Darkwa, fantasy owners know enough to take a look at him heading into their week eight matchups. Darkwa scored double digit fantasy points and had a touchdown to go with his 48 yards on the ground. It will be difficult to trust Darkwa on a week to week basis considering there are so many running backs in New York that are ahead of him.

Brandon Oliver- Running Back- San Diego Chargers- With Melvin Gordon dealing with an injury, Brandon Oliver should slide into his role for the Chargers. Woodhead could possibly cut into some of the touches but Oliver will be the guy on the ground for the most part. In five games this season, Oliver has 90 yards and 11 catches for another 96 yards. With Woodhead seeing most of the passing downs, it will be difficult for fantasy owners to trust Oliver in their lineups until Gordon returns. Especially at such a pivotal point in the fantasy football season.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Seven

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

It's Tuesday and that could only mean one thing if you play fantasy football. It's time once again to get those waiver wire claims in and look towards week seven of the fantasy football season. Without further ado, I present you with Keepers, Sleepers and Jeepers for week seven.


Christine Michael- Running Back- Dallas Cowboys- Since Christine Michael has hardly seen any action since coming to Dallas, fantasy owners have to take that leap of faith when putting in a claim for Christine Michael. He's been running with the first team all week and with a strong showing this week, could end up being the Cowboys starter moving forward. Christine Michael could end up being the most added player heading into week seven. Fantasy owners will not want to miss out on the production that the former Seahawks back could produce.

Brandon LaFell-Wide Receiver- New England Patriots- Now that LaFell is eligible to come off of the PUP, fantasy owners will want to grab him off their waiver wire if he's still available. He obviously has no production to base this decision on for 2015, but last season saw LaFell average over nine fantasy points per game and get 119 targets. He became a favorite target for Brady and once he's back in the lineup, should produce once again for the defending Super Bowl champions. What's even better is that the Patriots bye week is over and you won't have to worry about replacing him.


Blake Bortles- Quarterback- Jacksonville Jaguars- It may be difficult for fantasy owners to trust Bortles every week as their starting quarterback but the last two weeks saw Bortles score over 30 fantasy points. Quarterback needy fantasy owners may want to take a chance on Bortles.

Landry Jones- Quarterback- Pittsburgh Steelers- Even though Landry Jones had a respectable week six after Michael Vick went out with an injury, Landry will only take the helm for another week or two until Big Ben is able to return. Until then, fantasy owners can take a shot on Jones if they need a quarterback as Jones scored over 16 fantasy points. Too bad no fantasy owner actually had him in their lineups.


Ben Watson- Tight End- New Orleans Saints- Through six games, Watson has 25 catches for 266 yards and two scores. Week six saw Watson score almost 20 fantasy points but fantasy owners should not come to expect that very often if at all again this season. Watson has always been more of a blocking tight end than a receiving tight end but nonetheless, fantasy owners shouldn't waste a waiver wire claim on him unless he's the best available tight end on the waiver wire and your starting tight end is on a bye.

Michael Floyd-Wide Receiver-Arizona Cardinals- This guy hasn't been relevant in fantasy football or the NFL over the last two seasons. On the season, Floyd has only 24 targets and 13 receptions for just over 150 yards and one touchdown. Don't let his big week six fool you. It was the first game all season where he scored double digit fantasy points and while he may end up having another big game or two, it isn't worth the single digit fantasy points you will get more often than not.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Six

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Attention all fantasy owners. It's that time of the week again. Time to get your waiver wire picks in before week six kicks off on Thursday night. With injuries running rampant this season, every roster needs a little bit of help. Knowing which  players to pick up can always be a hassle. This is why we are here to help.


Willie Snead- Wide Receiver- New Orleans Saints- While the Saints have underwhelmed through the first five weeks, there is still value to be had in the form of Willie Snead. Through five games, Snead has 33 targets and 22 receptions to go with 381 yards and a touchdown. He's scored double digit fantasy points in two games this season and has become a top target of Drew Brees every week.

Charcandrick West- Running Back- Kansas City Chiefs- With the season ending injury to Jamaal Charles, West has become a must own for fantasy owners. Andy Reid has gone on record to say that West not Knile Davis will get a bulk of the carries in Charles' absence. While there isn't much to go on when looking at West, fantasy owners must take the leap of faith that he will be a viable replacement for Jamaal Charles the rest of the way.


Marquess Wilson- Wide Receiver- Chicago Bears- While I feel like I've been hyping up Wilson for quite a while now, this may be the time to pick him up before he really makes a name for himself. While Wilson was quiet the first few weeks, the last two weeks he saw nine and eight targets respectively. He also has 80 and 85 yards to go with those targets  and 12 receptions in those two games. Week five saw him score double digit fantasy points for the first time this season and fantasy owners will want to be early grabbing Wilson off of the waiver wire before other savvy owners get wind of him.

Gary Barnidge- Tight End- Cleveland Browns- Fantasy owners may want to ride the Barnidge train while they still can. The last three weeks saw Barnidge score double digit fantasy points and while tight ends have been difficult to come across in fantasy this season, Barnidge has been a welcome addition to rosters. He's gotten 26 targets over the last three weeks and while it's difficult to think this streak can continue, fantasy owners should continue to roster Barnidge while they still can.


Knile Davis- Running Back- Kansas City Chiefs- It's amazing that a year ago if Jamaal Charles would've gone down with the same injury, fantasy owners would be tripping over themselves to pick up Knile Davis off of the waiver wire. With the news that Charcandrick West will be the lead dog in Kansas City, it's hard to use FAAB or a waiver priority on Davis.

Charles Sims- Running Back- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Sims may end up being on the Sleepers list but seeing how he hasn't made much of an impact up until this point and the Buccaneers are on a bye this week, Charles Sims is more of a name to keep an eye on than to pick up right now. The last three weeks have seen Sims score double digit fantasy points while not really rushing for many yards. His value is in the passing game where he caught two balls for 41 yards and a score, three for 30 yards and a score, and last week caught four for 85 yards. If you need a running back (and let's face it, who doesn't) Sims may be a sneaky long-term play while other owners are looking elsewhere for help this week.