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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Seventeen

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Alright fantasy football enthusiasts, this is the last week for NFL football and fantasy football. If you won a championship already, congratulations. If this is the week the championship is decided, best of luck. If you didn't compete for a championship, maybe you participate in a keeper league and want to make a few moves before rosters are locked for the season. Whatever your situation is heading into week 17, I hope you enjoyed playing this season and if you're looking to make some moves on the waiver wire, take a look below. See you again for the 2016 fantasy football season.

Keepers

Kyle Rudolph- Tight End- Minnesota Vikings- While Kyle Rudolph may not be a model of consistency for fantasy owners, he has been playing better as of late. He may have had only three targets on Sunday but he did score a touchdown. He's an extremely touchdown dependent player but fantasy owners looking for a tight end in week 17 may want to take a look at the Minnesota tight end.

Dontrelle Inman- Wide Receiver- San Diego Chargers- Coming off of a game where Inman saw 13 targets, he's become a steady option in the passing game and has scored double digit fantasy points in two of his last four games.

Sleepers

Keshawn Martin- Wide Receiver- New England Patriots- The recently acquired Martin will more than likely have little to no value once Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola return from their injuries but until then, he may be the receiver to own in New England not named Rob Gronkowski. Week 16 saw Martin with a season high 11 targets tossed his way as he hauled in seven balls for 68 yards. Once the Patriots offense is at full strength, Martin may be nothing more than a special teams guy but for now, he could be a sneaky play for week 17.

Jermaine Kearse- Wide Receiver- Seattle Seahawks- With 21 targets over the last three games and the Seattle offense hitting on all cylinders, fantasy owners will want to own a piece of the Seahawks passing game. Sunday saw Kearse catch three passes for 38 yards and a score and just miss posting double digit fantasy points for the second time in as many weeks. Owners looking for receiver help will want to take a look at Kearse for week 17.

Jeepers

Andre Ellington- Running Back- Arizona Cardinals- At this point, is there any doubt as to David Johnson being the man in Arizona? Being reduced to a change of pace back, Ellington scored less than five fantasy points in week 16 and can not be counted on for week 17 if you're playing for anything meaningful.

Will Tye- Tight End- New York Giants- Through no fault of his own, Tye has become less of a fantasy stud the last couple of weeks since making a name for himself. The Giants offense is so inconsistent that it's difficult to trust anyone not named Odell Beckham Jr. Tye had three catches for 28 yards in week 16 and will be hard to start in week 17 with anything on the line.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Sixteen

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Congratulations to all owners playing for a fantasy football championship this week. As always with fantasy football, injuries are yet again part of the story heading into what is probably your championship week. Like so many other owners, it's time once again to look towards the waiver wire for help.

Keepers

Kirk Cousins- Quarterback- Washington Redskins- If you are one of the lucky ones to still have the Washington signal caller sitting on your waiver wire, now is the time to pick him up. Drew Brees owners may need to grab a quarterback this week with the Saints captain questionable heading into week 16. Cousins is averaging over 21 fantasy points per game this season and has 15 touchdowns to ten interceptions while tossing only three interceptions in his last eight starts.

Reuben Randle- Wide Receiver- New York Giants- With the suspension of number one wideout Odell Beckham Jr, Randle figures to see more targets in week 16. He has found the end zone in three of the last four games and has back to back games with a touchdown. Fantasy owners looking to replace Beckham Jr may only need to look at his teammate for receiving help this week.

Sleepers

Jerick McKinnon- Running Back- Minnesota Vikings- Should AP miss this week, McKinnon should be a viable replacement for fantasy owners. McKinnon scored a touchdown in week 15 while totaling 87 yards. His real value comes in the passing game where he hauled in all four of his targets. It's possible he splits time with Matt Asiata in the absence of Adrian Peterson but in PPR formats, McKinnon could end up shining.

Mike Gillislee- Running Back- Buffalo Bills- With Karlos Williams banged up what seems like almost every week and fantasy owners already knowing LeSean McCoy is done for the season, Gillislee could be a fantasy savior for owners in need of a running back. Gillislee has found pay dirt in back to back games and scored a 60 yard touchdown last week. While it's likely Gillislee and Williams split time in week 16, Gillislee has an arrow pointing up.

Jeepers

Stefon Diggs- Wide Receiver- Minnesota Vikings- There has finally been a Stefon Diggs sighting. Not since week eight have fantasy owners heard the name Stefon Diggs brought up. After scoring twice in week 15, Diggs put himself back on fantasy owners radars but those owners looking at Diggs shouldn't get too excited. Before last week, Diggs has gone six straight weeks without a touchdown and just isn't reliable on a week to week basis.

Donald Brown- Running Back- San Diego Chargers- With rookie Melvin Gordon hurt, Brown and Woodhead split the load in week 15 but yet again, fantasy owners should not get too excited for Donald Brown. With 90 yards to his name last week, Brown isn't consistent enough to warrant starting in your championship week. His four targets give him a glimmer of hope but Donald Brown has been known to let down fantasy owners when they expected him to perform in the past.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Fifteen

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

So if you still have something to play for in fantasy football, you are planning on making some moves this week on your waiver wire.  Especially since so many more names went down just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Fantasy football can be so cruel sometimes but as owners, we press on and use the waiver wire to our advantage. Heading into week 15 is no different. Take a good look at the waiver wire because with only a week or two left until the fantasy football season is over, there isn't much time left to make moves. Good luck to all owners in their playoffs and contending for a championship.

Keepers

Denard Robinson- Running Back- Jacksonville Jaguars- With the injury to rookie T.J Yeldon, "Shoelace" made the most of his opportunity and should be added with the rash of running backs that went down in week 14. The former Michigan product totaled 87 yards versus the Colts and could be a fantasy asset these next few weeks for running back needy owners.

Isaiah Crowell- Running Back- Cleveland Browns- Finally someone worth owning from the Browns. Isaiah Crowell had himself a game in week 14 scoring over 27 fantasy points on his way to rushing for 145 yards and two scores. Isaiah Crowell could very well be the fantasy MVP of the playoffs.

Sleepers

Bryce Brown- Running Back- Seattle Seahawks- Surprise surprise, another running back went down in week 14. Rookie Thomas Rawls went down with a broken ankle and now it appears Bryce Brown will get the rock in Seattle. Over the years, Brown has been more of a disappointment than not but with the commitment to running the ball in Seattle and the offense playing at a whole other level over the last few weeks, running back starved fantasy owners may want to take a look at Bryce Brown.

Will Tye- Tight End- New York Giants- Hey what do you know? A player to look at on the waiver wire that isn't a running back. By scoring his first career touchdown in week 14, Tye put himself on the fantasy radar heading into week 15. He's filled in admirably for the injured Larry Donnell and could see an uptick in targets moving forward. Eli Manning likes to utilize his tight end and since catching all five targets tossed his way on Monday night, Tye may get the chance to shine again. If you need an upgrade at tight end, Will Tye is worth a flyer.

Jeepers

A.J. McCarron- Quarterback- Cincinnati Bengals- Now that the Red Rifle Andy Dalton is going to miss some time with his thumb injury, the former Alabama signal caller gets the chance to show what he can do under center. He threw two touchdowns and two interceptions versus Pittsburgh in week 14, but with all the weapons around him, could end up proving to be valuable to fantasy owners. It will be difficult for fantasy owners to pull the trigger on McCarron seeing how there hasn't been much in the way of injuries to quarterbacks.

Montee Ball- Running Back- New England Patriots- Recently signed to the practice squad, Montee Ball will probably not see any action for the defending Super Bowl champions since Brandon Bolden and James White have been doing just fine. If you're truly starved for a running back and want to try to outsmart the other owners in your league, maybe Montee Ball is worth a look but don't get too excited. There's a better chance he gets cut before he sees any action in a Patriots jersey.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Fourteen

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Well it's week 14 and that means that some fantasy football leagues have started their playoffs. If your playoffs haven't started yet, then they will be in the next week or two and that means your team has to be in win now mode if you haven't clinched a playoff spot already. Even teams that are not making a playoff push this season may still want to play for pride or in keeper leagues, start thinking about next season. Whatever your situation, if you plan on checking out your waiver wire, here's a list of players that will be available.

Keepers

Tyler Lockett - Wide Receiver- Seattle Seahawks- Not just a return man anymore, the rookie is getting a chance to shine on offense with the injury to Jimmy Graham and he appears to be making the most of it. With seven catches for 90 yards in week 13 and a breakout game three weeks ago where he scored over 17 fantasy points, Tyler Lockett could be a sneaky play heading into the playoffs with the Seahawks offense suddenly looking like the Seahawks offense from the last two seasons.

Ryan Mathews - Running Back- Philadelphia Eagles- After being shelved the last few weeks with a concussion, Mathews appears to be on track for a week 14 return which is good news for any fantasy owner that grabs him off of the waiver wire seeing how DeMarco Murray has been a major disappointment this season. He has 427 yards and five touchdowns on 76 carries and is averaging over ten fantasy points per game. He's a must add heading into the fantasy playoffs.

Sleepers

Dorial Green- Beckham- Wide Receiver- Tennessee Titans- With Marcus Mariota playing above what any fantasy owner imagined in his rookie season, now may be the time for another rookie to shine with him. Green- Beckham has been almost a non factor up until this point but with a breakout game coming in week 13 where he posted almost 18 fantasy points, now is the time for fantasy owners to jump on him before he has another big game. The combination of Mariota and Green-Beckham could pay dividends in the fantasy playoffs.

Detroit D/ST- While fantasy defenses aren't talked about much in this article, for the sake of the fantasy playoffs, owners may want to stream week to week and the Detroit Lions defense seems to be playing much better as of late. They have allowed under 200 passing yards per game in the last four weeks and get a weak Rams offense in week 14. If you are playing the matchup with defenses, Detroit should be high on your list.

Jeepers

Johnny Manziel- Quarterback- Cleveland Browns- With news that Johnny Manziel will be under center for the Browns for the remainder of the season, owners needing help at the quarterback position may want to take a look at him. While he doesn't have much to work with in Cleveland, he could still end up being an asset to owners heading into their playoffs. He's averaging under 13 fantasy points per game so don't expect too much but with his dual threat, there's a chance Manziel could do something for owners from week 14 on.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Thirteen

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Another week of fantasy football is done and over with and with only a few short weeks until the playoffs start, owners need to seriously consider if their current roster is ready to not only make the playoffs but contend once they get there. The waiver wire is thin at this point in the season but there may be a name or two worth grabbing this week. Here goes another edition of Keepers, Sleepers and Jeepers.

Keepers

Scott Chandler- Tight End- New England Patriots- With the injury to Gronk, Scott Chandler should see his fair share of targets in a Patriots offense that has lost almost every playmaker they have. Chandler posted his first double digits fantasy points game of the season versus Denver and with not many options for Brady to rely on, may be a key contributor to not only the Patriots but fantasy owners as well.

David Johnson- Running Back- Arizona Cardinals- With injuries to both Andre Ellington (surprise, surprise) and potential comeback player of the year Chris Johnson, David Johnson is the next man up. He's produced when given the chance and now will carry the load for the next six to eight weeks. With seven scores to his name and averaging over seven fantasy points per game, Johnson is a must add to every fantasy roster and may very well be on some championship rosters come late December.

Sleepers

Seth Roberts- Wide Receiver- Oakland Raiders- Raise your hand if you heard of Seth Roberts before his week 12 breakout game. (My hand is not up). Seth Roberts posted his second double digits fantasy points game of the season in week 12 while catching seven balls for 113 yards and two scores. While it remains to be seen whether or not he can repeat that performance again, fantasy owners may want to scoop up the Raiders wide out before it's too late.

Vance McDonald- Tight End- San Francisco 49ers- For the second straight week, McDonald has found the end zone and could end up being a viable replacement for fantasy owners who lost Gronk, Eifert or Jimmy Graham last week.

Jeepers

Markus Wheaton- Wide Receiver- Pittsburgh Steelers- If you take what Mike Tomlin said at face value, this was a one time deal for Markus Wheaton being that Antonio Brown and Martavus Bryant were shut down most of the game. It's difficult to trust Wheaton seeing how this was only his second double digits fantasy points game of the season. Fantasy owners can expect Brown and Bryant to get back on track versus the Colts leaving Wheaton an after thought heading into week 13.

DeVante Parker- Wide Receiver- Miami Dolphins- While the rookie scored his first touchdown of his NFL career this past week, he's going to be difficult to trust each week with the anemic Dolphins offense that just cost their now former offensive coordinator his job. Parker may be in line for more snaps if Rishard Matthews is out with his injury but the Dolphins are a hard offense to start in fantasy. Especially with the playoffs right around the corner.

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.

Keepers

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.

Sleepers

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.

Jeepers

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.

Keepers

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.

Sleepers

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.

Jeepers

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.