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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Week Four: Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers

Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24) is back with another episode of "Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers" which is our take on a waiver wire pickup article.  Enjoy!

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Another fantasy week is in the books and another week of deciding which players are worthy of an add and which players were only useful this week. Deciding which players to pick up and which players to stay away from is always a fun and stressful time for fantasy owners. Let The Fantasy Sports Brain help you out a bit.

Keepers

Stephen Hill - With back to back weeks of posting eighty yard games and a week three performance resulting in three receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown, it may be time to take a look at Stephen Hill. He obviously has big play ability and with the Jets offense not looking as awful as we all expected, Hill should be able to help fantasy owners going forward.

Bilal Powell - After running all over the Bills defense to the tune of 149 yards, Powell could help owners in need of a running back. He's more of a volume back meaning he needs a lot of carries to be productive and it looks like Powell will continue to get just that with this Jets offense.

Kenbrell Thompkins
- At some point, one of these Patriots receivers has to step up. After his two touchdown performance versus the Buccaneers, Thompkins could be that receiver. The downside to Thompkins' week three showing was he hauled in only three of his seven targets which is a bit alarming but Brady has shown a penchant for continuing to throw to him so that alone will make Kenbrell Thompkins fantasy relevant.

Kansas City - This defense is still under the fantasy radar with most owners and all they've done so far is record fifteen sacks and nine turnovers. They've given up a total of thirty two points through the first three weeks and get a Giants team in week four that has shown they can be turnover prone. One of the top fantasy defenses needs to be owned.

Sleepers

Brandon Bolden - Regardless of the fact Bolden only played twenty six of the seventy three snaps against Tampa Bay, he was still effective for fantasy football purposes. Of those twenty six snaps, twenty one of them were on passing plays. This should lead owners to believe Bolden could be the replacement for Shane Vereen until Vereen returns in week eleven. Bolden should hold value until then.

Jason Snelling - Now that S-Jax most likely will not be returning to action until week seven, Snelling and Rodgers will more than likely share carries for the Falcons. After his week three outing, it looks like Snelling will be the more fantasy relevant. Snelling rushed for fifty three yards and added fifty eight yards through the air on four receptions along with a touchdown. It may be a case of who's up next with Rodgers and Snelling but if you're in need of running back help, go grab Snelling but don't be surprised if he isnt the feature back each week.

Isiah Pead - With Daryl Richardson's week four status uncertain, Pead is worth an add if you find yourself thin at running back. Pead lead all Rams backs by playing forty two snaps. He could be extremely useful in PPR formats as he recorded seven receptions for forty three yards on top of the twenty yards he rushed for. Pead could cement the starters role from Richardson with a strong showing going forward.

Donnie Avery - Avery could hold value going forward but I wouldn't get too excited over his seven receptions for 141 yards in week three. That was probably more to do with the Eagles defense than anything else. He could help out now that byes are coming up for owners who need receiver help.

Jeepers

Daryl Richardson - Even before the foot injury he suffered in week three, Richardson has not lived up to the expectations of fantasy owners this season. While he hasn't been horrible, Pead could easily take the lead back job from him should Richardson miss any time with this injury.

Jonathan Franklin - It seems like any of the three backs in Green Bay can rush for a hundred yards on any given week. In week two, it was James Starks leading the way and in week three it was the rookie Jonathan Franklin rushing for 103 yards and a touchdown for the Packers. I believe the job is Eddie Lacy's to lose so adding Franklin with the return of Lacy in week five will cause owners headaches as they decide which back to start.