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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Week Three: Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers

Adam Filadelfo is back with his weekly waiver wire article - Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers.  Follow Adam on Twitter: @Frostt24.

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Week two of the fantasy football season is in the books and some players are beginning to show their true colors. Some are worthy of holding a roster spot while others are making owners wonder why they drafted them in the first place. So who's a contender, and who's a pretender? Who can help your team heading into week three? Glad you asked.

Keepers

Giovanni Bernard- The Law Firm era may just be over in Cincinnati. After Monday nights breakout game, Bernard delivered what his owners had been expecting when they drafted him. His two touchdown game may have been more the opponent but he has a favorable matchup versus the Packers in week three and could very well be a star in the making going forward.

Eddie Royal- I can't believe I'm saying this but it's getting harder and harder to ignore Eddie Royal after his first two games. After his two touchdown game in week one, Royal followed that up with three touchdowns in week two. That's five touchdowns in two games. Philip Rivers finally looks right and Eddie Royal seems to have found a place in Mike McCoy's offense. And with Malcolm Floyd out indefinitely, Eddie Royal should be picked up if available.

DeAndre Hopkins- With Andre Johnson being treated for a concussion, Hopkins may get his chance to shine. He's coming off of a performance of seven receptions with 117 yards and a touchdown. Schaub isn't afraid to throw the ball and with the running game not being what it usually is, the Texans may have no choice but to rely on the arm of Schaub and that could mean big games ahead for the rookie wideout who claims he can be better than Andre Johnson.

Tavon Austin- Owners may not have to be patient much longer with Austin. He had a breakout game against the Falcons in week two finishing with six receptions for forty seven yards and two touchdowns. He led all Rams receivers with twelve targets and hauled in half of them. Bradford trusts Austin and he is primed for bigger games going forward.

T.Y. Hilton- After hearing Pagano say the Colts needed to get Hilton more involved in the offense, Indianapolis did just that. Hilton had a career high 124 yards on just six receptions. If you're a Hilton owner, good days seem ahead for the second year wideout.

Knowshon Moreno- Moreno seems to be the back to own in Denver for now. Against the GMen, Moreno played forty six of the seventy six snaps on offense. In those forty six snaps (which led all Broncos backs), he complied ninety three yards and two touchdowns. Denver gets Oakland in week three and Moreno could be in for another big game. Hold onto him until Bell or Hillman shows they deserve more playing time.

Sleepers

Andre Ellington- After a total of sixty two yards and a touchdown in Sundays matchup against the Lions, it may be a bit premature for owners to grab Ellington off of the waiver wire. Mendenhall is still the lead back and Ellington could be mixed in here and there but he probably won't see many touches to be considered fantasy worthy just yet.

Josh Gordon- While he may be owned in most leagues already, he is a buy low candidate. Owners may see the Browns offense as not worth owning and now may be the time to move on the second year receiver. He returns from his two game suspension in week three and could provide the spark the Browns offense has been lacking. If by some chance owners were scared away from Gordon on draft day and he's still available, you may want to pick him up and stash him at the very least. Gordon finished his rookie season with fifty receptions for 805 yards and five touchdowns. In a Norv Turner led offense, there's good reason to believe Gordon can surpass those numbers even after missing the first two games.

Jeepers

Josh Freeman- After just two weeks, it looks like it may be time for a quarterback change in Tampa Bay. Freeman has just 322 passing yards and as many interceptions as touchdowns (two). With the emergence of a few rookie signal callers and a couple of veterans that were thought to be finished, stay as far away from Freeman as possible if you need a quarterback.

James Starks- Let me preface this with I am not a believer in James Starks. Even after his week two performance of 132 yards on twenty carries. He should be considered only if Lacy is out multiple weeks with his concussion. Reports are Lacy will miss week three and return week five after the Packers bye in week four. If your team is in need of running back help, you may want to consider Starks but keep in mind once Lacy returns, the job is his.

Da'Rel Scott- Once again, Scott is only an add if you need running back help. With David Wilson in Tom Coughlin's dog house again and Brandon Jacobs barley an NFL caliber running back anymore, Da'Rel may be the only back on the Giants worth anything at the moment. Don't get your hopes up though. The Giants don't seem to be able to run the ball effectively so Scott will end up not doing very much of anything. His two yards on five carries and two receptions for thirty yards is hardly anything to get excited about.