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