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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Week Nine: Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers

It's another week to tweak your roster and more decisions to be made with the waiver wire and free agent pickups.  Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24) will help you to navigate this week's options.

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With week nine coming in fast, it's time to make your moves. There are bye weeks to be filled and playoff spots to be had so the waiver wire should be a fantasy owner's best friend for the next few weeks as the playoffs draw closer. Your other best friend should be what you're reading now so the waiver wire isn't so intimidating.

Keepers

Marvin Jones- After hauling in four touchdown passes in week eight, Marvin Jones put himself on the fantasy football radar as a top waiver wire pickup this week. Even though repeating his four score performance is virtually impossible, keep in mind Jones does have six touchdown grabs since week six. It's hard to imagine him keeping up this torrid pace but with Andy Dalton playing as well as he's been playing, Jones can be a receiver three the rest of the way.

Shane Vereen- Vereen participated in practice for the first time since his wrist injury and is still on pace for a week eleven return. In his only game this season back in week one, Vereen scored over twenty fantasy points in a PPR format and could be what owners need this late in the season to help them down the stretch run.

Jake Locker- If your team is looking for a quarterback to cover a bye week or just looking to upgrade from what you currently have, take a look at Jake Locker. He's thrown eight touchdowns to just one interception and has ran for another touchdown. Locker was playing well prior to his hip injury and has picked up right where he left off upon his return.

Sleepers

Kenny Stills- While Kenny Stills was an unknown just a couple of weeks ago, he's picked up his game over the last two weeks with six receptions for almost three hundred yards and three touchdowns. While he may not be a reliable play every week, he has value for owners looking for receiver three help and playing in the Saints offense makes his chances of producing a little better.

Dexter McCluster- Coming off of his seven receptions for sixty seven yards and a touchdown game in week eight, McCluster has now lead the Chiefs in receiving for two weeks straight. He may prove more valuable in PPR formats since he isn't a deep threat but Alex Smith isn't a deep threat quarterback so it may work out well for fantasy owners. While McCluster only has twenty three receptions for two hundred fifty three yards through eight weeks, he is emerging as Alex Smith's favorite target.

Andre Brown- While he hasn't played a single snap all season, Andre Brown can provide some value for owners looking for running back help. He's on track to make his season debut after the Giants' bye week which would be week ten. With Jacobs banged up and Hillis not the long term answer, Brown could prove useful to fantasy owners down the stretch and into the fantasy playoffs.

Jeepers

Jason Campbell- While Jason Campbell did manage to have a very good game versus Kansas City on the road in his first start of the season, it isn't a performance he can maintain on a weekly basis. He will get the start this week versus the Ravens so if you need a quarterback he will fill that need again. He threw for almost three hundred yards and two touchdowns in a closer game than most expected and he may be useful for another few weeks but Jason Campbell won't be a fantasy stud for very long.