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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Week 13: Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers

For many of you the regular season is drawing to a close this week.  Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24) is here to help you finish strong.

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Like Dave said, lots of fantasy leagues are in the final week of the regular season. Playoffs start next week and some owners will need help making that final push for a playoff spot. Adding a player or two could make the difference. But which players are for real and which are just a flash in the pan or one week wonder? Read on for answers.

Keepers

New England D/ST- While playing the matchups may sometimes get fantasy owners into trouble, in some cases it can help. This week New England faces Houston who last week versus a poor Jacksonville team only managed 169 yards and an interception. The Patriots defense held Peyton to his lowest fantasy total so far this season. The New England D has a penchant for creating turnovers and Case Keenum has a knack for throwing interceptions as of late.

Michael Floyd- In shallow leagues, Michael Floyd may be available on the waiver wire. He is a must add right now as he's coming off of a seven catch for 104 yards game. He's recorded back to back 100 yards receiving games and is seeing a healthy dose of targets in that span with 18. Arizona faces Philadelphia this week.

Cordarrelle Patterson- Patterson finally looks to be the weapon the Vikings envisioned him to be when they drafted him in April. He's become a fixture in the starting lineup the last couple of weeks and had 11 targets tossed his way in week 12. The previous week Patterson saw nine targets come his way. He could be a huge help to fantasy owners the last week of the regular season and into the playoffs.

Sleepers

Benny Cunningham- Cunningham made the most of his opportunity when replacing Zac Stacy in week 12. He rushed to the tune of 109 yards on only 13 carries (8.3 yards per carry). Fantasy owners are still awaiting word on Zac Stacy's status for week 13 and Cunningham did have a huge game versus the Bears who are the worst when it comes to run defense. Week 13 has St. Louis facing San Francisco so if Cunningham does play, he'll have a much bigger test this time.

Michael Crabtree- Crabtree is worth a pickup if you are in need of receiving help this late in the season. He is reported to make his season debut in week 13 but how much of an impact he will actually have is still to be determined. Last season, Crabtree was the favorite target of Colin Kaepernick and Kaepernick has struggled most of this season so Crabtree just may help the 49ers and fantasy owners when it matters most.

Lamar Miller- While Miller hasn't done much of anything with the touches he's had so far, he should see more touches going forward now that Daniel Thomas is done for the season. That's the good news for Lamar Miller. The bad news is he faces the Jets defense this week. He's worth an add if you're looking for running back help but don't expect too much going forward. On the season, Miller has 475 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns. He's added 21 catches for 140 yards as well.

Jeepers

Julian Edelman- Edelman had a huge game versus Denver in week 12 but that was his first noteworthy game since week four. Edelman finished week 12 with nine catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Besides Gronk and Shane Vereen, the Patriots offense is just too unpredictable to rely on every week and Edelman could very well go back to obscurity in week 13.