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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Week 14: Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers

For many of you the fantasy playoffs start this week, and if you are in we want to say "congratulations."  A lot goes into directing a team to the fantasy playoffs, and if you've read my book you know that to me just getting to the playoffs is nearly the equivalent to winning it all.  The reason why is because over the short run (a single matchup) anything can happen, and that goes double in the playoffs.  However, when you look at a stretch of 13 weeks the cream tends to rise to the top. 

So, if you made the playoffs or you were close to the top in scoring in your league's regular season... Congratulations.  You rock.

But now that we're here, let's try to win this thing!  Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24) is back once again to help you with roster tweaks going into week 14.

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This is the week that fantasy owners have been playing for. The start of the fantasy playoffs. The road to your championship begins here. Most owners should be set with their roster if they've gotten to this point but adding a player or two for depth certainly won't hurt. The problem is there aren't  many options to choose from heading into week 14. Owners really have to dig deep now and deciding which players to add and drop can be extremely difficult. Lucky for you, you're reading this. Good luck to all the fantasy owners as you begin your quest for a fantasy championship.

Keepers

Ladarius Green- Playing over 90 percent of the Chargers snaps in week 13, Green finished with double digit fantasy points in PPR formats and looks like the real deal at tight end. Gates may still receive more snaps but the Chargers have been using more two tight end sets as of late making Ladarius Green worthy of a roster spot. For the season, Green has 16 catches for 354 yards and two touchdowns. He's been targeted 11 times in the past two weeks and gets the Giants in week 14.

Donald Brown- Since the benching of Trent Richardson, Brown has been named the starter in Indianapolis and adding a starting running back off of the waiver wire this late in the season isn't necessarily a bad move. Brown did post double digit fantasy points in week 13 and now has double digit fantasy points in three of his last four games. His biggest value comes in PPR formats  since he doesn't rush for many yards. Outside of PPR formats, Brown may not be worth as much since the Colts have yet to establish much of  a ground game.

Sleepers

Zach Ertz- After his two touchdown game in week 13 versus Arizona, Ertz looked like the player the Eagles thought they were getting when they drafted him back in April. His snap count has dwindled over the last three games and he's only posted double digit fantasy points in two games this season so that will make it difficult for fantasy owners to trust him heading into the playoffs. Philadelphia does play Detroit in week 14 and the Lions are poor versus the pass.

Doug Baldwin- Since the status of Percy Harvin has been compromised, Baldwin becomes a player fantasy owners may want to add. Baldwin did have four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown versus the Saints with one of those catches going for 52 yards. Owners looking for depth at receiver may want to add Baldwin if he's still available with the way the Seattle offense as been looking as of late.

Ace Sanders- Ace Sanders may not be a relatively well known name but he is getting quite a few targets tossed his way. Over the last three weeks, Sanders has 20 receptions on 26 targets. He is one of two viable receivers in Jacksonville and if he continues to see this many targets, could end up contributing as a low end receiver three in the fantasy playoffs.

Andre Holmes- An unknown receiver before his explosion in week 13, Holmes has had no problem filling in for Denarius Moore over the last two games. During those two weeks, Holmes has amassed nine catches for 168 yards and has the trust of his quarterback. He has a good matchup in week 14 versus a poor Jets pass defense.

Jeepers

Nate Burleson- Two weeks ago, Burleson had ten balls thrown his way. In week 13, he put up a goose egg for his fantasy owners. And that was in a game where Detroit scored 40 points against Green Bay. While Burleson does have a tempting matchup versus Philadelphia in week 14, it's difficult to trust him to produce even as a receiver three.