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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Week 15: Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers

It's the second week of the fantasy playoffs in most leagues and if you've made it this far, congratulations and good luck on your way to a fantasy football championship. It only gets harder from this point on and with injuries to key players, owners will have to make some moves and some bold choices. There may just be a player or two that fills in for an injured player that will carry owners into their fantasy football championship game. Some of those players may be obvious while others not so much. Read on for this week's "Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers" for those answers.

Keepers

Toby Gerhart- Toby Gerhart is probably the player fantasy owners need to pick up most regardless of whether they own Adrian Peterson or not with the status of AP up in the air. The Vikings have a great matchup in week 15 versus the Eagles and if Gerhart is the feature back, expect him to have a big game. On the season, Philadelphia is giving up over 18 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.

Dennis Pitta- In his first game this season, Pitta finished with six receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown. Pitta remains a red zone option for Joe Flacco and his return will mean big things for the Ravens offense. Fantasy owners that lost Gronk should have already put in a waiver claim for Pitta or already added him if he wasn't already owned. Pitta faces a Detroit defense that plays the tight end position tough giving up under six fantasy points per game to the position. The matchup shouldn't scare fantasy owners away from Pitta though.

Da'Rick Rogers- Rogers played almost seventy percent of the Colts offensive snaps in week 14 and made the most of every one of them. Rogers finished with six receptions and 107 yards with two touchdowns. Heyward-Bey and Hilton have been major disappointments in a lackluster Colts offense and it looks like Da'Rick Rogers could provide the spark the Colts need to get the passing game back on track.

Sleepers

Jacob Tamme- With Wes Welker suffering his second concussion in only three weeks, it's not looking likely he will play on such a short week. This could open the door for Jacob Tamme who could see more work in the slot in the absence of Wes Welker. He can also help fantasy owners who lost Gronk fill a need at the tight end position.

Marcel Reece- While the matchup may not be the best, Reece could hold significant value in PPR formats. The Chiefs give up 17 fantasy points per game to the running back position but Reece's value could come more through his receptions than running. The Oakland running back situation remains a bit murky with the status of Rashad Jennings yet to be determined. In PPR formats last week versus a tough Jets run defense, Reece managed almost 25 fantasy points so don't let the matchup scare you away.

Jeepers

Jay Cutler- While the matchup with the Browns looks good, being that there isn't a timetable on Cutler's return and with the way Josh McCown has been playing, it's hard to believe Cutler will make his return in week 15. The Browns give up the 15th most fantasy points to the quarterback and McCown has been playing lights out passing for 348 yards and four touchdowns plus rushing for another score in week 14. There really isn't a reason for the Bears to go back to Cutler right now.