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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Week 16: Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers

Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24) is back!  Week 16 means championship matchup for many of you.  For others it means, "Who can I pickup that might be a good keeper next year?"  If you are in the latter group, just take the best guy around.  Arian Foster, maybe?  You don't really need any help with that.

If you are in the former group, however.....

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Seeing how this is the championship week for most fantasy owners, you won't have to rack your brain wondering which players to add and which to drop after this week. At this point in the season, every fantasy owner has their roster set except for a tweak here and there. If you're an owner still looking to make a few moves before your big game, read on. The Fantasy Sports Brain has you covered.

Keepers

Cleveland D/ST- If you don't have a stud defense this week, you may want to play the matchups. Take a look at the Browns. They play the Jets this week. With an offense that's struggling to score points and extremely prone to turnovers, the Cleveland defense should be a very strong play this week. Geno Smith's week 15 stat line looked like 167 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Granted that game was against the Carolina defense but the Jets offense and Geno Smith in particular haven't looked great most of the season.

Detroit D/ST- With a matchup versus the pathetic Giants offense and the Lions only giving up less than 18 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, Detroit is a good play for your championship game. Eli is coming off of a five interception game and the offense looks completely lost. The Detroit D comes up big when fantasy owners need it most.

Delanie Walker- Looking good in week 15, Delanie Walker finished with eight receptions for 53 yards and a score. He has another favorable matchup versus Jacksonville who gives up the second most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Sleepers

St.Louis D/ST- The Rams D plays better at home and is only giving up 16.9 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks for the season. They do give up the fifth most fantasy points to running backs but 22.9 fantasy points per game to wide receivers. St. Louis may not be a slam dunk this week but if you're stuck for a defense, the Rams can be a consideration.

Jordan Todman- Let me start off by saying only use Todman if MJD is out.  He is worth an add regardless though. The Jacksonville running back has a favorable matchup this week against a Tennessee defense that's allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs and Todman helped owners big time last week with over 18 fantasy points in PPR formats.

Matt Asiata- With the status of Adrian Peterson still unknown, Matt Asiata could come through for fantasy owners in week 16 if AP is ruled out. Asiata did rush for three touchdowns but other than that wasn't that impressive. He's more touchdown dependent but if owners are stuck for a running back, he could be worth the add. Keep in mind that Cincinnati is the fifth best versus the running back in fantasy.

Jeepers

Buffalo D/ST- While the Bills defense may have looked like a better play a few weeks ago, the Dolphins offense has been putting it all together when it matters most. In week 15 versus New England, Ryan Tannehill outplayed Tom Brady passing for 312 yards and three scores. Tannehill has over 300 yards passing in three of his last four games. Suddenly, the Buffalo D doesn't look so great this week.

Any player or D/ST you can pickup to block your opponent from getting could also be considered for the "Keeper" list. If your opponent needs a certain player, feel free to add said player to your roster to improve your chances at winning. Also, any fifth or sixth string receiver or back you may have on your roster could be considered a "Jeeper" for this week seeing how you probably won't be using that player anyway barring any unforeseen circumstances. Good luck  to all the fantasy owners playing their championship game this week.