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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week 4

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

It's time once again to get your waiver wire claims in before the start of week four. Just one problem. Which players should be added and which players were just a flash in the pan? Read on to answer those questions.

Keepers

Allen Robinson- Wide Receiver- Jacksonville Jaguars- Allen Robinson has had 19 targets in the first three games of the season. Now that Cecil Shorts III is back in the starting lineup, fantasy owners may expect Robinson's value to drop. While Shorts may cut into some of Robinson's targets, Shorts is always banged up and new quarterback Blake Bortles has some chemistry with Robinson. Even with Shorts and Hurns, Robinson will continue to see his share of balls thrown his way and since Jacksonville likes to pass a lot, look for Robinson to maintain his fantasy value.

Blake Bortles- Quarterback- Jacksonville Jaguars- Speaking of Bortles and the Jaguars, fantasy owners may want to keep an eye out for Bortles now that he's assumed the role of starting quarterback. Whether you play in a two quarterback league or are looking for that backup quarterback to cover a bye week, Bortles may be just what you're looking for. He came into a game that was well out of hand and threw two touchdowns to go along with two interceptions. Bortles also passed for 250 yards in less than four quarters of action and should have put himself on fantasy radars moving forward.

Teddy Bridgewater- Quarterback- Minnesota Vikings- Bridgewater didn't come in and impress like fellow rookie quarterback Blake Bortles did but he was impressive enough to look at for fantasy owners. Bridgewater threw for 150 yards and rushed for another 27. He may not have eye popping numbers right now, but the value may end up being in his legs more than his arm. He can score points both through the air and on the ground.

Sleepers

Davante Adams-Wide Receiver- Green Bay Packers- While the Packers offense underwhelmed in week three, there is obviously plenty to love in Green Bay. Rookie wideout Davante Adams being one of those. Fantasy owners took notice when it appeared Adams passed Boykin on the depth chart during week one and that hasn't seemed to change much over the last few weeks. Over the first three games of the season, Adams has 10 targets and seven receptions for 61 yards. While he is the third receiver on the depth chart, it may be difficult for him to get enough targets behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb but he is worth owning should one of those top playmakers go down with an injury.

Malcolm Floyd- Wide Receiver- San Diego Chargers- The knock on Floyd the last few years was he couldn't stay healthy. While that may be true again at some point this season, right now he's healthy and he's producing. He has 11 targets and has hauled in six of them for 148 yards and a score. He's averaging just under seven fantasy points per game and with Woodhead done for the season, could see more targets tossed his way.

Denard Robinson- Running Back/Wide Receiver- Jacksonville Jaguars- Denard Robinson is more of an upside stash at this point seeing how Toby Gerhart is the lead back but Gerhart isn't exactly getting the job done for the Jaguars. Whether that be due to injury or not, Robinson has gotten a few chances and has done more with less. He may not be productive right now, but he may be a player fantasy owners want to add to their watch list and revisit at some point in the season.

Lorenzo Taliaferro- Running Back- Baltimore Ravens- The first two games of the season, Taliaferro didn't do anything to make fantasy owners think twice about him but week three saw him rush for 91 yards and a touchdown. Granted that was with Pierce out but Taliaferro showed he could play in the NFL, and Bernard Pierce hasn't looked great in his chances to play. At some point, Taliaferro will get the starting job and fantasy owners should start to jump on board now while he's still available on waiver wires.

Jeremy Kerley- Wide Receiver- New York Jets- With or without Eric Decker in the lineup, Kerley is getting his targets. On the young season, he has 24 targets and caught 15 of them. Should Decker miss any time with his hamstring injury, Kerley could easily run with the number one receiver job for the Jets.

Jeepers

Eddie Royal- Wide Receiver- San Diego Chargers- I will make this simple. Eddie Royal will make fantasy owners think he's turned the corner then completely fall off the face of the earth and not be heard from until next season. Eddie Royal has one or two big games in him every year and isn't worth using a waiver priority on. He had two touchdown catches last week and should not be counted on again.

Miles Austin- Wide Receiver- Cleveland Browns- Even though the Browns are on a bye for this week, Miles Austin can be a name fantasy owners throw around a bit in the coming weeks to cover byes for them. When he's healthy, Austin is a good receiver but his problem has always been health. He has 20 targets on the season and looks to be a red zone target as well for Hoyer but it's difficult to trust him at all with his injury history.

Owen Daniels- Tight End- Baltimore Ravens- With Dennis Pitta set to miss the rest of the season , fantasy owners can expect Owen Daniels to slide into the starting role for the Ravens being he's been in Gary Kubiak's system for some time dating back to the Houston Texans days. While Daniels is capable of producing big fantasy numbers, he's completely inconsistent and has a penchant for getting injured more often than not. With two top tight ends going down in the same week, Owen Daniels is a must add for fantasy owners that just lost a tight end. Just don't expect too much from him and ride him while he's still in the starting lineup.

Jordan Matthews- Wide Receiver- Philadelphia Eagles- With all of the hype surrounding rookie wide out Jordan Matthews to start the season, he only has 17 targets and isn't seeing consistent balls thrown his way to warrant getting into a starting lienup. As long as Jeremy Maclin is healthy, Matthews probably won't see consistent playing time but can just as easily move up with the way the Eagles like to spread the ball around. Let's say Jordan Matthews is a Jeeper right now with the potential to be a Sleeper.