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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week 7

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Now that week six is in the books and week seven is right around the corner, it's time for fantasy owners to once again get in their coveted waiver wire claims. Now that more than half of the fantasy football season is behind us, it will get increasingly difficult to find waiver wire help that will truly make a difference. With that said, let's take a look at which players could provide some value moving forward.

Keepers

Brian Hoyer- Quarterback - Cleveland Browns- Heading into the season, most fantasy owners were of the mindset that Johnny Manziel would become the starting quarterback at some point in the season. Well, Brian Hoyer has done nothing to lose his job. He passed for over 200 yards and a touchdown in a week six thrashing of division opponent Pittsburgh Steelers and overall this season has thrown for over 1,200 yards and has seven touchdowns to only one interception and has averaged 18 fantasy points per game. He's worth an add if your team is in need of a quarterback.

Andre Holmes- Wide Receiver- Oakland Raiders- Not much fantasy relevance has come out of Oakland in the last few seasons but Andre Holmes may be set to change that. Coming off of a game where he saw eight targets and caught four for 121 yards and two touchdowns, Holmes looks to be the favorite target of Derek Carr. Holmes has 29 targets through six weeks and has hauled in 15 for 269 yards and three touchdowns. He's also averaging over 11 fantasy points per week and should continue to see a steady dose of targets moving forward.

Jace Amaro- Tight End- New York Jets- With the tight end position a little deeper than it has been in recent years, Jace Amaro looks to be the next tight end looking to make a name for himself with fantasy owners. His week six performance saw him haul in 10 balls for 68 yards and a score. He's got 29 targets on the season and has caught all but five of them for over 200 yards and a touchdown. He's averaging 4.5 fantasy points per game but his arrow is pointing up should he continue to see balls tossed his way.

Brandon LaFell- Wide Receiver- New England Patriots- The Patriots may have found the deep threat their offense so desperately needed through the first six weeks of the season. Brandon LaFell looks to be more comfortable in the offense and in turn, Tom Brady seems to look to LaFell more when looking downfield. LaFell now has two double digit fantasy points games in the last three weeks and is averaging almost 10 fantasy points per game this season. Coming off of a two touchdown performance in week six may be just what LaFell needed to put himself on the fantasy radar.

Sleepers

Preston Parker- Wide Receiver- New York Giants- With the season ending patellar injury sustained by Victor Cruz in week six, Preston Parker may have his shot in the coming weeks. On the season, Parker has seen 15 targets and caught 11 for 158 yards. The Giants will have other options to replace Cruz but Preston Parker could be a sleeper waiver wire add that some fantasy owners may not have seen coming.

Robert Woods- Wide Receiver- Buffalo Bills- Since Kyle Orton has taken over as the Bills quarterback, Robert Woods has seen 10 or more targets in two of the last three games. His week six line reads seven receptions for 78 yards and a score and should be a fantasy relevant wideout going forward with Orton at the helm. Woods is a great bye week fill in or a nice pickup for receiver needy fantasy owners. Through six weeks, Woods has 21 receptions for 234 yards and a touchdown.

Derek Carr- Quarterback- Oakland Raiders- After his four touchdown performance in week six, Derek Carr made fantasy owners take notice of him. Through six games, Carr has passed for over 1,000 yards and has thrown eight touchdowns to five interceptions. He's averaging almost 18 fantasy points per week and could serve as a nice bye week replacement at the quarterback position.

Jeepers

Brandon Bolden- Running Back- New England Patriots-
It's just too difficult to predict what Bill Belicheck will do when it comes to the running back position. With Steven Ridley done for the season, fantasy owners would assume Shane Vereen would see more touches in both the passing game and the ground game but that would be too simple for Belicheck to do. Brandon Bolden could see more playing time in the absence of Ridley but even if he does, it is just too risky to count on any Patriots back on a weekly basis. Bolden is worth an add if you're looking for a running back but just don't spend too much FAAB or use a high waiver priority on him. As always, the running back situation in New England is a little murky.

Peyton Hillis- Running Back- New York Giants- While most fantasy owners were convinced that Andre Williams would handle a bulk of the carries in the absence of Rashad Jennings, week six was a bit of a disappointment to the Boston College rookie's owners. Not only was Williams a letdown, but Peyton Hillis played more snaps than Williams and had the second most targets on the team. While Hillis is nothing more than a plodder, he will see his share of touches seeing how Tom Coughlin doesn't like rookie running backs all that much.