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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Ten

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

It's time once again to hit the waiver wire to find bye week replacements or gems that can help take your team to the finish line down the stretch. Each passing week finds less and less talent on the waiver wire so grabbing that stud player that will put a fantasy team over the edge is looking less plausible with each passing week. Just what players are worth an add and which players are better off staying on the waiver wire another week? Let's take a look before week ten officially kicks off.

Keepers

Mark Sanchez- Quarterback- Philadelphia Eagles- With the injury to Foles keeping him out for the rest of the fantasy football season, owners that lost the Eagles signal caller may want to grab his replacement, Mark Sanchez. Even though Sanchez was not worthy of a roster spot when he was with the Jets, Chip Kelly's system may turn out to be the perfect fit for Sanchez. While Sanchez will still throw his share of interceptions and tends to hang onto the ball a little too long, he should also have no trouble throwing touchdowns with all of the weapons the Eagles have. In the three quarters Sanchez played in relief of Foles, he threw for over 200 yards and a couple of scores. He could end up being a big help to fantasy owners heading down the stretch.

Mike Evans- Wide Receiver- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- If by any chance the rookie receiver is still on the waiver wire, he needs to be added immediately. In shallow leagues, it may be possible Mike Evans is still there. With week two being the only game this season where Evans received less than seven targets, he's been getting consistent targets all season and will be a force heading down the stretch towards the fantasy playoffs. As long as the targets remain steady, the Texas A&M rookie will be on quite a few fantasy championship rosters come late December.

Jeremy Hill- Running Back- Cinncinnati Bengals- Much like his fellow rookie Mike Evans, Hill is probably not on many waiver wires at this point but may be in shallower leagues. Also like Evans, if he is, scoop him up right now. With Giovanni Bernard looking more doubtful with each passing day due to multiple injuries and a short week with the Thursday game, Jeremy Hill will once again be a fantasy stud in week ten. As the starting tail back for the Bengals in week nine, Hill tore up the Jaguars defense to the tune of 28.3 fantasy points on 25 total touches. He's averaging almost ten fantasy points per game and as long as Bernard is out, Hill will be gold for fantasy owners.

Sleepers

Taylor Gabriel- Wide Receiver- Cleveland Browns- With the Browns suddenly surging, fantasy owners that may be looking for a wide out may want to take a look at Taylor Gabriel. The Browns receiver has six or more targets in four of the nine games this season and the steady dose of targets makes him a player to put on the watch list.

Kenny Britt- Wide Receiver- St. Louis Rams- While fantasy owners have every right to have little to no faith in Kenny Britt, it can't be denied that with the season ending injury to Brian Quick, Britt is now the number one receiver in St. Louis. The targets aren't there to warrant being a legitimate threat and he only has one double digit fantasy point game so far this season, but as the de facto go to wide out for the Rams, he's at least worth keeping an eye on for the time being.

Mychal Rivera- Tight End- Oakland Raiders- For fantasy owners that are in need of a tight end, take a look at Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera. He had 11 targets in week nine while posting eight catches for 38 yards and two scores on route to scoring double digit fantasy points. He also had nine targets the previous week and with few options in the passing game for the Raiders, Rivera could end up seeing consistent targets on a weekly basis.

Terrance West- Running Back- Cleveland Browns- Averaging over seven fantasy points per week as a rookie, and Ben Tate under performing, Terrance West is looking to push Tate for more touches as he saw two more snaps than Tate did in week nine. West also has four double digit fantasy points games this season and could end up leapfrogging Tate for the starting job sooner rather than later.

Jeepers

Devonta Freeman- Running Back- Atlanta Falcons- Even though Freeman did manage a touchdown in week eight, its still difficult for fantasy owners to trust any backs from the Atlanta backfield. Through nine weeks of the season, Freeman has yet to see more than 12 touches in any game and until he proves otherwise, fantasy owners would be wise to stay away from the Falcons backs.

Alfred Blue- Running Back- Houston Texans- With a bye week in week ten, it looks like Arian Foster won't miss any time with his groin injury. As long as Foster doesn't miss any time, Alfred Blue won't provide any fantasy value whatsoever. In his week three start in place of the injured Foster, he managed only 8.8 fantasy points.

Matt Asiata- Running Back- Minnesota Vikings- One would think that scoring six touchdowns in two games would make fantasy owners jump at the opportunity to own Asiata but being solely dependent on scoring touchdowns makes him incredibly difficult to trust on a weekly basis. Asiata does have three double digit fantasy points this season, but if he isn't scoring touchdowns, he isn't providing much fantasy value to owners.