By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)
Between injuries and bye weeks, fantasy owners are busy each and every
week deciding which players to add to their rosters and which players
aren't worth using valuable space on. It isn't always easy deciphering
which players will make an impact. Some players are on the waiver wire
for a reason while some are just waiting to be discovered. With the
fantasy playoffs creeping closer and closer, fantasy owners need to make
the right decisions on how to properly construct a roster heading into
the playoffs. It's time to take a look at the players that will be
talked about the most when your waiver wires run this week. Without
further ado, I present to you Keepers, Sleepers and Jeepers for week
Drew Stanton- Quarterback- Arizona Cardinals- With the devastating news
about Carson Palmer this week, fantasy owners in need of a quarterback
or Carson Palmer owners even may want to take a look at Palmer's real
life backup Drew Stanton. In the three games Stanton started in place
for Palmer this season, he went 2-1 with his only loss coming at Denver.
In those three games, Stanton threw for over 600 yards and three
touchdowns to no interceptions. He averaged over 11 fantasy points per
game and has the weapons around him to be successful for the rest of the
season. Desperate fantasy owners or those looking for a bye week
replacement can do worse.
Kyle Rudolph- Tight End- Minnesota Vikings- In the three games Rudolph
played before his sports hernia surgery, he had 17 targets (just over
five per game) and 10 receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown. He was
averaging just over five fantasy points per game and will be a welcomed
edition to both the Vikings and to fantasy owners. Finding a tight end
to start with confidence every week isn't the easiest task so Kyle
Rudolph will help to ease some of that burden.
Bishop Sankey- Running Back- Tennessee Titans- Earlier in the season, it
looked like fantasy owners were wrong for selecting the rookie in the
early rounds of fantasy drafts but now Sankey appears to be picking up
some momentum just in time for the fantasy playoffs to get here.
Sankey's workload has increased over the last few weeks and week ten was
the second most carries and fantasy points he's notched this season.
While the Titans offense has been anything but reliable this year,
Bishop Sankey is beginning to emerge as a lead back heading down the
Cecil Shorts- Wide Receiver- Jacksonville Jaguars- With the news coming
down today regarding Allen Robinson missing the remainder of the season,
Cecil Shorts is the perfect pickup this week for fantasy owners in need
of receiver help or if you just want some depth at the position. Shorts
has always been a target hog and now without Allen Robinson for the
rest of 2014, Shorts should see a healthy dose of targets from an
offense that will have to throw a lot to keep pace. In seven games this
season, Shorts has 61 targets and 33 receptions. He's averaging over six
fantasy points per game and has two double digit fantasy points games
this year. Shorts has seen only one week where he got less than seven
targets and that was back in week four where he got only four targets.
He will be a reliable fantasy wideout going forward being his targets
will be there and that will lead to production.
Jordan Matthews- Wide Receiver- Philadelphia Eagles- It may have taken
ten weeks but it's starting to look like the rookie receiver is ready
for his close up. Fantasy owners were high on Matthews in drafts this
summer but were forced to cut bait with him due to his lack of
production and consistency. Week ten may have put all those doubts to
rests when he broke out for seven catches for 138 yards and a couple of
touchdowns on nine targets. He scored almost 26 fantasy points in week
ten and tied his high for targets. It was Matthew's third double digit
fantasy points game and his second consecutive. It looks like Jordan
Matthews is ready to show fantasy owners what they saw in drafts this
John Brown- Wide Receiver- Arizona Cardinals- With 57 targets and almost
400 yards and five scores under his belt, rookie wide out John Brown
could be a reliable fantasy option moving forward. He has three double
digit fantasy points games this season and week ten was the second most
targets he's seen this year. Brown seemed to have a little more
chemistry with Drew Stanton and that could mean big things for the
rookie receiver the second half of the season.
C.J. Anderson- Running Back- Denver Broncos- Even though Anderson had a
monster game in week ten with 163 total yards and a touchdown, fantasy
owners can't forget the fact that Montee Ball is set to return to a more
prominent role in week eleven and that could mean a dip in production
for Anderson. With the week eleven matchup versus the Rams, if Anderson
ends up being the lead back for the Broncos, expect another big game
from the Denver tail back.
Damien Williams- Running Back- Miami Dolphins- Week ten showed fantasy
owners that Lamar Miller isn't completely out of the picture with his
separated AC joint but it did show us that he may not be healthy enough
to carry the load for a little bit. Miller had only four carries in week
ten to Williams' ten total touches. While Williams did not have a
fantasy game for the ages, he did run for almost five yards per carry
and could end up seeing more work if the injury to Lamar Miller ends up
limiting him in the coming weeks.
Ryan Mallett- Quarterback- Houston Texans- Now that the Ryan Fitzpatrick
experiment is over in Houston, it's time to see why the Texans traded a
sixth round pick to the Patriots. While fantasy owners don't have much
statistics to go on as far as Ryan Mallett is concerned, it is worth
noting that Ryan Mallett is familiar with Bill O' Brien's offense from
their days together in New England and could be the spark the Texans
need to make a late season run. Fantasy owners in need of a quarterback
may want to take a look at Mallett.
James Jones- Wide Receiver- Oakland Raiders- If you had James Jones in a
PPR format in week ten, you probably didn't notice he didn't do much
else but catch eight passes. Those eight passes totaled (drum roll
please), 20 yards. Yes 20 yards. That is not a typo. James Jones cannot
be trusted on a weekly basis as the same can be said about the Raiders
as a team.
Bernard Pierce- Running Back- Baltimore Ravens- If there's a back to own
in Baltimore, it isn't Pierce or Talaiferro. It's Justin Forsett.
Pierce had a total of eight rushes for 31 yards and scored just over
three fantasy points in week ten. Justin Forsett handled the workload
for the Ravens offense and at this point, Pierce is merely a fantasy