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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Eleven

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 eleven.

Keepers

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 stretch.

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 summer.

Sleepers

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.

Jeepers

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 afterthought.