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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Three

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Now that the Monday Night game is in the books, fantasy owners can focus on the most important day of the week, putting in those waiver wire claims. Whether it be due to injury or just wanting to upgrade your roster, getting your claims in every week is mandatory for fantasy football success. Every team can use a tweak here and there. That is why The Fantasy Sports Brain gives you Keepers, Sleepers and Jeepers every week.


Matt Jones- Running Back-Washington Redskins- The rookie out of Miami could very easily be the most added player heading into week three. After his week two thrashing of the Rams that saw him rush for 146 yards and two scores, fantasy owners will most definitely want to add Matt Jones. While Alfred Morris is still the starter in Washington (at least for now), the rookie did out touch Alf 19 carries to 18 carries and out rushed Alf 123 yards to 59 yards. Matt Jones looks like the real deal for both the Redskins and fantasy owners.

Jameis Winston- Quarterback- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- After a not so memorable debut in week one, the Florida State rookie redeemed himself in week two passing for over 200 yards and a score while rushing for another 23 yards and another touchdown. Winston is worth an add for fantasy owners looking for a bye week quarterback or owners that may have lost Tony Romo, Jay Cutler or Drew Brees to injury in week two.


Travis Benjamin- Wide Receiver- Cleveland Browns- While Travis Benjamin may not have gotten much consideration in fantasy drafts, he certainly has made a name for himself with fantasy owners in the last two weeks. Since Johnny Manziel has taken over at quarterback, Travis Benjamin has been a man on fire. Continuing is success in week one, Benjamin followed that up with another two touchdown game. That's four scores in the first two games. Benjamin finished week two with three catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns on just four targets. He had a 60 yard touchdown catch and a 50 yard touchdown catch as well as a 78 yard punt return. He seems to be the favorite target for Johnny Manziel and as long as Johnny Football is under center for the Browns, Travis Benjamin should be a consideration for fantasy owners.

Crockett Gillmore- Tight End- Baltimore Ravens- The year of the tight end in fantasy football continued in week two when Crockett Gillmore put himself on fantasy radars hauling in five of his six targets for 88 yards and two scores. With Perriman looking like he won't be back until next month, Flacco needs another option in the passing game and Gillmore could end up being that guy.

James Starks- Running Back- Green Bay Packers- With the injury to Eddie Lacy potentially being a game or more, fantasy owners may want to add James Starks to their rosters. Filling in for the injured Lacy in week two, Starks totaled 106 yards versus Seattle. He rushed for 95 yards and added another 11 on four catches. Even if Lacy doesn't miss any games, it would be wise for Eddie Lacy owners to grab Starks off of waivers this week just in case.

Shane Vereen- Running Back- New York Giants- While it is difficult to rely on a running back purely for receptions purposes every week, Shane Vereen has proven he can produce when given the chance. Pretty much the second half of the Giants game, the offense went through Vereen. He totaled 95 yards but only 19 were on the ground. Vereen showed his real value when he caught eight balls for 76 yards. Vereen will continue to provide fantasy value in PPR formats. Standard leagues not so much.


Brandon Weeden- Quarterback- Dallas Cowboys- Coming in to replace the injured Tony Romo, Weeden completed all seven of his passes for 73 yards and a touchdown to Terrance Williams. Weeden is nothing more than an afterthought to fantasy owners unless you are in a really deep league or two quarterback league.

Darius Heyward-Bey- Wide Receiver- Pittsburgh Steelers- Considered a bust both in fantasy football and the NFL, Heyward-Bey may have some fantasy value the next two weeks until Martavus Bryant returns from his suspension but don't get your hopes up. Heyward-Bey only saw five targets and managed to haul in four of them for 77 yards and a touchdown. With the Steelers loving to air the ball out, Heyward-Bey provides a little fantasy value but fantasy owners shouldn't be surprised if he lays an egg more times than not.

Leonard Hankerson- Wide Receiver- Atlanta Falcons- Raise your hand if you saw this coming. My hand isn't up. Hankerson saw 11 targets while Roddy White saw one. Hankerson hauled in six of the targets for 77 yards and a score but fantasy owners looking for a repeat performance from the wide out shouldn't hold their breath.

Aaron Dobson- Wide Receiver- New England Patriots- As a fantasy owner myself, I'm not playing this game with Dobson anymore. Every year, Dobson shows a glimpse of what could be then falls off the face of the fantasy earth shortly after. As far as Dobson's week two performance, he was on the field for 70 out of the 86 offensive snaps and saw eight targets while catching seven balls for 87 yards. This may have been more of a product of Brady attempting 59 passes while trying to run up the score versus the Bills.

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