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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Two

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

It's that time again. Time to get those waiver wire claims in. Time to react to the action of week one. Time to add players that stood out in week one and drop players that flopped in week one. Without farther ado, I present the first  Keepers, Sleepers and Jeepers of the 2015 fantasy football season.

Keepers

Chris Ivory- Running Back- New York Jets- After rushing for 91 yards and two touchdowns in week one, Chris Ivory is a must add heading into week two. He posted over 20 fantasy points and will be a running back that fantasy owners can start with confidence every week. The only knock on Ivory is his penchant for getting hurt at some point. Even so, Chris Ivory will make a lot of fantasy teams that much better. His week two matchup versus the Colts should be in his favor.

Danny Woodhead- Running Back- San Diego Chargers- While it is difficult to start Woodhead with confidence each week due to him being mostly a third down option, he did see more goal line touches than he has in the past and if this is the case every week, Woodhead is a must add for fantasy owners. His week one performance once again made Danny Woodhead a viable fantasy option by posting over 20 fantasy points and rushing for 42 yards and two scores. He also added four catches for another 20 yards. It comes as no surprise here, but Woodhead will be PPR gold moving forward.

Terrance Williams- Wide Receiver- Dallas Cowboys- Before the injury to Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams would not have been on this list. While he may be owned in some leagues, he should be a must add at least until Dez returns from his broken foot. His week one line read five catches for 60 yards and one red zone target. Now that Dez is out of action, Williams can be in line along with Jason Witten for more red zone targets.

Donte Moncrief- Wide Receiver- Indianapolis Colts- With T.Y Hilton day to day and seemingly ready to miss week two, Donte Moncrief is a must add for week two. He posted over 16 fantasy points in week one and had six receptions for 46 yards and a score. Fantasy owners should expect those numbers to increase while Hilton nurses a knee injury seeing how Moncrief saw 11 targets with Hilton in the lineup.

James Jones- Wide Receiver- Green Bay Packers- James Jones bounced around quite a bit this offseason but lucky for him and fantasy owners, he ended up back on the Packers. His week one performance saw him post more than 20 fantasy points while hauling in all four targets for 51 yards and two scores. While it will be difficult for fantasy owners to rely on those numbers each and every week, Jones can be a cheap source of touchdowns and cover nicely once bye weeks start.

Jordan Reed- Tight End- Washington Redskins- The often injured tight end seems to have chemistry with newly crowned starting quarterback Kirk Cousins. Reed's week one performance saw him post nearly 20 fantasy points while seeing 11 targets and catching seven of those targets for 62 yards and a touchdown. Reed led the team in targets and now that DeSean Jackson will miss some time with his hamstring injury, look for Jordan Reed to take some of his targets along with Pierre Garçon. Fantasy owners will want to ride the Jordan Reed train for as long as they can since his concussion history will catch up with him at some point.

Sleepers

Marcus Mariota- Quarterback- Tennessee Titans- The former Oregon Duck may be one of the most added players for week two but fantasy owners need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. While Mariota may very well go on to have a Hall of Fame career in the NFL, it's difficult to see how he will keep up this production seeing how he's not only a rookie signal caller, but threw four touchdowns on only 16 pass attempts. Those numbers may have been more a product of the terrible Tampa Bay defense than what is in store for Mariota. Still, fantasy owners will keep Mariota on their radars.

Dion Lewis- Running Back- New England Patriots- Most fantasy owners know by now not to trust Patriots running backs but Dion Lewis looked pretty good in his week one performance versus the Steelers. Most fantasy owners are expecting Lewis to take over the passing down role held by Shane Vereen last season. As with most New England running backs, it will be hard to start him each week knowing that the Patriots game plan is always team specific but Lewis could end up being a gem in PPR formats due to the volume of catches he should see. With Blount due to return in week two, Lewis may see some of his offensive snaps drop which will make it difficult for him to total 120 yards and four catches again. The 46 out of 61 offensive snaps may be his highest output of the season but fantasy owners in need of running back depth may want to keep an eye on Dion Lewis.

David Johnson- Running Back- Arizona Cardinals- With the injury to Andre Ellington, fantasy owners will need a contingency plan heading into week two and possibly beyond. Coach Arians went on record to say Chris Johnson will be the lead dog in Ellington's absence but fantasy owners know what they will get with CJ2K at this point. While David Johnson didn't set the fantasy world on fire in week one with him seeing only five offensive snaps, he did have a 55 yard reception for a score which put him on the fantasy radar for week two.

Tyrod Taylor- Quarterback- Buffalo Bills- The Bills new signal caller put himself in the good graces of fantasy owners right out of the gate by posting over 30 fantasy points and passing for 211 yards while rushing for another 48 and two total scores. He gets the Patriots defense this week so a repeat performance is yet to be seen.

Ronnie Hillman- Running Back- Denver Broncos- Hillman makes this list due to the turf toe C.J Anderson was diagnosed with after his lowly week one performance. Once Hillman became the bell cow for the Broncos, he out rushed Anderson by one yard per carry and finished with 41 rushing yards. While it isn't certain Anderson will miss any time, fantasy owners may want to be first to the waiver wire to add Ronnie Hillman should C.J Anderson miss time with his injury. Starting running backs aren't easy to come by in fantasy football.

Alex Smith- Quarterback- Kansas City Chiefs- The Chiefs signal caller had quite the week one performance as he tossed three touchdowns and passed for over 240 yards while posting over 40 fantasy points. It's difficult to say Alex Smith will be that prolific passer each week but quarterback needy rosters may want to take a look at Alex Smith. Fantasy owners will want to enjoy the Alex Smith numbers while they last.

Eric Ebron- Tight End- Detroit Lions- Most fantasy owners expected Eric Ebron to break out last season but that didn't happen. So far so good for the breakout in 2015. Ebron scored 15 fantasy points in week one by seeing five targets and catching four of those targets for 53 yards and a score. While fantasy owners can't put much stock in that single performance, it's nice to see Ebron get involved early in the season. In a wasteland like the tight end position, fantasy owners may want to keep an eye on Eric Ebron.

Tyler Lockette- Wide Receiver- Seattle Seahawks- At this point, it's difficult to get Lockette into lineups unless your league rewards return yards since he only plays on special teams right now. The rookie impressed during the preseason and continued his success into the regular season by returning a punt 57 yards for a touchdown and a kickoff for another 35 yards. Lockette posted almost 20 fantasy points in week one and if he can find his way into the offense, will be a must add in all fantasy formats.

Jeepers

Johnny Manziel- Quarterback- Cleveland Browns- While some fantasy owners may find it tempting to add Johnny Football, he really didn't do much to help fantasy owners when given the chance. With the concussion to McCown, there's a chance Johnny Manziel gets the starting nod in week two. With his three turnovers in week one, fantasy owners may want to look elsewhere if in need of a quarterback.

Jermaine Kearse- Wide Receiver- Seattle Seahawks- Coming off of his 15 plus fantasy points performance in week one, it's hard to trust a Seahawks wide out for fantasy purposes since Russell Wilson isn't one to throw a lot of passes. Week one saw Wilson throw more since the Rams led most of the game. That led to 10 targets for Kearse and 8 catches for 76 yards. If the Seahawks play the way they always play, fantasy owners shouldn't expect a lot of passing attempts from their signal caller.

Tavon Austin- Wide Receiver- St.Louis Rams- It is just too difficult to figure out the  Rams' plans for Tavon Austin. His week one performance saw him score almost 20 fantasy points but had only two receptions. The damage Austin did was on a 75 yard punt return and a 17 yard rushing score. Fantasy owners should not get sucked into playing the game of when Tavon Austin will go off. He is too hit or miss.