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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Eight

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

It's Wednesday and that means it's time to get those waiver wire pickups in. We are in the thick of the fantasy football season and the margin for error is getting smaller each week. Whether it's bye weeks or under performing players, most fantasy rosters need a good tweak here and there and there's no better place to see which players are worth picking up than The Fantasy Sports Brain.

Keepers

Danny Amendola- Wide Receiver- New England Patriots- A few weeks ago, I never would have considered Danny Amendola worth much in fantasy football but at the torrid pace he's been performing, he's well worth an add at this point. Amendola has 18 targets over the last two games and is coming off of double digit fantasy points in back to back games. With bye weeks tearing through fantasy lineups, owners will want to grab Amendola if he's still available.

Darren McFadden- Running Back- Dallas Cowboys- I can't believe I'm endorsing McFadden but as of right now, he seems to be the guy in Big D. With an injury limiting Joseph Randle and Christine Michael not getting as much action as fantasy owners though in week seven, a healthy Run DMC can be just what fantasy owners need to help out in the running back department. While he isn't wowing fantasy owners by any means, he did get a bulk of the workload in week six versus the Giants where he netted 152 yards and a score. Fantasy owners should expect to see McFadden carry the load as long as he stays healthy.

Sleepers

Ladarius Green- Tight End- San Diego Chargers- While fantasy owners knew Green was more than capable of filling in for Antonio Gates, he proved once again that he can fill in admirably when fantasy owners needed him most. While Green's numbers were nothing to write home about, he did score double digit fantasy points as the touchdown he scored really made his day. Fantasy owners can rest comfortably starting Green in week eight if Gates isn't able to go again.

Alfred Blue- Running Back- Houston Texans- With the season ending injury to Arian Foster, Alfred Blue looks to be the lead back for the time being. While he didn't do much to make fantasy owners take notice earlier in the season while Foster was out, he is a starting running back and those are difficult to come across at this point in the fantasy football season. His only memorable game this season came back in week three versus the Buccaneers where he scored double digit fantasy points. Until the Texans go in a different direction at running back, fantasy owners will want to roster Alfred Blue.

Jeepers

Orleans Darkwa- Running Back- New York Giants- While not much is known about Darkwa, fantasy owners know enough to take a look at him heading into their week eight matchups. Darkwa scored double digit fantasy points and had a touchdown to go with his 48 yards on the ground. It will be difficult to trust Darkwa on a week to week basis considering there are so many running backs in New York that are ahead of him.

Brandon Oliver- Running Back- San Diego Chargers- With Melvin Gordon dealing with an injury, Brandon Oliver should slide into his role for the Chargers. Woodhead could possibly cut into some of the touches but Oliver will be the guy on the ground for the most part. In five games this season, Oliver has 90 yards and 11 catches for another 96 yards. With Woodhead seeing most of the passing downs, it will be difficult for fantasy owners to trust Oliver in their lineups until Gordon returns. Especially at such a pivotal point in the fantasy football season.