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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Fourteen

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Well it's week 14 and that means that some fantasy football leagues have started their playoffs. If your playoffs haven't started yet, then they will be in the next week or two and that means your team has to be in win now mode if you haven't clinched a playoff spot already. Even teams that are not making a playoff push this season may still want to play for pride or in keeper leagues, start thinking about next season. Whatever your situation, if you plan on checking out your waiver wire, here's a list of players that will be available.

Keepers

Tyler Lockett - Wide Receiver- Seattle Seahawks- Not just a return man anymore, the rookie is getting a chance to shine on offense with the injury to Jimmy Graham and he appears to be making the most of it. With seven catches for 90 yards in week 13 and a breakout game three weeks ago where he scored over 17 fantasy points, Tyler Lockett could be a sneaky play heading into the playoffs with the Seahawks offense suddenly looking like the Seahawks offense from the last two seasons.

Ryan Mathews - Running Back- Philadelphia Eagles- After being shelved the last few weeks with a concussion, Mathews appears to be on track for a week 14 return which is good news for any fantasy owner that grabs him off of the waiver wire seeing how DeMarco Murray has been a major disappointment this season. He has 427 yards and five touchdowns on 76 carries and is averaging over ten fantasy points per game. He's a must add heading into the fantasy playoffs.

Sleepers

Dorial Green- Beckham- Wide Receiver- Tennessee Titans- With Marcus Mariota playing above what any fantasy owner imagined in his rookie season, now may be the time for another rookie to shine with him. Green- Beckham has been almost a non factor up until this point but with a breakout game coming in week 13 where he posted almost 18 fantasy points, now is the time for fantasy owners to jump on him before he has another big game. The combination of Mariota and Green-Beckham could pay dividends in the fantasy playoffs.

Detroit D/ST- While fantasy defenses aren't talked about much in this article, for the sake of the fantasy playoffs, owners may want to stream week to week and the Detroit Lions defense seems to be playing much better as of late. They have allowed under 200 passing yards per game in the last four weeks and get a weak Rams offense in week 14. If you are playing the matchup with defenses, Detroit should be high on your list.

Jeepers

Johnny Manziel- Quarterback- Cleveland Browns- With news that Johnny Manziel will be under center for the Browns for the remainder of the season, owners needing help at the quarterback position may want to take a look at him. While he doesn't have much to work with in Cleveland, he could still end up being an asset to owners heading into their playoffs. He's averaging under 13 fantasy points per game so don't expect too much but with his dual threat, there's a chance Manziel could do something for owners from week 14 on.