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Fantasy Football Week 1 IDP Sleepers

Here are just a few suggestions of places to look for IDP value in Week 1. This article is not meant for you to read and then start Stevie Brown over the Vontaze Burfict's or Luke Kuechly's of the world, but is intended for those who may be streaming or reaching deeper into the waiver wire. If you draft a stud and he is not injured, or on a bye week, start him. Do not overthink it! That being said, these are some guys I could see providing great value for the price you would need to pay to get them.

DT Geno Atkins/DE Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati Bengals

Normally, a sleeper is just one pick, right? Well, in this week’s Ravens-Bengals matchup, I love the Bengals defense too much to pick just one target. Cincinnati’s front seven is one of the best in the league, and against the porous offensive line of the Ravens, they will be dominant. Atkins and Dunlap can’t both be double teamed every play, so watch for each of them to make some big plays when they beat the mismatch/single coverage a few times during Week 1. Joe Flacco is going to become well acquainted with the grass this Sunday. Atkins and Dunlap could each end up with a sack or 2 and a few tackles to boot. If they’re available in DL required leagues, snatch ‘em up. I assume that Vontaze Burfict is taken in all formats, but if not he’s a no-brainer start in this game.

Side note: Keep an eye out for Linebacker Emmanuel Lamur. He may make an appearance on this list before the season is done and Week 1 should be a good gauge of what we can expect the rest of the way.

LB Mychal Kendricks, Philadelphia Eagles

Kendricks has clear LB1 talent and upside, and should continue to improve in 2014. There a number of factors that play in favor of Mychal having elite IDP production in Week 1. The Jaguars, like the Ravens, will trot out one of the worst offensive lines in the league this year. Luke Joeckel is the lone bright spot on that line, and the defensive front of Philly will exploit this with superior speed, agility and overall athleticism. The Jags will likely find themselves down early, forcing the passing game in order to try and catch up. Kendricks, as the middle linebacker in Kelly’s fast-paced 3-4 scheme, blossomed as a tackle hog and big play magnet last year. Expect more of the same this week and beyond. If he’s available, grab him in most any format.

S Stevie Brown, New York Giants

As the starting free safety for the Giants, playing next to Antrel Rolle , Stevie Brown is primed for a big week. He set the Giants’ franchise record for interception return yards (307) in 2013, grabbing a total of 8 interceptions over the season. He tore his ACL last year in the preseason, but seems ready to pick up where he left off before the injury. The Giants are battling some talent and depth issues at Linebacker and I think Matthew Stafford and the Lions will try and exploit this by airing it out and spreading the field. Look for Brown to be all over the field racking up a nice tackle total, but more importantly, be in position to force a turnover more than once this week. He’s a solid DB3, but has DB1 upside this week.

This article was written by Ben Samuels of LevelUpFantasy
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