NFL 2014 Week 1: IDP Sleepers

Alec Ogletree

It is the first week of the NFL season. You are positive you drafted the best IDP team known to the universe. But after watching the shellacking your IDP players experienced in the Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks game, you are experiencing some doubt. No worries.  Here are 9 IDP Sleepers that will get your fantasy team back on track.

 

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Perry Riley, Linebacker, Washington v Houston Texans:  With the retirement of London Fletcher there is no other option but for Riley to overcome his past struggles in the run and pass.  If you are a gambling wo/man Riley is your man.  The first game against the Texans should give him opportunity to rack up some stats.

Alec Ogletree, Linebacker, St Louis Rams v Minnesota Vikings:  The only reason Ogletree is a sleeper is because the Rams’ defense is formidable.  But while everyone is paying attention to Robert Quinn and Chris Long, you will be quietly getting your stats on with Ogletree.  Last year he only had 95 solo tackles, 1.5 sacks and a 98 yard interception…

C.J. Mosley, Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens v Cincinnati Bengals: Mosley has defensive rookie of the year stamped all over him.  He also had a pretty impressive preseason.  This might be a deep sleeper, but even if you don’t start him, grab him now.

Olivier Vernon, Defensive End, Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots:  The strength of the Dolphins is their defensive line.  Vernon will be a member of the line that looks to capitalize on the Patriots propensity to cough up the ball.

Ziggy Ansah, Defensive End, Detroit Lions v New York Giants: Again the only reason Ansah is undervalued is because he is sandwiched between Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, well at least Suh.  Ansah led all rookies with eight sacks last season.  And well we all know the troubles the Giants and Eli Manning are experiencing.  This is probably a match made in IDP heaven.

With Jared Allen's departure, Robison stands to gain significant IDP value

With Jared Allen’s departure, Robison stands to gain significant IDP value – photo from www.startribune.com

Brian Robison, Defensive End, Minnesota Vikings v St. Louis Rams:  Jared Allen is gone.  Defensive guru Mike Zimmer is now the head coach.  The Rams will be playing with journeyman Shaun Hill as their starting quarterback.  It looks good for a multi-sack day.

Leodis McKelvin, Cornerback, Buffalo Bills v Chicago Bears: The Bears will be airing it out all day long.  And when they aren’t they will be running on the outside.  All this spells chances for McKelvin to amass you crazy tackling stats.  And with Jay Cutler throwing the ball there is also chances for interceptions a plenty.

Justin Gilbert, Cornerback, Cleveland Browns v Pittsburgh Steelers: This is stats by opportunity.  There is little chance the Steelers will try other cornerback Joe Haden.  Gilbert will be tested.  He should walk away with a some tackles.

Tashaun Gipson, Safety, Cleveland Browns v Pittsburgh Steelers: Gipson collected 95 tackles with five interceptions last season.  He was also responsible for 143 return yards and a touchdown.  If your league rewards return yards for individual players, Gipson is a good choice.

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Check back next Saturday for more IDP Sleepers!

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2 Comments

  1. Joe B

    September 6, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Keenan Robinson is the man in Washington. Green dot!
    https://twitter.com/JOBOOZOSO

    • Gladys Louise Tyler

      September 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      If he stays healthy, yes he will put up better stats than Riley. While Riley struggles in pass coverage if the Texans show a healthy dose of Arian Foster because of lack of confidence in their running game I believe Riley will be the sleeper pick on that defense.

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