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IDP Sleepers - Week 4

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Week three is in the rear view mirror and week four is upon us (is it me or is this season flying by?) and the IDP landscape is as turbulent as ever. If your squad is 3-0 then congratulations and keep up the good work. If 0-3 is your record at this point then the panic button is not far from being pushed. Anywhere in between the two extremes is a fine place to be and ground can be made up easily with the right roster decisions.

Week four ushers in the beginning of bye weeks and even though it is a light one with only Carolina and Green Bay having the week off there are still fantasy ramifications. Luke Kuechly owners will need to look elsewhere for tackle production and that’s where ’53 Deep’ comes to the rescue.

Fueled by a passion for IDP football, and way too much Red Bull, here is a look at week four's hidden gems to help lead IDP teams to victory.

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Manti Te’o, ILB, SAN DIEGO vs. Dallas: I’m rolling the dice here with the rookie but the fact he’s been practicing for the past two weeks tells me he is ready for extended action. Whether or not he stays on the field on third downs is still a question but against a Dallas offense that rediscovered the run last week he will still hold value. He’s sat on fantasy benches long enough and it’s time to roll the rookie out.

Rey Maualuga , MLB, CINCINNATI vs. Cleveland: As strange as this feels to write, it appears Maualuga is a bit of a matchup proof MLB right now. He put up an impressive eight solo stops last week against Green Bay and is in store for another big week. Cleveland has been a nice match up for LBs over the first three weeks and Maualuga and Vontaze Burfict could both approach double-digit tackles this week.

Demario Davis , ILB, NEW YORK JETS at Tennessee: We are riding the hot hand here with Davis for the second consecutive week. He rewarded IDP owners last week with six total tackles and his first sack of the season, which are nice numbers for a sleeper. This week he has another good matchup against a Titans team that is still committing to the run and allowed 16 total tackles to ILBs last week against the Chargers. Davis is in store for another productive fantasy week.

Kevin Burnett , OAKLAND vs. Washington: Burnett exploded for 10 solo tackles with a forced fumble and pass defended last week. This week he will approach the same numbers as the Redskins pound the ball with RB Alfred Morris. Detroit Lions WLB DeAndre Levy posted nine total tackles (six solo) last week against Washington and Burnett should easily surpass those numbers.

Manny Lawson , SLB, BUFFALO vs. Baltimore: Lawson is a match up dependent fantasy option and I like this one against the Ravens who are allowing the third most points to fantasy LBs. The Ravens will look to pound the ball on the ground with Ray Rice (he’s on track to play this week) and Bernard Pierce after seeing the success the Jets had last week against the Bills. Lawson posted 14 total tackles and had 11 solo stops in week three. Those types of weeks will be few for Lawson but not far between as I think he has another strong game against the Ravens in week four.



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