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IDP Rankings – Super Bowl XLVIII

Well, we’ve finally hit the end of the line. After 65 preseason games, 256 regular season games and 10 playoff contests, two teams are left standing.

On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will meet in Super Bowl XLVIII, the last game of the 2013 NFL season.

It’s a battle of contrasting styles, the high-octane offense of the Broncos against the league-best defense of the Seahawks. It marks the sixth time in Super Bowl history the league’s top defense and top offense will have squared off in the Super Bowl.

The defense has won four of five.

If the Seahawks are going to make it five of six the goal is a simple one. Pressure
Peyton Manning

. Manning was the least-pressured quarterback in the NFL in 2013 per Pro Football Focus
, and we’ve seen what happens when he has plenty of time to throw the ball.

5,477 yards and 55 touchdown passes happens.

Make no mistake, the key to a Broncos win lies on defense as well. The Broncos’ goals in that regard are twofold. First and foremost, contain
Marshawn Lynch

. He’s going to get his, largely because the Seahawks will keep slamming away as long as the game’s close. However, it’s imperative that Denver not allow Lynch to start gashing a tired Broncos ‘D’ for big runs in the second half.

It’s even more important that Denver’s safeties play well. What makes
Russell Wilson

so dangerous isn’t that he can run. It’s that while he’s running he’s still looking downfield, hoping a receiver will get behind the defense.

It’s there where I think Super Bowl XLVIII will turn. On a big play borne of Wilson’s legs. Seahawks 27, Broncos 24.
Russell Wilson

goes to Disney World.

As we get ready for the last NFL game for a frightfully long time, here’s a look at the top IDP options for fantasy football playoff leagues in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Not much point going more than five deep. If you’re playing in a “survivor” format and none of these players are available…

Well then, like the Cleveland Browns, you are good and screwed pal.


DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

1.) Michael Bennett – DT, Seattle Seahawks

2.) Chris Clemons – DE, Seattle Seahawks

3.) Cliff Avril – DE, Seattle Seahawks

4.) Terrance Knighton – DT, Denver Broncos

5.) Robert Ayers – DE, Denver Broncos


LINEBACKERS

1.) Danny Trevathan – OLB, Denver Broncos

2.) Bobby Wagner – MLB, Seattle Seahawks

3.) Malcolm Smith – OLB, Seattle Seahawks

4.) Shaun Phillips – OLB, Denver Broncos

5.) Wesley Woodyard – MLB, Denver Broncos


DEFENSIVE BACKS

1.) Earl Thomas – FS, Seattle Seahawks

2.) Kam Chancellor – SS, Seattle Seahawks

3.) Duke Ihenacho – SS, Denver Broncos

4.) Richard Sherman – CB, Seattle Seahawks

5.) Mike Adams – FS, Denver Broncos

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Gary Davenport is the IDP Senior Staff Writer at Fantasy Sharks and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Gary’s IDP work has been featured in a number of national print publications and on both satellite and terrestrial radio, and he was a finalist for the FSWA Web Article of the Year in 2013.

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