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Daily Fantasy Football Sleepers for Week 1

While most seasonal fantasy football drafts are almost completed, daily fantasy sports, particularly football, are just getting started.  Here is some daily fantasy football advice in the form of some Week 1 sleepers.


Colin Kaepernick, 49ers– As tempting as banged up the Dallas Cowboys front seven will be to run the ball against, the 49ers will need to air it out against a mediocre Cowboys secondary.  The 49ers offense added some new weapons and more dynamic this season.  Their defense is missing key starters and have they have new pieces in the secondary, which means Dallas could move the ball much better than expected.  The Cowboys will put up some points in this contest, meaning the 49ers offense will need to go through Kaepernick more so than the running game.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Texans – Fitzpatrick has a plethora of weapons (WR Andre Johnson, WR DeAndre Hopkins and RB Arian Foster) and gets the start at home against a leaky Redskins secondary that is missing suspended safety Brandon Meriweather.  In his nine-year career, Fitzpatrick owns a 90.9 career quarterback rating in the month of September.

Running Back

DeMarco Murray, Cowboys – Normally the 49ers defense is a dicey proposition to start your RB’s against.  However in 2014 the 49ers D is missing key pieces (Navarro Bowman and Aldon Smith) and there are questions about the secondary.  As stated earlier, the Cowboys will need to mix it up some more with DeMarco to keep the 49ers defense from pinning their ears back and putting QB Tony Romo on his backside.  Last year, the Cowboys offense abandoned the run unnecessarily at times; the offense has to be more balanced attacking the 49ers.  If the ‘Boys get down early, Murray should still figure heavily in the passing game, as offensive coordinator Scott Linehan loves throwing to his RBs.

Ben Tate, Browns – For the first time since Jamal Lewis played in Cleveland, the Browns have a legitimate running back in Ben Tate.  Signed in the offseason from Houston, Tate figures to get plenty of work, and is the undisputed lead back.  Tate outperformed rookie back Terrance West quite handily in the preseason and really has no threat to take carries from him.   Besides Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins, the Browns don’t have much in the passing game with Josh Gordon out for the year, save for tight end Jordan Cameron.  As the Giants Rashard Jennings showed in the preseason, the Steelers run defense is not the same as in years past.  This will be a highly contested game between divisional foes.

Wide Receiver 

Cordarelle Patterson, Vikings – Patterson is a size/speed dynamo who has Percy Harvin type moves and agility combined with a 6’2, 220-pound frame.  His prowess in the open field translates toward a WR1 on a Vikings team that has Kyle Rudolph, an aging Greg Jennings and little else to throw to.  The Rams have major questions in the secondary with CB Trumaine Johnson out with injury and a rookie, Lamarcus Joyner at free safety.  The Rams are stout against the run so new offensive coordinator Norv Turner will need to take shots deep to keep the Rams defensive secondary honest. Patterson should be the beneficiary of those deep shots.

Tight End

Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles best route runner this year has been Zach Ertz who is poised to be a big part of the Eagles red zone offense moving forward. The Eagles figure to win this game handily over the Jaguars and Chip Kelly typically doesn’t let the foot off the gas. Ertz still splits time with TE Brent Celek, but with the Eagles elevated snap count look for Ertz to get in the end zone on Sunday.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina – The new-look Buccaneers added big free agents Michael Johnson (a pass-rushing defensive lineman) a zone corner in Alterraun Verner and Gerald McCoy, their Pro Bowl defensive tackle has looked unblockable in the preseason. The Panthers have major questions on the offensive line and QB Cam Newton is banged up. Newton has a rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin, veteran TE Greg Olsen and little else in the passing game. The Bucs are at home and the heat should be turned up on the Panthers offense.



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  • Ivan Y

    Good Luck Stephen, thanks for sharing.

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