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Week 1 Fantasy Football Sleepers

Week 1 of the NFL season is finally here. Do not miss out on Tyler Baddick's list of sleeper plays for week 1.

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As we enter the new NFL season, there will be a lot o experimenting with lineups and players. Fantasy owners will have to be active on the waiver wire, trying to find great value on waivers. When looking at the waiver wire, fantasy owners must try and find the best value available. The waiver wire can make or break someone's season, making it crucial to find fantasy football sleeper plays. This list of sleepers will be based off of matchup and projected game plan.

Teddy Bridgewater- Heading into his 2nd NFL season, Teddy will look to build off of a strong rookie year. With the return of Adrian Peterson and the addition of Mike Wallace at receiver, I expect a strong week from Teddy Bridgewater. Facing a 49er defense that has lost multiple key pieces to their defense this offseason, Teddy should have no issue getting the ball down the field off of a strong play action game. The Vikings will look to run the ball which will lead to the play action game that offensive coordinator Norv Turner loves.

Danny Woodhead- After miss majority of last season due to injury, expect Danny to be a full go and fully healthy for this season opener. A great option especially in PPR league formats, Woodhead does a great job in the receiving game and should see majority of 3rd down plays this week. Also, with Antonio Gates not able to play the first couple weeks, Danny will be one of the main targets for Phillip Rivers. Woodhead should have no issues seeing a decent amount of touches against the Lions this week.

Eddie Royal- Climbing up a lot of people's draft boards, Royal has a great chance of starting this season off well. With Kevin White out the first half of the season most likely and Alshon battling a calf injury, Eddie Royal will be Jay Cutler's healthiest target heading into week 1. Facing the Packers in week 1, the bears will most likely be playing catch up late in the game, forcing Jay Cutler to throw the ball often which will lead to opportunities for Eddie Royal. Oh, did I mention that he is reunited with his former QB that he caught over 100 passes with the Broncos in a single season? Look for a nice week 1, especially in PPR format leagues.

Marvin Jones- Finally 100%, Marvin Jones will look to rebound from a disappointing year last season. One of Andy Dalton's favorite targets when in the lineup, Marvin should have no issues seeing passes come his way against a weak Raiders secondary. Andy and Marvin seemed to mesh well this preseason as well, which shows that Marvin hasn't lost a step. Look to pick up Marvin and see what he does week 1 against a very weak defense.

Richard Rodgers- With his stock rising, Rodgers is most likely going to see a lot more passes his way with the loss of Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb who is currently not 100%. Look for Aaron Rodgers to look his tight ends way often against another weak secondary of the Bears. Richard can be a starting tight end for teams in deeper leagues that do not have one of the elite tight ends out there. Expect redzone opportunities as well, with the packers pass happy offense.