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Top 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers You Must Know Before 2013 NFL Season Starts

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Top 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers You Should Get Familiar With in 2013

Jerry Lai - USA TODAY SPORTS
Jerry Lai - USA TODAY SPORTS

What exactly is a fantasy football sleeper?

To me, a sleeper is any NFL player who is on the incline rather than the decline and is also seeing his draft stock slip. For example: Doug Martin wasn't talked about much prior to the 2012 campaign and someone grabbed him thinking it was a low-risk high-reward situation...let's just say they were handsomely rewarded.

A year later, the same fantasy owners are searching for the next Martin and it's harder than it looks.

Opportunity is something you have to look at when talking about sleepers -- anyone with a clear-cut path to the top of the depth chart should be given the once over. On the contrary, a running back in a passing offense or a wide receiver in a running-based attack are both likely to have mediocre seasons.

Rookies cause fantasy football owners to lose sleep, hair and games each and every season. While a guy like Tavon Austin appears to be a surefire star, first-year players always come with red flags.

If you didn't raise a fantasy football trophy last season than you better start preparing for the 2013 season! Not unlike life, fantasy football is incredibly unpredictable, yet owners from all walks of life will try to find the next best thing in the football. With that being said, here's a quick rundown of a few under-the-radar players that you should be studying as your fantasy draft day approaches.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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No. 5 Fantasy Football Sleeper: Chris Ivory

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Richard Barnes - USA TODAY SPORTS

It was hard to watch Chris Ivory's potential be stomped on year after year with the New Orleans Saints. However, Ivory now has a chance to shine with the New York Jets, who are supposedly devoting themselves more to the run in 2013. Entering his third-year of NFL action, Ivory already has eight touchdowns to his name and that number should go up this season as he is currently the Jets' opening-day starter at running back.

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No. 4 Fantasy Football Sleeper: Martellus Bennett

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Jerry Lai - USA TODAY SPORTS

Martellus Bennett isn't an NFL unknown, but folks around the league still aren't talking about his upside in 2013. Marc Trestman is an offensive-minded coach, who loves to get his tight ends involved, so Bennett looks to have a mammoth-sized impact in his first year with the Chicago Bears.

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No. 3 Fantasy Football Sleeper: Daryl Richardson

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Jeff Curry - USA TODAY SPORTS

Steven Jackson isn't going back to the St. Louis Rams anytime soon, so someone has to pick up the slack in the Rams' backfield. For my money; it's going to be Daryl Richardson. In limited time, Richardson rushed for 475 yards last year, so his production is only going to go up now that he's the No. 1 guy in St. Louis.

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No. 2 Fantasy Football Sleeper: Josh Freeman

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Kim Klement - USA TODAY SPORTS

It's time for Josh Freeman to have an All-Pro season already. This guy has all the talent in the world, but he hasn't been able to piece it all together for an entire season just yet. Freeeman will explode in 2013 as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the offensive weapons to make a dual-threat like No. 5 an absolute stud in 2013.

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No. 1 Fantasy Football Sleeper: Chris Givens

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Jeff Curry - USA TODAY SPORTS

Yes -- I love the Rams' offense in 2013. Chris Givens is an exceptional talent, who showed us all in 2012 that he's a top-notch wide receiver. In fact, Givens  had an uncanny run in his second year where he went five straight weeks hauling in at least one pass longer than 50 yards! I'm gunning for Givens this year as Sam Bradford is about to make Givens into the next Mike Wallace...and then some.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.