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2014 Training Camp Battles - IDPs

By Matt Schauf 8:35am EDT 7/17/14

Most quality IDP fantasy options are locked into starting roles as we get ready for training camp. But plenty of other players have position competition ahead, and some of those competing could deliver sneaky value to your IDP lineup if things go right.

Here's a look at the summertime competitions to track on defense ...

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Bengals left DE

Favorite: timeshare

Contenders: Wallace Gilberry, Margus Hunt and Robert Geathers

The Bengals let starter Michael Johnson walk in free agency and seem likely to fill his role with some combo of the players above.

Gilberry -- a 29-year-old veteran of 6 seasons -- has posted 2 of his 3 best sack totals since arriving in Cincinnati back in 2012. His 14 combined sacks as a situational rusher over those 2 campaigns suggests intriguing fantasy upside should he see more playing time. But the Bengals also drafted Hunt in Round 2 last year after he blew up the Scouting Combine.

The former world-class thrower (discus and shot put) measured in at 6'8, 280 pounds before running a 4.6-second 40, jumping 34.5 inches vertically and 10'1 in the broad and ripping off 38 reps on the bench. On his way out the door, former DC (now Vikings coach) Mike Zimmer told Bengals.com, "I think Margus Hunt will take a big jump."

Hunt has a lot to learn after arriving in Cincinnati with just 4 years of organized football behind him. But he could certainly nab the starting LDE spot if he proves mentally ready. Both Hunt and Gilberry figure to log plenty of playing time, regardless of which technically starts. Either player can become an inside rusher in passing situations.

Geathers should be a reserve at this point.

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