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Early Look at Some IDP Sleepers: Defensive Linemen
Darin Tietgen
June 29, 2010
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Welcome to The Huddle’s IDP Super Sleeper Series, a 3-part (LBs, DLs, DBs) look at some IDPs that didn’t make it to our preseason top-50 rankings who have a good shot at contributing to fantasy teams this season.  Let’s continue now with the defensive linemen.

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Chris Clemons (DE - SEA):  With Patrick Kerney out of the picture and Darryl Tapp shipped off to Philly, Clemons is the starter alongside youngster Lawrence Jackson.  Clemons, almost by default, has value because he’s a starting DE on a team that will face SFO, STL and ARI for a third of their games.  8 sacks aren’t out of the question.

Randy Starks (DE - MIA):  Starks had a good bit of value for a stretch last season, finishing the season up with a career-high 7 sacks and finished in the top-15 in most scoring systems.  By no means are we saying he’ll finish anywhere close to that this season, but top-50?  Sure.  If you’re beset by early injuries or looking for a capable backup to cover bye weeks, Starks should pan out as a good choice.

Tommie Harris (DT - CHI):  The Bear defense could “be back” this season, with a healthy Brian Urlacher and Julius Peppers on the edge.  Harris is being rested in the OTA’s to keep him fresh and this should limit the wear and tear on his knees, which gave him plenty of trouble in the 2009 season.  If you’re in a league that requires you start a DT, Harris will be worth a look as a backup, or starter in a larger league.

Haloti Ngata (DT - BAL):  Every year, it seems, Ngata is ranked in the top-50 by us (and others) and he never produces the results we hope for.  He should be 100% entering the season (after a chest injury) and is always one of those interior linemen you could see being a game-changer.  The Raven defense will again be stout, and Ngata will have a chance to produce.

Jason Pierre-Paul (DE - NYG):  A lot of things have to happen for Pierre-Paul to matter in 2010.  One of the Giants’ “big three” (Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka) need to get injured (or Umenyiora holds out or gets traded).  Pierre-Paul would also have to prove that he’s not just some athletically-gifted one-year wonder.  Stranger things have happened.

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