Welcome to The Huddle’s Deep Sleeper Report for Week 3. Here, we’ll take a look at a few linebackers, defensive linemen and defensive backs that are “one injury away” (that is, a backup to a stud and just one injury away from being a fantasy somebody), or players worth a look in extremely deep leagues. Feel free to email me at email@example.com if you want to discuss the players in further detail or recommend a name or two. For purposes of this article, we’re pulling players that are free agents in a 12-team dynasty league.
Brandon Siler (SDC): He could actually be more valuable than a “deep” sleeper. He filled in for the injured Stephen Cooper last week and had a solid outing. With various Bolt LBs nursing a variety of injuries, Siler could continue to post good stats week to week.
Week 2 stats: 6 solo tackles, 2 pass defenses, 1 INT
Jason Hunter (DEN): He was a name to consider last week, and had a decent Week 2. He’s worth a look in incredibly deep dynasty formats, especially with Elvis Dumervil shelved for the season.
Week 2 stats: 3 solo tackles
Julian Peterson (DET): With Deandre Levy still hurt, Peterson’s the best LB the Lions have. Unfortunately he’s lining up on the strong side so his potential is on the limited side. He did have 13.5 fantasy points to start the season in Week 1.
Week2 stats: 1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle
Other to Consider: Mario Haggan (DEN)
Turk McBride (DE – KCC): McBride won’t wow you with tackle stats, but he does have two straight weeks with a sack and a forced fumble.
Week 1 stats: 1 solo tackle, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
Fred Robbins (DT – STL): Big Fred had some decent weeks with the G-men and has had some average showings with his new team. He has 6 solos and a sack thus far this season and could put up decent tackle numbers with the Ram defense on the field for long spells.
Week 1 stats: 2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle
Other to Consider: Jacob Ford (DE - TEN)
Reed Doughty (S – WAS): The entire Skin secondary apparently has value. The corners may start coming back down to Earth and LaRon Landry is definitely owned. But Doughty could be available and may put up decent stats every week from here on on out.
Week 1 stats: 10 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 1 pass defense
Chris Carr (CB – BAL): The Raven had a solid week 2 and looks like he could be a good start against pass-happy squads. In deep leagues that start CB, Carr is worth a look.
Week 1 stats: 6 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 2 pass defenses
Other to Consider: Antoine Cason (CB – SDC)