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IDP Weekly Sleepers - Week 5
Darin Tietgen
October 7, 2010
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Welcome to another edition of The Huddle’s IDP Sleeper Report.  The following IDPs were found on either a 12 or 16 IDP league’s waiver wire.  Good luck this season and feel free to email me at huddledarin@yahoo.com if you want to suggest a player or discuss my picks.

LINEBACKERS

Kevin Burnett (SDC):  Phillips done good for us last week, and heck, Burnett hasn’t been too shabby himself.  Double digits every week thus far, and he’ll be plenty busy against the inside running of Michael Bush this week.

Stephen Nicholas (ATL):  No one will say Nicholas isn’t talented.  He was drafted into a situation where he wasn’t immediately able to succeed.  Mix in the addition of Sean Weatherspoon has further hindered Nicholas’ progression.  With Weatherspoon dinged, Nicholas could have a nice Week 5. 

Clark Haggans (ARI):  An ex-Steeler playing in the Steeler scheme with its best defender still sidelined?  Recipe for decent success, especially against such an active offense like the Saints.  Solid option this week.  

Other to Consider:  Bryan Thomas (NYJ)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

James Hall (DE – STL):  Hall was once a borderline must-start in IDP leagues.  He fell out of favor (to say the least) and is just now starting to make a little noise again.  Love the matchup, and he’s got 4 sacks in the past 3 games. 

Antonio Smith (DE – HOU):  Smith is frustrating.  Some talent, plays across from one of the best DEs in the game.  Naturally, he has value.  But he sometimes appears to play in slow motion.  The dude looked downright dominant last week, and while this week’s opponent presents plenty of challenges, it will also come with some opportunity. 

Other to Consider:  Chris Canty  (DT - NYG)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Chris Crocker (S – CIN):  The Crock Pot (sorry, don’t have anything better) has been a decent fantasy option for several years.  He’s actually posting rather decent stats this season and could be a force this week against the Bucs. 

Sherrod Martin (S – CAR):  If he’s 100%, he could be a super deep sleeper in larger leagues.  The slightly-concussed Jay Cutler will take chances downfield and the Panther free safety could take advantage.   

Alterraun Verner (CB – TEN):  So yeah, Alterraun.  That’s a cool name.  With Jason McCourty sidelined, Verner has stepped in and posted some pretty sick stats.  He faces a pass-happy Dallas team this week, so expect his opportunities to be boundless. 

Other to Consider:  Drayton Florence (CB – BUF)

WEEK 4 RESULTS

LINEBACKERS
Shaun Phillips (SDC):  Go ahead and make this our “booyah” of the season.  Or at least the big play of the first fourth of the season.  Phillips blew up last week, racking up 4 sacks, an INT and 6 total tackles, for 34 fantasy points.  He should be owned in most leagues at this point.    
Jason Taylor (NYJ):  Only had one solo, but did recover a fumble and the vet will be in the 6-7 sack range for the season.  Pick the right week and he could be a decent fill-in.
Scott Shanle (NOS):  3 solo tackles isn’t great, but the ex-Husker will keep active in the tackling realm and could be a decent LB3 in deep leagues as a bye week filler.
Brandon Siler (SDC):  Well that was a miss.  Siler doesn’t really fit the Bolt scheme so his upside is a bit on the limited side. 

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Mike DeVito (DE – NYJ):  Look, we’ve been telling you all season that DL is paper-thin; more so than in seasons past.  DeVito laid an egg in Week 4, but keep him on your radar. 
Chris Clemons (DE – SEA):  Clemons should be owned in most IDP leagues at this point.  He followed up his 14-point Week 3 with another 14 fantasy points in Week 4.  Had his second game in a row with 2 sacks.  He’s on bye this week, but then the schedule gets nice.  A solid add in the next few days if you want to plan ahead.
Aubrayo Franklin  (DT - SFO):  Hey, he did what we expected; 4 solos from the DT spot isn’t anything to shake a stick at.  We have to expect the Niner D to improve a bit as the season progresses, and we’ve heard solid feedback on the big guy.

DEFENSIVE BACKS
Michael Huff (S – OAK):  The Texas-Ex responded to his first inclusion on this list with his best effort of the 2010 season;  7 solos and a pass defended.  Sure, DB is fat with fantasy gold, but Huff could be a nice add in deeper leagues.
Ryan Clark (S – PIT):  Another hit for The Huddle here.  Clark posted his best game of the season, racking up 15.5 fantasy points.  In matchups where the opponent has a good run/pass mix, Clark can put up solid stats for you.
Anton Cason (CB – SDC):   Cason’s was a hot pickup to start the 2010 season but didn’t have a great Week 3.  Expect solid stats for the next couple weeks though.
Drayton Florence (CB – BUF):  Meh.

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IDP Weekly Rankings
IDP Deep Sleepers
IDP Who's Hot and Who's Not
Free Agent Forecast
Under the Numbers
Tuesday Injury Report
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