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IDP Deep Sleepers - Week 7
Darin Tietgen
October 20, 2010
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Welcome to this week's Deep Sleeper Report.  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 huddledarin@yahoo.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.

LINEBACKERS

Larry Grant (STL):  Grant started the season off well and showed signs of life last week.  There’s definitely enough tackles to go around for the Ram LBs.

Brad Jones (GBP):  Clay Matthews is set to return this week, so Jones loses a ton of value in the short term, but if Matthews were to go down again, Jones could see a good uptick in value.

Pisa Tinoisamoa (CHI):  In incredibly deep leagues, you can reach at a guy like Tino, who has a track record of putting up decent tackle numbers.  If Lance Briggs is out again, the value is even better.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Jacob Ford (DE – TEN):  We’ve highlighted Dave Ball and Jason Babin here and on the weekly sleeper list a couple of times, but somewhat surprisingly, neither Ball nor Babin are technically starters.  Ford and Williams Hayes are the official starters, and Ford has a few decent games under his belt this season. 

Ahtyba Rubin (DT – CLE):  With Shaun Rogers nursing a variety of bumps and bruises, Rubin has stepped in as the nose tackle for the Brownies.  He’s got a grip-load of tackles in the past couple of weeks, and could be a nice fill-in for those in leagues that must start a DT. 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Paul Oliver (S – SDC):  Eric Weddle has been wildly inconsistent this season and Oliver, despite just a part-timer, had been far more reliable.  Weddle’s a free agent this summer, and with Oliver playing solid football, he could be the starter in San Diego come 2011.

Kyle Arrington (CB – NEP):  The Patriot corners have never been fantasy relevant.  But in the past two contests – where he’s been giving significant playing time – he’s got 5 solos in each.  Keep your eye on him in deeper formats. 

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