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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to suggest a player or discuss my picks. Good luck this season!
Scott Shanle (NOS): Shanle’s best efforts: vs. MIN, ATL and PIT, three teams that were solid running the football when they met Shanle’s Saints. This week, Carolina is on the docket and they’ll likely utilize Jonathan Stewart plenty. Shanle could offer 4+ solos and log his first takeaway of the season.
Frank Zombo (GBP): If for nothing else, I just wanted to type the name “Zombo”. He’s the starting OLB opposite Clay Matthews for the Packers now that both Brad Jones and Brady Poppinga are shelved. He’s got a pair of sacks on the season and logged his best overall game last week. Could be another good one against Kitna’s Cowboys.
Kamerion Wimbley (OAK): Who woulda thunk it? The Raiders and Chiefs facing off for the AFC West lead? Wimbley’s been posting decent numbers every so often all season and was featured yesterday in the Deep Sleepers piece. We also like him a lot as a one-week fill-in if you’re hurting at LB.
Other to Consider: Jason Taylor (NYJ)
Mike Wright (DE – NEP): Wright has a sack in each of his last four outings and will face a rookie QB this Sunday. He returns to his native Ohio to face Colt McCoy’s Browns and we project 2-3 solos, an assist or two, and his fifth straight game with a sack.
Roy Miller (DT – TBB): Digging pretty deep here, and this is for those of you in extremely deep leagues. We like DTs in the Tampa scheme that go against offenses like the Falcons. Gerald McCoy should have a solid outing as well, but Miller’s the one that’s on waiver wires in deeper formats.
Other to Consider: Antonio Garay (SDC)
Tramon Williams (CB – GBP): Hit paydirt with the Powers pick last week; this week we’re really liking Williams to put up a good number of solos, break up a pass or two, and have the potential to make “big plays”.
Deon Grant (S – NYG): Deep pick here for those in larger leagues. Kenny Phillips has been battling nagging injuries for a month and Grant has not only filled in for Phillips, but has recently been packaged as a “pseudo-linebacker”, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. We like that fact, especially this week against the Seahawks.
Gerald Sensabaugh (S – DAL): He’s the starting SS on a struggling Cowboy team that will face a pass-happy Packer team. Need we say more? His numbers haven’t been fabulous over the past couple weeks, but we expect something at least in double digits here this week.
Other to Consider: Alphonso Smith (CB – DET)
WEEK 8 RESULTS
Julian Peterson (DET): One of Peterson’s worst games all season. Guess he just doesn’t fare well against NFC East teams. We like him a lot better for the next three weeks.
Will Davis (ARI): Even with Gerald Hayes back, Davis had his best game of the season, totaling 13 fantasy points, which included his first sack of the season. He had 2 sacks in limited action last season, so it stands to reason this guy has a knack for getting to the QB. Definitely worth keeping an eye or two on.
Cameron Wake (MIA): Wake didn’t log a sack as we anticipated. I mean, come on, he only has 6.5 on the season. Check him out Week 11 when the Bears are on the schedule.
Jo-Lonn Dunbar (NOS): Only worthy in those crazy 32-team leagues.
Marcus Thomas (DE – DEN): Was one of those times where I actually heeded my own advice. I grabbed Thomas in the SOFA IDP League (The Huddle is 6-2 and leads its division) last week, hoping he’d stir up some confusion in the soggy London game. Well, he logged 4 solos but nothing else. Would have much preferred the 7 solos and 3 assists from the week previous.
Jamaal Williams (DT – DEN): Or of course, Marcus Thomas could have laid an egg like Williams did.
Raheem Brock (SEA): Brock will continue to be an option as long as the Seahawks continue to put pressure on and sack the QB. There’s a few cupcakes left on the schedule, so if you’re thin at DL and have the roster space, Brock’s worth a look.
Jerraud Powers (CB – IND): Holy Yahtzee, Batman! Powers had, by far, his best outing of the season, logging 8 solos, a pick and two batted balls. I just love the Colt CBs in formats that start CB.
Jim Leonhard (S – NYJ): Sorry, we had him as a Bolt last week. He’s a Jet, and he only scored 9 fantasy points. Boo.
Paul Oliver (S – SDC): With Eric Weddle finally playing better, Oliver’s game slipped back.
Eugene Wilson (S – HOU): Decent game for the vet, knocking down a pair of passes and adding 4 solos. Not worthy of rostering in normal-sized leagues with Pollard competing for value, but could help in huge leagues.