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IDP Weekly Sleepers - Week 16
Darin Tietgen
December 23, 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.  Good luck this season!

LINEBACKERS

Matt Roth (CLE): Dude has to be the biggest LB in the game.  He checks in at 275 lbs., and looks every bit of three bills.  But hey, he’s effective, and over the past two weeks, has 10 assisted tackles and seven solos.  He faces a Raven team that will definitely eat clock up with Ray Rice and Roth, who has 3.5 sacks on the season, will have an outside chance at sacking Joe Flacco this week.  The Ravens give up more than two per game.

Mario Haggan (DEN):  The veteran is having his best statistical season of his career, and has excelled against offenses like the Texan offense he faces this Sunday.  If you’re looking for an LB3 with some upside, Haggan’s got it. 

Other to Consider: Kevin Bentley (HOU)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Brett Keisel (DE – PIT):  Keisel has been a mainstay on the Steeler front line for several years, and in fact, they missed him in the middle of the season when he was out with a variety of leg issues.  This week’s opponent, the Carolina Panthers, have given up a ton of sacks and the Steeler defense will be feasting on a rookie QB smorgasbord. 

Antonio Garay (DT – SDC):  This guy’s had a fantastic breakout season.  He had 13 tackles in four seasons prior to 2010.  He has 36 so far this season and 5 sacks.  We expect three solos, and while the Bengals don’t really give up many sacks (only 28 on the season), we figure the Bolts should be disrupting their offense quite a bit, and Garay will be right in the middle of it all.     

Other to Consider:  Tony McDaniel (DE - MIA)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Craig Dahl (S – STL):  There’s simply no reason this guy should be on any league’s waiver wire at this point.  Some 12-team leagues’ owners may have slept on him, but now’s the time to grab him.  He’s a top DB pick this week and those in dynasty formats don’t have to worry:  he has a good chance be solid in 2011 and beyond. 

Dwight Lowery/Brodney Pool (S – NYJ):  Lowery is actually a CB, but has been forced to start at SS for the Jets, who have lost Jim Leonhard and Eric Smith at that position.  Both Lowery and Pool are solid sleepers this week against the Bears.   

Other to Consider:  Brent Grimes (CB - ATL)

Week 15 Results

LINEBACKERS
Takeo Spikes (SFO): Spikes is on a roll, and contributed to The Huddle’s loss in the SOFA IDP league.  Thanks, Takeo!
Cameron Wake (MIA):  Hmph, a fine time to have a stinker of a game against a cupcake.  Still, Wake shouldn’t be on waiver wires.  He has 14 sacks and should feast on the Lions this week. 
Mike Peterson (ATL): Darnit Mike, why you gotta be like that?  You looked like your spry ole self for the past two weeks prior to this, and then nothing!  We know you’ll be important against the Saints this week, but we’re wary of starting you. 

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Israel Idonije (DE – CHI):  Nice game for the Bear DE.  Got his eighth sack of the season and a healthy four solos.  Should be good for the final two Bear contests too.        
Roy Miller (DT – TBB):  Hard to predict DT points.  Miller just doesn’t get to the opposing QB. 
Brett Keisel (DE - PIT):  Had four assists and a pair of pass breakups last week.  Good, active numbers that you like seeing out of a DE.  As mentioned above, his matchup’s swee this week. 

DEFENSIVE BACKS
Gerald Sensabaugh (S – DAL):  Solid overall game for the Cowboy safety who has a nice string of double-digit outings.  He’s dealing with a concussion so it’s best you leave him be for the remainder of the season, though.    
Alterraun Verner (CB – TEN):  Racked up a season/career high six assisted tackles and picked off Matt Schaub last week.  He’s having an excellent season, and further proves the “rookie CB opposite stud” theory.  With Cortland Finnegan locking down on the other edge, Verner is having an outstanding fantasy season. 
Dimitri Patterson (CB - PHI):  Solid outing for Patterson, getting a season/career high three pass defenses, and chipping in with a season-high-tying six solos.  One to watch in 2011 for sure.

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