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IDP Deep Sleepers - Week 17
Darin Tietgen
December 29, 2010
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We’ll do things a little different here in the final week of the IDP Deep Sleeper Report.  We’re going to look at some LBs, DLs and DBs that you need to have on your radar in redraft formats next season. More than likely these guys aren’t going to help you this week, as they very well could be on rosters in redraft formats. Check back tomorrow for the “regular” Sleeper Report for some guys that might help you secure a Super Bowl win this week.

LINEBACKERS

Pat Angerer (IND):  His solid play all but cemented him as the MLB of the very near future for the Colts.  Gary Brackett’s play has slipped in the past few years and he once again battled mid-to-late season injuries.  Angerer is most definitely on someone’s squad in dynasty formats, but for those of you in redraft leagues, keep Angerer on your radar.   There’s little chance Brackett plays out his 5-year contract. 

Sean Weatherspoon (ATL):  Both Stephen Nicholas and Mike Peterson are free agents, so the rookie (who looked fantastic when he has healthy) will likely man one of the outside spots for the Falcon D in 2011.   

Philadelphia LBs:  We’ll just say this is certainly a group to watch.  All four of their best LBs are free agents this summer (Bradley, Sims, Jordan and Gaither).  It’ll be interesting to see who signs first, who ends up not signing at all, and then who has the inside edge at the productive spots (MLB and WLB).  A sleeper name to watch is Jamar Cheney, who’s currently the starter at the MLB spot with Bradley once again hurt. 

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Brian Robison / Everson Griffen (DE – MIN):  Ray Edwards was given a one-year tender tag this past summer after a solid 2009 season and playoffs.  His play in 2010 has been lackluster, so there’s a good chance the Vikes will let him walk this summer and let one of these youngsters play opposite Jared Allen. 

Gerald McCoy (DT – TBB):  He may not ever reach the freaky levels Ndamukong Suh will in his career, but he could be a solid DT option as he develops in the Tampa-2 scheme.  He started to show some signs of dominance in the last few games he played in this season.  In leagues that start DT, do not sleep on this guy in your 2011 draft. 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Nate Allen (S – PHI):  The Eagles have been impressed with Quintin Mikell, and he’ll likely be re-signed.  But Allen can play either safety spot and looked good in his rookie season.  So whether he’s at SS (given Mikell gets injured) or at FS, Allen will have some value in 2011. 

Joe Haden (CB – CLE):  Haden, regarded as the best corner of the 2010 draft class, has quietly had a pretty solid fantasy season.  DB will again be an incredible deep position to draft from in 2011, so why not wait and grab a guy like Haden who could really bust out big time in his second year. 

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