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IDP Free Agent Report: Week 9
Darin Tietgen
November 1, 2011
 

Welcome to another year of fantasy football, IDP-style. This new free agent report will help you identify players that you can add to your team that can give you immediate help or increase the strength of your bench.

Who's Hot

Here we’ll take a look at players that are heating things up on defense and can bring your fantasy team some immediate help for those playing in “play one” type IDP leagues. These players are typically must-starts in standard IDP leagues.

Linebackers

London Fletcher (WAS):  He may be 36 years old, but he’s still gobbling up tackles like he was 26. Even battling a hamstring issue, Fletcher had a huge Week 8 and should find similar success in each of the next couple of weeks.    

Brandon Spikes (NEP):  Even with Jerod Mayo slowly working his way back into an every down role, Spikes should continue to see enough opportunities to put up good stats.  That said, Spikes’ value is probably higher now than ever and is good trade bait at this point. 

Defensive Line

Calais Campbell (DE – ARI):  He hasn’t exploded as much as we thought he might this season, but there are some opponents on the schedule that may get him kick-started, fantasy production-wise.  We like his chances at 4-5 solos and a sack this week. 

Haloti Ngata (DT – BAL):  Several defensive tackles have made their way into fantasy relevance this season but one who’s been there for a couple years now is Ngata.  The often-sacked Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers are on the docket this week, so potentially a good week for Ngata. 

Defensive Backs

Charlie Peprah (S – GB):  Once Nick Collins was out for the season, Peprah has stepped right in and has produced.  We love the Week 9 matchup against the Bolts.  Could be a huge game for the Packer strong safety.

Jason McCourty (CB – TEN):  No corner has been hotter over the past month, and only the smokin’ hot George Wilson has averaged more in terms of DB over that time period.  The Titans’ remaining schedule bodes well for McCourty’s continued success.     

Digging For Sleepers

These players will be typical free agents in 12 to 16 IDP leagues and should be targeted.

Linebackers

Mathias Kiwanuka (NYG):  Even with Jason Pierre-Paul busting out, Osi Umenyiora somewhat healthy and Justin Tuck back in the lineup, Kiwanuka finds ways to make plays and put fantasy points up.  If nothing else, you should stash him in case one of their “big three” go down, since he could slide right in at an end spot. 

Jarrett Johnson (BAL):  This guy finds his way onto our sleeper lists just about every year.  His production is hard to predict, but he will have a few solid efforts every now and then.  If you’re in a bye week pinch and can’t seem to fill a LB spot, you could do much worse.   

Sam Acho (ARI):  Last week we mentioned the vet Clark Haggans, but now we’ll shift gears after the Cardinal coaching staff praised Acho after his second solid effort in a row.  The ex-Longhorn has a chance at becoming an important part of the Cardinal linebacking crew.

Defensive Line

Brett Keisel (DE – PIT):  It’s hard to rely on Steeler DLs but Keisel has been a decent bye week filler for a few years now.  There are some favorable matchups down the stretch so if you need some depth, Keisel should be a candidate.       

Corey Peters (DT – ATL):  Peters was a hot add in deeper dynasty formats after Week 7’s performance.  He is a huge upgrade to the Falcons’ pass rush and will be a formidable force this week against the Colts.   

Defensive Backs

Steve Gregory (S – SDC):  The Bolt safety has 12 solos in his past two outings and has a very favorable Week 9 matchup.  If you’re in a pinch at DB, Gregory is a safe bet to get you 12-15 points.      

Corey Webster (CB – NYG):  By no means is he putting up Terrell Thomas kind of numbers, but he’s been pretty solid for the Giants.  He’s got a cherry matchup this week; one that you’d like to exploit if you need some punch in your defensive backfield.    

Digging Even Deeper

Here you will find "one injury away" players, or those worth a look in very deep leagues.

Linebackers:  Gerald McRath (TEN), Connor Barwin (HOU)

Defensive Linemen:  Marcus Spears (DE – DAL), Frank Okam (DT – TBB)

Defensive Backs: Jon McGraw (S – KCC), Stanford Routt (CB – OAK)

Week 8 Report Card

Let’s take a quick look to see how our Week 8 sleepers performed.  They may or may not still be worthy of an add.

Linebackers
Chris Chamberlain (STL): 
It was a complete shock that the Rams handled the Saints the way they did.  Had things gone as expected, Chamberlain would have had more than just four solos. 
Gary Guyton (NEP):  Had a solid stat line minus solo tackles.  With Jerod Mayo working back slowly, it’s been Brandon Spikes that has really taken over.   
Clark Haggans (ARI):  Shift your focus to the younger Cardinal LBs like Sam Acho.     

Defensive Line
Lawrence Jackson (DE – DET):  Yahtzee of the week.  15 points in typical scoring formats, including a pair of sacks.  A good bye week filler for sure.       
Brandon Mebane (DT – SEA):  Meh, Mebane does have some value but it’s spotty at best.   

Defensive Backs
Ryan Clark (S – PIT):  If you want 12-15 fantasy points just about every week, Clark is your guy.  Don’t expect monster games but the 5-point stinkers aren’t common either.       
Terrence McGee (CB – BUF):  We figured the veteran would back up his huge Week 6 with another solid effort but basically laid an egg against the Skins.  Don’t sleep on McGee, though.  He could put up pretty good numbers given the right matchup.


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