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.
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.
London Fletcher (WAS): Only the terrific Niner duo of Bowman and Willis have been hotter over the past month. The old man continues to rack up tackles, and with their offense struggling mightily, the trend will likely continue.
Kevin Burnett (MIA): The Dolphin LB has really heated up over the past month’s worth of games and has a pretty solid schedule remaining. If he’s been on your bench, it’s certainly time to activate him unless you’re incredibly stacked at linebacker.
Jeremy Mincey (DE – JAC): Could it be that the Jaguars actually have some semblance of a pass rush? Mincey has 4.5 sacks on the season and is a decent bet to build on that number in the coming weeks.
Ahtyba Rubin (DT – CLE): The hottest DT in the past month and he’s got a fantastic remaining schedule. If your league starts DT (or even if it doesn’t), he’s worthy of starting from here on out.
Roman Harper (S – NOS): Harper leads the NFL in sacks by a defensive back. The veteran lays the wood every week and he’s got 18 solos in the past two contests. With opposing offenses having to throw to keep up with the Saint juggernaut, Harper is making the big plays that count in fantasy football.
Earl Thomas (S – SEA): Kam Chancellor has busted out in the 2011 season, but Thomas has been putting up respectable and more importantly, consistent fantasy numbers all season. He should have the opportunity to make some big plays in the coming weeks.
Digging For Sleepers
These players will be typical free agents in 12 to 16 IDP leagues and should be targeted.
Kamerion Wimbley (OAK): Wimbley’s coming off a four (yes four) sack game against the Bolts, and let’s look at the upcoming schedule (@MIN, vs. CHI and @MIA). He could rack up four more sacks in those games.
Jo-Lonn Dunbar (NOS): He’s been adequate in the stead of Jonathan Vilma, who is recovering from knee surgery. His ceiling is a bit limited (right around 5 solos per game) but if you’re hurting at LB and need consistent points, Dunbar’s your man. Grab him this week and stash him for the stretch run.
Jonathan Casillas (NOS) Whereas Dunbar’s probably good for 10-15 fantasy points per game, Casillas offers the risk-reward. He’s picked up some of the slack that Vilma had produced. Like Dunbar, he’s worth grabbing this week and stashing once the Saints return from their bye week.
Lawrence Jackson (DE – DET): Once a sure-fire prospect for the Seahawks, Jackson has slowly come around as a good pass rush option for the aggressive Lions defense. He only has 15 solo tackles on the season, but he could provide 4 or 5 more sacks as the season rounds out.
Brian Price (DT – TBB): Bit of a deeper grab here, but with Gerald McCoy out, the Bucs will explore other options on the inside of their line. They did sign Albert Haynesworth, but if the second-year pro out of UCLA puts up 5 solos and a sack every week, they won’t even need him.
David Caldwell (S – IND): Antoine Bethea is putting up very good fantasy numbers, but there’s plenty of opportunities to go around for the Colt defensive backfield. The rookie is racking up the tackles for this defense, which will be spending plenty of time on the field.
Terence Newman (CB – DAL): If the Cowboys can get up on teams quickly, their opportunistic corners can make some plays on badly thrown balls. Newman should have plenty of those opportunities in the coming weeks.
Digging Even Deeper
Here you will find "one injury away" players, or those worth a look in very deep leagues.
Linebackers: Perry Riley (WAS), Adam Hayward (TBB)
Defensive Linemen: Matt Roth (DE – JAC), Terrell McClain (DT – CAR)
Defensive Backs: Kendrick Lewis (S – KCC), Asante Samuel (CB – PHI)
Week 10 Report Card
Let’s take a quick look to see how our Week 10 sleepers performed. They may or may not still be worthy of an add.
Philip Wheeler (IND): Let him stew on the wire another week or two but he’ll perhaps serve as an injury fill-in for your fantasy team in the weeks following.
Larry Foote (PIT): Foote headed back to the bench with the injured Steeler LBs coming back. He’s worthy of watching if one of them go down again.
Keith Brooking (DAL) Lee was back, but struggled. Between Lee and Brooking you actually had a solid stat line.
Jason Jones (DE – TEN): Got himself a sack this week but only two solos. Worth watching.
Antonio Garay (DT – SDC): Garay does put up decent tackle numbers for a DT. Worth watching in leagues that start DT.
Ryan Clark (S – PIT): Another steady, double-digit effort for Clark. Worth adding in deeper formats if you want to assure yourself of 12-15 points.
Tramon Williams (CB – GBP): Stats were incomplete as of press time, but he’s definitely worthy of watching in deep formats or those that start CB.