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IDP Sleeper Report - Week 9
Darin Tietgen
November 2, 2005

Yeah, more NFL injuries causing absolute havoc for fantasy owners and NFL teams alike. What the heck is going on? Nothing major to report injury-wise on the defensive side of the ball, but do take note that many IDPers have bumps and bruises that may affect their play. Additionally, with the loss of key offensive players comes more time spent on the field for many IDPers. Enjoy Week 9, fellow Huddlers!

This Week’s Sleepers

Linebackers

Rosevelt Colvin (NE) – It’s very difficult to pick which Patriot LB is going to have big stats week to week. Mike Vrabel’s always a good pick. Tedy Bruschi is back. Colvin is coming off a big week against the Bills, and we all know how pumped up the Pats will be against the Colts on MNF. Colvin and friends will be busy stopping Edge in both the run and pass attack.

Nick Greisen (NYG) – Coming off back-to-back weeks of 10-point fantasy weeks*, and had a big 21-point effort in Week 6. The G-men face a Niner team forced to start a 4 th string QB who has more bull-riding experience than NFL experience. Not a good sign for the Niners.

Larry Foote (PIT) – Similar to the LB situation in New England, it’s somewhat difficult to tag which Steeler LB (outside of James Farrior) is going to put up fantasy-worthy stats. Well, for the past few weeks, it’s been Foote. The Steelers face a struggling Packer team come Sunday, and Foote will be flying all over the field yet again.

Others to consider: Keith Adams (PHI), Tommy Polley (BAL), D.D. Lewis (SEA)

Defensive Line

Eric Hicks (KC) – With the attention of opposing O-lines being focused on stud DE Jared Allen, the veteran Hicks should see nothing but singular blocking. Hicks is coming off back-to-back double-digit fantasy scoring weeks, and the Chiefs face their rivals from the Bay Area. Gonna be a battle in the trenches for sure.

Aaron Kampman (GB) – I recommended this guy to a buddy in one of my IDP leagues, as his team had been bitten by the injury and bye week bugs. He responded with 11 fantasy points, and the week before scoring 12. The Packers defense is going to have to play a near-perfect game to stay somewhat close to the Steelers this week. Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger thinks he’s faster and more mobile than he really is, so this could be a good opportunity for Kampman to log a couple sacks and several tackles in stopping both the Bus and FWP. On top of it, Big Ben is hampered by a knee injury and may not even play. His replacement, Tommy Maddox, is even more sackable.

Greg Spires (TB) – Bit of a deeper sleeper here, for those with serious issues at DL. With fellow DE Simeon Rice sitting in the corner with a dunce cap on last week, Spires racked up 11 fantasy points. Prior to their bye week, Spires logged 10 points. This week, the Panthers, with a decent rushing attack, come to Florida for an important NFC battle. The Bucs will be pumped up for this one, after losing to the doormats-to-be Niners last week.

Others to consider: Jacques Cesaire (SD), Ted Washington (KC), Derrick Burgess (OAK)

Defensive Backs

Josh Bullocks (NO) – Oops. Accidentally put this guy in the section for DL last week. He actually came through though, with 7 solos, an assisted tackle and 1 pass defensed. He’s coming off three straight weeks with double-digit fantasy scoring. Fellow rookie, QB Kyle Orton, has been steady for the Bears, but something tells me Orton is going to throw a couple of picks come Sunday. Look for Bullocks to grab one.

Leigh Bodden (CLE) – Wow, where’d this guy come from? Well, he’s subbing in for injured CB Gary Baxter. If Baxter is again out, look for Bodden to excel once more. The Titans will be throwing on Cleveland all day, and Bodden will only have to cover 4 th-string rookie WRs. Nice.

Jarrod Cooper (OAK) – Aw, c’mon, this one’s a gimme. Oakland SS Derrick Gibson is out, Cooper steps in and has a monster of a game. Now he faces one of the high-flying offenses in the NFL, the Chiefs. Think Cooper and the rest of the Raider DBs are gonna be busy?

Others to consider: Stuart Schweigert (OAK), Will Allen (TB), Brent Alexander (NYG)

Last Week’s Sleepers – Report Card

Linebackers

Boss Bailey (DET)

The Fat: 1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle, 2 passes defensed

The Skinny: Very disappointed with Bailey’s tackle totals. Fellow LB Earl Holmes was the tackling star for the Lions last week. 2 passes defensed is nice, though. Turn those tips into INTs, Boss!

Dashon Polk (HOU)

The Fat: 7 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles

The Skinny: Take note, this guy’s playing pretty well. As we all know, Houston’s offense is terrible. Thus, their defense will be on the field plenty. To boot, their defense is not very good, so opposing offenses will move the ball with ease. That means tackling machines like Polk could rack up big numbers.

Shawne Merriman (SD)

The Fat: 4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble

The Skinny: Welcome to the NFL, rookie. Finally playing up to his potential. If he’s still on your league’s waiver wire and you have the room, pick him up. He’ll continue to get sacks and post modest tackle numbers for the remainder of the season.

Keith Newman (MIN)

The Fat: 1 solo tackle, 3 assisted tackles

The Skinny: Pretty bland numbers for the Viking LB. Take note, however, that Viking QB Daunte Culpepper is out for the season (just in case you haven’t heard) and the Viking defense may see themselves on the field even MORE now.

Dexter Coakley (STL)

The Fat: 2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle

The Skinny: Oops, picked the wrong crotchety Ram LB. Fellow LB Chris Claiborne had a monsterous game: 6 solos, a half sack, and a forced fumble. Coakley stunk it up.

Robert Thomas (GB)

The Fat: 1 solo tackle

The Skinny: Seriously? One tackle? ONE? Nick Barnett appears to be the only startable Packer LB. What a joke.

Defensive Line

Jared Devries (DET)

The Fat: Bzzzzzzzzt

The Skinny: Devries didn’t get as much playing time as he had been getting in the past few weeks. We’ll revisit Devries in later IDP Sleeper Reports, as he’ll have his solid outings where he gets a sack or 2.

Duane Clemons (CIN)

The Fat: 2 solo tackles, 1 sack

The Skinny: Obviously not spectacular tackle numbers, but he did get the Bengals’ lone sack.

Marcus Spears (DAL)

The Fat: 2 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles

The Skinny: OK, a little sign of life from the rookie. At least he out-tackled fellow stud-to-be rookie DeMarcus Ware.

Simeon Rice (TB)

The Fat: Bzzzzzzzt

The Skinny: The Bucs sent Rice home prior to their upset loss to the Niners for disciplinary reasons. Whatever.

Reggie Hayward (JAC)

The Fat: 2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 pass defensed

The Skinny: If you actually watched this game, you saw Hayward all over the field, disrupting the Rams’ pass and run game. Keep an eye on the big D-lineman.

Defensive Backs

Mike Furrey (STL)

The Fat: 5 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 INT/pass defensed, 1 fumble recovery

The Skinny: The converted WR continues to post solid numbers for the Rams. He’s worth a look in most leagues.

Kevin Kaesviharn (CIN)

The Fat: 8 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles

The Skinny: I’d say “booya” or “Yahtzee!” or something like that, but this guy was a borderline sleeper to begin with. Time to make him a weekly starter in most leagues, though.

Mark Roman (GB)

The Fat: 7 solo tackles

The Skinny: Led the Packers in tackles in the first half last week with 6. Only finished with 7.

Bhawoh Jue (SD)

The Fat: 4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle

The Skinny: Decent numbers for the Bolt FS. Bolt CB Sammy Davis racked up a monsterous number of solos.

Nnamdi Asomugha (OAK)

The Fat: 1 assisted tackle, 3 passes defensed

The Skinny: Good news/bad news. Good news is that opposing QBs are obviously going to continue to test the Raider DB, giving him opportunities at picks and passes defensed… and even tackles. Bad news? He only had one assisted tackle last week.

Nick Ferguson (DEN)

The Fat: 1 solo tackle

The Skinny: Wow. One tackle for a SS on a decent defense is a little embarrassing. However, the Broncos didn’t have to tackle much in the first half against the Eagles, as the Eagles’ offense was a complete joke.

Got a comment? Suggestion? Deep sleeper I’m missing or should keep an eye on? Email me at huddledarin@yahoo.com.

* Note: Fantasy scoring used for this column includes forced fumbles or fumble recoveries (3 points), defensive TDs (6 points), interceptions (3 points), passes defensed (1.5 points), tackles (2 points), assisted tackles (1 point), sacks (2 points) and safeties (2 points).