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IDP Sleeper Report - Week 10
Darin Tietgen
November 9, 2005

Week 10 presents some issues for IDP team owners, especially LB-wise. Cincinnati, Tennessee, San Diego and New Orleans are on bye, which certainly dilutes the IDP talent pool. Hopefully you’re able to battle through the vast amount of injuries, and of course the bye weeks. And hopefully the following sleepers will help you scratch out a win as we draw closer to the fantasy playoffs.

This Week’s Sleepers

Linebackers

Channing Crowder (MIA) – Linebacker out of Florida. Good enough. Keeps going out and scoring in double digits, fantasy-wise. The Colt LBs posted decent numbers last Monday night; expect Crowder and super-stud LB Zach Thomas to post good numbers on Sunday.

Chaun Thompson (CLE) – Has posted double-digit fantasy points in each of the past three weeks’ games, and faces a Pittsburgh Steeler team which will start Charlie Batch at QB and most likely Duce Staley at RB. Thompson and the rest of the Brown tacklers could be busy.

Reggie Torbor (NYG) – I picked a general no-name Giant LB last week and it didn’t turn out too great. This week, I’ll try again. Torbor had 17 fantasy points last week, and if he can duplicate those numbers, he’d be a solid fill-in for those that are losing LBs like Odell Thurman, Donnie Edwards and Keith Bulluck to bye weeks this week.

Others to consider: Dexter Coakley (STL), Ryan Nece (TB), Paris Lenon (GB)

Defensive Line

Kalimba Edwards (DET) – OK, so I just wanted to type the name “Kalimba”. But really, he’s had some decent games this season. 17 points last week. The Kitties face the Cardinals. You know what cats do to birds, don’t you?

Raheem Brock (IND) – Not sure if this guy classifies as a sleeper, but if by chance he’s available in your league (as he is in The Huddle’s IDP Expert League), now’s the time to get him. He had big numbers last year, as opposing offensive lines spend most of their energy trying to stop DE Dwight Freeney. Oh yeah, in case you missed it, the Colts face the Houston Texans.

Shaun Cody (DET) – I normally shy away from suggesting DTs as sleepers, as the big points from DL guys are from sacks, and tackles don’t always have the advantage in getting to the QB. In this case, Cody has played well the past two weeks, and as noted above, they play the Cardinals, who will give up some sacks.

Others to consider: Philip Daniels (WAS), Tank Johnson (CHI), Chad Lavalais (ATL)

Defensive Backs

Ryan Clark (WAS) – The Redskin coaching staff absolutely rave about this guy, and he puts up numbers. Get him in your roster this week if you’re thin at DB.

Marlon McCree (CAR) – The leader of the Panther secondary has had some big games this season. All signs point to him having another outstanding effort against the hapless Jets, who will be forced to throw to keep up with the Panthers. Oh, and Brooks Bollinger will be doing the throwing for the Green Machine. Yikes.

Marquand Manuel (SEA) – Should be the hot pickup of the week. With Ken “The Hammer” Hamlin recovering from a non-football injury, Manuel has stepped in and is an absolute tackling machine. This week, the Seahawks face the pass-happy Rams (well, not as pass-happy as they were with Mike Martz). With Marc Bulger back, the Rams will try and test the Seahawk secondary.

Others to consider: Nathan Vasher and Chris Harris (CHI), Jermaine Phillips

Last Week’s Sleepers – Report Card

Linebackers

Rosevelt Colvin (NE)

The Fat: 6 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles

The Skinny: Colvin, Bruschi and Vrabel were tackling machines against the Colts. As I’ve stated before, it’s difficult picking which Patriot LB is going to have a big game, but in a bind, you could do worse than plugging one of these guys in.

Nick Greisen (NYG)

The Fat: 2 solo tackles

The Skinny: LBs Torbor and Pierce were the tackling studs, not Greisen. Keep your eye on this guy as an injury replacement; he has skills.

Larry Foote (PIT)

The Fat: 10 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle.

The Skinny: With apologies to ESPN’s Stu Scott… BOOYAH! Like with Patriot LBs, it’s quite difficult picking which Steeler LB is going to have a standout game (except Farrior). Well, Farrior was out for a portion of the game, and Foote stepped his game up and put up monster numbers. If Farrior is out for an extended period of time, Foote is worth a look. Even if he’s not, Foote is a solid bench or 3 rd LB in most leagues.

Keith Adams (PHI)

The Fat: 5 solo tackles

The Skinny: In a pinch, you could have done much worse than 10 fantasy points. Adams had a nice second half with 4 of his 5 solos.

Tommy Polley (BAL)

The Fat: 6 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 1 pass defensed

The Skinny: Stepping in for the injured Ray Lewis, Polley had a Lewis-like outing. If the stud LB is out for any more time, look for Polley to continue with these kinds of games.

D.D. Lewis (SEA)

The Fat: Bzzzzzzt…

The Skinny: The Seahawks deactivated Lewis for this game due to injury.

Defensive Line

Eric Hicks (KC)

The Fat: 3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle

The Skinny: Ah well, you roll the dice, sometimes they don’t come up with the right number. I figured the Raider line would focus on stud Chief DE Jared Allen (which they did) and Hicks would be able to roam free. No such luck, no sacks for Hicks.

Aaron Kampman (GB)

The Fat: 3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle

The Skinny: Pretty bland numbers from a guy that was supposed to be a borderline first tier DE. More like a second-tier guy… playing like a 3 rd or 4 th tier guy.

Greg Spires (TB)

The Fat: 2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle

The Skinny: Darn, picked the wrong Buc DE not named Rice to get a sack. The Buc D continues to play solid football. Check the box scores each week to see if you can land yourself a sleeper to occupy your bench or spot start.

Jacques Cesaire (SD)

The Fat: 2 solo tackles

The Skinny: Cesaire has been playing pretty good football, but didn’t get the start on Sunday and didn’t log a sack, as I had guessed/hoped he would.

Ted Washington (OAK)

The Fat: 2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle

The Skinny: The big man in the middle wasn’t able to get to the QB on Sunday.

Derrick Burgess (OAK)

The Fat: 1 solo tackle, 1 fumble recovery

The Skinny: I really thought Burgess AND Washington would get to the QB. Turns out it was the OTHER Raider DE, Tommy Kelly. 3 times, actually.

Defensive Backs

Josh Bullocks (NO)

The Fat: 3 solo tackles

The Skinny: Not what we’ve come to expect from the rookie safety, at least from the past several weeks. The Saints’ D will be on the field plenty for the final half of the season. Don’t be afraid to plug Bullocks in if you’re hurting at DB.

Leigh Bodden (CLE)

The Fat: 2 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles

The Skinny: Titan QB Steve McNair, as expected, threw the ball a ton (41 times; thereby giving Bodden and the other Brown DBs plenty of opportunities), but he only completed 18, thereby limited his tackling opportunities.

Jarrod Cooper (OAK)

The Fat: 3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 pass defensed

The Skinny: Not horrible numbers, I just expected more. If this guy’s available in your league and you’re thin at DB, give him a shot.

Stuart Schweigert (OAK)

The Fat: 4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 pass defensed.

The Skinny: See above.

Will Allen (TB)

The Fat: 1 solo tackle

The Skinny: Can’t put up huge fantasy stats from the DB position when the opposing QB only throws the ball 18 times.

Brent Alexander (NYG)

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

The Skinny: The tackle totals are unimpressive, but at least he logged the lone Giant INT.

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).