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IDP Sleeper Report - Week 7
Darin Tietgen
October 18, 2006

Linebacker

Brandon Short (NYG):  Short posted a monstrous 23 points last week after a serviceable 14 the week previous.  This week, the G-men travel to Big D for a huge game against the Cowboys who will mix in both Julius Jones and Marion Barber. 

Napoleon Harris (MIN):  Bye weeks have thinned out the potential sleeper pool somewhat, so Harris becomes a deeper recommendation.  He’s posted games of 11 and 12 fantasy points before his bye, and the Vikings face a Shaun Alexander-less Seahawk team this week. 

Victor Hobson (NYJ):  Hobson has posted a couple of solid efforts over the past three weeks and will look to control the balanced Lion offense. 

Others to Consider:  Caleb Miller and Ahmad Brooks (CIN)

Defensive Linemen

Tamba Hali (DE – KC):  Well, this guy is on the waiver wire in The Huddle’s IDP expert league, so by my own self-imposed rules on who is eligible here, he should be on this list and highly recommended.  Games of 11, 11 and 22 points over his past three should tell you enough.  He’s a solid add in all leagues. 

Darwin Walker (DT – PHI):  In an effort to bring you at least one DE and one DT per week, I present Darwin Walker, two weeks removed from a huge 22 point effort.  He should be able to get to rookie QB Bruce Gradkowski in a big NFC matchup.

Others to Consider:  Kendrick Clancy (DT - ARI), Tyler Brayton (DE – OAK)

Defensive Backs

Ko Simpson (S – BUF):  The rookie from South Carolina is starting, and making the most of it.  33 points over the past two weeks is not bad at all.  He and the Bills face a Patriot team with a receiving corps still figuring out who is who. 

Lito Sheppard (CB – PHI): Maybe that huge 38-point game was all Sheppard needed to jump-start his season.  He followed that up with a decent 14-point affair.    Sheppard could easily snare a Gradkowski miscue this week.

Marlon McCree (S – SD):  McCree was a big pickup for the Bolts, coming over from Carolina where he had a huge ’05 campaign.  He’s been a fantasy nobody so far this year, but is coming on stronger, posting double digits the past two weeks.  Chief QB Damon Huard will not set the world afire, so expect McCree and the rest of the Bolt secondary to get chances. 

Others to Consider:  Drayton Florence (CB – SD), Travares Tillman (S – MIA) 

Week 6 Report Card

Linebackers

DeMarcus Ware (DAL) – 2 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (6 fantasy points).  The Cowboys manhandled the Texans.  No surprise there.  What was surprising, though, was the Texans did not allow one sack.  Recommendation:  Only a spot add against teams that give up sacks. 

Karlos Dansby (ARI) – 4 solo tackles (8 fp).  The Bears did not run the ball as much as expected.  Therefore, Dansby wasn’t as active as we all thought he’d be.  Recommendation:  He was a top 25 linebacker before the season started.  While he won’t finish with top 25 numbers, he could provide depth for your fantasy squad.

Clark Haggans (PIT) – 1 solo tackle, 2 assisted tackles, 1 pass defensed (5.5 fp).  Troy Polamalu hogged all the solos (9).  Complete domination by the defending champs meant fewer opportunities.  Recommendation:  Only a spot add against weaker teams. 

Shaun Phillips (SD) – 4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 2 sacks, 1 pass defensed, 1 forced fumble (18.5 fp).  Nice game for Phillips.  He registered two of the five sacks by the aggressive Bolts’ D.  Recommendation:  A must-add in leagues that offer bigger numbers for sacks.  A solid add in all other leagues.

Dhani Jones (PHI) – 5 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (12 fp).  Not a bad game for Jones assuming he’s a strong sider.  Recommendation:  Consider picking him up if you’re thin at LB.  Even then, he’s just a bye week or injury filler. 

Defensive Linemen

Greg Ellis (DE - DAL) – 1 INT, 1 pass defensed (4.5 fp).  As detailed above, the Texans gave up no sacks to the Cowboys.  Fortunately, Ellis was able to snare a David Carr pass.  Recommendation:  If thin at DE, Ellis is worth a look, especially if he’s on a hot sack streak.

Mark Anderson (DE - CHI) – 2 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble (9 fp).  With Adewale Ogunleye out, the rookie Anderson stepped in and caused havoc.  Recommendation:  Already gone in dynasty leagues, most likely.  Keep an eye on him in other IDP leagues, especially if Ogunleye misses more time. 

Jamal Williams (DT - SD) – Zip, zero, nada.  A week after posting huge numbers, Williams decided to simply eat up space and let his cohorts make all the plays.  Recommendation:  Worth a look in leagues that require DTs.

Dewayne Robertson (DT – NYJ) – 4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (9 fp).  Not bad numbers from a tackle.  Recommendation:  Like Williams, he’s worth a look in leagues that require you play DTs.

Ebenezer Ekuban (DE – DEN) – 5 solo tackles (10 fp).  Missed out on getting to Raider QB Andrew Walter, but did register the second most solos on the Bronco defense.  Recommendation:  This was a matchup-based add only. 

Defensive Backs

Ryan Clark (S – PIT) – 2 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (6 fp).  It’s Troy Polamalu’s world, we’re just livin’ it in.  Recommendation:  Clark could heat up at any moment.  In deep leagues, keep an eye on him. 

Lewis Sanders (CB – DAL) – 2 solo tackles (4 fp).  Surprisingly, not much action for Sanders despite shadowing WR Terry Glenn.  Recommendation:  Leave him on your wire.

Sammy Knight (S – KC) – 4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (9 fp).  Somewhat bland numbers for Knight considering their D was on the field a bit.  Recommendation:  The veteran could heat up so keep an eye out. 

Anthony Henry (CB – DAL) – 8 solo tackles, 1 INT (19 fp).  Nice game for Henry.  Led the team in tackles and snared a David Carr miscued pass.  Recommendation:  Could be worth a look in leagues that require you start CBs. 

Travares Tillman (S – MIA) – 3 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (7.5 fp).  Not earth-shattering numbers, but serviceable.  Recommendation:  Expect serviceable numbers from Tillman, so he’s an alright add in deep leagues where you’re thin at DB.