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IDP Sleeper Report - Week 8
Darin Tietgen
October 25, 2006

LINEBACKERS

Scott Shanle (NO):  Shanle has yet to post anything less than 10 fantasy points in a week so far this season.  Here in Week 8, the Saints face a Raven team that will be starting a groggy Steve McNair or Kyle Boller.  Either way, the Saint linebacking corps should have opportunities at making some plays.

Ahmad Brooks (CIN):  Brooks deserves a second week on this list, as could potentially start in the middle for the Bengals with Brian Simmons nursing a neck injury.  No need to rush Simmons back with Brooks playing well (35 fantasy points over past two weeks).  Brooks could be busy chasing down Mike Vick and Warrick Dunn on Sunday.

Demarcus Ware (DAL):  Ware is starting to play up to his potential, although he does disappear in some games. Carolina QB Jake Delhomme was hurried six times and sacked three times against the Bengals this past week.  Figure Ware and the Cowboy line will do similar damage.

Others to Consider:  Marques Harris (SD) and Kendrell Bell (KC)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Bryan Thomas (DE – NYJ):  Thomas has shown he can have a big game (16 points Week 5, 18 points Week 6) and has even shown some consistency (a serviceable 9 points Week 7).  Brown QB Charlie Frye was sacked five times last week.  The Jets should get to him here in Week 8.

Dewayne Robertson (DT – NYJ):  I hate to recommend two Jet linemen, but the matchup is rather cherry, and Robertson has put up scores of 9, 9 and 15 fantasy points over the past three weeks.  He got a sack last week and should repeat that here this week.

Others to Consider:  Mark Anderson (DE – CHI) and Jimmy Kennedy (DT – STL)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Greg Wesley (S – KC):  Wesley is by far the best defensive back sleeper this week.  He’s been consistently good for the past three weeks, and will face passes from backup QB Seneca Wallace and runs from backup RB Maurice Morris.  Could be a nice week for the Chief defenders.

Anthony Henry (CB – DAL):  Henry has been on fire for the past month.  He could remain hot against rookie QB Bruce Gradkowski, who somehow avoided throwing interceptions against the Eagles.  Probably won’t happen two weeks in a row.

Antoine Bethea (S – IND):  A bonus/injury-related recommendation for you.  Bethea now steps in as the full-time starter and most productive Colt DB with Mike Doss on IR and Bob Sanders still nursing an injury.

Others to Consider:  Jason Webster (CB – ATL) and Mike Minter (S – CAR)

WEEK 7 REPORT CARD

LINEBACKERS

Brandon Short (NYG):  4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (9 fantasy points).  Not a huge game, but he did match super MLB Antonio Pierce’s tackling.  Recommendation:  Short is a nice “short” time add to fill in during bye weeks or if you’re hurting at the LB spot.

Napoleon Harris (MIN):  2 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 0.5 sack, 1 pass defensed (9 fp).  Fellow LB E.J. Henderson stole the show, but Harris at least posted respectable stats against the defending NFC champs.  Recommendation:  Only pick him up in the deepest of leagues in the most dire of circumstances. 

Victor Hobson (NYJ):  4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (10 fp).  In a pinch, 10 fantasy points could have helped.  Can’t expect huge games from an OLB in a 3-4 alongside Jonathan Vilma.  Recommendation:  Not worthy of a spot.

Caleb Miller (CIN):  3 solo tackles. 6 assisted tackles (12 fp).  Hey at least he hit double digits.  The six helper tackles means he’s getting in on plays.  If he keeps it up, he could prove to be a nice pickup.  Recommendation:  Keep your eye on him.

Ahmad Brooks (CIN):  3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass defensed (12 fp).  He’s got the talent, now he’s got the position (MLB).  Expect those tackles to rise.  Recommendation:  Add him in deeper leagues; keep your eye on him in others. 

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Tamba Hali (DE – KC):  2 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery (9 fp).  Despite the low tackle totals, Hali posted another solid set of fantasy stats here this week.  Add him.  Recommendation:  Hali is making a name for himself in KC.  He should be added in all leagues where available, especially with the lack of depth at the position this season.             

Darwin Walker (DT – PHI):  3 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass defensed (9.5 fp).  Pretty nice numbers for a defensive tackle.  In leagues where you must start DTs, this would have been a nice fill-in.  Recommendation:  Will remain a nice spot starter or injury filler. 

Kendrick Clancy (DT - ARI):  Clancy was ruled inactive for this game.  His sore ankle kept him out this past week, but expect him back here in Week 8.  He could prove to be a nice spot fill-in  in leagues which require DT starters.

Tyler Brayton (DE – OAK):  2 solo tackles (4 fp).  Brayton played this game as a sub, and had a sub-par effort.  Recommendation:  Only a one-week recommendation so leave him be. 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Ko Simpson (S – BUF):  3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (7 fp).  We’ve come to expect more out of the rookie, but alas, he is a rookie.  Expect some big games down the road.  Recommendation:  He has the skills to put up numbers, so keep your eyes peeled. 

Lito Sheppard (CB – PHI):  2 solo tackles (4 fp).  Perhaps Sheppard was still tired from Week 5’s marathon INT returns.  Either way, a bland effort from the Eagle CB.  Recommendation:  Leave him be until he shows consistency. 

Marlon McCree (S – SD):  4 solo tackles (8 fp).  If McCree starts tackling with regularity, the big plays will com.  Recommendation:  Could be a nice fill-in, especially with all the injuries to the Bolt front seven. 

Drayton Florence (CB – SD):  2 assisted tackles (2 fp).  Horrible.  After posting a few weeks’ worth of nice numbers, Florence decided to take this week off.  At least from scoring fantasy points.  Recommendation:  The Bolt corners may not be tested as much with their front seven hurt. Leave him stewing on the wire.

Travares Tillman (S – MIA):  4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 pass defensed (11.5 fp).  Not bad for a corner.  He led all Fin DBs in tackles.  Recommendation:  Just a matchup-based add this week, but do keep an eye on him in deep leagues.