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IDP Sleeper Report - Week 9
Darin Tietgen
November 1, 2006

LINEBACKERS

Caleb Miller (CIN):  Perhaps last week’s recommendation, Ahmad Brooks, will have another huge game, but if you want a steadier 12-20 points, Miller’s a better bet.  Even with Brian Simmons back, Miller should get you double digits.

D.J. Williams (DEN):  When the Bronco linebacking trio was assembled (Al Wilson, Ian Gold and Williams), it was thought that Williams had – by far – the most talent and would make the most noise.  Well, so far, Williams has been marginal, but still has a bunch of talent and has showed that it’s ready to burst out.  He has averaged 9.5 fantasy points the past two weeks, and put up 16 fantasy points the week before.  Against a run-first Steeler team, Williams could come up big.

Peter Sirmon (TEN):  Could all three Titan LBs be fantasy worthy?  Well, if their offense stumbles (and against a Jaguar D, this is possible), then they could be on the field plenty.  And against a team that will feature two very different RBs (Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew), the linebackers should be called upon to make plays against the run and short pass.

Others to Consider:  Warrick Holdman (WAS) and Kamerion Wimbley (CLE)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Chris Kelsay (DE – BUF):  Started the season out with a big effort and then cooled off.  Well, that is until his three consecutive double-digit fantasy efforts.  He and fellow DE Aaron Schoebel will be hot on QB Brett Favre’s tail on Sunday. 

Hollis Thomas (DT – NO):  Sandwiched by the Saints’ bye week, Thomas has two 14-point fantasy outings.  Not bad for a defensive tackle.  Rookie QB Bruce Gradkowski could be susceptible to up-the-middle pressure, so Thomas could have another solid game.

Others to Consider:  Elvis Dumervil (DT – KC) and Bryce Fisher (DE – SEA)

DEFENSIVE B ACKS

Terrence Holt (S – DET):  Holt has been on this list before, and has not performed.  Well, he’s coming off a 22-point effort prior to the Lions’ bye week.  He will be important in stopping the multi-level offense of the Falcons. 

Terrence McGee (CB – BUF):  Sticking with the “Terrence” theme, we move on to the McGee version at cornerback.  McGee may be taken in larger leagues, but he could be a viable option from here on out, and especially at home against the gunslinging Brett Favre.
Omar Stoutmire (S – NO):  Stoutmire had a poor showing at home against the Bucs, but has two solid efforts in a row under his belt.  He could provide depth at DB in larger leagues or serve as a decent one-week option. 

Others to Consider:  Corey Webster (CB – NYG) and Darren Sharper (S – MIN)

Week 8 Report Card

LINEBACKERS

Scott Shanle (NO):  5 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles (13 fantasy points).  Another week, another double-digit fantasy scoring game.  Recommendation:  If you’re seeking stability at your third or backup LB spot, you could do far worse than Shanle.

Ahmad Brooks (CIN):  2 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles (9 fp).  At least he’s staying very active in the defensive scheme, evidenced by 5 helper tackles.  After two huge efforts, though, you expected more.  Recommendation:  The hot LB free agents always go fast, so keep your eye on him. 

Demarcus Ware (DAL):  2 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles (7 fp).  Looks like Ware sticks to his every-other-week routine.  Weeks 5 and 7, he goes nuts, Weeks 4, 6 and 8, he is marginal.  Recommendation:  I dunno, maybe pick him up for this week at the Skins?

Marques Harris (SD):  2 solo tackles (4 fp).  With all the injuries to the Bolt LBs, you’d think Harris would have had at least 8 combined tackles. No such luck.  Recommendation:  As LB Shawne Merriman is out for four games, someone will have to step up.  Will it be Harris? 

Kendrell Bell (KC):  4 solo tackles (8 fp).  The Seattle offense did not try and establish the run as many expected.  Thus, Bell was not active.  Recommendation:  Leave him be.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Bryan Thomas (DE – NYJ):  5 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sack (13 fp).  At least one Jet recommendation came through.  Recommendation:  If he continues his hot play, he could be a nice pickup.  In fact, I may just pick him up in larger leagues. 

Dewayne Robertson (DT – NYJ):  3 solo tackles (6 fp).  A rather bland game from Robertson, even against the poor Browns.  He had four solid games in a row, too.  Recommendation:  Leave him be until he puts up good numbers again. 

Mark Anderson (DE – CHI):  2 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble (9 fp).  The sack streak continues.  That’s four straight weeks with at least one sack.  He’s forced a fumble in his past three, also.  Recommendation:  I’d pick him up in most leagues. 

Jimmy Kennedy (DT – STL):  1 solo tackle, 2 assisted tackles (4 fp).  Yikes, would have liked to see more action from Kennedy, especially after seeing him put up consecutive solid efforts prior to the Rams’ bye.  Recommendation:  Let him stew on the wire until he shows potential again.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Greg Wesley (S – KC):  2 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (6 fp).  Expected a bit more, in terms of tackles, from Wesley.  Recommendation:  As the Chief D continues to improve, Wesley could put up decent backup numbers. 

Anthony Henry (CB – DAL):  7 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (15 fp).  A near ridiculous amount of solo tackles for a corner.  Recommendation:  In leagues that require you start a corner, he is quickly becoming a must-add. 

Antoine Bethea (S – IND):  6 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (13 fp).  A decent amount of tackles for the rookie safety.  Would have liked to see some more action in the pass game (passes defensed).  Recommendation:  With Sanders still hurting, Bethea will have a chance to become the leader of the Colt secondary.  Because the Colts can’t tackle anyone up front, Bethea could have huge tackling games. 

Jason Webster (CB – ATL):  4 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 pass defensed (13 fp).  Decent game for Webster, and you could have used those 13 points if you were bye-week bitten.  Especially in leagues that require you start a corner.  Recommendation:  With Deangelo Hall quickly becoming a total shutdown corner, Webster may get tested more and more, which bodes well for his fantasy status.

Mike Minter (S – CAR):  10 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles (25 fp).  Huge game for Minter despite Carolina’s defense not manhandling the Cowboys as many anticipated.  Ten solo tackles?  Fantastic.  Recommendation:  If (and it’s a very iffy if) Carolina’s front seven lets opposing offenses get into the secondary, Minter could be huge (again).