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IDP Sleeper Report - Week 11
Darin Tietgen
November 15, 2006

LINEBACKERS

Matt McCoy (PHI):  Alright, it’s time to put this guy on this list (see Report Card, below).  He’s had three straight games with double digits and has forced the occasional fumble and defended the occasional pass.  Expect him and the rest of the Eagle LBs to be chasing down QB Vince Young on Sunday. 

Brandon Moore (SF):  That’s two straight huge games for Moore.  There’s been some chatter about Moore on The Huddle’s message boards, and rightly so.  There are probably enough tackles to go around for the Niner LBs.  Moore and the rest of the Niner defenders will have their hands full with the surging Seahawks come Sunday, so expect plenty of tackling opportunities. 

Barrett Ruud (TB):  Normal starter Shelton Quarles was made inactive this past week, and will most likely be out (or at very least, limited) this week. Ruud will start in the middle of the line and will be responsible for tackling fill-in RBs Ladell Betts and T.J. Duckett this coming week. 

Others to Consider:  Dontarrious Thomas (MIN) and Gerris Wilkerson (NYG)

DEFENSIVE LINE

Pat Williams (DT – MIN):  In The Huddle’s IDP Expert League, no free agent defensive tackle has back-to-back double-digit games in the past two weeks.  Pat Williams has, by far, the best pedigree of anyone available and could certainly get to a sackable Joey Harrington this week.

Grant Wistrom (DE – SEA):  With Mathias Kiwanuka a “no-duh upgrade”, I searched for another DE recommendation.  How about the veteran Wistrom, who will pressure Niner QB Alex Smith all day.  He had a solid game against his former Ram mates last week.

Others to Consider:  Barry Cofield (DT – NYG) and Aaron Smith (DE – PIT)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Brodney Pool (S – CLE):  This guy has plenty of talent and plays a position that typically scores well in the Cover-2.  He’s had a handful of solid games this season and has put up back-to-back games with double digit scoring.  He’ll look to continue that streak against a Steeler team that will certainly mix in a variety of short and long passes with their run attack.

Juran Boldin (CB – TB):  Boldin’s been on Tampa Bay’s injury report since Week 6, but has put up double digits every week since Week 5, including a big Week 10 effort.  He and the rest of the Buc D should feast on new starting QB Jason Campbell. 

Others to Consider:  Antone Bethea (S – IND) and Ty Law (CB – KC)

WEEK 10 REPORT CARD

LINEBACKERS

Clint Ingram (JAC): 4 solo tackles (8 fantasy points). Well we certainly had some questions answered, which were raised last week.  Daryl Smith had a huge game (12 solos, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble), and could certainly be a solid third (or even second) LB from here on out.  Recommendation:  Ingram may have a solid game here and there so could be a decent backup in bigger leagues. 

Takeo Spikes (BUF):  5 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles (14 fp).  Spikes had another nice game, despite monstrous efforts from the other Bill LBs (Crowell with 12 solos, 2 passes defensed and a forced fumble; Fletcher with 14 total tackles and a pass defensed).  Recommendation:  Spikes is a natural, gifted athlete that can put up huge numbers.  With Fletcher getting up there in age and Crowell a nice complementary defender, Spikes holds real nice value in dynasty leagues.  In redraft leagues, keep your eye on Spikes as a third LB for the remainder of the season. 

Dhani Jones (PHI):  1 solo tackle (2 fp).  I almost gave Jones’ spot to fellow Eagle LB Matt McCoy, but decided on giving the veteran a shot on this list.  Well, McCoy went out and logged a better effort.  Recommendation:  I’ve pegged the “other” Eagle LBs as deep sleepers before.  That’s what they’ll remain. 

Manny Lawson (SF):  1 fumble recovery (3 fp).  Well, it doesn’t show up in the stat book, but Lawson’s imposing figure literally made Mike Vick drop the ball.  Lawson pounced on it for his only stat of the game.  Recommendation:  He’ll have some big games, given his penchant for getting to the QB, but unfortunately he’ll be far too inconsistent to rely on in redraft leagues. 

Roosevelt Colvin (NE):  7 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sack (17 fp).  If you found yourself thin at LB this past week and took my advice, his 17 points would have really helped.  All of the Patriot LBs logged huge tackle totals (Bruschi with a ridiculous 10 assists, 16 total; and 11 solos for Junior Solo, 15 total).  Recommendation:  It’s hard to recommend a Patriot LB for any length of time due to “the system”, but if Colvin continues to put up consistent numbers, he could be a key add down the stretch given the Patriot’s nice schedule. 

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Mathias Kiwanuka (DE – NYG):  3 solo tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass defensed (11 fp).  Wait, I thought Kiwanuka was a lineman, not a defensive back!  Well, the rookie proved his versatility by picking off a Rex Grossman pass and logging three solo tackles.  Recommendation:  With DEs Osi Umenyiora and Michael Strahan still nursing injuries, expect Kiwanuka to put up very solid stats.  A must-add in all IDP leagues. 

Tommy Kelly (DT – OAK):  2 solo tackles (4 fp).  Well, Kelly may have just been teasing us.  After two huge efforts, he went back to barely mattering.  Granted, he was facing the very solid Bronco offensive line.  Recommendation:  Kelly and the Raiders have some decent IDP matchups coming up, so in leagues where you must start a DT, he is worth keeping an eye on due to his big tackle potential. 

Raheem Brock (DT – IND):  2 solo tackles (4 fp).  Shucks, picked the wrong Colt lineman.  Robert Mathis had two sacks for the Colts.  Recommendation:  Brock will have some very serviceable games.  As the season winds down, though, you may have better options.

Kenard Lang (DE – DEN):  2 solo tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble (11 fp).  Sure, his only tackles were those tied to his two sacks, but hey, he had two sacks!  And the forced fumble was icing on the cake of this nice double-digit effort from Lang. Recommendation:  As I’ve stated all season, DL is rather shallow, so if you can find a diamond in the rough and ride him, you’ll feel more comfortable about the IDP side of your fantasy squad.  Lang and the Broncos have a somewhat difficult schedule ahead, so you may wish to simply keep your eye on him.

DEFENSIVE  BACKS

Mike Minter (S – CAR):  5 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass defensed (16 fp).  Another very solid game for Minter, leading the team in tackles.  As the Panther D rounds into shape, Minter could prove to be a nice late-season option in deeper leagues.  Recommendation:  Pick him up if you need DB help in deep leagues or bench room in other redraft leagues for some insurance.

Nick Harper (CB – IND):  6 solo tackles (12 fp).  Harper continues his streak of 5+ solo tackle games to four.  Recommendation:  In deeper leagues that require you start a CB, he’s a nice late-season add.

Asante Samuel (CB – NE):  5 solo tackles (10 fp).  It was a veritable smorgasbord of tackles for the Patriots, and even Samuel took part.  Recommendation:  With DB deep and bye weeks over, you should be able to find better starters. 

Renaldo Hill (S – MIA):  3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (8 fp).  Hill had a big game against the Bears but returned to being rather average here this week.  Recommendation:  He’s too inconsistent to rely on, especially when DB remains a very deep position.