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IDP Sleeper Report - Week 12
Darin Tietgen
November 22, 2006

LINEBACKERS

Victor Hobson (NYJ):  Hobson hasn’t dipped into single digits but twice this season.  If you want 10-15 fantasy points without question, Hobson is your guy.  Facing the Texans this coming week could mean big things for the Jet IDPs. 

Clint Ingram (JAC):  Ingram was on this list two weeks ago, and turned out a rather average effort.  But after a solid Week 11, I’ll give him another chance, especially since the Jags will be facing a Bill team that will try running the ball before allowing gunslinging J.P. Losman to eventually make mistakes in the passing game.

Shaun Phillips (SD):  Phillips is back after missing a couple of games due to injury.  Since returning, he’s put up scores of 17 and 12 points.  This week, the Chargers host the Raiders who’ll be going with Aaron Brooks (again) at QB and the diminutive Justin Fargas at RB.

Others to Consider:  Joey Porter (PIT) and Rob Morris (IND)

DEFENSIVE LINE

Victor Adeyanju (DE – STL):  The rookie is on fire in his past two games, going for 19 against the Seahawks and 15 against the Panthers.  And he’s not scoring off fluke plays; he’s had 5 and 6 solo tackles in those two games. 

Casey Hampton (DT – PIT):  Hampton has had two solid efforts in a row, averaging 10 fantasy points per.  The Steelers face a tough Ravens squad who will certainly test the interior of the Steeler defensive line with their rushing attack. 

Others to Consider:  Kedric Golston (DT – WAS) and Tamba Hali (DE - KC)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Yeremiah Bell (S – MIA):  Bell is hotter than asphalt in Georgia on a summer day.  Facing the mistake-prone Detroit Lions probably without their running back should mean big things for the Dolphins D and more good things for Bell.

Shawn Springs (CB – WAS):  Springs may draw the elusive Steve Smith in coverage.  The battle of S.S. vs. S.S. could mean big tackle totals and perhaps a pass defense or two for Springs.

Others to Consider:  Michael Huff (S – OAK) and Marcus Trufant (CB – SEA)

Week 11 Report Card

LINEBACKERS

Matt McCoy (PHI):  3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 forced fumble (10 fantasy points). McCoy continued his streak of double-digit fantasy points against the Titans.  Expect McCoy and the rest of the Eagle defenders to be on the field a bit more with their offensive leader Donovan McNabb sidelined for the remainder of the season.  Recommendation:  McCoy has been a solid producer for the past month.  The Eagles have a pretty treacherous schedule with plenty of big-time running backs to cover in the next six weeks. 

Brandon Moore (SF): 6 solo tackles (12 fp).  After two huge games, Moore came back to Earth a bit with a 12-point outing. Recommendation:  The Niners have a decent schedule for IDPs upcoming, so Moore is a nice pickup.

Barrett Ruud (TB):  5 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (11 fp).  With Shelton Quarles again on the sidelines, Ruud started in the middle for the Bucs.  Recommendation:  With both Quarles and Brooks getting up there in age, Ruud is a must-own in all dynasty leagues.  In redraft leagues, he could provide some LB support for those a bit weak at that position. 

Dontarrious Thomas (MIN): 1 assisted tackle (1 fp).  Limited by a hamstring injury, Thomas was not able to make it three big games in a row.  Recommendation:  There are better LB sleepers out there. 

Gerris Wilkerson (NYG):  2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (5 fp).  With all the injuries to the Giant front seven, it was possible that the rookie could step up.  Recommendation:  He’s a solid LB and will show it soon.  Perhaps next year.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Pat Williams (DT – MIN):  2 assisted tackles (2 fp).  After a great game against the Packers, it looked like Fat Pat was perhaps back on track.  Recommendation:  The Vikes have a decent few games upcoming so if you’re paper thin at DL, you could do worse than the wily vet.

Grant Wistrom (DE – SEA):  2 solo tackles, 1 fumble recovery (7 fp).  Wistrom seems to always make plays, be it a sack, forced fumble or fumble recovery.  If he could get the tackles into the 4-5 range, he’d be a nice starting DL. Recommendation:  With his penchant for getting to the QB and the football, he’s a solid weekly sleeper at the very limited DL spot.

Barry Cofield (DT – NYG):  4 solo tackles (8 fp).  Three straight with eight points for Cofield, certainly decent for an interior lineman.  Recommendation:  He’s been consistent with the tackles over the past three games, so if your league requires you start a DT, you could do worse. 

Aaron Smith (DE – PIT):  4 solo tackles (8 fp).  Smith is actually a terrific defensive player, he just tends to disappear.  He’s certainly capable of big games (Weeks 3 and 9). Recommendation:  He’s inconsistent, but against the right opponent, could really help out a depleted IDP squad.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Brodney Pool (S – CLE):  7 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (15 fp).  Pool has talent.  He’s in the right spot in the Cover-2 to have great fantasy numbers.  Three straight double-digit games for Pool and the Cleveland offense is not getting any better so you know he’ll be on the field to make plays.  Recommendation:  A solid add for the remainder of the season as the Browns face plenty of pass-happy teams. 

Juran Bolden (CB – TB):  1 solo tackle, 1 forced fumble (5 fp).  Maybe Bolden’s “questionable” status finally caught up with him. He had a huge Week 10 and many thought his numbers would stay consistent.  Recommendation:  He’s a nice add in most leagues despite this stinker game.  Playing opposite one of the game’s premier CBs will get you some work.

Antone Bethea (S – IND):  7 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (15 fp).  Bethea is starting to resemble a fantasy stud.  We’d like to see more INTs, forced/recovered fumbles, or heck, a pass defense, but the solo tackles rack up and you’re at double digits in no time.  Recommendation:  A great add, as the Colt D still can’t stop anyone up front.

Ty Law (CB – KC):  4 solo tackles (8 fp).  Expected a bit more against the hapless Raiders.  Recommendation:  With potential studs like Bethea out there, Law is probably just waiver wire fodder unless you’re in a league that requires you start a corner.  Even then, there may be better matchup-based adds.