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IDP Sleeper Report - Week 14
Darin Tietgen
December 6, 2006

LINEBACKERS

Victor Hobson (NYJ):  Hobson has been on fire and put up 24 fantasy points last week.  The Bills will try running right at the Jet defense, so Hobson should be able to put up 6+ solos again this week.   Hobson had a sack and a fumble recovery against the Bills in limited action during Week 3.

Peter Sirmon (TEN):  Sirmon’s back to starting in the middle for the Titans.  We all know Keith Bulluck is the heart, soul and fantasy beast of this defense, but there’s enough nuts to go around for this defense.  Sirmon filled up the box score last week, and should continue his solid play against the Texans this coming week.

Joey Porter (PIT):  I’ve been burned by Porter before, both in recommending him and in actually using him on my fantasy teams.  But he’s enticing; he can sack the quarterback (2 last week) and can contribute in tackling (6 solos two weeks ago).  Against the Browns, he may do both sacking and tackling. 

Others to Consider:  Hard to not recommend Caleb Miller (CIN) and Keyaron Fox (KC) again.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Darryl Tapp (DE – SEA):  The athletic defensive end from Virginia Tech has seen his playing time increase recently, filling in for both starting Seahawk ends on passing downs.  The Cardinals only allowed one sack to the Rams last week, but expect the more experience Seahawk line to get to rookie signal caller Matt Leinart more.

Grady Jackson (DT – ATL):  The big veteran has 7 and 6 solo tackles in each of the past two weeks, unheard-of numbers for an old defensive tackle.  Maybe he is getting his second (or forty-second) wind.  Last week’s DL recommendation Brett Keisel had a big game against the Bucs last week, perhaps Jackson can follow suit.

Mathias Kiwanuka (DE – NYG):  Osi Umenyiora returned last week to take some of the heat off Kiwanuka, and the rookie responded with a big game against the Cowboys.  The pickins will again be aplenty this coming week against a struggling Panther squad.  Michael Strahan is once again doubtful to play, so Kiwanuka could have another solid effort. 

Others to Consider:  Last week’s recommendation Brett Keisel (DE – PIT) could have a solid game against the Browns. 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Will Demps (S – NYG):  Demps has four straight weeks with 15+ fantasy points.  He’ll be essential in helping cover Keyshawn Johnson and Steve Smith this coming week.  Expect 6+ solos and perhaps a pass defensed. 

Bryant McFadden (CB – PIT):  The Steeler corner has been on absolute fire the past two weeks, and faces a Brown offense that is certain to make plenty of errors on the field. 

Chris Harris (S – CHI):  The Bear strong safety had an absolute monster of a game last week.  He’ll be key again against the Rams this week.

Others to Consider:  Sean Considine (S – PHI) and Daven Holly (CB – CLE)

Week 13 Report Card

LINEBACKERS

Keyaron Fox (KC):  8 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass defensed (24 fantasy points).  By far Fox’s best game of the season, and a great all-around game for the outside linebacker filling in for Derrick Johnson.  Recommendation:  With Johnson’s status uncertain for Week 14, Fox could have another nice fill-in week in him.  Facing Baltimore will provide plenty of tackling opportunities for Fox and the rest of the Chief linebackers. 

Barrett Ruud (TB):  1 solo tackle (2 fp).  With Shelton Quarles returning (and putting up big numbers), Ruud put up backup-type numbers.  Recommendation:  Ruud is not an option with Quarles able to lace ‘em up.

Caleb Miller (CIN):  6 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (13 fp).  Miller again puts up double digits.  Recommendation:  He’s been steady since Week 4, and faces a Raider team that will make mistakes this coming week.  A decent add for teams really hurting to field linebackers in large leagues.

Randall Godfrey (SD):  1 solo tackle (2 fp).  After a huge Week 12, he was limited by a calf injury in Week 13.  Recommendation:  His calf was more cause for concern than first thought and with Merriman returning, perhaps you just leave Godfrey on the wire.

Roosevelt Colvin (NE):  2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 forced fumble, 2 sacks (12 fp).  A nice stat box filling game for Colvin.  Would have liked more tackles, of course.  Recommendation:  It’s always difficult to recommend Patriot LBs. 

DEFENSIVE LINE

Brett Keisel (DE – PIT):  5 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sack (13 fp).  Nice game for Keisel.  He’s had a few good games this season. Recommendation:  If you’re hurting at DL, Keisel could be an option with the Browns on the schedule here this week.

Jamal Williams (DT – SD):  5 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (11 fp).  Williams is a beast, probably one of the better interior linemen in the league.  He’s shown he can be a fantasy option, too.  Recommendation:  Facing the experienced, zone-blocking offensive line of the Denver Broncos is going to be tough here in Week 14.  He’s a better option in Weeks 15 and 16 against the Chiefs and Seahawks. 

Chris Hovan (DT – TB):  1 solo tackle (2 fp).  It’s been a dry season for defensive line sleepers.  Recommendation:  Hovan is old and has only put up one double-digit week this year.  He had 3 solo tackles in 4 straight games; thought that may have been a trend to continue.  Perhaps not. 

Matt Roth (DE – MIA):  Goose egg (0 fp). After a big, 2-sack game in Week 12 and a decent Week 11, Roth went back to fantasy anonymity.  Recommendation:  Hard to recommend any DL on the Fins, except that Jason Taylor guy, and we all know he’s anything but a sleeper.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

R.W. McQuarters (CB – NYG):  3 solo tackles (6 fp).  A very average game for the Giant corner.  Recommendation:  He had double digits in each of his past four games, so this was a mild surprise.  It may or may not get better for McQuarters, so he will probably just stay on the wire.

Keith Lewis (S – SF):  8 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sack, 1 pass defensed (21 fp).  How sure of Lewis was I last week?  Well, I added him to one of my IDP leagues and started him.  Glad I did.  Recommendation:  The Niners have a terrific schedule for their IDPs in the remaining weeks.  Lewis has scored 16+ fantasy points in each of the past 4 games.  Worthy of adding in many leagues, he is.

Fakhir Brown (CB – STL):  7 solo tackles, 2 passes defensed (17 fp).  Third straight solid game for Brown.  Recommendation:  The Rams have a very good schedule for their IDPs from here on out.  He’s a solid add for those needing a CB option. 

Robert Griffith (S – ARI):  2 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (6 fp).  After five consecutive weeks of double digit fantasy scoring, Griffith essentially took Week 13 off, fantasy-wise.  Recommendation:  The Cards have a decent schedule for their IDPs from here on out, so if Griffith can regain his consistency, he could be a decent add down the stretch.