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IDP Sleeper Report - Week 17
Darin Tietgen
December 28, 2006

Well folks, it’s been a very interesting season for IDPs and fantasy football in general.  And of course we expected nothing less.  It’s been a pleasure researching IDP sleepers and reporting to you each week.  I sincerely hope that my recommendations were helpful and they were able to help you win. 

Some names that were on this list early in the season that really panned out for more than just one week include:  DeMeco Ryans (LB – HOU), Scott Fujita (LB – NO), Trent Cole (DE – PHI), Oshiomogho Atogwe (S – STL), Victor Hobson (LB – NYJ), Tamba Hali (DE – KC), DeMarcus Ware (LB – DAL), Antoine Bethea (S – IND), Mathias Kiwanuka (DE – NYG), and Brandon Moore (LB – SF).  Hopefully you grabbed these guys early.

Enjoy the off-season, and I look forward to bringing you more IDP Sleepers next year.  Have a safe and happy holiday season. 

LINEBACKERS

Kamerion Wimbley (CLE):  I recommended Wimbley at one point this season, and he came through.  After a huge Week 16 outing with 2 sacks, you figure he’s gotta be a good Week 17 play against the Texans.  Wimbley is a big time talent and should be owned – and coveted – in all dynasty leagues. 

Keith Ellison (BUF):  Ellison is now starting on the weak side for the Bills, and has put up double digit fantasy points in his past three games.  He’ll remain active against the run-first Ravens here in Week 17.  As for his keeper status, he should be owned in dynasty leagues, but keeper league owners should toss him back into the player pool. 

Brian Simmons (CIN):  Despite only scoring 4 fantasy points last week, I’ll recommend Simmons against the Steelers here in Week 17.  He amassed 4 solos, 5 assists and recovered a fumble against Pittsburgh back in Week 3’s game.

Others to Consider:  Kendrell Bell (KC) and Na’il Diggs (CAR)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Andre Carter (DE – WAS):  Carter has games of 17 and 18 fantasy points over his past two, and could certainly cause havoc against the Giant offensive line that gave up a couple sacks to the rather average front seven of the Saints last week.  Carter’s crusty, so only should be kept in dynasty formats. 

Pat Williams (DT – MIN):  The big Pat Williams was most likely drafted and owned early in the season, but is probably on your waiver wire.  He’s averaged 9 fantasy points over the past 2 weeks and could be due for another 4+ solo tackle day against Steven Jackson and the Rams closing out the season. Williams has been a solid DT for many seasons, fantasy-wise, and should be kept in dynasty leagues.  He’ll rebound from a rather shaky 2006. 

Others to Consider:  Ebenezer Ekuban and Kyle Williams (DT – BUF)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Will Demps (S – NYG):  If by chance Demps is still available in your league, grab him now and start him against the Skins.  He hasn’t scored less than 21 points the past two weeks, and had a huge 10-solo game last week.  And despite lining up with fantasy stud Gibril Wilson, Demps has to be considered a solid dynasty option. 

Keith Lewis (S – SF):  Like Demps, Lewis is probably gone, but if he’s available in redraft leagues, he’s a nice option against the Broncos this week.  And if by some chance he’s available in keeper/dynasty leagues, run, don’t walk, to pick him up.  Now. 
Dominique Foxworth (CB – DEN):  Foxworth is the beneficiary of the “play the CB opposite the league’s best shutdown corners” corollary.  Playing opposite Champ Bailey will get you plenty of action, as evidenced by Foxworth’s 12-solo game against the Bengals last week.  The Niners may not air it out as much as the Bengals, but Foxworth could still be busy.  He’s a solid dynasty CB.

Others to Consider:  Dwight Smith (S –MIN) and Quentin Jammer (CB)

WEEK SIXTEEN REPORT CARD

LINEBACKERS

Omar Gaither (PHI):  3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (7 fantasy points).  After a few really nice games, Gaither reverted back to the spot-duty player.  Recommendation:  There are better Week 17 options, and Gaither’s not worthy of keeper considerations, but can be kept in dynasty leagues. 

Ryan Nece (TB):  Zip (0 fp).  Who knows what happened here.  Nece had a nice little 2-game streak of 13 and 11 fantasy points.  He started, he just didn’t get involved.  Recommendation:  Barrett Ruud is obviously the young Buc LB you want on your keeper/dynasty squad, but I’d suggest dynasty owners hold Nece too.

Paris Lenon (DET):  4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (10 fp).  Didn’t match his 20-point outburst from 2 weeks ago, but at least looked active against the Bears.  Recommendation:  He’s a decent Week 17 add, but isn’t worthy of keeping but in the deepest of dynasty leagues. 

Orlando Huff (ARI):  2 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles (7 fp).  After a huge 22-point outing 2 weeks ago, we expected Huff to be big against the Niners.  No such luck.  Recommendation:  Huff has some talent and has been a decent fill-in LB for a few years.  He’s a decent Week 17 play in very deep leagues and should probably be kept in dynasty leagues. 

Dexter Coakley (STL):  5 solo tackles (10 fp).  Expected a bit more against the Skins, but any time you get 5+ solo tackles, you can’t complain.  Recommendation:  He’s a wily vet that could be kept in dynasty leagues, but don’t expect big numbers ever again. 

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Greg Spires (DE – TB):  3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 2 sacks (11 fp).  Hey at least one Buc recommendation came through this week. Spires nearly doubled his season sack total against the Browns.  Recommendation:  Not a great Week 17 play nor a keeper. 

Raheem Brock (DT – IND):  4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (9 fp).  Brock will have some good games and some average games.  Here’s one of those average games, but you gotta like 4 solos from an interior lineman.  Recommendation:  Brock should be owned in all dynasty leagues, especially with DT being such a thin position. 

Cullen Jenkins (DE – GB):  4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (9 fp).  Jenkins was incorrectly listed as a Viking last week; he’s a Packer who faced the Vikings this past week.  And after a huge, 3-sack game against the Lions, we hoped for more against the rookie Viking QB Tarvaris Jackson.  Recommendation:  Perhaps you keep him in dynasty formats, but keeper league owners can look elsewhere for IDP help. 

LaRoi Glover (DT – STL): Zip. (0 fp).  Glover laid an egg for the third time this season.  The Rams defensive captain had come off a nice 4-tackle, 1-sack game against the Raiders, so there was hope against the Skins.  He just didn’t pay off.  Recommendation:  Hard to recommend keeping the old lineman, even in dynasty formats. 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Chris Harris (S – CHI):  1 solo tackle, 2 assisted tackles (4 fp).  Harris had 2 huge games in his past three games, but virtually sat this one out.  Recommendation:  Harris is a nice talent and plays on the NFLs best defense.  He’s worthy of keeping.

Pacman Jones (CB – TEN):  5 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (12 fp).  Jones had another solid game, but nothing close to his 22-point game from 2 weeks ago.  Recommendation:  I suggest holding Jones in dynasty formats. 

Al Harris (CB – GB):  1 solo tackle (2 fp).  I recommended the entire Packer secondary.  I figured they wouldn’t all come through against the Vikes, but if you picked the right one, you may have been a happy camper.  Recommendation: He’s up there in age and there are better value picks out there. 

Marquand Manuel (S – GB):  2 solo tackles (4 fp).  See above.  Recommendation:  He’s a decent choice as a backup safety for dynasty IDP leagues. 

Nick Collins (S – GB):  4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 pass defended (12 fp).  It was Collins that had the solid outing for the Packer secondary.  Recommendation:  The Packer D is going to be on the field plenty next year and in years to come, so Collins may be a decent dynasty DB.