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IDP Sleepers Report - Week 3
Darin Tietgen
September 19, 2007

Another crazy week of NFL football.    Good luck this week and feel free to email me at huddledarin@yahoo.com if you want to suggest a player or discuss my picks.

LINEBACKERS

Eric Barton (NYJ):  Barton was almost traded in the off-season and is sharing time with a rookie and a journeyman, but he’s off to a decent start to start this season.  He isn’t going to put up huge numbers due to the Jets’ scheme and those around him that make most of the plays, but in a pinch, he could serve as a decent #3 LB against the Fins this week.

Leon Williams (CLE):  This isn’t as much of a Week 3 only sleeper as it is a “keep an eye on this guy” and “if Andra Davis gets hurt” recommendation.  Williams has posted weeks of 8 and 14 fantasy points in spelling Davis at the LILB spot for the Browns.  If he’s able to post double digits against a struggling Raider offense (who will probably run Lamont Jordan 30 times), perhaps you add him despite Davis’ ankle (which bothered him in the pre-season) looking alright.

Michael Boley (ATL):  Boley is available in my 12-team IDP league, so he could also be in yours.  He’s got 12 solos so far this season and the way the Falcon offense looks, their defense could be on the field a ton this year.  Sure, he’s a strong-side backer, but there appears to be enough tackles for all the Falcon LBs.

Others to Consider:  Junior Seau (NE) and Tyjuan Hagler (IND)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Greg Spires (DE – TB):  Not the flashiest of names, but in a pinch, he could help you out this week.  He’s had games of 12.5 and 6 fantasy points thus far and could put up somewhere in between against the Rams this week

James Hall (DE – STL):  Two DEs, same game.  James Hall was brought in to take some pressure off Leonard Little on the other side of the line and has done well thus far, posting 7 solos, 4 assists and a sack so far this season.

Michael Myers (DT – CIN):  Myers is about as good as it’ll get on your waiver wire, most likely.   He had a massive outing Week 1 with an INT and a few tackles, and then backed that up with a 5-solo Week 2.  What tricks will he pull out of his hat this time?  Hockey mask not included.

Other to Consider:  Luis Castillo (DE – SD)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Dawan Landry (S – BAL):  This guy is somehow a free agent in one of my 16-team IDP leagues, so perhaps he’s out there in other leagues.  What’s not to like: he’s on one of the best defenses in the league and despite Ed Reed being the better play (on paper), you can’t argue with 13 and 11.5 fantasy points to start the season.  This week’s opponent (Cards) will air it out, so expect Landry to have a nice day defending the pass as well as helping stop Edge. 

Darelle Revis (CB – NYJ):  Probably the best name on this list to go after this week.  He’s averaged 13 fantasy points each of the first two weeks and with Justin Miller probably shelved for the season, the rookie will get more playing time.  Nice matchup against the poor Fin offense this week, too.

Marlon McCree (S – SD):  This guy was a fantasy starter a few years ago, and is making a case for it again here this season.  Averaging 13 fantasy points a game and face Brett Favre and the Pack this coming week.  Could be another double-digit outing.

Others to Consider:  C.C. Brown (S – HOU) and Kelvin Hayden (CB – IND)

Track Record – Week 2

LINEBACKERS
Landon Johnson (CIN): 
2 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (6 fantasy points).  After a huge Week 1, Johnson came back to Earth a bit in this wild and wacky game against the Browns.  Johnson should remain on your radar as LB is certainly the best IDP position to be deep at.
Paris Lenon (DET):  2 solo tackles, 9 assisted tackles (13 fp).  Yeah, you read that right.  Nine assists!  Interestingly enough, he had 9 solos and 2 assists last week.  What that means is Lenon’s started the season off rather well and has shown he’ll be around the ball, at least for now. 
Matt Wilhem (SD):  1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp).  Wilhelm’s injury limited his play this past Sunday night.  Roosevelt Colvin stole the show for the Patriot LBs.   That’s why it’s tough to predict and own Patriot LBs, you never know who’s going to put up the stats. 
James Harrison (PIT):  3 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass defended (9.5 fp).  Another decent game for the Steeler LB.  Second straight game with a sack.  Perhaps he’ll start putting up the stats that went missing when Joey Porter left town. 
Stephen Nicholas (ATL):  1 solo tackle (2 fp).  Nicholas will remain a solid sleeper due to his potential and the track record for his position on this team to score well.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Orpheus Roye (DE – CIN):  2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (5 fp).  This game was just nutty.  Roye’s still going to be a decent sleeper pick at DL only because the position tends to be thin and Roye has a history of being a decent fantasy IDPer. 
Justin Tuck (DE – NYG):  3 solo tackles, 1 sack (8 fp).  Even with Umenyiora playing, Tuck had a decent showing, posting his second sack of the season and 3 tackles.  He’ll remain as a solid sleeper, especially if the Giant DEs face the same injury issues as last season. 
Darryl Tapp (DE – SEA):  1 solo tackle, 1 pass defended (3.5 fp).  Well at least the his second pass defended on the season indicates that he’s keeping active on the line.  He’s one to keep your eye on in larger leagues as he definitely has talent and the Hawks are giving him significant playing time.

DEFENSIVE BACKS
Adam Archuleta (S – CHI):  3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (8 fp).  With Mike Brown out, I had noted that both Archuleta and fellow safety Danieal Manning’s fantasy value could spike.  Archuleta actually posted worse stats than last week, whereas Manning posted better fantasy stats, grabbing his first INT of the season.  I will stand by my pick and say Archuleta will remain the better scoring option, but he very well may not be available in your league.  In that case, Manning may be there, and could also be a solid option down the road.
Dexter Jackson (S – CIN):  3 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass defended (12.5 fp).  Pretty nice game for DexJax, especially since this game was so wild and both defenses couldn’t stop anyone.  The Bengals have a pretty nice schedule (for IDP matchups) upcoming, so if you’re light at DB, Jackson could provide real nice depth as the bye weeks start.
Jason David (CB – NO):  4 solo tackles (8 fp).  Another decent tackling effort for David as the WR he covered saw a ton of looks.  But no fumbles forced, or recovered this week, so the fantasy output was average.  David could remain a decent source of tackles from the CB spot, especially if opposing QBs continue to pick on him. 
Corey Chavous (S – STL):  4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (9 fp).  Chavous is a veteran who won’t put up monster stats, but in a pinch, 9 or 10 fantasy points from your #2 DB wouldn’t be too bad.  The Rams face the Bucs, Cowboys and Cards in their next three and Chavous could put up decent stats against all three. 
Nick Harper (CB – TEN):  7 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 pass defended (16.5 fp).  Nice game for Harper; his second in a row to start the season.   Harper has talent and the Titan defense is somewhat improved but will still allow opponents to get into the secondary.  Harper will be picked on against a seething Saint offense next week; could be a solid fill-in start, especially if your league requires you start a CB.

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