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IDP Sleepers Report - Week 9
Darin Tietgen
October 31, 2007

Man those Pats are amazing, aren’t they?  Now even their IDPs are scoring big.  Where did Mike Vrabel come from?  We know the guy catches the occasional TD, but 3 sacks?  Hopefully this week we can peg a sleeper or two.  And as always, if you want to recommend a sleeper or simply discuss IDP sleepers, feel free to email me at huddledarin@yahoo.com

LINEBACKERS

David Harris (NYJ):  I posted a blog entry on Harris on Saturday; hopefully all of you saw that and grabbed him.  I doubt he’ll fly under many leagues’ radars, but in case he does, go ahead and grab him.  He put up a massive 29 fantasy points last week and could easily put up great numbers against the Skins this week.

Chris Gocong (PHI):  Gocong was dinged up a bit in the Eagles’ win over the Vikes.  However, he had his second straight solid tackling effort, despite lining up on the strong side.  Gocong could again be busy against the Cowboy offense, mainly trailing TE Jason Witten.

Monty Beisel (ARI):  Beisel should again fill in for the injured Karlos Dansby.  Beisel put up 18 and 8 fantasy points in Dansby’s stead in the weeks prior to the Cards’ bye.  The matchup against the Bucs isn’t the greatest but it could be worse; the Bucs will most likely try controlling the game using their run game.

Others to Consider:  Scott Shanle (NO) and Roosevelt Colvin (NE)

Last Week’s Recommendations that should be added:  None

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Chris Canty and Jason Hatcher (DEs – DAL): These two “hybrid” linemen each have but one sack on the season, but should add to their total against the Eagles, who have given up a whopping 27 sacks on the season.

Philip Daniels (DE – WAS):  Daniels has been on this list before, and he will probably show up again.  The veteran end has only 1.5 sacks on the season, but has forced three fumbles, defended 4 passes and he and his Skin defensive mates face a Jet squad that has given up 20 sacks and has a –5 turnover ratio.

Travis Johnson (DT – HOU):  Johnson has a good chance of recording his first sack against the Raiders this week.  Expect 3-4 solo tackles, too.

Other to Consider:  Mike Rucker (DE – CAR)

Last Week’s Recommendation that should be added:  Dewayne Robertson (DE – NYJ)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Quentin Mikell (S – PHI):  Brian Dawkins will most likely sit out another week and Mikell could be very busy tackling Cowboys if he again takes his place.  Mikell’s had some very solid outings, even when he was merely a situational player.

Dexter Jackson (S – CIN):  You don’t really know what you’re going to get with the Bengal IDPs given the fact that their defense has been so poor this season.  Jackson has not put up double digits since Week 2 but could be a factor against the Bills, who may have rediscovered the long ball.

Cortland Finnegan  (CB – TEN):   Another repeat name here, and for good reason.  Finnegan continues to post awesome tackle totals from the CB spot.  He could again be busy as no matter who takes the snaps for the Panthers will spread the ball around to various Panther receivers.

Others to Consider:  George Wilson (S – BUF) and Ellis Hobbs (CB – NE)

Last Week’s Recommendation that should be added:  Cameron Worrell (S – MIA)

Track Record – Week 8

LINEBACKERS

Na’il Diggs (CAR):  3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 forced fumble (9 fantasy points).  Good news is Diggs was only one fantasy point behind the highly-touted and ranked Jon Beason.  Bad news is that’s not saying much.  With Dan Morgan, both Beason and Diggs will continue to have value.
Dhani Jones (CIN):  4 solo tackles (8 fp).  A decent amount of solos for a “sleeper” but we need to see other stats in order for this pick to be called a success.  The veteran could have some value moving forward but the Bengal defense has been a complete mess this season.
Anthony Schlegel (CIN):  2 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles (7 fp).  See above, and Schlegel only has value with Ahmad Brooks out, and even then, it’s limited value.
Clark Haggans (DEN):  1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp).  Hey, what can I say, this was a deep sleeper pick and the Steeler defense totally controlled the Bengals up front.  No real chances for Haggans or any of the other Steeler LBs.  Heck, James Farrior only had 4 tackles. 

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Paul Spicer (DE – JAC): 1 solo tackle (2 fp).  Well after consecutive big weeks, Spicer decided to take the week off.   Even in a win, strangely enough, it was the Jag secondary that made most of the plays on Sunday.
Kevin Carter (DE – TB):  2 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (6 fp).  The Buc D was unable to rattle Jag QB Quinn Gray (0 INT, sacked once).  The veteran should see better opportunities in the next coming weeks. 
Dewayne Robertson (DT – NYJ):  3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (8 fp).  Listed as questionable again this past week, Robertson secured 5 total tackles, a number pretty decent for an interior lineman. 
Robaire Smith (DE – CLE):  2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (5 fp).  This was purely a matchup-based recommendation and it didn’t pan out.  The Brown defense was only able to muster up one INT and one sack against the hapless Rams squad.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Cameron Worrell (S – MIA):  6 solo tackles (12 fp).  Worrell continued his streak of double-digit fantasy points by way of an outstanding tackle total. The Fin defense will continue to give up big plays and they’re on the field plenty so look to Worrell after Miami’s Week 9 bye.
Gerald Alexander (S – DET):  1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle, 1 INT, 1 pass defensed (6.5 fp).  Love the INT, but need to see more tackles from the rookie.  Alexander will be a solid backup option starting at FS for the Lions moving forward. 
Dunta Robinson (CB – HOU):  3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 pass defensed (9.5 fp).  Is Robinson back on the map in IDP land?  In leagues where you must start a CB, Robinson’s definitely worth a look, especially in a few weeks against the Saints.
Deke Cooper (S – CAR):  3 solo tackles (6 fp).  After scoring an average of 16 fantasy points per game over his previous two outings, you’d think Cooper would have put up similar numbers against the high-flying Colts.  No such luck, but look to him in future weeks as the Panther IDPs have nice matchups.
Ken Lucas (CB – CAR):  5 solo tackles (10 fp).  Decent tackle total for a corner.  As with Cooper, look to Lucas in deeper leagues if you need a backup DB, as the Panther IDPs should be busy in the coming weeks.

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