That “D’OH” you hear is from the millions of Adrian Peterson owners out there. What a bummer that this talented rookie will have to put his record-setting season on hold. And actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t lace ‘em up for the rest of the season. Some other less-damaging injuries have opened the door for some IDP sleepers. Let’s take a look, and as always, if you want to recommend a sleeper or simply discuss IDP sleepers, feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Robert Thomas (OAK): Thomas will most likely start for Sam Williams again during Week 11 and despite lining up on the strong side, has shown he has fantasy value in this spot. The Raiders face the Adrian Peterson-less Vikings, who will still continue to run the ball. And while Chester Taylor’s a fine NFL RB, he’s far more tackle-able than AD.
Brian Simmons (NO): Simmons has had some solid seasons – with Cincinnati – and is now starting for the Saints. He’s able to play any LB spot and good thing for the Saints, as they’re banged up in their LB corps. This week’s opponents – the Houston Texans – will look to keep the ball away from the Saint offense by pounding their triple-headed RB attack.
Clint Session (IND): Freddy Keiaho’s status for Week 11 is still up in the air and the rookie from Pittsburgh has been starting in his stead. He had two INTs last week and could have another solid game against the Chiefs this week.
Other to Consider: Clark Haggans (PIT)
Last Week’s Recommendations that should be added: Kevin Burnett (DAL) and Na’il Diggs (CAR)
Robert Mathis (DE – IND): With Dwight Freeney shelved, Mathis will have to step his game up if this Colt D is to continue its solid play. Josh Thomas and the newly-signed Simeon Rice will be in the mix, but it’s Mathis that stands to gain the most, despite probably facing some double-teams with Freeney in street clothes.
Shaun Smith (DT – CLE): Smith has had three solid efforts in his past four games, and could be busy plugging up the middle against Raven RB Willis McGahee and attacking either Steve McNair or Kyle Boller.
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (DE – GB): KGB is a shell of his former self but still has the talent to make some things happen. Facing the slumping Carolina Panthers (and either a statuesque Vinny Testaverde, incredibly bad David Carr or incredibly green Matt Moore) should net solid results for the Packer.
Others to Consider: None
Last Week’s Recommendations that should be added: Dewayne White (DE –DET)
Dexter Jackson (S – CIN): When Jackson shows up on this list he usually produces. Could be a productive game against the Cardinal passing game this week.
Ken Lucas (CB – CAR): Lucas has been putting up solid stats since Week 5 and will be busy covering the myriad Packer WRs on Sunday. Lucas has intercepted Packer QB Brett Favre before and has three passes defensed in two career games against Green Bay.
Others to Consider: Chris Crocker (S – ATL) and Trumaine McBride (CB – SEA)
Last Week’s Recommendations that should be added: Brodney Pool (S – CLE), Clinton Hart (S – SD) and Stuart Schweigart (S – OAK)
Track Record – Week 10
Na’il Diggs (CAR): 6 solo tackles, 1 sack (14 fantasy points). Diggs’ second-best fantasy effort this season came this week and his prospects look good with Dan Morgan shelved (yet again) this season.
Ryan Fowler (TEN): 5 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (11.5 fp). The Titans’ MLB had his best tackling game this season and has increased his output each of the past three weeks. He could be busy plugging up the middle against the Broncos this coming week.
Kevin Burnett (DAL): 10 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (21 fp). Yahtzee number one of the week. Good thing, however, you don’t get docked for dumb penalties. Burnett was very active last night but made a few mental errors. The next couple weeks don’t look too great for Burnett but he could help you in the fantasy playoffs if you’re thin at LB.
Anthony Schlegel (CIN): Schlegel’s injured toe was reaggravated late last week and he was scratched.
Travis Laboy (DE – TEN): Apparently Laboy got a little TOO aggressive last week and was eventually scratched this week due to a concussion.
Dewayne White (DE – DET): 1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle, 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass defensed, 1 TD (11.5 fp). Great stat line for White, minus the tackles. He has the potential to put up decent tackle stats (7 solos Week 7) and is continuing to fill up the box score. Add him.
Terdell Sands (DT – OAK): 2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (5 fp). About as good as it was gonna get last week in terms of free agent/sleeper defensive tackles.
Stuart Schweigert (S – OAK): 8 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (17.5 fp). Schweigert’s increased his fantasy output over the past month and had his best effort this year on Sunday. He can put up points and could definitely help your squad, although it might be best to sit him until Week 13.
Clinton Hart (S – SD): 11 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 INT, 1 pass defensed (26.5 fp). Yahtzee number two of the week, as Hart was all over the field on Sunday night in the Bolts’ upset of the Colts. His prospects don’t look too great due to his upcoming opponents’ style of offense but it’s games like this that make people take notice.
Shawn Springs (CB – WAS): 2 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (5.5 fp). Very mild game for Springs, who seems to be alternating good and average weeks now. He could be a good start this week, though, at the Cowboys.
Brodney Pool (S – CLE): 3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass defensed (11.5 fp). Nice stat line for only 11.5 fantasy points, but can’t argue. He picked off Big Ben once and kept active with the tackles. Pool has some talent and could help those that are thin at DB out as the season draws to a close.
Sam Madison (CB – NYG): 4 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (9.5 fp). Not bad in terms of solos – for a corner – but his streak of double-digit fantasy points came to an end. Could prove useful this coming week at the Lions.