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IDP Sleepers Report - Week 13
Darin Tietgen
November 28, 2007

Let me begin this week’s report by offering my condolences to the friends and family of the Redskins’ Sean Taylor, who passed away after being shot in his home in Florida.  Now on to much better news:  it’s getting close to playoff time and these last few weeks are critical.  If you want to recommend a sleeper or simply discuss IDP sleepers, feel free to email me at huddledarin@yahoo.com

LINEBACKERS

Danny Clark (HOU):  Clark’s another strong-side linebacker who has put up decent fantasy points this year.  Since Week 7, Clark’s put up numbers worthy of fantasy starts.  Clark could be busy again this week as the Texans face Vince Young and the Titans.

Na’il Diggs (CAR):  Diggs was recommended here a couple times after Dan Morgan went down, and has put up decent stats.  He’s had a couple quiet weeks but could certainly put up stats against the Niners this week.

Justin Durant / Daryl Smith (LBs – JAX):  The no-duh recommendations of the week after Mike Peterson broke his hand two weeks ago and both Durant and Smith had big games in his absence this past week.

Other to Consider:  Rashad Jeanty (CIN)

Last Week’s Recommendations that should be added:  Kevin Burnett (DAL)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Greg White (DE – TB):   With some injuries nagging many Buc linemen, White has stepped up his game the past couple of weeks and could get to Saint QB Drew Brees on Sunday.

Rodrique Wright (DT – MIA):  The Fin D will be on the field plenty on Sunday and Wright could bust through the Jet line to sack Kellen Clemens while racking up 2-4 tackles plugging up the middle.

Others to Consider:  Brett Keisel (DE – PIT)

Last Week’s Recommendation that should be added:  Derrick Burgess (DE – OAK)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Deon Grant  (S – SEA):  Grant has several solid games under his belt and will be all over the field against the Eagles this week.

Marcus McCauley (CB – MIN):  The rookie will be plenty busy against the Lion receivers, possibly covering fellow rookie Calvin Johnson.

Others to Consider:  Dawan Landry  (S – BAL) and Chris Houston (CB – ATL)

Last Week’s Recommendation that should be added:  Hamza Abdullah (S – DEN)

Track Record – Week 12

LINEBACKERS

Kevin Burnett (DAL):  3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 forced fumble (9.5 fantasy points).  Burnett continues to play solid football while putting up decent fantasy stats.  Go ahead and throw him in your lineup for Thursday night’s huge game against the Packers if you’re thin at LB.
Ben Leber (MIN):  2 solo tackles, 1 sack, 2 passes defensed (9 fp).  At least the guy is consistent.  He’s been scoring just about 9 fantasy points per game since Week 9.  He may not be a great start this week against the Lions but he could help you in the final few weeks if you’re in a large league.
Ryan Fowler (TEN):   3 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles (9 fp).  Not a huge game but the Titan MLB is definitely keeping active for this defense, especially with Albert Haynesworth out.  Like with Burnett and Leber, Fowler could possibly help those that are thin at LB out if in larger leagues.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Reggie Hayward (DE – JAX):   Zip.  It’s been a tough season to peg DL sleepers.  Hayward has been all-or-nothing this season and he’s only worth a look during Week 14 against the Panthers.
Warren Sapp (DT – OAK):  1 solo tackle, 2 assisted tackles (4 fp).  Like stated above, pegging DL sleepers has been tough this year.  But if you took a gamble on a few sleepers, heck, you may still have them on your roster.
Derrick Burgess (DE – OAK):  4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 2 sacks (13 fp).  Hey at least this one panned out.  Burgess’ sack total is growing and might be useful this week against the Broncos. 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Hamza Abdullah  (S – DEN):  7 solo tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble (18 fp).  This dude’s been on fire since returning from injury.  He’s closing in on being a must-add for the remainder of the season, especially in larger leagues.
Mike McKenzie (CB – NO):  3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 4 passes defensed (13 fp).  As expected, McKenzie was busy smothering Panther WR Steve Smith.  He could be useful against the Bucs this week if you’re really hurting at DB.
Brodney Pool  (S – CLE):  1 solo tackle, 1 pass defensed (3.5 fp).  After several solid weeks’ worth of fantasy output, Pool decided to take this week off more or less.  Look for a rebound against the Cards this week.
Leon Hall (CB – CIN):  1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp).  Like Pool, Hall had been rather busy over the past month or so, but decided to take this week off.

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