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IDP Sleepers Report - Week 14
Darin Tietgen
December 5, 2007

Another week down.  Getting to the nitty-gritty here.  In most leagues, it’s playoff time.  Grabbing the key free agent is still really important.  You want to squeeze every last point out of your roster.  Plus, you want to make sure you have the maximum amount of depth “just in case”.  As always, if you want to recommend a sleeper or simply discuss IDP sleepers, feel free to email me at huddledarin@yahoo.com

LINEBACKERS

Chris Draft (STL):  Draft is spending time on the weak side of the Ram LB line and is making the most of it.  Last week, Draft filled the box score with 4 solos, a sack and 2 passes defensed.  Look for him to remain busy against the Bengals this week.

Ryan Fowler (TEN):  Another week on this list for Fowler.  He’s been here before and has performed well, but perhaps not well enough to land on rosters.  Grab him this week if you’re struggling to field a third linebacker or just for some depth.  He’ll be busy tackling LT (or just chasing him down). 

Chase Blackburn (LB – NYG):  If Antonio Pierce is out this week, look for Blackburn to fill in. 

Other to Consider:  Marcus Washington (WAS)

Last Week’s Recommendations that should be added:  Justin Durant and Daryl Smith (JAC)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Juqua Thomas (DE – PHI):   Thomas is still giving some plays to Darren Howard but  the entire Eagle line should be penetrating the Giant o-line on way to sacking Eli Manning.

Anthony Adams (DT – CHI):  Look for the Bear interior linemen to pack in close against the inside running of Redskin RB Clinton Portis on Thursday night.  Adams had a big game against the Giants last week and could get double digits yet again this week.

Others to Consider:  Igor Olshansky (DE – SD)

Last Week’s Recommendation that should be added:  Rodrique Wright (DT – MIA)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Tyrone Carter  (S – PIT):  Another recommendation based on a possible starter being out.  You know if Steeler SS Troy Polamalu is good to go, he’ll play.  But his status is uncertain at this point and Carter would get the nod if the ex-Trojan can’t go.  Carter could put up solid stats against the Patriot juggernaut. 

Johnathan Joseph (CB – CIN):  Joseph’s had two solid games in a row and could be very busy tackling Ram wideouts this Sunday. 

Others to Consider:  Reed Doughty (S – WAS) and Terrence Newman (CB – DAL)

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

Track Record – Week 13

LINEBACKERS

Danny Clark (HOU):  Zero.  Clark was made inactive due to injury.  He had been on a nice fantasy scoring streak, too.  The Texans’ schedule is somewhat rough down the stretch but Clark – if healthy – could be a decent LB3 fill-in in larger leagues.
Na’il Diggs (CAR):  1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle, 0.5 sack, 1 pass defensed (5.5 fp).  Filled up the box score somewhat but it looks like Diggs’ fantasy value is really slipping.
Justin Durant / Daryl Smith (LBs – JAX):  5 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 pass defensed (14.5 fp – Durant) and 3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 0.5 sack (9 fp – Smith).  Both LBs are doing well in Mike Peterson’s absence and can be started in most leagues.
Rashad Jeanty (CIN):  3 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble (11 fp).  Jeanty’s best effort of the season.  He may be useful for the next two weeks in real large leagues if you’re hurting at LB. 

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Greg White (DE – TB):   Zip.  Huh?  How’d this happen?  The guy averaged 14 fantasy points his past two outings and then posts a goose egg?   Well, the Buc line improved injury-wise so White was merely a situational player this past Sunday.  With the Buc line improving health-wise, White’s value is slim.
Rodrique Wright (DT – MIA):  4 solo tackles (8 fp).  A solid number for an interior lineman.  He had 8 fantasy points two weeks ago, 10 last week, and now 8.  Not bad.  So if you’re hurting at DT (as I’m assuming many of you are), Wright is a decent option for the next two weeks.
Brett Keisel (DE – PIT):  2 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (5.5 fp).  Keisel had a pair of decent outings Weeks 11 and 12 but slowed down this week.  Closing the season out, he’ll only have value in Week 16 against the Rams

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Deon Grant  (S – SEA):  1 solo tackle, 2 passes defensed (5 fp).  After two real nice games, Grant slowed down this week.  He’ll be busier against the Cards this week for sure.
Marcus McCauley (CB – MIN):  6 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (14 fp).  McCauley’s second-best output up his rookie season.  Strangely enough, his best effort (15 points) came Week 2 against the Lions.  He’s a solid option in larger leagues if you’re struggling to fill your CB slot.
Dawan Landry  (S – BAL):
Chris Houston (CB – ATL):  3 solo tackles, 2 passes defensed (9 fp).  Houston’s been consistently defending passes, the sign of a decent fantasy CB.  If he can build up his tackle totals, he’ll be startable.

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