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IDP Sleepers Report - Week 15
Darin Tietgen
December 12, 2007

If you’re reading this, you’re still in the playoffs and only a week away from the BIG week.  Hopefully my recommendations have proven useful this season.  Let’s end the season on a high note and peg some big sleepers.  As always, if you want to recommend a sleeper or simply discuss IDP sleepers, feel free to email me at huddledarin@yahoo.com

LINEBACKERS

Reggie Torbor (NYG):  With some injuries to the Giant linebackers, Torbor has put up decent numbers from the strong side.  Look for him to be real active against the Skins and TE Chris Cooley.

Kevin Burnett (DAL):  Burnett’s been on this list before and has produced. I’ll add him one last time, as he may have been dropped last week after posting a goose egg.  Look for him to remain real busy chasing down Eagle RB Brian Westbrook this week.  Oh, and by the way, it was Week 9’s 13-point effort against these same Eagles that started Burnett’s hot streak.

Keith Ellison (LB – BUF):  Ellison started the season with some value, playing on the weak side of the Bill line.  He’s had a pretty average season, but has come on somewhat strong over the past two weeks and could suffice as a third LB in large leagues this week in a must-win against the Browns.

Other to Consider:  Ben Leber (MIN)

Last Week’s Recommendation that should be added:  Chris Draft

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Greg White (DE – TB):   White’s another repeat name on this list.  He has had some big games in the second half of the season and could do some serious damage against the horrible Falcons this week.

Jacques Cesaire (DE – SD):  Plenty of injuries on the Charger defensive line have made several guys, like Cesaire, step up.  Look for Cesaire to have a solid effort against the Lions, who give up plenty of sacks to opposing defenses.

Rodrique Wright (DT – MIA):  Another name that’s been here before, and this week it’s gonna be tough to find a better defensive tackle to add from your league’s waiver wire this week. 

Others to Consider:  Kevin Carter (DE – TB)

Last Week’s Recommendations that should be added:  None

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Will Demps  (S – HOU):  Looks like Demps is getting his mojo back now as the starter for the Texans.  Look for him to be plenty busy helping in coverage against the Bronco pass-catchers.

Ronald Bartell (CB – STL):  Since moving into the starting spot, Bartell has been on fire and could easily produce big numbers in covering Packer WRs this Sunday. 

Others to Consider:  Brodney Pool (S – CLE) and Travis Fisher (CB – DET)

Last Week’s Recommendations that should be added:  Terrence Newman, Reed Doughty and Johnathan Joseph

Track Record – Week 14

LINEBACKERS

Chris Draft (STL):  8 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 1 pass defensed (21.5 fantasy points) – After a solid, 13-point outing last week, Draft exploded this week.  Look for him to put up more good numbers for the remainder of the season, especially if he continues playing on the weak side.
Ryan Fowler (TEN):  5 solo tackles (10 fp) – Fowler is a consistent tackler that doesn’t do much else (only one pass defensed on the season, no other stats but tackles).  He’s addable for depth only. 
Chase Blackburn (NYG):  Even with Antonio Pierce hobbled, Blackburn struggled and posted a goose egg.  He’s obviously waiver wire fodder especially with Pierce back.
Marcus Washington (WAS): 4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sack (11 fp) – Not bad numbers, especially if you added him as a third LB this past week.  Moving forward, Washington and the Skin LBs have nice matchups to close the season.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Juqua Thomas (DE – PHI):   1 solo tackle, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass defensed (7.5 fp) – The Eagle defensive end sure filled up the stat box, but you’d like to see more tackles.  Look for Thomas to prove effective Week 16 but will only be a marginal start (in larger leagues) this week against Tony Romo and the ‘Boys.
Anthony Adams (DT – CHI):  After Adams posted very solid 10 fantasy points, it looked like Adams would be a nice option for the rest of the season, but he underwent season ending triceps surgery instead of playing through the pain.
Igor Olshansky (DE – SD):  3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (8 fp) – With the injuries to the Bolt defensive line, it’s a wonder any of their players can make any plays.  With Shawne Merriman out, look for the big men up front to step up.  Thus, Olshansky could be a serviceable option in larger leagues.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Tyrone Carter  (S – PIT):  4 solo tackles, 1 forced fumble (10 fp) – Not a horrible outing for the Steeler safety.  With all the attention on Anthony Smith, Carter sort of faded away last week.  He’ll remain a decent option against Jacksonville and St. Louis.
Johnathan Joseph (CB – CIN):  5 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 pass defensed (13.5 fp) – A good effort for the Bengal corner.  He should remain busy against the Niners and Browns to close the season.
Reed Doughty (S – WAS):   5 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 0.5 sacks (13 fp) – Now the starter, Doughty has been consistently putting up startable numbers.  Look for him Doughty to put up decent numbers against the G-men this week.
Terrence Newman (CB – DAL):  6 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (14 fp) – Not a bad week for the Cowboy.  Six solos for a corner is pretty darn good.  In fact, he led the team in tackles against the Lions.  He will remain a solid start to end the season.

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