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IDP Sleepers Report - Week 16
Darin Tietgen
December 19, 2007

Like I noted last week, if you’re reading this, I probably owe you a congratulations as you’re likely in your league’s Super Bowl.  Can’t hurt to grab a key sleeper or two this week, even if you’re not going to start ‘em.  If you want to discuss IDP sleepers, feel free to email me at huddledarin@yahoo.com

LINEBACKERS

Jamie Winborn (DEN):  With some injuries to the Bronco linebackers, Winborn has been getting some time in the middle.  He’s had a couple of solid games and could produce against the Bolts this week.

Clint Session (IND):  The rookie has shown promise this season and will get increased playing time this week with Freddie Kieaho most likely resting in the second half against the Texans.  Before you rely on Session this week, though, make sure his ankle is not bothering him.

Derrick Pope (MIA):  Both Zach Thomas and Channing Crowder appear to be out for the season, leaving Pope to man the middle for the Fins.  He will be busy against the Pats this week.

Other to Consider:  Quincy Black (TB)

Last Week’s Recommendations that should be added:  None

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Gaines Adams (DE – TB):   The Buc DL has seen its share of sleepers here (Kevin Carter, Greg White) and Adams has been here too, but the rookie has had a pretty mediocre season.  He’s averaged 9 fantasy points over his past three, and will face a Niner team that will be totally overmatched this week.

Jonathan Babineaux (DT – ATL):  The Falcon D will be on the field plenty for the next couple weeks, perhaps giving them more tackling opportunities.  Babineaux has been putting up solid numbers in the past three weeks so expect him to continue that trend against the Cards this week.

Others to Consider:  Ryan Denney (DE – BUF)

Last Week’s Recommendations that should be added:  None

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Lawyer Milloy  (S – ATL):  The veteran safety has put up solid numbers in the second half of the season and will have a busy afternoon against the Cardinal offense in Week 16.

Fred Bennett (CB – HOU):  The rookie has done well in the starting role and despite the Colts perhaps sitting some of their starters, Bennett and the rest of the Houston IDPs should be busy on Sunday.

Others to Consider:  Lance Schulters  (S – MIA) and Michael Lehan (CB – MIA)

Last Week’s Recommendation that should be added:  Will Demps (S – HOU)

Track Record – Week 15

LINEBACKERS

Reggie Torbor (NYG):  1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle, 1 pass defensed (4.5 fantasy points).  After 8, 8 and 10 fantasy points over the past three weeks, you would have thought Torbor would have been good for at least 8 again. 
Kevin Burnett (DAL):  2 solo tackles (4 fp).  Screwy game or not, Burnett’s now officially off the fantasy map, at least for this season.
Keith Ellison (LB – BUF):  4 solo tackles (8 fp)  Ellison will again be on preseason radars leading into ’08 as he could very well be the weakside starter for the Bills. 
Ben Leber (MIN):  1 solo tackle, 2 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble (6 fp).  Leber has had a decent season, filling up the box score and managing 54 total tackles thus far from the strong side. 

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Greg White (DE – TB):   1 solo tackle, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery (6 fp).  The Bucs destroyed the Falcons and White got in on the action.  Too bad the Falcons had hardly any offensive plays whereby White could make some more tackles.  White’s a solid add for the final fantasy week of the season against the Niners.
Jacques Cesaire (DE – SD):  2 assisted tackles (2 fp).  Yuck.  Well, to his credit, he wasn’t on the field much (didn’t need to be in the rout) and when he was, the Lions were simply stinkin’ the joint up.
Rodrique Wright (DT – MIA):  5 solo tackles, 1 sack (12 fp).  Yes!  The Fins got a win and Wright had his best outing of the season. 
Kevin Carter (DE – TB):   2 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (5.5 fp).  Like with White, he saw limited action but did alright with it.  He could be a decent add against the Niners too.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Will Demps  (S – HOU):  6 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 3 passes defensed (17.5 fp).  Demps was extremely active on Sunday, batting three passes away (a season high) and could be a solid fill-in for fantasy teams this week against the Colts.
Ronald Bartell (CB – STL):  2 solo tackles, 2 passes defensed (7 fp). By far Bartell’s weakest showing this past month, and you could probably ignore his services for Week 16’s game against the Steelers.
Brodney Pool (S – CLE):  3 solo tackles (6 fp).  You can pretty much blame the weather for this somewhat weak showing.  Pool has the talent to succeed in the Browns’ defense so perhaps you grab him in the late rounds of larger leagues’ drafts in ’08.
Travis Fisher (CB – DET):  6 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (13 fp).  Fisher has been putting up double digits since Week 12, consistently making tackles from the corner spot.  He’s an iffy add against the Chiefs this week, though.

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