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IDP Sleepers Report - Week 17
Darin Tietgen
December 26, 2007

Well if you’re reading this, you’re either real bored or have a Week 17 Super Bowl.  There should be some decent choices for this week as many starters will be resting.  If in the off-season you want to discuss IDP sleepers, feel free to email me at huddledarin@yahoo.com

LINEBACKERS

Stephen Tulloch (TEN):  Since taking over the MLB spot in Tennesse, Tulloch has posted some decent stats.  Tulloch might be defending against second-string Colts on Sunday; not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

Chris Draft (STL):  If this guy’s still on your league’s waiver wire and you’re hurting at LB, he’s definitely an option.  The Rams (and their Week 17 opponents) have nothing to play for but pride.  Could be a high-scoring affair with plenty of tackling opportunities.

Other to Consider:  H.B. Blades (WAS)

Last Week’s Recommendations that should be added:  Derrick Pope (MIA)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Kenechi Udeze (DE – MIN):   The Viking lineman has been a bit of a fantasy tease in his four NFL seasons.  The Vikings can still get into the playoffs and will face a beat down Bronco squad this week.

Anthony Montgomery (DT – WAS):  The Skins have a slim chance at making the playoffs and will face a Cowboy team that’s almost certain to rest its starters.

Others to Consider:  None

Last Week’s Recommendation that should be added:  Jonathan Babineaux (DT – ATL

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Gerald Alexander  (S – DET):  The Lions will look to end the frustrating ’07 season with a tough win in Green Bay.  Figure Alexander will be busy no matter what the weather is like and who plays for the Packers.

Shawn Springs (CB – WAS):  Springs has been playing with quite a bit of fire lately and could be very busy on Sunday no matter what Cowboy WR he’s covering.

Other to Consider:  Dawan Landry (S – BAL)

Last Week’s Recommendation that should be added:  Fred Bennett (CB – HOU)

Track Record – Week 16

LINEBACKERS

Jamie Winborn (DEN):  7 solo tackles (7 fp).  A solid number of solos for the veteran LB.  He’s never been much of a box score filler, so you take what you can get.
Clint Session (IND):  2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (5 fp).  Looks like Session’’s injury limited him a bit. 
Derrick Pope (MIA):  4 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass defensed (15.5 fp).  With all the injuries to the Dolphin LB corps, Pope had a solid Week 16.
Quincy Black (TB):  2 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (8 fp).  Not Black’s best fantasy game of his rookie season but he looked good in limited action.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Gaines Adams (DE – TB):   1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp).  Such is the life for a rookie defender.  After a big game against the Falcons, Adams basically laid an egg.
Jonathan Babineaux (DT – ATL):  8 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (17.5 fp).  8 solos for a DT is pretty sick.  Especially against a traditionally pass-heavy offense. 
Ryan Denney (DE – BUF) :  Out of the playoff hunt, the Bills opted to put Denney on IR late in the week with a foot injury. 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Lawyer Milloy  (S – ATL):  1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle, 1 pass defensed (4.5 fp).  Ugly game for Milloy, who had been putting up solid numbers over the past few games. 
Fred Bennett (CB – HOU):  11 solo tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass defensed (25.5 fp).  No, that’s not a mis-type.  11 solos for the rookie corner.  His best fantasy output of his rookie season.   
Lance Schulters  (S – MIA):  4 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles (11 fp).  Not a horrible day, but could have been better, as he totally whiffed on an interception.
Michael Lehan (CB – MIA):  2 solo tackles (4 fp).  Lehan’s worst effort in a month.  Tom Brady didn’t test him as much as expected.

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