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IDP Sleepers - Week 2
Darin Tietgen
September 10, 2008
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Welcome to Week 2 of The Huddle’s IDP Sleeper Report.  Hopefully last week’s report gave you a few lesser-known names to follow.  With the injury bug chomping down on more than a handful of players, you need to keep your eye on many sleepers, even on the IDP side.  Feel free to email me if you want to discuss IDP sleepers.  Contact me at huddledarin@yahoo.com

LINEBACKERS

Shaun Phillips (SDC):  As noted in The Huddle’s Hot and Not IDP Report, Phillips could become the beneficiary of Shawne Merriman’s balky knee.  Phillips has put up good numbers in the past – when given the opportunity – and could be in for a big season, especially now that Merriman has shut it down.  Phillips and the Bolt D face in-division rival Denver on Sunday, and Phillips could again rack up close to double-digit tackles.

Matt Roth (MIA):  Roth was initially a great DE prospect for the Fins, but has taken the Jason Taylor “hybrid” position in Miami (which makes him LB-eligible).  Some – including me – thought that this would all but take him off the fantasy map.  But Roth came out swinging Week 1, and had a pretty nice game against the Jets.  With the Fin defense looking to smack around the Cards this week, Roth could again surprise.

Other to Consider:  Kawika Mitchell (BUF)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Mathias Kiwanuka (DE – NYG):   Well, he may not be on your league’s waiver wire, but if he is, please pause in reading this article and go pick him up.  He’s actually available in the SOFA IDP league, as the owners opted to wait and see how he’d do moving back to the DL.  He didn’t have a huge game (4 solos, 2 assists) but could definitely up that total this week against the Rams.

James Hall (DT – STL):  With Leonard Little likely shelved for another week, the Rams will look to Hall to improve their pass rush.  Hall is actually DT-eligible on MyFantasyLeague.com, so his value is even higher (for those leagues that start DT).  Hall had a ridiculous 8 solos last week, and could duplicate that number Sunday as well as get his first sack of the season.

Others to Consider:  Turk McBride (DE – KCC)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Quentin Mikell  (S – PHI):  Mikell’s play on Sunday (7 solos, 2 assists, 1 forced fumble and 1 sack) will keep Sean Considine on the sidelines or as a part-timer.  Look for Mikell to tackle well against the high-flying offense of the Dallas Cowboys this week.  He’ll need to against the likes of TO and Jason Witten.

Nick Harper (CB – CIN):  Harper will either shadow Ocho Cinco or T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Sunday.  Either way, he’ll have plenty of chances to knock balls down and/or make tackles.  If he can rack up 8 solos against the Jags, you gotta think he can do the same against the Bengals.

Other to Consider:  Dwight Smith (CB - DET)

WEEK 1 REPORT CARD

LINEBACKERS

Adalius Thomas (NEP):  4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sack (11 fantasy points)  Not a bad start for Thomas and with the Patriot offense set to struggle a bit more with Matt Cassel at the helm, Patriot IDPs could see their value rise.  Add Thomas if you’re thin at LB, as he’ll be a decent bye-week fill-in or third LB in many larger leagues. 
Stewart Bradley (PHI):  8 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sack, 1 pass defensed (20 fp)  Great start for Bradley, who is definitely the Eagle LB you want to own (Omar Gaither looks to be slipping even more).  Bradley can certainly keep this up, so if he’s available in your league, go and get him. 
Keith Brooking (ATL):   2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (5 fp)  Was hoping the move back to the WLB spot would re-energize the veteran, but Brooking got off to a slow start.  Wait until Brooking starts putting up bigger numbers before picking him up.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Ty Warren (DE – NEP):   2 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (6 fp)  Warren looked real active in the game against the Chiefs, and as noted above, you can bump up the Patriot IDPs a bit with the Tom Brady news. 
Darnell Dockett (DE – ARI):  5 solo tackles, 1 forced fumble (13 fp) Pretty good game for Dockett, especially the 5 solos. If you can get 5 solos from your DE on a consistent basis, you can bank on the other stats (sacks, fumble recoveries, etc.) coming too.  He’s a good start again this week, so if you need help at DL, Dockett is a decent add.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Jim Leonhard  (S – BAL):  Zip (0 fp)  Ed Reed ended up being healthy enough to play, and Leonhard stayed on the sidelines as a backup. Leonhard has talent and will have opportunities should Reed’s injury become a problem again.
Eric Wright (CB – CLE):  3 solo tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass defensed (10 fp)  Pretty nice start for the Brown corner.  He could rack up a bunch of INTs for the Brown defense this season, and could become a big-time tackler.  Let’s see how he does against the run-heavy offense of the Steelers this week.  If he manages double-digit fantasy points again, it might be time to add him… especially if your league forces you to start CB.
Phillip Buchanon (CB - TBB):  4 solo tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass defensed, 1 TD (18 fp)  Buchanon is the Yahtzee of the Week, taking a Drew Brees pass back for a score and racking up 4 solos from the cornerback spot.  The Tampa Cover-2 corners will have their share of big games, so go ahead and play them against passing teams.

Notes: 

Scoring system used for this report – solo tackle (2), assisted tackle (1), sack (3), forced or recovered fumble (3), interception (3) and pass defensed (1).

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