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IDP Deep Sleepers - Week 3
Darin Tietgen
September 16, 2008
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Welcome to the second installment of The Huddle’s IDP Deeper Sleepers.  This bi-weekly article will highlight some sleepers on the IDP side that are backing up injury-prone starters or that have a chance down the road to put up solid fantasy stats.  Should you want to discuss IDP sleepers, deep or otherwise, feel free to email me at huddledarin@yahoo.com

LINEBACKERS

Clint Session (IND):  Session is doing what few LBs that line up on the strong side can do:  put up consistent fantasy stats.  Session has put up 12 points in each of the first two games thus far in 2008.  He’ll probably be a good play this week against the Vikes.  If he’s still on your league’s waiver wire after putting up good stats Week 3, grab him (even with him on bye for Week 4; he won’t last).

Kawika Mitchell (BUF):  His in-progress numbers don’t reflect it, but Mitchell is poised to have a decent season if he continues to start at the WILL spot for Buffalo with Angelo Crowell done for the season.  Mitchell had a couple solid seasons for the Chiefs (2005 and 2006) and with the Bills’ defense improving, Mitchell could start to rack up the tackles and other stats very soon.

H.B. Blades (WAS):  We all see what London Fletcher is doing, and Blades would likely be doing the same should the veteran go down with an injury.  Blades has managed 16 total fantasy points thus far in 2008 despite just backing Fletcher up. 

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Quentin Groves (DE – JAC):   It wasn’t a surprise that Groves got off to a slow start after missing all of camp and most of preseason.  But the slow start was only one week, as he put up solid stats Week 2, and while Week 3 may not be as fruitful, the pickin’s could be better Week 4 against the Texans.

Lawrence Jackson (DE – SEA):  Last year it was Darryl Tapp.  This year it appears to be Jackson.  The end opposite Patrick Kerney is always going to have some value for the Seattle defense, and for your IDP squad.  Jackson had a big Week 2 against the Niners, and could have another big game this week against the hapless Ram squad. 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Michael Johnson  (S – NYG):  With the rookie Kenny Phillips “semi-struggling”, Johnson has held the starting FS spot for the G-men.  His play has been pretty good (20 fantasy points thus far) and could be a good play Week 3 against the Bengals.

Sabby Piscitelli (S – TBB):  Piscitelli was on many IDP experts’ radars when he came out of Oregon State a couple years ago.  He’s been backing up Jermaine Phillips well, especially this season (15 points thus far).  Should Phillips go down with an injury, Piscitelli would step right in and produce even more. 

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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