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IDP Sleepers - Week 3
Darin Tietgen
September 17, 2008
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Welcome to Week 3 of The Huddle’s IDP Sleeper Report.  Hopefully we’ve been able to get you a few lesser-known names to follow week to week.  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

Rocky McIntosh (WAS):  Expect London Fletcher to rack up a ton of tackles against the Cardinals this week, but McIntosh should be able to help out enough to warrant a start.  Dolphin LBs Channing Crowder and Akin Ayodele had 13 solos between them last week.  Figure Fletcher and McIntosh can get the same this week.

Akin Ayodele (MIA):  Speaking of Ayodele, he’s also a pretty sneaky sleeper this week as well.  He has 9 and 10 fantasy points in his first two games and could get double digits again this week against the Patriots.   Jet LBs had solid fantasy numbers against New England last week.  Figure the Fin LBs will do about the same.

Other to Consider:  Thomas Davis (CAR)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Dwight Freeney (DE – IND):   Freeney used to be a fantasy mainstay, but he’s been hindered by injury and constant double-teaming.  Can this be a return to form year for Freeney?  Well, he had a modest 6 fantasy points in Week 1, but followed that up with a decent 13-point Week 2 against the Vikings.  Week 3’s opponents, the Jacksonville Jaguars, have all sorts of problems on the offensive line, and Freeney could have another game with a sack come Sunday.

Kyle Williams (DT – BUF):  Bit of a deeper sleeper here, but the big ex-LSU Tiger has 2.5 sacks thus far in the 2008 season, and faces an Oakland Raider team that may give up some sacks to the impressive Buffalo defense.  Williams could be a nice 3-week add, as he’ll face the Rams and Cardinals before going on bye.

Others to Consider:  None

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Quentin Jammer  (CB – SDC):  Jammer will benefit from opposing QBs avoiding fellow Bolt CB Antonio Cromartie on the other side.  Jammer had a ridiculous 10 solo tackles (to go along with an assist, forced fumble and pass defense) last week.  With the Jets coming to down, both Jammer and Cromartie could be very busy.  Only difference between these players:  Jammer is likely available on your league’s waiver wire.

Jarrad Page (S – KCC):  Everyone has been talking about Bernard Pollard and Brandon Flowers, but don’t forget about Page in this young and talented secondary.  Page has 15 points in each of the first weeks in 2008, and could easily approach this number again against the Falcons.

Other to Consider:  Michael Griffin (S - TEN)

WEEK 2 REPORT CARD

LINEBACKERS

Shaun Phillips (SDC):  1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle, 1 pass defensed (4 fantasy points).  Yikes, not what we expected after his 20-point opener.  Phillips will have his share of big games, especially against offensive lines that leave their QB open to sacking.
Matt Roth (MIA):  3 solo tackles (6 fp).  Like Phillips, Roth’s second week really left a lot to be desired, especially after a solid Week 1.  Roth should stay on your league’s waiver wire, at least for the next three weeks (@NEP, bye, vs. SDC). 
Kawika Mitchell (BUF):  3 solo tackles (6 fp). Like the other two LB sleepers for Week 2, Mitchell had a pretty mundane Week 3.  Mitchell is in the position to score well (Buffalo’s WILL LB), so monitor his scores over the next couple of weeks.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Mathias Kiwanuka (DE – NYG):   Nothing.  Well, Kiwanuka was hampered by a bum ankle, but gave it a shot on Sunday.  If he’s feeling OK this week, he’ll again be a solid play against the Bengals, even if he did post a goose egg this past week.
James Hall (DT – STL):  5 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (11 fp).  A good amount of solos gave Hall his second double-digit fantasy game in as many weeks.  With Leonard Little sidelined, Hall will remain a solid sleeper.
Turk McBride (DE – KCC):  1 assisted tackle (1 fp).  McBride was banged up in the Week 2 matchup against the Raiders.  If healthy, he could be a decent pickup against the Falcons this week.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Quentin Mikell  (S – PHI):  4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 pass defensed (11 fp).  Mikell had a decent Week 2 outing against the Cowboys on MNF, but nowhere near his 21 points in the opener.  He’s a big hitter with some upside, so keep your eye on him, as he has some solid matchups leading up to the Eagles’ Week 7 bye.
Nick Harper (CB – TEN):  4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass defensed (13 fp).  Nice line for Harper, who has 30 fantasy points thus far this season.  He’ll be a solid play this week against the Texans, but may have limited value against the Vikes and Ravens in following weeks.
Dwight Smith (S - DET):  4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (9 fp).  Smith was set to have a decent season for the Lions, but has already shown some inconsistencies.  Watch him against the Niners and pick him up after his bye week if you think he’ll help your team against the Bears and Vikes in weeks following.

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

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