Welcome to Week 6 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 (and bye weeks upon us) you need to keep your eye on many sleepers, especially on the IDP side. Feel free to email me if you want to discuss IDP sleepers. Contact me at email@example.com. And without further ado, here’s this week’s sleepers.
Takeo Spikes (SFO): Spikes has oodles of talent, and has produced when he’s been healthy. Looks like he’s healthy so far in 2008, and is coming off back-to-back weeks where he’s tackled well and made some big plays. The Niners host an Eagle team that will likely be without RB Brian Westbrook, but will still attempt to utilize their RBs in the short passing game; a situation that lends itself well to Spikes making tackles in the open field.
Stephen Cooper (SDC): Cooper apparently did enough in last week’s practices to get inserted into the starting lineup for the Bolts. He produced seven solos and an assist in his 2008 debut. Cooper has the ability to put up big numbers, and not just tackles. He should have plenty of opportunities against the Pats this week.
Eric Barton (NYJ): Bit of a deeper sleeper this week. The Jets return from their bye week and will be well-rested against the hapless Bengals. The Cowboy LBs didn’t fare all that well against the Bengals last week, but they actually should have. Figure Barton’s a good third LB in deeper leagues.
Other to Consider: Akin Ayodele (MIA)
Barry Cofield (DT – NYG): Fred Robbins has played real well as the second pass-rusher for the Giants, but Cofield has also been rather impressive, especially this past week in a blowout win against the Seahawks. Figure Cofield and the rest of the Giant line will have a field day against the Browns this week.
Alex Brown (DE – CHI): Falcon rookie QB Matt Ryan has been terrific so far in the 2008 season, but the Falcon offense hasn’t seen an aggressive D like the Bears yet. Brown has 3 sacks on the season and will add to that total on Sunday.
Other to Consider: Johny Jolly (DT - GBP)
Jermaine Phillips (S – TBB): Not sure why this guy is on any free agent lists. Sure, he hasn’t had huge games in 2008, but remains a steady force for the Tampa Bay Cover-2 scheme. He’ll be busy on Sunday against the Panthers’ dual-threat offense.
Rashean Mathis (CB – JAX): Mathis is one of few startable Jag IDPs. He’ll likely be tracking WR Brandon Marshall this weekend and could see 8-10 tackle opportunities against him alone. Figure he’ll break up a pass or two, too.
Other to Consider: Chris Horton (S – WAS) and Eric Wright (CLE)
WEEK 5 REPORT CARD
Omar Gaither (PHI): 5 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 pass defensed (12 fantasy points). Not a horrible outing for Gaither and he’s finally living up to expectations. Temper those expectations, though, as fellow LB Stewart Bradley is remaining consistent with his scoring despite Gaither scoring well. Plus, Gaither could revert back to his 2007 and early 2008 form.
Boss Bailey (DEN): 9 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (18 fp). Second straight 19-point showing for Bailey, who now looks to score on a consistent basis with the Broncos toying around with the 3-4 alignment. He’s a good start as a third fantasy LB for the next couple of weeks.
Clint Session (IND): 5 solo tackles (10 fp). Another week, another double digit effort for the Colt SLB. Session is a nice start against the run-heavy Ravens this week.
Daryl Smith (JAX): 4 solo tackles (8 fp). Not a great showing for the Jag LB, but could step it up this week against the Broncos.
Gaines Adams (DE – TBB): 1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp). Maybe I spoke too soon, or should have put faith in the numbers (the fact that Denver protects their QB well). Adams and the Buc D have tough matchups for the next few weeks, but there are few free agent defensive linemen I’d rather have.
Ty Warren (DE – NEP): 3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (7 fp). Warren still doesn’t have a sack this season. Things won’t come easy for the next two games, but looking ahead, the matchup against the Rams in 3 weeks has to be accounted for. Go grab him if he does anything in the next two weeks, as he could put up big numbers against the Rams.
Turk McBride (DE - KCC): 3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (8 fp). McBride is putting up serviceable numbers but nothing worthy of starting him for in most leagues. If you’re paper-thin at DL, McBride is an option.
Vince Wilfork (DT – NEP): 2 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (6 fp). Both Warren and Wilfork had rather disappointing games against the Niners. Same holds true for Wilfork, though. If you’re in a league that starts DT, go ahead and grab him if he produces in the next couple of weeks, because that matchup against the Rams is cherry.
Kevin Payne (S – CHI): 3 solo tackles (6 fp). Payne’s worst game as a starter thus far in 2008. The Lion offense couldn’t do anything, so the Bear defense really didn’t have to read and react and make plays. Payne will have value moving forward, especially this week against the Falcons.
Brent Grimes (CB – ATL): 5 solo tackles (10 fp). Nice solo tackle total for a cornerback. He’s a marginal start in larger leagues this week as the Falcons find themselves against the Bears.
Marquand Manuel (S - DEN): 2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 pass defensed (6 fp). Worst game of the season for Manuel. He’s waiver wire fodder for a very deep position.
Note: 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). All players were found on the Site Owners Fantasy Association IDP league waiver wire.