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IDP Deep Sleepers - Week 7
Darin Tietgen
October 14, 2008
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Welcome to the Week 7 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

Dontarrius Thomas (MIN):  E.J. Henderson is shelved for the season.  His little brother, Erin, was banged up last week.  David Herron, Jr., who was set to start for the Vikes in the middle, also got hurt.  That left career special teamer Vinny Ciuriciu as the only rostered MLB, until today.  The Vikes signed Thomas, who has experience with the Vikes, and he very well could be the starter sooner rather than later.

Pisa Tinoisamoa (STL):  “Tino”, as he’s known by, has a couple good things going for him:  one, he plays for a horrible team (thereby increasing his opportunities at making plays, theoretically) and two, he has games of 18 and 26 fantasy points over the past two weeks.   And actually a third good thing:  he has some nice matchups over the next few weeks.

Phillip Wheeler (IND):  Clint Session has been a nice surprise at the SLB spot for the Colts, especially with both MLB Gary Brackett and WLB Freddie Keiaho both performing well.  Session is a bit banged up (and was supposed to be inactive last week).  If Session’s injury acts up, Wheeler would be first in line for his spot.  Will he perform as admirably as Session?  Very possible. 

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Luis Castillo (DE – SDC):   Castillo has had the “sleeper” tag on him for years now, and really hasn’t broken out.  With the Bolts’ scheme set for their linebackers to get more than a lion’s share of the QB sack opportunities, the DEs lose a bit of value.  But Castillo is one of those “high motor” guys that can make plays.  The Bolt IDPs have some cherry matchups in the “fantasy playoff weeks”, so you might want to grab and stash Castillo just in case.

Turk McBride (DE – KCC):  Originally drafted as a defensive tackle, McBride has shifted to the end spot after the departure of Jared Allen.  He’s had a decent season thus far, only having one “stinker” game (Week 2 with 1 fantasy point).  He hasn’t scored less than 8 fantasy points in all other contests.  With the Chiefs obviously building for the future (with a great young secondary), McBride could come in handy as a backup DL in larger leagues as early as next season.      

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Leigh Bodden  (CB – DET):  Bodden was actually ranked pretty high in the preseason by many outlets, as he was the lead CB in Detroit’s Cover-2 scheme.  He started the season rather slow, but has come on stronger over the past two weeks, including two weeks ago where he was listed as questionable but still had a solid effort, including a pair of pass defenses.  The Lions’ offense isn’t getting any better, so figure Bodden and the rest of the Lion IDPs will be plenty busy as they defend a host of passing teams, especially in the fantasy playoff weeks.

Antoine Bethea (S – IND):  Everyone was jumping on the Melvin Bullitt bandwagon with Bob Sanders sidelined.  Bethea was largely overlooked, despite him scoring well in the beginning of the season when Sanders was healthy and on the field.  The Colts’ defensive unit is looking tighter as the season progresses.  Figure Bethea will retain value even when Sanders returns.

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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