Welcome to Week 7 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. And without further ado, here’s this week’s sleepers.
Ben Leber (MIN): With E.J. Henderson out, Leber has stepped up his game from the strong side of the line. He has games of 19 and 15 fantasy points since Henderson went down with two dislocated toes. Henderson’s out for the season, and his replacements have also been dinged with injuries. The Vikes brought in ex-Vike Dontarrious Thomas for some MLB depth, but Leber will likely continue his hot play. Leber’s a fine choice this week against the Bears.
Akin Ayodele (MIA): Following Miami’s Week 5 bye, Ayodele has games of 10 and 13 fantasy points. Not jaw-dropping numbers, but definitely serviceable numbers for larger leagues. His Week 7 matchup bodes well, as the Ravens will likely run the ball 35+ times. Ayodele was an “other to consider” last week, and stepped up with 13 points and could duplicate that effort here this week.
Demorrio Williams (KCC): With veteran Donnie Edwards still injured, Williams has made the most of the opportunity, scoring in double digits in all games from Week 2 on. He’ll definitely get plenty of tackling opportunities against the run-heavy Titan offense this week.
Other to Consider: Bradie James (DAL)
Pat Williams (DT – MIN): The big boy has been averaging four solo tackles per game over the past three weeks. That’s nice consistency from an interior lineman. This week’s opponents, the Chicago Bears, are third in the NFL in rushing attempts. Figure Williams will get plenty of tackling opportunities on Sunday.
Dewayne White (DE – DET): When White’s good, he’s real good (two games of 15 fantasy points), but when he’s not, he’s…. not. Well, this week lends itself to White being good, as the Lions’ opponents, the Houston Texans, allow more than one sack per game and White has three so far in 2008.
Other to Consider: Domata Peko (DT - CIN)
Bernard Pollard (S – KCC): Pollard was ranked rather high in the pre-season, as he was the incumbent leader of the Chief defense. He started the season off well, but hasn’t had a big game since Week 2. What is ignored, though, is that he’s consistently put up 9 fantasy points per game. This week could be the breakout game as he comes up in run support against the Titans.
Marlin Jackson (CB – IND): Jackson was listed as questionable for the Colts’ Week 6 game with an ankle injury, but not only started, but logged six solo tackles. He’ll have plenty of tackling opportunities as he shadows Packer WR Greg Jennings this week.
Other to Consider: Jabari Greer (CB – BUF)
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Takeo Spikes (SFO): 2 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass defensed (13 fantasy points). Love the INT and all the assists, but we’d like to see more solos. Still, Spikes continues to fill up the box score.
Stephen Cooper (SDC): 7 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 sack (19 fp). Go get this guy if he’s on your league’s waiver wire. He has re-energized the Bolt defense. He’s no Shawne Merriman but he can certainly make an impact.
Eric Barton (NYJ): 2 solo tackles, 1 sack. (6 fp). Barton started the season hot and has cooled off considerably. Like the fact that he got to the QB, but we need more solos to make this guy a fantasy somebody.
Akin Ayodele (MIA): 3 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass defensed (13 fp). Ayodele’s best scoring effort of the season. He’ll have games like this, which makes him a borderline #3 LB in large leagues. For those in large leagues, he’s certainly playable this week against the Ravens and in the longer term as well.
Barry Cofield (DT – NYG):
Alex Brown (DE – CHI): 3 solo tackles (6 fp). The Bear defense was somehow befuddled by the Atlanta offensive schemes and their IDPs, as a result, had mediocre games. Brown remains a solid option at DE for most leagues, though.
Johny Jolly (DT - GBP): 1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp). This was obviously meant as a deep sleeper in leagues that start defensive tackles. Jolly had been somewhat “hot” (as hot as DTs get) but had a bit of a stinker here. Not really his fault, though, as they played a rather hapless Seattle team.
Jermaine Phillips (S – TBB): 1 solo tackle, 2 assisted tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass defensed (8 fp). Obviously we’d love to see more solos, especially from a Cover-2 safety. Maybe this is why he was on many free agent lists. He’ll remain a nice sleeper week to week, though, as he has talent and the Cover-2 scheme makes IDP stars.
Rashean Mathis (CB – JAX): 2 solo tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass defensed (8 fp). Decent stat line for Mathis, but nothing close to what he had done in the last four contests. Still, Mathis will remain a solid CB option in larger leagues.
Chris Horton (S – WAS): 10 solo tackles (20 fp). Yowzers. Ten solos? Nothing else? OK, don’t get greedy, but yeah that is an odd stat line. Horton is definitely one to go and pick up if you’re hurting at DB.
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.