Welcome to Week 8 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.
Keith Bulluck (TEN): Sandwiched bye the Titans’ bye week, Bulluck has games of 20 and 14 fantasy points. This week, the Titans host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football. Just the kind of stage the Titans’ D wants against the struggling Colts. Look for Bulluck to post modest tackle numbers and likely fill the stat line in other categories as well.
Keith Brooking (ATL): In sticking with the “old Keith” theme, this Keith is coming off a couple of solid outings (average of 13 fp over past two games) and could post good stats against the Eagles this week.
Kawika Mitchell (BUF): Mitchell will likely be busy chasing down the Miami RB trio of Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams and the suddenly emergent Patrick Cobbs. He had a fat stat line against the Bolts this past week and before that had a good tackling effort against the Cards. He’s a nice third fantasy LB this week.
Other to Consider: Daryl Smith (JAX)
Ty Warren (DE – NEP): Hmm, from the looks of things, the Patriot D might just be putting it together. They ran roughshod over the Broncos on MNF in Week 7 and could easily pull the same off against the normally-hapless Rams this week. After a couple of “blah” weeks to start the season, Warren has been rather solid. Look for him to log his first sack of the season this week.
Darryl Tapp (DE – SEA): Tapp had a rough start to his 2008 season (after looking like a nice sleeper in 2007). He’s finally coming on a bit, and had a nice Week 7 contest against the Bucs. Figure he’ll rack up a good number of tackles and could start filling the box score up very soon.
Other to Consider: Rocky Bernard (DT - SEA)
Jim Leonhard (S – BAL): Unfortunately, Leonhard is a bit inconsistent, but when he’s on, he’s on. He’s had good games against the Titans and Dolphins this season, and could figure into the mix against a Raider team that mixes up the run and pass well (and will make mistakes on several levels). I wouldn’t trust Leonhard as my #1 DB this week, but if you need a fill-in and he’s one of the better available free agents, give him a whirl.
Leigh Bodden (CB – DET): Bodden was listed as questionable for the Lions’ Week 7 game with an knee injury, but was able to give it a go. He should be good to go this week against the quick-strike offense of the Washington Redskins. Look for the Lion defense – especially Bodden and the rest of the secondary – to play tight, press coverage against the Skins’ WRs.
Other to Consider: James Sanders (S – NEP)
WEEK 7 REPORT CARD
Ben Leber (MIN): 2 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (5 fantasy points) OK, we’re not off to a great start. Leber will retain some value, even with the recent signings of old Vikes Nap Harris and Dontarrious Thomas.
Akin Ayodele (MIA): 6 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (13 fp) The most solos Ayodele has had all season. Maybe he’s worth a shot in future weeks, especially against run-heavy offenses.
Demorrio Williams (KCC): 5 solo tackles (10 fp). Nice number of solos, but nothing else. He hasn’t scored less than double digits since Week 1, so if you’re looking for consistency from a third (or backup) LB, Williams may be your man.
Bradie James (DAL): 6 solo tackles, 1 sack (14 fp) James was having a heck of a game and hurt his elbow and wasn’t at 100% for the remainder of the game. Still, a nice game for the Cowboy defender.
Pat Williams (DT – MIN): 1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle, 1 fumble recovery (6 fp) Odd game and odd stat line for the big tackle, who had posted 4 solos in each of the past three outings.
Dewayne White (DE – DET): 7 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack (22 fp) White’s best outing of the season makes him one of the hottest IDPs out there. Go grab him.
Domata Peko (DT - CIN): 1 solo tackle (2 fp) Oh well, can’t pick ‘em all right. Peko will remain an option in leagues that start DT.
Bernard Pollard (S – KCC): 2 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (6 fp) OK, it might be time to fess up and admit Pollard isn’t a game-changer like we thought he was. Things could be better against the Jets this week, but don’t bet on it.
Marlin Jackson (CB – IND): 9 solo tackles (18 fp) Great solo number, especially for a CB. Jackson is really growing into the Cover-2 stud corner role.
Jabari Greer (CB – BUF): 8 solo tackles (16 fp) Another nice solo tackle number from a corner. Greer is making the most of Terrence McGee’s injury. Look for Greer to excel even with McGee back.
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.