Welcome to Week 9 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.
Joey Porter (MIA): Porter is racking up the sacks, and no free agent LB (at least in the SOFA IDP league) is hotter over the past three weeks. He very well could be on your league’s free agent list, so go out and grab him and watch him wreak havoc on the Denver offensive line this week.
Antonio Pierce (NYG): Pierce has been a solid fantasy LB for years (even as a #1 fantasy LB) but has tailed off this season, even with the solid play of the Giant D. But Pierce has a couple of big games under his belt in 2008 and could have a big game this week against the Cowboys.
Paris Lenon (DET): If it’s tackles you need, Lenon will deliver. The Bears are going to run down the Lions’ throats this Sunday and the likes of Lenon will have plenty of tackling chances.
Other to Consider: Tedy Bruschi (NEP)
Mathias Kiwanuka (DE – NYG): This is a no-brainer recommendation; if he’s available in your league, this is a perfect week to grab and start Kiwanuka. After Osi Umenyiora went out for the season with an injury, it was up to Kiwanuka (and fellow DE Justin Tuck) to man the ends of the Giant D. Both Tuck and Kiwanuka are having fine seasons, and Kiwanunka has 27 fantasy points in two weeks. Look for him to build on that total against a Brad Johnson led Cowboy squad this week.
Cory Redding (DT – DET): For those in leagues that start DT, Redding might be a solid fill-in this week against the Bears. He has averaged 11 fantasy points over the past two weeks and could go for double digits again this week as he plugs up the middle against the Bear offense.
Other to Consider: Marques Douglas (DE - BAL)
Brodney Pool (S – CLE): Pool has had some solid fantasy seasons as a #2 or backup DB. This year is no different; he can help your squad if your main DBs are on bye or are out with injury. He has three straight games with 10+ fantasy points and scored 11 against the Ravens in Week 3. Look for more of the same this week as Baltimore comes to town.
Jason Craft (CB – STL): For those in larger leagues that start CB, Craft is a must-add. He’s put up big numbers a few times this season and likely will put up big numbers against the pass-happy Cards this week.
Other to Consider: Kerry Rhodes (S – NYJ)
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Keith Bulluck (TEN): 5 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (11 fantasy points). Nice to see Bulluck tackling with some regularity, but you’d like to see more out of the veteran.
Keith Brooking (ATL): 5 solo tackles (10 fp). Can’t argue with the five solos but like with Bulluck, you’d like to see more. Brooking has yet to make a play other than a tackle all season.
Kawika Mitchell (BUF): 6 solo tackles, 1 forced fumble (15 fp). Mitchell is quickly becoming an every-week play. Feel free to run him out there against the Jets this week.
Daryl Smith (JAX): 4 solo tackles (8 fp). Smith’s had his share of solid efforts this week, this just wasn’t one of them. Keep him on your radar, though, as a possible add should one of your starters go down with injury.
Ty Warren (DE – NEP: 4 solo tackles, 1 sack (10 fp). Warren got his first sack of the season and could certainly have a few more as the season winds down with good matchups. Grab and stash him if you plan on making the playoffs.
Darryl Tapp (DE – SEA): 1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp) Just when it looked like Tapp was back in the saddle, he throws up 3 fantasy points. He’s not a great start for the next few weeks so leave him on the wire.
Rocky Bernard (DT - SEA): 2 solo tackles, 1 forced fumble, 2 sacks (11 fp). A little scary that Bernard’s only tackles were also sacks, but it’s a good thing since sacks are a good stat to have. In DT-mandatory leagues, he’s a must-own.
Jim Leonhard (S – BAL): 2 solo tackles (4 fp) Leonhard is wildly inconsistent but has the talent to produce. He’s a decent start against the Brownies but don’t be shocked if he’s right around 10 fantasy points this week.
Leigh Bodden (CB – DET): 7 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (15 fp). Good game for Bodden and his prospects look good this week too. As the Detroit Lion team continues to struggle, Bodden and many of the Lion IDPs should fare well.
James Sanders (S – NEP): 2 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles (7 fp). Looks like Sanders and rookie Brandon Meriweather will share the fantasy points left on the table by the injured Rodney Harrison.
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.