Welcome to Week 10 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.
Pat Thomas (KCC): Thomas was a hot pickup as the preseason led into the regular season as he was named to the starting lineup. He’s had a decent season but has recently come on (two solid games out of last three). He’s a nice pickup for the next few weeks as they face offenses that will be balanced enough where the LBs get plenty of opportunities at tackling and “big plays”.
Manny Lawson (SFO): Lawson had his share of touting coming out of North Carolina State but hasn’t lived up to the hype. He did, however, start the season out well with 5 solos against this week’s opponents, the Arizona Cardinals. He had a big Week 8 prior to the Niners’ bye and could score well this week.
Stephen Tulluch (TEN): Another former Wolfpack, Tulluch has a couple of solid games under his belt leading into this battle against the Bears. Expect the tackling opportunities to be plentiful for Tulluch, who’s keeping up with the other Titan LBs in terms of fantasy scoring.
Other to Consider: D.D Lewis (SEA)
Ebenezer Ekuban (DE – DEN): I’ve been highly critical of all Bronco upfront linemen this season. Well, they’ve been pretty terrible. When healthy, Ekuban has posted moderate stats. This week could be his biggest week this season as the Broncos travel to Cleveland for the season’s first Thursday night game against a Brady Quinn led Brown squad. The Bronco defense will be bringing the heat.
James Hall (DT – STL): As a fill-in for DE Leonard Little, Hall started the season on fire. Once Little returned, Hall returned to fantasy obscurity. In the past few weeks, though, he’s getting his game back as a tackle and has 2.5 sacks in three games. Look for him to get to Jet QB Brett Favre, who has a tendency to hold onto the pigskin for longer than warranted.
Other to Consider: Richard Seymour (DE - NEP)
Brandon Meriweather (S – NEP): Meriweather was brought in to lead the Patriot secondary (at some point). That point might be now, as Rodney Harrison’s out for the season and likely has played his last game for the Pats. Meriweather is a converted corner with supreme ball skills. He’s been tackling effectively and will be a key cog in stopping the balanced Buffalo offense this week.
Jordan Babineaux (CB – SEA): Bronco CB Karl Paymah (yeah, who?) went off against the Fins last week, and Babineaux could be next in line for big fantasy points as the struggling Seahawks try keeping up with the Wildcat formation. And it’s not like Babineaux has been a quiet fantasy performer; he’s posted games of 23 and 16 fantasy points in two of his last three outings.
Other to Consider: Antrel Rolle (S – ARI)
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Joey Porter (MIA): 3 solo tackles, 1 sack (8 fantasy points). Porter kept up his consecutive game with a sack streak, but didn’t do much else. He’s a great start for the next few weeks, though.
Antonio Pierce (NYG): 3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 forced fumble (10 fp). Once a fantasy stud, Pierce is relegated to #3 fantasy LB status, even with the Giant defense firing on all cylinders. He’s still worthy of spot start.
Paris Lenon (DET): 5 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (12 fp). Lenon has a good number of solos over the past couple weeks and could definitely keep this up for the next couple of weeks too.
Tedy Bruschi (NEP): 3 solo tackles (6 fp). I believe the time has passed for Bruschi. Yeah, he looked like the Bruschi of old last week, but it was apparently a pipe dream to think he could post consecutive big games. With Jerod Mayo playing so well and Adalius Thomas patrolling the end, Bruschi’s days of big fantasy points are over.
Mathias Kiwanuka (DE – NYG): 1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sack (5 fp). All hail Justin Tuck. He’s taken this Giant defensive squad under his wing and it was thought Kiwanuka would score well with Tuck commanding attention on the other end. Kiwanuka’s had his share of decent games, but it’s best to use him as a backup in the most dire of circumstances.
Cory Redding (DT – DET): 4 solo tackles, 1 sack (10 fp). Redding is benefiting by the superior play of the defensive ends and the amount the Lion defense is on the field. For leagues that start DT, Redding is a solid pickup.
Marques Douglas (DE - BAL): 1 solo tackle (2 fp). Douglas was really a shot in the dark, based 100% on matchup. He was set to become a vital part of this Raven defense but has been marginal at best. He’s waiver wire fodder.
Brodney Pool (S – CLE): 4 solo tackles (8 fp). A decent number of solos for the veteran safety, but you’ll need more than that to make a splash in fantasy circles. Pool could get back to double-digit scoring this week against the Broncos on Thursday night.
Jason Craft (CB – STL): 2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (5 fp). I think I get Craft’s game now: he’ll have a good game, then tail off in the next. The guy was facing one of the most pass-happy squads in the NFL, and only managed 2 solos. Maybe he’ll do better against a more balanced offense like the Jets this week.
Kerry Rhodes (S – NYJ): 1 assisted tackle, 1 pass defensed (2 fp). Ha, wouldn’t you know it. The guy goes out and posts two games that look like vintage Kerry Rhodes and he then posts a stinker of a game. There’s no rhyme or reason to Rhodes’ play, and more specifically, fantasy scoring. He got his big contract and is no longer a game-changer. Bummer.
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.