Welcome to Week 11 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.
Paris Lenon (DET): Lenon has been racking up the tackles (37 solos, 21 assists thus far) and will likely post a good amount against the run-heavy offense of the Carolina Panthers.
Antonio Pierce (NYG): If Pierce is still on your league’s waiver wire, as he is in the SOFA IDP league, I highly recommend his services. Pierce has been a solid fantasy LB for years, and after a rough start and inconsistent middle of the season, he’s posting solid numbers. Watch him rack up the tackles against the RBs of Baltimore.
Mike Peterson (JAX): Another veteran LB that’s posted great fantasy stats in past season could be on your league’s waiver wire after he was made inactive this past week. He’ll be back on the field this week and should post good stats against the tough Titan offense.
Other to Consider: Desmond Bishop and Brady Poppinga (GB)
Ryan Pickett (DT – GBP): Pickett has 20 fantasy points over the past two weeks and will plug up the middle against the Bears at home. Expect 3 solos and perhaps a sack; stats that would be welcome in larger leagues that start DT.
Ryan Denney (DE – BUF): Bill pass rush specialist Aaron Schobel has three words associated with him that you just hate to hear: Dr. Robert Anderson. Dr. Anderson is to feet as Dr. James Andrews is to arms. With Schobel sidelined for more game action, Denney will be the primary pass rusher. He posted 21 fantasy points last week against the Pats and could do more damage against the Browns this week.
Other to Consider: Demetric Evans (DE – WAS)
Karl Paymah (CB – DEN): Champ Bailey has done some light jogging this week, but hasn’t practiced. Paymah will likely start for Bailey again, and will draw a tough cover against the Falcons. He’ll be tested, but that usually spells fantasy gold.
Bernard Pollard (S – KCC): Pollard was touted as one of the best young safeties in the game, and was ranked high enough to be a starting DB in just about every fantasy league. He consistently put up 9 fantasy points per game for the first few games, well below his projections. He’s coming on stronger and faces a Saint squad that will surely air it out against this young Chief secondary.
Other to Consider: Brodney Pool (S – CLE)
WEEK 10 REPORT CARD
Pat Thomas (KCC): 1 assisted tackle (1 fantasy point). Wait, what? Thomas logs 17 fantasy points against the Bucs two weeks ago and 14 two weeks before that, and then he comes out and gets one point? Thomas started, but looks like Rocky Boiman got enough time in the rotation to outscore Thomas. Looks like this is a messy situation, and you’d be best to avoid it unless you’re in a massive league and there are no better options.
Manny Lawson (SFO): Zip, zero, nada. What is going on here? Lawson had a terrific game a couple weeks ago, looking like he was 100% after a hamstring injury. Maybe the injury flared up, but you gotta get more out of a talented LB like Lawson. Another situation to avoid from here on out.
Stephen Tulloch (TEN): 3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (7 fp). Another blah game for a former NC State’r. Tulloch is going to have some solid games, and should be considered in large leagues as an injury replacement.
D.D Lewis (SEA): 1 solo tackle (2 fp). With Lofa Tatupu back in the lineup, Lewis was relegated to a smaller role. Tatupu’s injury was thought to be persistent, but it appears he’s back. If he goes out again, Lewis will be a solid pickup.
Ebenezer Ekuban (DE – DEN): 1 solo tackle (2 fp). Looks like Ekuban is on an every-other-week sack schedule. The matchup was cherry, but it looks like you just can’t rely on any Bronco up-front lineman.
James Hall (DT – STL): 1 solo tackle, 2 solo tackles (4 fp). The sleeper calls just don’t look that good this week. Hall will continue to be an option in leagues that start DTs, though.
Richard Seymour (DE - NEP): 1 solo tackle. 2 assisted tackles, 1 sack (6 fp). Hey at least Seymour added to his sack total for the Pats. He’ll be a deeper sleeper in larger leagues as the season goes on.
Brandon Meriweather (S – NEP): 1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp). Yeah, I know. Don’t quit my day job. But hey, no one could have predicted this. The Bills give up plenty of fantasy points to opposing safeties and Meriweather had three solid games in a row previous to this.
Jordan Babineaux (CB – SEA): 3 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed, 1 INT, 1 TD (16 fp). Ah, finally. Babineaux only has 3 fewer fantasy points than the highly regarded Marcus Trufant. Get Babineaux cheap in dynasty leagues.
Antrel Rolle (S – ARI): 4 solo tackles (8 fp). Rolle is developing into a solid NFL safety, after spending most of his football career as a corner. Look for him to put up solid numbers alongside Adrian Wilson very soon.
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.