Welcome to Week 12 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 email@example.com. And without further ado, here’s this week’s sleepers.
Scott Fujita (NOS): Fujita was one of the first SLBs in recent memory to have fantasy value a few years ago. He started this season off hotter than blazes (21 fantasy points against the Bucs) but didn’t score more than 8 fantasy points until two weeks ago. Now he has two huge games in a row and faces a Green Bay team that has rediscovered their run game. Fujita could be busy.
Brandon Chillar (GBP): Fellow LBs Desmond Bishop and Brady Poppinga were recommended last week as deeper sleepers, but Chillar should have been mentioned as he slid into the WLB spot. He’ll play a key role this week against the multi-faceted Saint offense.
Derrick Brooks (TBB): Brooks is another one of those veterans that has been forgotten by many fantasy owners, even in deeper leagues. Granted, he’s had a pretty weak season, but he could net you 12-15 fantasy points, good as a LB3 in deep leagues.
Other to Consider: David Thornton (TEN)
Darryl Tapp (DE – SEA): With Patrick Kerney out, Tapp has come up big. He’ll be the primary pass rusher against a Redskin OL that has allowed 26 sacks this season.
Brett Keisel (DE – PIT): Keisel scored 16 fantasy points last week and faces a Bengal offense that is dead last in sacks allowed. Keisel only has one on the season (last week) but should put plenty of pressure on the Bengal QB.
Other to Consider: Tommy Kelly (DT – OAK)
Terrence McGee (CB – BUF): McGee has been a household name in fantasy circles for years, but for some reason, he had a stretch of quiet games, likely due to nagging injuries (which kept him out a few games). He’s healthy now and has been posting double-digit fantasy numbers with regularity. He’ll shadow the Chiefs’ WR Dwayne Bowe, one of the most-targeted receivers in the game.
Abram Elam (S – NYJ): Elam has been hot over the past three weeks, filling up the box score. He’ll likely figure in many plays – be it tackles or otherwise – against the tough Titan offense this week.
Other to Consider: Ko Simpson (S – BUF)
WEEK 11 REPORT CARD
Paris Lenon (DET): 6 solo tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass defensed (16 fantasy points) About what we expected from Lenon this week. He hasn’t had less than five solos in a game in a month. He’ll continue to rack up the tackles as the Lions’ IDPs have great matchups down the stretch.
Antonio Pierce (NYG): 6 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (13 fp). Hoped for a little more but can’t argue with six solos. Pierce has some decent matchups down the stretch, and with his history as a solid fantasy performer, he should be on rosters.
Mike Peterson (JAX): 5 solo tackles (10 fp) After last week’s press time, it was announced that Peterson was “permanently benched”, which had all sorts of connotations. Turns out that he got plenty of playing time and logged five solos, a solid amount for a non-starter. He might be a risky play as you never know what the fiery HC Jack Del Rio is going to do.
Desmond Bishop (GB): 1 assisted tackle (1 fp) Hopefully you all got the note that Bishop wasn’t taking over at MLB and would be a risky play this past week. Brandon Chillar (who ended up posting 13 fantasy points) got the start at WLB, shifting A.J. Hawk inside. Bishop isn’t a play unless he somehow re-emerges as a potential MLB starter.
Brady Poppinga (GB): 1 solo tackle (2 fp) Poppinga had been scoring well (26 fantasy points over past two games prior to this week) but cooled off. He’s a risky play with the shifting around of Packer LBs.
Ryan Pickett (DT – GBP): 2 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (5 fp) The Packers’ D completely dominated the Bears and Pickett & Co. really didn’t have to make big plays; the Bears literally self-imploded. We do like seeing the big man get his big paw on a pass, though. Pickett remains a solid option in leagues that start DT.
Ryan Denney (DE – BUF): 1 solo tackle (2 fp) The Brown OL was able to contain the backup to Aaron Schobel 100% on Monday night. Denney had a fabulous effort against the Pats, but fell flat this week. If Schobel remains out, Denney has to be considered an option despite this poor outing.
Demetric Evans (DE – WAS): 2 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles (7 fp) Evans didn’t keep up his sack streak this week. Look for him to post good numbers this week against the Seahawks.
Karl Paymah (CB – DEN): 2 solo tackles (4 fp) Even with Champ Bailey sidelined again, Paymah cooled off significantly this week. He had a massive game against the Fins (thought to be a fluke) and then followed it up with a solid effort against the Browns (now thought this guy was for real). If Bailey remains out, Paymah has to be considered a matchup-based fill-in for those in larger leagues that start CB.
Bernard Pollard (S – KCC): 4 solo tackles (8 fp) Pollard looked to be getting out of his slump and had a great matchup against the Saints this week, but was only able to compile four solos. He has some nice matchups to close out the season, so if you’re hurting at DB, he has to be an option based on his talent and matchup.
Brodney Pool (S – CLE): 2 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (5 fp) First the guy gets whooped by Kellen Winslow’s wife in the “how well do you know your teammate” game on ESPN, then he goes out and posts a general stinker game. We know Pool can post solid stats, but has been somewhat inconsistent this season. Like Pollard, he has a few nice matchups to close the season, so those in larger leagues might look at Pool as an option.
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.