Welcome to the Week 13 installment of The Huddle’s IDP Deeper Sleepers. This bi-weekly article will highlight some sleepers on the IDP side that are backing up injury-prone starters or that have a chance down the road to put up solid fantasy stats. Should you want to discuss IDP sleepers, deep or otherwise, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Akeem Jordan (PHI): Jordan is the epitome of a deep sleeper, although he may not be on many waiver wire lists after this week; a week where Andy Reid benched LB Omar Gaither (whom Jordan took over for) and TE L.J. Smith. Heck, they even benched the face of the franchise during the game. Jordan will likely remain entrenched as the starting WLB after posting 8 solos and an assisted tackle against the Ravens. Apparently Coach Reid and the rest of the Eagle coaching staff really love Jordan’s sideline-to-sideline speed, and that’s something that will keep a guy on the field.
Abdul Hodge (CIN): When the Packer’s MLB Nick Barnett went out for the season, IDP honks went to grab the likes of Desmond Bishop, Brady Poppinga and Brandon Chillar. Some IDP’ers may have been surprised to see Abdul Hodge no longer on the roster. He was signed by the Bengals, but buyer beware: he’s had a host of injuries in his short career. But he’s the primary backup at MLB (when healthy), a spot that the veteran Dhani Jones proved to be rather productive. Chances are you can get him rather cheap in dynasty leagues, so he might be a nice target if you need to stash a young MLB for the future.
Derrick Harvey (DE – JAX): Dynasty owners that used a high draft pick on the studly DE from the University of Florida are likely rather disappointed with Harvey’s first season’s performance. Keep in mind, though, that Harvey got hardly any preseason workouts in, and has shown flashes of studliness (2.5 sacks against the horrible Lions and Bengals). If you can somehow pull off a trade for Harvey (granted you don’t have to give up too much), Harvey’s a guy that could explode down the road.
Cliff Avril (DE – DET): Teammate Ikaika Alama-Francis was touted two weeks ago, but we did mention Avril as another deep option on this Lion squad. Avril is a rangy end, giving some impressions of being a playmaker like Jason Taylor. He’s not quite as tall as Taylor, but has shown playmaking ability, and with a little seasoning, could be a startable DL in the next 2-3 years.
Chris Crocker (S – CIN): The LBs and DLs listed above represent – more or less – deep dynasty picks. Crocker, on the other hand, can help you right away. He replaced Nedu Ndukwe, the very productive strong safety from the Bengals, after Ndukwe tore his plantar fascia. Crocker responded by posting 4 solos, a sack and an INT. In the starting spot this past week, he had 7 solos. If you’re hurting for a DB to wrap the season off, Crocker could be your man.
James Sanders (S – NEP): Brandon Meriweather is probably the more attractive Patriot DB to own, but Sanders will likely come cheaper in dynasty leagues. It looks like Rodney Harrison is likely done, so Sanders will definitely have a starting role in 2009 for a Patriot defense that will surprise some people in the next few years.
Notes: 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).