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IDP Sleepers - Week 13
Darin Tietgen
November 26, 2008
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Welcome to Week 13 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 huddledarin@yahoo.com.  And without further ado, here’s this week’s sleepers.

LINEBACKERS

Rocky Boiman (KCC):  With injuries decimating the Chief LBs, Boiman has been filling in and filling in well.  He recorded 10 solos against the Bills and could again be busy against the Raiders.

Rocky McIntosh (WAS):  McIntosh is a solid fantasy LB and really shouldn’t be on waiver wires, but he certainly could be, especially in more shallow leagues.  He’s averaged 17 fantasy points over his past two contests and could rack up tackles against the G-men this week.

Brandon Johnson (CIN):  With Keith Rivers on IR, Johnson has been getting more regular playing time and is making the most of it.  Chances are there will be plenty of tackling opportunities against the Ravens, so Johnson could have one of his better games of the season come Sunday.

Other to Consider:  Napoleon Harris (MIN)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Tommie Harris (DT – CHI):   Harris is one of the best talents at DT in the NFL and has been getting to the QB a bit more now that he’s healthy.  Look for him to log 3-4 solo tackles plugging up the middle against the Vikes, and there’s always the chance for a sack.  In leagues that start DT, he’s a solid start this week.

Jason Babin (DE – KCC):  This is a bit of a deeper sleeper pick, but Babin did log 7 solos this past week and has a history of being able to get to the opposing QB.  With the Raiders on the docket for this week, Babin  could post double-digit fantasy points.

Other to Consider:  Bobby McCray (DE – NOS)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Melvin Bullitt (S – IND):  If Bob Sanders is again inactive, as he was during Week 12, Bullitt would get the nod at strong safety for the Colts.  Antoine Bethea will again have solid stats at FS, but Bullitt should get plenty of opportunities playing the Browns.

Charles Woodson (CB – GBP):  Woodson has cemented himself as one of the elite CBs in the NFL.  He’ll likely shadow the Panthers’ Steve Smith, which could net him a few solos and chances at batting down passes.

Other to Consider:  Clinton Hart  (S – SDC)

WEEK 12 REPORT CARD

LINEBACKERS

Scott Fujita (NOS):  1 solo tackle, 2 assisted tackles (4 fantasy points).  After two huge games, Fujita’s production dipped significantly.  Due to the Saints’ hot offensive surge, the Packers’ Ryan Grant only ran the ball 18 times.  Fujita is still going to be a decent #3 fantasy LB in larger leagues, especially against run-heavy teams.
Brandon Chillar (GBP):  10 solo tackles, 1 sack (22 fp).   Chillar saved his best effort for his first week on this list.  Chillar is an able tackler and can make plays; go ahead and grab him as the remaining matchups are favorable for Packer IDPs.
Derrick Brooks (TBB):  5 solo tackles (10 fp).  Not a horrible number of solos, and his second-most this season.  He’s a good play for the final four games of the season. 
David Thornton (TEN):  5 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (12 fp).  Thornton has been a serviceable fantasy LB for a few years now but has been a little off this season.  He’s been coming on for the past three weeks and could prove useful against the Titans final opponents. 

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Darryl Tapp (DE – SEA):   3 solo tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack (11 fp).  Tapp has come on strong after Patrick Kerney went out.  With Kerny on IR, Tapp will continue to get steady reps as a pass rusher for the Seahawks. 
Brett Keisel (DE – PIT):  1 solo tackle, 4 assisted tackles (6 fp).  Keisel’s knee injury was apparently worse than expected and now he’s out for a couple of weeks.  Four assisted tackles means the veteran end was at least getting in on some plays. 
Tommy Kelly (DT – OAK):  Zip.  Kelly had been on a hot streak, and you’d think that in a big defeat of their AFC West rivals that Kelly would at least get a stat here or there.  Kelly’s name has been mentioned in the next round of Raider player purging.  Maybe he’s getting sick and tired of Al Davis.  I know I would be.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Terrence McGee (CB – BUF):  4 solo tackles (8 fp).  Expected a little more for McGee, especially after his six-pass defense game two weeks back.  Look for McGee to play well in the final month of the season; he’s a fine start in most leagues.
Abram Elam (S – NYJ):  6 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble (18 fp).  Nice overall game for the Jet safety; his best scoring effort of the season.  The Jet defensive backs have solid matchups to end the season, so get Elam into your lineup.
Ko Simpson (S – BUF):  3 solo tackles (6 fp).  Simpson has been a disappointment for the Bills after being a pretty highly touted draft pick out of the University of South Carolina.  The Bill DBs do have decent matchups to close the season, but you can likely do better and more consistent with another DB.

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.

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