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IDP Sleepers - Week 14
Darin Tietgen
December 3, 2008
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Welcome to Week 14 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

Bradie James (DAL):  If he’s still on your league’s waiver wire after his 33-point outburst, go get him.  He’ll finish the season strong against three teams that should yield LBs big points.

Akeem Jordan (PHI):  We thought that the Redskins’ Rocky McIntosh would fare better against the G-men, but he failed.  Let’s see how the speedy youngster pans out in the same role.

Kevin Bentley (HOU):  Bentley has filled in decently for Zach Diles since his season-ending injury.  He should see enough runs at him to tackle in the 4-5 solo range this coming weekend.

Other to Consider:  Derrick Brooks (TBB)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Alex Brown (DE – CHI):   Adawale Ogunleye has been ice cold, but Brown is pacing the way with a pair of sacks over the past two outings.  He could get to Jag QB David Garrard the same way Super Mario Williams did this past weekend.

Shaun Smith (DT – CLE):  For those in larger leagues that start DT, Smith is a solid choice for Week 14.  The Titans will pound the ball at the Cleveland line and if healthy, Smith will be a critical stopgap.

Other to Consider:  Mike Montgomery (DE – GBP)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Ronde Barber (CB – TBB):  Barber is getting up there in age, but the guy was once THE elite CB.  Heck, he was likely the elite DB in general in your leagues.  He may be on some leagues’ waiver wire after a pretty ho-hum middle of the season.  But he’s turning it on here and will prove extra-productive in shadowing the Panthers’ WR Steve Smith this week in a huge divisional game.

Chris Crocker (S – CIN):  With Marvin White shelved for the season, Crocker is the steadiest veteran DB the Bengals have to rely on.  Expect big numbers this week against the Colts.

Other to Consider:  Randall Gay  (CB – NOS)

WEEK 13 REPORT CARD

LINEBACKERS

Rocky Boiman (KCC):  5 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble (15 fantasy points)  For the second week in a row, Boiman forced a fumble and scored in double digit fantasy points.  He may not be the greatest start against the Broncos this week, but his final two matchups are solid.
Rocky McIntosh (WAS):  1 solo tackle, 2 assisted tackles (4 fp)  What a lousy week to have your worst fantasy outing of the season.  McIntosh had started this season off with a solid 14-point effort against the Giants but no such luck this time around.
Brandon Johnson (CIN):  5 solo tackles, 9 assisted tackles, 1.5 sacks (22 fp)  Any way you slice it, those are some good numbers; look at those assists!  Johnson’s stats will dip significantly this week against the Colts but could prove useful as a third fantasy LB in most formats for the rest of the season.
Napoleon Harris (MIN):  2 solo tackles (4 fp)  Harris had posted two solid games in a row after getting significant playing time.  Poor stats this past week and the prospects don’t look too rosy for him ending the season either.  

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Tommie Harris (DT – CHI):   3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 sack (10 fp)  DTs have been scoring like crazy this season but Harris, one of the most talented, has had an extremely quiet season.  He’s picked it up over the past few weeks and could potentially score big to end the season.
Jason Babin (DE – KCC):   3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (7 fp)  A bit more was expected from Babin this past week but the Raiders typically don’t yield big tackle stats to opposing IDPs.
Bobby McCray (DE – NOS):  2 solo tackles, 2 sacks (8 fp)   Love the two sacks, but don’t love the fact that those sacks were also his only tackles.  With Will Smith suspended, McCray will be the best pass rusher the Saints have.  Will have to see if he can handle the role.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Melvin Bullitt (S – IND):  3 solo tackles (6 fp)  Bullitt was a bit banged up this past week and his game suffered.  If he’s taking over for Bob Sanders again – and is healthy – he’s a solid DB choice moving forward. 
Charles Woodson (CB – GBP):  4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery (16 fp)  Woodson ended up starting at safety for the Pack – a position they reportedly like him in now – and had a big game.  The schedule looks favorable for Woodson, especially in this new role.
Clinton Hart  (S – SDC):  2 solo tackles (4 fp)  An especially slow Sunday for Hart, especially since he had two solid weeks previously.  With the Raiders on the docket for this week, it’s best you leave him on your wire.

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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