Welcome to the Week 15 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.
Quinton Culberson (STL): The Rams are an absolute mess right now, and their linebackers are cut thin. Culberson is currently starting on the strong side – as we all know, the least desirable fantasy LB – but if he performs well here in the final few weeks of the season, he could move to one of the other spots in the next seasons.
Rocky McIntosh (WAS): He’s definitely gone in dynasty leagues, but redraft league owners could snatch up McIntosh and use him as a solid #3 fantasy LB for the final weeks of the season. If you can get him cheap in dynasty formats, go for it. He should put up solid stats for years to come, especially if he avoids nagging injuries.
Ray Edwards (DE – MIN): Many IDP experts touted Edwards this season, as the arrival of Jared Allen made some believe the “Tamba Hali Effect” would occur in Minnesota. Allen made Hali a fantasy “somebody” in Kansas City (and we see what Hali is doing without Allen). Give Edwards and Allen another season together, and you could see a deadly bookend duo.
Anthony Weaver (DE – HOU): Weaver is one of those guys that you can probably get cheap in a dynasty trade, a guy that could post very solid stats in the next 1-2 years as a 2nd or backup DL. Weaver plays opposite super stud DE Mario Williams and should see nothing but one blocker to contend with. He’s shown that he can get to the QB, and if he can shake the injury bug, could even be a suitable 2nd DL to end the season.
Brandon Meriweather (S – NEP): Unlike the DLs discussed above, Meriweather will not come cheap in dynasty trades. But if you can get him for fair value, it could be worth it. We discussed fellow Pat safety James Sanders last week, indicating he could be the best value, but we need to amend that; Meriweather is going to be a star for this defense, and will be a valuable fantasy DB in the years to come.
Maurice Leggett (CB – KCC): Leggett is simply on fire for the last half of the season and while he’s basically the #3 CB for the young and talented Chiefs secondary, he’s gonna have value for the immediate future. Why? Because Brandon Carr, while playing decent football, isn’t as athletic as Leggett and is better suited as a backup. Brandon Flowers – when healthy – is the “shutdown” corner of the future for the Chiefs. Leggett could be the starter opposite Flowers starting next season and could see a ton of action as opposing QBs avoid Flowers.
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).