Welcome to Week 16 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.
Ryan Nece (DET): Three straight double digits for the Lion LB, despite starting on the strong side. The no-name SLB from the Bears posted four solos and two assists last week against the Saints. Figure Nece will accomplish at least that. Probably more.
David Thornton (TEN): With DT Albert Haynesworth not there to plug up the middle, the Titan LBs should have more tackling opportunities. Thornton may have even more chances since DE Kyle Vanden Bosch is also out.
Clint Session (IND): Session is another SLB that’s proving that the least desirable fantasy LB spot can still produce a few startable players. He’ll be a solid start against the Jags this week. Packer SLB Brady Poppinga ended his game against the Jags with 7 solos.
Other to Consider: Akeem Jordan (PHI)
Shaun Ellis (DE – NYJ): I try not to duplicate names week to week, but after the week Ellis had (and his matchup this week), he’s gotta be a top sleeper for Week 16. He had a great game during Week 15 on top of it.
Jevon Kearse (DE – TEN): With Kyle Vanden Bosch shelved, Kearse will be the primary pass rusher for the Titan D. He’ll likely find himself in the Steeler backfield on several occasions. Question is, can he bring down Big Ben?
Other to Consider: Tamba Hali (DE – KCC)
Brandon Meriweather (S – NEP): Meriweather is quickly becoming a leader on this Patriot defense. He’ll have plenty of opportunities against the passing attack of the Cards this week.
Brandon McDonald (CB – CLE): Let’s just go with an all-Brandon backfield this week. He had a huge Week 15 and has had very solid efforts this season, including a 15-point game against the Bengals, who he faces again this week.
Other to Consider: Michael Lewis (S – SFO)
WEEK 15 REPORT CARD
Rashad Jeanty (CIN): 2 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles (7 fp) Wouldn’t ya know it, the time we needed the Skins to be up and run the ball, they lay an egg against one of the worst teams in the NFL. Looking to 2009, Jeanty will continue to be a sleeper in very large leagues.
Antonio Pierce (NYG): 1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp) Hmm, maybe this is why Pierce was dropped in many leagues this season. Three fantasy points against the Boys? He amassed ten points in their last meeting. Projecting to 2009, you have to drop his value a bit since he started the 2008 season off so poorly.
Mike Vrabel (NEP): 4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble (14 fp) This represents Vrabel’s best fantasy effort since Week 1 (15 fp). Vrabel is an oldie but a goodie. If you’re in a massive league and want to take a last round flier on a backup LB, Vrabel’s not the worst of choices.
Bobby McCray (DE – NOS): 3 solo tackles (6 fp) McCray’s had a decent season with 6 sacks, but can’t be relied upon. Don’t rely on him in 2009 either.
Shaun Ellis (DE – NYJ): 6 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD (26 fp) Ahh, now that’s better. Ellis would have had a nice game even if he didn’t get that late fumble recovery for TD. But that’s just icing on the cake. Ellis isn’t a spring chicken but the Jet D will continue to improve in 2009 so he’ll be a decent late IDP pick.
Ryan Denney (DE – BUF): 3 solo tackles (6 fp) Denney’s game has been up and down with Aaron Schobel out. This was another down game, obviously. He’s only worth a look in dynasty leagues if you own Schobel in 2009.
Maurice Leggett (CB – KCC): DNP. Brandon Flowers stole the show with 10 solos. Leggett could be a key cog in the young Chief secondary in 2009.
Kenny Phillips (S – NYG): 1 solo tackle (2 fp) Another Giant IDP with tiny fantasy numbers this week. But don’t fret, Phillips owners, he’ll be solid in 2009.
Antrel Rolle (S – ARI): 7 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles (17 fp) Aside from his 18-point effort against the Rams, this was Rolle’s best fantasy game all season. Rolle has a ton of upside for 2009. Adrian Wilson is the best Card IDP, but Rolle may be the best value.
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.