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IDP Weekly Sleepers - Week 4
Darin Tietgen
September 30, 2009
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Welcome to The Huddle’s IDP Sleeper Report.  Here, you’ll find some potential sleepers, who may or may not be on your league’s waiver wire.  And as always, we’ll take a peek back at last week’s picks to see how our guys panned out.  Good luck this season and feel free to email me at huddledarin@yahoo.com if you want to suggest a player or discuss my picks.  Good luck this season!

LINEBACKERS

Ricky Brown (OAK):   Is it possible to have 3 starter-worthy LBs on one team?  Well the Raiders, who apparently like spending as much time on defense as possible, are making it happen.  Brown now has 38 fantasy points in the first three weeks, and should be a fine third LB against Houston this week.

David Thornton (TEN):  Even with Keith Bulluck and Stephen Tulloch racking up points, Thornton finds a way to squeeze out around 9-10 fantasy points every week.

Will Herring (SEA):  With Leroy Hill still injured, Herring has been taking advantage of the playing time.  He won’t top 5-6 solos, especially against the Colts, but could be key in covering Dallas Clark.

Other to Consider:  Kevin Burnett (SDC)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Robert Geathers (DE – CIN):  Geathers is taking advantage of opposing offenses’ concern with Antwan Odom.  Geathers has been known as the Bengals lone pass-rusher over the past few seasons and could make some noise this week against in-state rivals the Browns.

Sedrick Ellis (DT – NOS):  The big ex-Trojan will be key in plugging up the middle and chasing down fellow USC alum Mark Sanchez in a battle of 3-0 squads.

Other to Consider:  Tony Brown (TEN)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Danieal Manning (S – CHI):  So far, Manning has been one of the better performers for the Bear secondary.  He may be available in your league, so if you need a bye week replacement or a more consistent safety, Manning could be your guy.

Nate Clements (CB – STL):  Clements has always been a very solid NFL corner, but his fantasy production has dipped.  He’s off to a good start this season and should be owned in leagues that start CB.

Ryan Clark (S – PIT):  With all the injuries in the Pittsburgh secondary, Clark has stepped his game up.  Expect a handful of solos against the Bolts.

Other to Consider:  Jim Leonhard (S – NYJ)

WEEK THREE REPORT CARD

LINEBACKERS

Scott Shanle (NOS):   3 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles (9 fantasy points).  Not a great follow-up to his massive, 10-tackle explosion of Week 2, but Shanle is still a nice LB3 in most formats.

Ben Leber (MIN):  1 solo tackle, 2 assisted tackles (3 fp).  Leber had 5 solos in each of his first two games, but quieted down against the Niners.  In fact, Vernon Davis owned him too.

Marcus Buggs (BUF):  1 solo tackle, 2 assisted tackles (3 fp).  Sometimes mere opportunities aren’t enough.  Buggs will continue to get time at MLB for the Bills, so in larger leagues, he’s still an option.

James Anderson (CAR):  3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (7 fp).  Anderson’s getting more and more playing time and is an option in very deep leagues and should be owned in most dynasty league formats.  Dan Connor pitched a goose egg and should stay on your dynasty team’s taxi squad until further notice.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Tank Tyler (DT – KCC):  3 solo tackles (6 fp).  Perhaps landing on this list is a kiss of death?  Tyler had 12 solos in his first two games, and only logged three this week.

Jason Hunter (DE – DET):  3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sack, 1 pass defensed (11.5 fp).  Another solid effort for Hunter, who looks to be the only pass-rusher for the Lions.

Calais Campbell (ARI):  3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (7 fp).  Campbell appears to be a steady source of backup DE points.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Darren Sharper (S – NOS):  1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp).  After a couple of huge weeks, Sharper faded.  Of course, it wasn’t really his fault, as the Bills couldn’t get anything going against the Saints.

Marquand Manuel (S – DET):  4 solo tackles (8 fp).  If you were in a bind, 8 fantasy points isn’t anything to shake a stick at.  Manuel should continue to rack up 4-5 solos every week for the Lion D.

Ronald Bartell (CB – STL):  6 solo tackles (12 fp).  Bartell has an impressive 16 solos in 3 games for the Rams, which is a solid number for a corner.  Bartell looks to be a solid add in all leagues that start CB.

Michael Johnson (S – NYG):  1 solo tackle (2 fp).  Both C.C. Brown and Johnson had little going on fantasy-wise on Sunday.

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