Welcome to The Huddle’s Deep Sleeper Report. Here, we’ll take a look at a few linebackers, defensive linemen and defensive backs that are “one injury away” (that is, a backup to a stud and just one injury away from being a fantasy somebody), or players worth a look in extremely deep leagues. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to discuss the players in further detail or recommend a name or two.
Corey Mays (KCC): For those of you that caught the Cowboys Super Bowl – errr, Cowboys/Chiefs game – on Sunday, you know that Mays was in on a ton of plays. He had 9 total tackles (5 solos) and looked like the best defender for the Chiefs. He was a pre-season darling, and started the season with a 8 tackle effort, but has been rather quiet since. He’s starting, moving Derrick Johnson to a part-time role, so he’s certainly worthy of a roster spot in dynasty leagues and perhaps even in larger redrafts.
Jeremiah Trotter (PHI): The Jeremiah Trotter rebirth experiment has begun, and Trotter will be counted on to help with the Eagle rush defense. He’s only a couple seasons removed from a 100+ tackle season, and appears to have not lost a step. He’s definitely worth a look in deeper or dynasty leagues.
LaMarr Woodley (PIT): After a semi-breakout season last year with 11.5 sacks, pundits projected Woodley to come alive even more. He’s probably not worthy of an add in redraft leagues just yet, but those in dynasty formats might want to bang on the Woodley owner’s door to see if he can be attained on the cheap.
Other to Consider: Tyjuan Hagler (IND)
Kenny Peterson (DE – DEN): A very, very deep selection, Peterson is another castoff that the Broncos are using to somehow make things happen defensively. He’s got a handful of tackles and could have some value if he starts adding other stats.
Ryan Pickett (DT – GBP): The big veteran had 23 points in two games leading into the Packer bye week. Games against the Lions and Browns could yield some solid stats.
Other to Consider: Pat Sims (DT - CIN)
Dashon Golden (S – SFO): With Michael Lewis concussed and perhaps missing some time, Mark Roman slips over to the SS spot, leaving Golden to man the FS spot. He has 41 points in the past three weeks, and is a serviceable spot starter.
Shawn Springs (CB – NEP): Springs will have his ups and downs, but when he gets hot, you can utilize him. He’s got 14 solos in the past two weeks and is a solid add for this week’s game against the Titans.
Other to Consider: Tim Jennings (CB – IND)