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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to suggest a player or discuss my picks. Good luck this season!
Jarrett Johnson (LB - BAL): Johnson is racking up sacks against quality QBs behind quality offensive lines and has 11 solos in the past two games. He should be involved in the stopping of Adrian Peterson and could rough up Brett Favre a bit.
Corey Mays (LB - KCC): Mays made his way to the Deep Sleepers list this week, but could also be considered a sleeper this week as the Chiefs face a struggling (yet run-first) Redskin team. He was obviously the most active defender for the Chiefs last week, and could continue to keep his motor revving against the Skins.
David Thornton (LB - TEN): Thornton always has a stretch or two each season where he puts up admirable fantasy stats, even with Keith Bulluck and Stephen Tulloch scoring alongside him. The Pats will be using a host of RBs and the short passing game could keep Thornton involved.
Other to Consider: Bryan Thomas (LB - NYJ)
Jimmy Wilkerson (DE - TBB): We touted Wilkerson last week, and he performed admirably. There's really no other good "sleeper" options at DE this week, so we'll add him to this list again. Wilkerson is looking like the best pass rusher the Bucs have, as Gaines Adams waits to finally bust out. He had 3 sacks last week, and could take advantage of the mistake-prone Jake Delhomme this week as the Bucs host the Panthers.
Ryan Pickett (DT - GBP): Pickett has posted pretty solid tackle stats, and should continue to post them in this game and may add a sack against the Lions.
Other to Consider: None.
Chris Johnson (CB - OAK): We recommended Johnson last week, and like Wilkerson, we find ourselves in a situation where we must recommend him again. Johnson is an unheralded fantasy performer, plain and simple. CB is very deep, but you're not going to do better on a weekly basis than Johnson. Not only does he play for a team whose defense on the field a bunch, but he plays opposite one of the best corners in the game. His opportunities for pass defenses and tackles should again be high this week against the Philly offense.
Brandon McGowan (S - NEP) and Shawn Springs (CB - NEP): There's always someone in the Patriot secondary that posts solid fantasy numbers. For the past couple weeks, it's been McGowan and Springs. Expect the Pats to see the kitchen sink thrown at them by the struggling Titans, and McGowan will be involved in stopping all facets of their offense. Springs should help some in the run defense, too.
Other to Consider: Al Harris (CB - GBP)
WEEK 5 REPORT CARD
Kamerion Wimbley (LB - CLE): 5 solo tackles, 6 assisted tackles, 1 sack (19 fantasy points) Wimbley ended up with his best fantasy output thus far in the season, and now has a sack in all but one game.
Clark Haggans (LB - ARI): 4 solo tackles (8 fp). Like the number of solos, don't like the lack of any other stats.
Nick Roach (LB - CHI): Well, we got a little ahead of ourselves last week. THIS is the week you should be running Roach out there, as Hunter Hillenmeyer is still nursing a broken rib, and even if he was healthy, Roach would probably be the starter.
Jimmy Wilkerson (DE - TBB): 6 solo tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 pass defensed (24.5 fp). Wilkerson had his best game of the season, and will continue to be a solid option at DL.
Kendall Langford (DE - MIA): 1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp). Langford had three nice weeks in a row prior to this stinker.
Dashon Goldson (S - SFO): 5 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (12 fp). It wasn't the 17 point outburst from a week ago, but you shouldn't turn your nose at double digits. Goldson will remain a deeper sleeper in most formats.
Chris Johnson (CB - OAK): 7 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (15 fp). Another solid effort with a bunch of solos for the Raider corner. As noted above, as long as he plays for the Raiders and opposite Nnamdi Asomugha, he's going to get his chances.
Chris Crocker (S - CIN): 5 solo tackles (10 fp). Nice solo tackle number, but he'll to start knocking down passes and grabbing some INTs before he's an every-week type of fantasy player.
Ike Taylor (CB - PIT): 3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 pass defensed (8.5 fp). Decent stats, but decent doesn't win championships. Taylor will remain a deep option in leagues that start CB based on his ability to defend passes and collect a decent amount of solos.