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!
David Hawthorne (SEA): Hawthorne once again fills in for Lofa Tatupu, and will have the opportunity to rack up the tackles against the Cowboys.
Tim Dobbins (SDC): With Kevin Burnett out, Dobbins once again has the chance to log a good number of tackles and may even log a sack.
Clark Haggans (ARI): Haggans appears to have taken the “second fiddle” spot away from Gerald Hayes, at least for the time being. He could log 4-6 solos and will have opportunities at getting to the Panthers’ QB.
Other to Consider: David Bowens (CLE)
Leonard Little (DE – STL): This is a perfect storm for Little; facing a pretty lousy offensive line and he’s got the potential for big games. He may be a boom or bust, so be forewarned.
Jason Ferguson (DT – MIA): You’ll want to monitor his foot injury, but if by the end of the week it’s determined that he’s good to go, he’ll be a nice sleeper as he plugs up the middle against the Jet RBs.
Other to Consider: Marcus Harrison (DT – CHI)
C.C. Brown (S – NYG): Looks like the Giants have found their replacement for Kenny Phillips. Brown is a vet that can rack up the tackles, especially against pass-heavy teams.
Thomas DeCoud (S – ATL): DeCoud is hotter than Georgia asphalt in July, so if by chance you can grab him, do so. Very rarely do you find a top-tier fantasy player on the waiver wire, but this just might be the week.
Jason McCourty (CB – TEN): With all the injuries to the Titan corners, McCourty has stepped up and is tackling well. He doesn’t have any passes defensed yet, so he needs to rack up the tackles to matter.
Other to Consider: Marquand Manuel (S – DET)
WEEK SEVEN REPORT CARD
Nick Roach (CHI): 2 solo tackles, 6 assisted tackles (10 fantasy points). Solos are obviously the preferred tackle in terms of fantasy, but getting in on 6 assists means that he’s active in the defense and the big numbers are surely right around the corner.
Chase Blackburn (NYG): 2 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles (5 fp). We went with the fact that Blackburn had a huge game against the Saints and assumed that he may have another decent effort against the Cards. No such luck.
Junior Seau (NEP): 1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp). OK, the Seau experiment, at least from a fantasy standpoint, is probably over. Looks like The Hoodie just wanted some veteran presence back with his LBs with Mike Vrabel in Kansas City.
Ricky Brown (OAK): Zip. Brown was set to return last week, but alas, he did not. If he can get himself healthy, he’ll once again be a nice little sleeper.
Robert Geathers (DE - CIN): Zip. Kudos to the Bear OL for shutting Geathers down with Odom sidelined for the season.
Pat Sims (DT - CIN): Zipola. Ditto with Sims; the Bears totally shut him out.
Brett Keisel (DE - PIT): 1 solo tackle, 3 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack (10 fp). Keisel should play well with Aaron Smith gone, but his fantasy production will be all over the place.
Jabari Greer (CB - NOS): 3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 2 passes defensed (10 fp). Both Greer and fellow Saint CB Tracy Porter are having good fantasy seasons. Greer is a solid play this week against the Dirty Birds.
Bernard Pollard (S - HOU): 3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (7 fp). Don’t let this vanilla effort fool you; Pollard is a big time talent and will be a viable fantasy starter for the remainder of the season.
Dashon Goldson (S - SFO): 6 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery (19 fp). Goldson was a big-time find for the Niners and for fantasy owners that added him. He’s a nice play this week against the Colts.