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!
Corey Mays (KCC): Hopefully this guy doesn’t regress this week, as he typically has one nice game followed by a stinker. But we like the matchup and Mays is a potential beast.
Brandon Siler (SDC): Somebody has to play in the middle for the Bolts. Will the fact that he’s actually smaller than Giant RB Brandon Jacobs be a problem for you?
Paris Lenon (STL): Lenon was the de-facto MLB for the poor Lions last season, now the guy is the de-facto WLB for the almost-as-poor Rams. Opportunities may translate into fantasy stats.
Other to Consider: Akin Ayodele (MIA)
Randy Starks (DE – MIA): Don’t really like the matchup, but in Starks’ favor, neither was his Week 7 game where he put up 11.5 fantasy points against the Saints. He’s on a 4-game sack streak, so if Brady gives it up to anyone, it’ll probably be him (and Giselle won’t get jealous). He’s the highest-ranked free agent in my 12-team dynasty, so he should be available in most redrafts.
Greg White (DE – TBB): White could be the benefactor of Aaron Rodgers holding onto the ball for too long and Jimmy Wilkenson playing well on the other edge. He’s posted two solid efforts in a row. Hope he can keep it up.
Other to Consider: Ryan Pickett (DT – TBB)
Bernard Pollard (S – HOU): He’s had a couple of average outings in a row, but will be plenty busy on Sunday against the Colts high-flying offense.
Tracy Porter (CB – NOS): If a leaguemate jumped on Jabari Greer, don’t blame him, join him by taking Porter, who is just as hot as Greer. The matchup is pretty solid against a struggling Carolina offense.
Other to Consider: Bryant McFadden (CB – ARI) and Gerald Sensabaugh (S – DAL)
WEEK EIGHT REPORT CARD
David Hawthorne (SEA): 5 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble, 2 sacks, 1 pass defensed (22.5 fantasy points). Lofa who? All this guy does is make tackles AND other plays that make fantasy owners drool. Hawthorne is “undersized” but is proving that he’s quite a talent. If he’s somehow out there, grab him now (dynasty or redraft).
Tim Dobbins (SDC): 2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (5 fp). Bummer, Dobbins could have had a solid effort but was injured. Check out Brandon Siler now.
Clark Haggans (ARI): 2 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (6 fp). I guess this is why guys like Haggans are on free agent lists. He had a solid Week 7, but turns around and does this.
David Bowens (CLE): 2 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (6 fp). See above.
Leonard Little (DE – STL): 2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sack (8 fp). That sack was an inevitability. You can probably throw him back into the free agent list with the Rams on bye and a poor Week 10 matchup coming up.
Jason Ferguson (DT – MIA): 3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (7 fp). DL continues to be the most frustrating position to project. Consider yourself lucky if you have a guy like Marcus Stroud or Albert Haynesworth, who put up solid numbers at the DT spot.]
Marcus Harrison (DT – CHI): 1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp). Harrison had a nice Week 7, filling in for the inactive Tommie Harris. With Harris back, Harrison faded back into obscurity.
C.C. Brown (S – NYG): 5 solo tackles (10 fp). By no means did Brown post the type of numbers he did in the previous 2 weeks, but don’t let that bring you down. Brown is a solid add in all leagues.
Thomas DeCoud (S – ATL): 3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack (13 fp). You’d like to see more solos (and you will as the weeks progress) but the second-year stud-in-the making is a ballhawk and will get to the opposing QB. A very, very solid add.
Jason McCourty (CB – TEN): Zip. With the starting CBs getting healthy, McCourty returns to a reserve role.
Marquand Manuel (S – DET): 1 assisted tackle (1 fp). Weird. This guy should be putting up numbers. Bad team, lots of playing time. He can make tackles, but don’t expect much in the way of batted balls or INTs.