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.
Keyaron Fox (PIT): With Lawrence Timmons injured, Fox has stepped into the starting lineup and when he has been a starter, he’s been logging solid tackle numbers. His game isn’t just about tackles, either, which makes for a solid fantasy starter. He’s a nice #3 LB in deep leagues with Timmons hurt.
Reggie Torbor (MIA): Another injury fill-in, Torbor is manning the middle for the Dolphin D with Channing Crowder out. Torbor is a solid vet with some decent experience. If you’re hurting at LB in a larger league, Torbor could be a nice fill-in for your fantasy squad.
Other to Consider: Tully Banta-Cain (NEP)
Kenny Peterson (DE – DEN): Peterson’s just another cast-off that the Denver D picked up and turned into a solid performer. He should probably have more than 1 sack on the season, but against the right offense, he could turn in 9-10 fantasy points. In extremely deep leagues, he’s worth a bench spot in case one of your starters goes down.
Sen’Derrick Marks (DT – TEN): He’s getting some extended playing time (with Jason Jones dinged) at the spot formerly filled by Albert Haynesworth. If he’s half the player Haynesworth is, he’ll have some value at some point.
Other to Consider: Roy Miller (DT - TBB)
Thomas DeCoud (S – ATL): This guy was so blazin’ hot that he was a must-add in most larger leagues a few weeks ago. He is still a solid add, so if you’re in a dynasty league and are weak at DB, he’s worth a try.
Jacob Lacey (CB – IND): There are a ton of bumps and bruises (and breaks and tears) in the Colt defensive backfield, which has pushed a guy like Lacey into the starting spot. He’s got a ton of talent and is backing it up with solid fantasy stats. Again, it’s a deep position but if you’re in a deep league or a dynasty format, he’s roster-worthy.
Other to Consider: Lardarius Webb (CB – BAL)