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!
Kaluka Maiava (CLE): Maiava is starting in D’Qwell Jackson’s spot and will be a busy tackler on Monday night against the Ravens.
Jason Taylor (MIA): The vet has a couple solid efforts in his past few games and faces a rookie QB for a struggling squad. Expect at least one sack and a few solos.
Clark Haggans (ARI): He had a decent showing against Seattle in Week 6’s matchup and could again log a sack this week. Figure on 4-5 solos to boot.
Other to Consider: Brandon Johnson (CLE)
Tyler Brayton (DE – CAR): The vet has a couple sacks in the middle part of the season and could get to Matt Ryan this Sunday. The solos will have to be in the 3-4 range for this pick to work, and with the way the Falcons run, he should have that chance.
Jonathan Babineaux (DT – ATL): The big DT had a huge game last week and could have another solid effort against the Panthers this weekend. He could log a sack and as he plugs up the middle, get a few solos.
Other to Consider: Ryan Sims (DT – TBB)
Gerald Sensabaugh (S – DET): The Jag castoff has been a great addition to the Cowboy defense and has some solid, yet unspectacular, games in the past month. He was an “other to consider” last week and came through fine, so he’s a decent choice again this week.
Jacob Lacey (CB – IND): The rookie will either be on Randy Moss or Wes Welker this week. Either way, we extend a hearty “good luck” to him, and recommend him as a nice sleeper option this week, as he’ll have plenty of opportunities at playmaking.
Other to Consider: William Gay (CB – PIT) and Jim Leonhard (S – NYJ)
WEEK NINE REPORT CARD
Corey Mays (KCC): 6 solo tackles (12 fantasy points). When he starts, he puts up great solo tackle numbers (4 games with 5+ solos each). He doesn’t do much more than tackle, but when it’s a good matchup, Mays is a solid LB3 option.
Brandon Siler (SDC): 7 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (15 fp). Getting the start in the middle of the Bolt line translated into a pretty solid effort. Siler isn’t quite the pass rusher like the other linebackers in San Diego, but is a solid tackler and could put up good stats if he’s starting.
Paris Lenon (STL): Lenon was actually a carry-over recommendation/mistake from Week 8. He ended up with 4 assisted tackles, but didn’t get quite as many solos as we thought he’d log against his former squad.
Akin Ayodele (MIA): 5 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (12 fp). Not mind-blowing numbers, but these 12 points represent a season high in fantasy points for the Fin LB. He doesn’t do anything but tackle, so he’s a risky LB3 in deep leagues.
Randy Starks (DE – MIA): 2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sack (7 fp). The sack streak continues, but the tackle numbers are disappointing. Still, in a very shallow position, Starts will continue to represent the best that’s likely available on the waiver wire.
Greg White (DE – TBB): 2 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1.5 sacks (10.5 fp). I guess this cat changed his name to “Stylez”. Interesting. Well, this is what you’re going to get out of guys like “Stylez” on a weekly basis: a few tackles, but the chance at decent sack numbers. Something you have to live with if you’re scouring the waiver wire for a fill-in.
Ryan Pickett (DT – TBB): 1 pass defensed (1.5 fp). Wow. This game was a real shock to begin with, but Pickett’s lack of dominating play was also quite a surprise.
Bernard Pollard (S – HOU): 9 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 2 INTs, 3 passes defensed (29.0 fp). If you took the advice here, you’re welcome. Pollard is fitting in perfectly with this defense and still has the big play ability. If he’s somehow on the waiver wire, get him now.
Tracy Porter (CB – NOS): 7 solo tackles, 2 forced fumbles (18 fp). The Saint D is completely revamped and making plays all over the field. Porter is an incredible surprise and is somehow managing big fantasy points alongside Darren Sharper, Roman Harper and Jabari Greer.
Bryant McFadden (CB – ARI): 6 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (13.5 fp). Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie may have oodles of talent and dynasty value, but McFadden is a solid vet that can help your squad right now and perhaps for a couple years to come.
Gerald Sensabaugh (S – DAL): 6 solo tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass defensed (15.5 fp). Sensabaugh has been a terrific addition to the Cowboy defense, stabilizing the secondary and posting decent fantasy stats. He appears to be on a nice little mini-streak right now, so ride the wave and get him in your lineup against the Pack this week.