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. Hopefully we can target a few key guys to get you in the playoffs and finish strong. 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.
David Bowens (CLE): In two starts, Bowens has 12 solo tackles, 3 sacks and 38 total fantasy points. With the Brown team in complete disarray, the defense will spend plenty of time on the field and Bowens has fantastic matchups to finish the season off. He should log at least 5 solos this week against their in-state “sorta rivals”.
David Vobora (STL): The former Mr. Irrelevant had his best game since returning from suspension with 5 solos and a forced fumble. He started the season out by putting up 14 fantasy points against the Seahawks and looks to do the same or better this week.
Other to Consider: Chris Draft (BUF)
Randy Starks (DE – MIA): Starks has some solid efforts under his belt this season and started a 5-game sack streak against the Bills Week 4. Despite Bill QB Ryan Fitzpatrick having a great game last week, he’s still Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Fin defense should rattle him quite a bit.
Jonathan Babineaux (DT – ATL): The big veteran obviously has some big games left in him, and another could come this week against the rookie Josh Freeman and his Bucs. If nothing else, he’d serve as a decent week fill-in for those in larger leagues that start DT. 4-5 solos and a sack are a distinct possibility.
Other to Consider: Mike DeVito (DE – NYJ)
George Wilson (S – BUF): Even with Donte Whitner back, Wilson has the starting spot and will produce big time against the Fins. Wilson had a huge Week 4 effort against these same Dolphins with 8 solos, a forced fumble and 2 sacks.
Chris Johnson (CB – DAL): Johnson has had a solid season and will produce against the Cowboys no matter who he has in coverage. With teams avoiding Nnamdi Asomugha, Johnson has benefited by increased potential for passes defensed and solos. We ran him out there on this last week and he definitely produced. If you missed out last week, try this week.
Others to Consider: Ryan Clark (S – PIT) and Brent Grimes (CB – ATL)
WEEK ELEVEN REPORT CARD
Corey Mays (KCC): 1 solo tackle (2 fantasy points). Uh, what? Let me get this straight; the Chiefs actually beat the defending champs and their most able tackler gets ONE solo? Crazy, I tell you. Look, the guy had 26 solo tackles in the previous 4 games. We figured he’d be good for another 5-6 at very least against a team like the Steelers. Weird.
Akin Ayodele (MIA): 2 solo tackles (4 fp). Again, weird. Ayodele had been tackling with semi-regularity and came up super short against the run-heavy Panthers.
Jarrett Johnson (BAL): 4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (10 fp). Johnson replaced Terrell Suggs at OLB for the Ravens and had a marginal game. If he gets extended action, he could be a cheap source of LB3 type numbers in larger leagues.
Brett Keisel (DE – PIT): 2 solo tackles (4 fp). Well, at least it was the entire Steeler team that just wasn’t itself.
Spencer Johnson and John McCargo (DT – BUF): 3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 fumble recovery (9 fp, Johnson). McCargo got hurt Week 11 so Johnson filled in admirably.
Juqua Parker (DE – PHI): 2 solo tackles. 1 assisted tackle (5 fp). Parker is such a tease. Dude has 5 sacks on the season but only 19 solo tackles.
Ko Simpson (S – DET): 3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (7 fp). Simpson fell victim to an injured knee. He had come off an early season injury to start for the Lions at SS.
James Butler (S – STL): 7 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 fumble recovery (17 fp). Best effort of the season for the Ram safety. Butler has some solid matchups to finish up the season.
Chris Johnson (CB – OAK): 5 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (11.5 fp). The Raider secondary has been a sometimes-goldmine in terms of fantasy production.
Terrell Thomas (CB – NYG): 6 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 pass defensed (14.5 fp). Thomas has turned out some decent efforts against certain opponents. The prospects look good to finish up the season too.