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 email@example.com if you want to suggest a player or discuss my picks.
Corey Mays (KCC): A frequent member of this list, Mays has been successful in racking up tackles when he’s facing teams like this week’s opponent, the Denver Broncos. Figure 6-7 solos at least, which could be a nice number for a LB3 in most formats.
Chase Blackburn (NYG): Gotta love it when a “no duh” sleeper comes out of the woodwork, who’s more than likely on your league’s waiver wire. With Antonio Pierce shelved, Blackburn will get the bulk of the MLB snaps. The ex Akron product has proven he can make tackles and will get plenty of chances against the Cowboys in a huge divisional game.
Other to Consider: James Anderson (CAR)
Kenny Peterson (DE – DEN): Peterson, a cast-off that the Broncos picked up off the scrap heap, has been a game-changer for the Bronco defense, despite the numbers being rather pedantic. He has a good chance at recording a sack and 3-4 solos against the Chiefs this weekend.
John Henderson (DT – JAC): The big veteran will have more than one chance at sacking Matt Schaub this week, and will be a force in the middle for the Jag defense.
Other to Consider: Trevor Scott (DE – OAK)
Reed Doughty (S – WAS): Just go ahead and bump up any fringe secondary starter who plays the Saints. Real big bump up for Doughty, who leads one of the best, and most underrated, secondaries in the NFL. 6+ solos with a potential batted ball is likely.
Lardarius Webb (CB – GBP): Figure the rookie will be plenty busy against the Packer offense come Monday night. Whether he tries handling Donald Driver on underneath routes or Greg Jennings on the skinny posts, he’ll have chances to bat balls down or make tackles.
Other to Consider: Ryan Clark (S – PIT, yes again)
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David Bowens (CLE): 2 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 0.5 sacks (9.5 fantasy points) Bowens had a pair of very solid efforts prior to this, but at least kept the sack streak alive. He is nursing a dinged knee this week, so he might not be a great choice against the Bolts.
David Vobora (STL): 3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (5 fp). Vobora’s better days are ahead of him. In deep leagues, he might have some value to round the season out.
Chris Draft (BUF): 5 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass defensed (15.5 fp). Draft’s best effort of the season was highlighted by his first pick since 2004. He’s had some very solid seasons, so it’s not too big of a shock.
Randy Starks (DE – MIA): 2 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 0.5 sacks (8.5 fp). Another sack for Starks, giving him 6 total on the season. Despite the somewhat difficult matchups, he’ll be a solid DL2 in most leagues to finish the season off.
Jonathan Babineaux (DT – ATL): 3 solo tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack, 1 pass defensed (12.5 fp). Babineaux really steps up against the weaker squads. If you’re hurting at DL (and especially in leagues that start DT), he could be a nice fill-in during Week 16 against the Bills, and even the week previous against the Jets.
Mike DeVito (DE – NYJ): Zip. Can’t win ‘em all. DeVito had a couple decent games in a row and faced a Panther OL that has been rather sieve-like, but the big Jet managed nothing.
George Wilson (S – BUF): 4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (10 fp). Yet another double-digit scoring game (barely) for the Bill safety. If he’s afforded the playing time, he’s a solid starter in all IDP leagues.
Chris Johnson (CB – DAL): 3 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (7.5 fp). He’s quietly having a solid fantasy season and should be owned in all dynasty leagues despite the depth at the position.
Ryan Clark (S – PIT): 6 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (13 fp). Clark quietly has 46 solos in sporadic playing time while battling some nagging injuries. In deep leagues, he’s worthy of a bench spot.