Welcome to The Huddle’s Deep Sleeper Report. If you’re in a dynasty league and looking to pick up a player that might be able to help you in a year or two, check out the players below. 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.
Jamar Williams (CHI): As not only a Bear fan but a Williams owner in a couple dynasty leagues, I say “FINALLY!”. With Lance Briggs shelved this past week, the ex-Sun Devil had a whopping 18 tackles (13 of them solos) and 2 passes defended. Briggs won’t be around forever and Williams has been groomed to take the Bear WLB spot.
Matt Roth (CLE): There are several good, young LBs being stockpiled by the Browns, but don’t forget about the former Dolphin draftee. He was being groomed to replace Jason Taylor as their edge rusher, but apparently didn’t pan out. As the young Brown LBs continue to develop, Roth could get regular playing time.
Other to Consider: Zack Follett (DET)
Tyson Jackson (DE – KCC): Despite regular playing time, the coveted Jackson has only 12 solo tackles this season (7 in one game). He’s ultra-talented and could just need another year of seasoning. If you can get him from an impatient owner, it could be a huge coup.
Kyle Williams (DT – BUF): Williams, like Jackson, is a former LSU Tiger. He’s having a pretty good season, totaling 29 solos, 22 assists, 10 tackles for loss, and has 3 sacks. In leagues that start DT, he should be taken for sure. In leagues that combine DT with DE, he may be a decent fill-in.
Other to Consider: Tony Brown (DT - TEN)
Dawan Landry (S – BAL): If we know one thing about the Baltimore Ravens, it’s that they’ll likely always have a solid defense. Ed Reed is getting up there in age and has been battling injuries. Landry had a solid rookie campaign in 2006 with 49 solos and 11 passes defended. He had a good follow-up sophomore season with 67 solos. After being hurt last season, Landry has come on strong and has had a few solid showings. He could be the leader of the Raven secondary in the next few years.
Lardarius Webb (CB – BAL): If Landry doesn’t step up for the Raven secondary, it could be the small school wonder Webb. In leagues that give points for return yards, Webb will have even more value. The corner has 22 solos in six games played for the Ravens, and if he adds a little bulk, could continue to rack up even more big plays.
Other to Consider: James Butler (S – STL)