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IDP Weekly Sleepers - Week 15
Darin Tietgen
December 17, 2009
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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 huddledarin@yahoo.com if you want to suggest a player or discuss my picks.

LINEBACKERS

Clark Haggans (ARI):  Haggans understands the Cardinals’ defensive scheme probably better than any other on his squad from his days with the Steelers.  He’s a LB that can get to the QB and he has 5.5 sacks on the season thus far.  Getting to Daunte Culpepper this week shouldn’t be too much of a task.

Chris Chamberlain (STL):  Chamberlain has been a deeper sleeper for a few weeks now, and could get an extended look with Paris Lenon dinged.  The Texans should be testing out Arian Foster at RB and the Ram WLB could manage a handful of solos as the Texans run to preserve their eventual lead.

Other to Consider:  Dan Connor (CAR)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Greg White (DE – TBB):  White may still be available in deeper leagues, and is a good bet to add a sack or two to his season total against a Seahawk OL that has allowed more than two per contest.  White should also get you around 4 solos and a couple of assists.

Pat Williams (DT – MIN):  The big guy is probably a pretty safe bet this week to get around 4-5 solos as he plugs up the middle against the runners for the Panthers on Sunday night.

Other to Consider:  Corey Williams (DE – CLE)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Marvin White (S – DET):  Even with HC Jim Schwartz saying White “struggled” and missed up to 7 tackles, White will continue to be the starter.  If White would have made half of those missed tackles, he would have had double-digit solos.  This was against a Raven offense that pales in comparison to the Cardinal offense in terms of tackle opportunities for a safety.  If White makes good on his tackle chances this week, it could be a very productive outing.

Drayton Florence (CB – BUF):  Florence did not get a chance to take on the Pats to open the season, and will either draw Randy Moss or Wes Welker in coverage.  Either way, he should have plenty of opportunities to make plays on the ball or make tackles after catches.

Other to Consider:  Tyrone Carter (S – PIT)

WEEK FOURTEEN REPORT CARD

LINEBACKERS

Andy Studebaker (KCC):  1 tackle (2 fantasy points).  Wouldn’t ya know it, we recommend the guy and he nearly posts a goose egg.  He remains a deep sleeper.

Parys Haralson (SFO):  2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 fumble recovery (7 fp).  We like the activity factor but the sack streak ended as did the double-digit scoring.  He remains a deep sleeper as well.

Matt Roth (CLE):  2 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles (7 fp).  If Roth can increase his pass-rush production, he might be a deep sleeper in large leagues next summer.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Dwan Edwards (DE – BAL):  3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (8 fp).  With Suggs back, Edwards could see less production, or he may actually see some better stats with opposing OLs keying on Suggs.  Edwards remains a pretty decent play given how shallow DL is this season.

Daniel Muir (DT – IND):   5 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (12 fp).  The big man is posting solid tackle numbers for an interior lineman.  He will remain a solid DT option for the final few games.

Raheem Brock (DE – IND):  3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sack (10 fp).  With all the injuries along the front of the Colt line, Brock will continue to get time and is thus a decent play in deep leagues.

DEFENSIVE BACK

James Butler (S – STL):  5 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (11 fp).  You’d like to see more production out of a safety on a horrible team, but you can’t argue with 5 solos.  He is a decent play against the Texans and Cards to close out the fantasy season, especially in deep leagues.  OJ Atogwe is done for the season so Butler could see 15-16 fantasy points this week and perhaps next as well.

Corey Webster (CB – NYG):  3 solo tackles (6 fp).  Webster had a string of great fantasy games prior to this stinker.  Of course, spraining his knee during this past week’s game wasn’t much of a help.

Michael Huff (S – OAK):  1 solo tackle (2 fp).  C’mon, Mike!  Huff had given 3 solid, productive games in a row and then this?  Well, like Webster, Huff did get injured in his game so we can’t be too bent.  Huff’s definitely worth a look in dynasty formats as he has talent and will be given the opportunity to succeed next season.

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