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 help get you the trophy! We’ll take a peek back at last week’s picks to see how our guys panned out.
Jasper Brinkley (MIN): With a few injuries affecting the Viking LB corps, Brinkley is the starter at MLB. With playoff positioning on the line, the Viking D will be flying all over the field against the run-heavy Giants.
Bryan Thomas (NYJ): Jets should have something to play for Sunday night and the Bengals will not. Could be some opportunities for sacks and turnovers for the Jet D against the Bengal backups.
Matt Roth (CLE): Roth has 4 sacks in the Browns' last 5 games and could get to Jag QB David Garrard this week. Mix in 3-4 solos and Roth could be a viable LB3 in deeper leagues.
Kelly Gregg (DT - BAL): Gregg was listed on our Hot/Not list this week, and could actually be on your league's waiver wire. The Raven plug will likely have some tackle opportunities and could log his third sack in as many games.
Juqua Parker (DE - PHI): Yes, he was a pick last week, and only had 8 points, but the Eagles' D always plays the Cowboys tough, and despite the Cowboy offense really getting things together, it's a good bet to think the Eagles could disrupt them a bit. Parker has 7.5 sacks on the season and figures as a deep sleeper this week.
James Butler (S - STL): The Rams have nothing to play for, but have little depth in their secondary so expect Butler to have a lot of field time against one of the better pass offenses in the NFL. Could be a 8+ solo tackle day for the Ram safety.
Terrell Thomas (CB - NYG): The second-year pro out of USC has had a pretty solid fantasy season and will have plenty of tackle and pass-defense opportunities against the Vikings this week.
WEEK 16 SCORECARD
James Anderson (CAR): 4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 fumble recovery (12 fantasy points). Not the big game we saw from him Week 15 but a manageable amount for a LB3 in larger leagues.
Brandon Siler (SDC): 2 solo tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass defensed (7.5 fp). Would have liked to see yet another double-digit effort from the Bolt. Mark him down as a solid sleeper for 2010.
Jeremiah Trotter (PHI): 1 assisted tackle (1 fp). The "other to consider" is typically a risky pick in larger league, a deep sleeper if you will. Trotter may still have a little value, but with Stewart Bradley due back in 2010, Trotter will have to be ultra-impressive to matter.
Juqua Parker (DE – PHI): 1 solo tackle, 1 sack, 2 passes defensed (8 fp). Only one solo, but yet another sack and he was active batting passes down; a good sign for him this week and moving into 2010.
Brandon Mebane (DT – SEA): 5 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (11 fp). Good time for Mebane to score a season high. With the amount the Seahawk defense has been on the field, he's a good bet to excel this week as well.
Jarvis Green (DE – NEP): 1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp). The Pats' DL continues to be hit or miss.
Tom Zbikowski (S – BAL): 2 solo tackles (4 fp). The 2nd-year safety out of Notre Dame was pretty lost against the Steelers and his fantasy production was nil.
Sheldon Brown (CB – PHI): 3 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (7.5 fp). Brown injured his leg in this contest and his production suffered.
Aaron Rouse (NYG): 4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (10 fp). Rouse has been a decent performer for the G-men in the second half of the season but is now in a rotation that may affect his value moving forward.