Welcome to this week's Deep Sleeper Report. Here, we’ll take a look at a few linebackers, defensive linemen and defensive backs that are “one injury away” (that is, a backup to a stud and just one injury away from being a fantasy somebody), or players worth a look in extremely deep leagues. 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. For purposes of this article, we’re pulling players that are free agents in a 12-team dynasty league.
Takeo Spikes (SFO): The vet has put up solid stats in spells for the past 3-4 seasons and when he gets on a roll, he can provide some consistent points. Loving his next few matchups, so if you’re hurting at LB, he’s definitely worth a shot.
Dekoda Watson (TBB): We’ve been waiting for Watson to catch up with his potential. He’s finally getting playing time with Quincy Black out. It might be too early to activate him from your taxi squad, but if he’s on your league’s waiver wire, you might wanna grab him.
Kavell Conner (IND): With Clint Session out, Conner is running as the WLB for the Colts. Tyjuan Hagler also spends some time there, but Conner has been pretty impressive.
Kevin Vickerson (DE – DEN): Every so often, a different Bronco steps up on the front seven. For the past two weeks, it’s been Vickerson. 9 solos, a forced fumble and a pass defense over the past two. Great matchups over the next three weeks. A solid sleeper.
Daniel Muir (DT – IND): In the deepest of dynasty formats that start DT, Muir has spells of value. He has two of the past three games with 4 solos in each. The next couple of matchups are somewhat favorable.
Reshad Jones (S – MIA): The rookie is now the starting FS for the Fins. Yeremiah Bell takes most of the fantasy value from the Fin secondary, but he has some upside.
Brent Grimes (CB – ATL): The position is super-deep, but you want consistency in pass defenses and solos from corners. Grimes has 11 pass defenses and has been consistently in the 6 solo per game range. He had a solid 2009 and looks to be building on that here in 2010.