Welcome back 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. And as always, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to suggest a player or discuss my picks. Good luck this season!
Scott Shanle (NOS): If you’ve been reading this article for a couple years now, you’ll recognize Shanle’s name a bit, as he’s been on the list – and performed admirably – several times. He’s off to another hot start, and could produce against the Bills come Sunday.
Ben Leber (MIN): Leber’s another name that has been on this list before and has usually produced. He’s a strong-side backer, but has 10 solos in two weeks, which is a solid number for that spot. He’ll likely get some action against Niner TE Vernon Davis on Sunday, too.
Marcus Buggs (BUF): With Paul Posluszny out, Buggs is manning the middle for the Bills in most defensive sets. Against the high-octane offense of the Saints, he could be busy.
Others to Consider: James Anderson / Dan Connor (CAR)
Tank Tyler (DT – KCC): Tyler has been a plug in the middle of the Chief defensive line over the first two weeks of the season. With the Eagles next up, Tyler could be active both in the run support and pass rush game.
Jason Hunter (DE – DET): The part-timer is getting solid minutes for the Lion defense and could factor into the match against the Redskins this weekend. Take a look in deeper leagues and especially dynasty formats, as there’s no clear-cut young stud on the Lion defensive front.
Other to Consider: Calais Campbell (ARI)
Darren Sharper (S – NOS): Yeah, it looks like the old guy has something left in the tank. The pick-six gave him an impressive total for Week 2, but had a very solid Week 1 as well. He could prove to be the difference for the Saint D against the Bills this week.
Marquand Manuel (S – DET): Some of the lesser-known names from teams like the Lions could be IDP waiver wire gems this season. Manuel already has 11 solos and could be in the 6-7 solo range against the Redskins.
Ronald Bartell (CB – STL): Bit of a deeper reach here, but if you’re in a league that starts CB, Bartell could be on your waiver wire and is worthy of a roster spot. 10 solos in 2 games for a corner is very solid, and he will get plenty of action against the Packer pass attack.
Other to Consider: Michael Johnson (S – NYG)
WEEK TWO REPORT CARD
Pierre Woods (NEP): 3 solo tackles (6 fantasy points). Keep Woods on your radar with Mayo out, but only in the deepest of leagues.
Chase Blackburn (NYG): 2 solo tackles (4 fp). After a nice start to the season, Blackburn faded back into obscurity with Michael Boley back and apparently at game speed.
Corey Mays (KCC): 1 solo tackle (2 fp). Yikes, after a solid Week 1 performance, Mays was non-existent against the Raiders.
Tully Banta-Cain (NEP): 1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp). Another yikes, as Banta-Cain didn’t produce as he did during Week 1. He’s another guy, along with Woods, to keep on your radar in very deep leagues with Mayo out.
Ray Edwards (DE – MIN): 7 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sack (18 fp). Another solid effort for the “other” Viking DE. He’ll have chances this Sunday against the Niners, and you might want to consider dealing him at the peak of his value.
Cullen Jenkins / Johnny Jolly (DE – GBP): 2 solo tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack (Jenkins – 9 fp) and 1 solo tackle and 1 assisted tackle (Jolly – 3 fp). Jenkins is probably the Packer to own of this pair. Nice matchup this week against the Rams.
Casey Hampton (DT - PIT): 2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (5 fp). If you’re in an extremely deep league that starts DT, you might add Hampton to fill in against run-first teams.
Jarrad Page (S – KCC): 1 solo tackle (2 fp). After a nice start to the season, Page produced nothing. Granted, neither did fellow Chief safety Mike Brown.
Abram Elam (S – CLE): 6 solo tackles (12 fp). Elam is off to a nice start this season and could continue to rack up tackles. Don’t expect much in the way of “big plays”, but definitely a cheap source of tackles.
Anthony Henry (CB – DET): 3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles (8 fp). Nowhere near his monster effort to start the season, but you gotta like Henry’s activity in the Lion defense so far.
Bryan Scott (S – BUF): 6 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 INT, 2 passes defended (21 fp). A nice way to wrap up this report card. Both Scott and Donte Whitner are certainly worth playing on a weekly basis at this point.