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IDP Weekly Sleepers - Week 7
Darin Tietgen
October 22, 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.  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 huddledarin@yahoo.com if you want to suggest a player or discuss my picks.  Good luck this season!

LINEBACKERS

Nick Roach (CHI):  If Roach is somehow still on your league's waiver wire, run, don't walk, to go pick him up.  He's proving that he's a very adequate fill-in for Brian Urlacher.  This guy could put up top-tier fantasy points on a weekly basis.

Chase Blackburn (NYG):  Blackburn had a big Week 6 outing, and against a capable offense like the Cards, he could easily repeat that effort.  He'll get the necessary playing time to log at least 4 solos and could be in on some big plays.

Junior Seau (NEP):  Bit of a deeper reach here, but Seau could provide you with 4-5 solos against the Bucs in jolly ole England this weekend.  If you're in a very deep league and you're struggling to find a 3rd or 4th LB, give the old guy a shot.

Other to consider:  Ricky Brown (OAK)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Robert Geathers (DE - CIN):  With Antwan Odom shelved, Geathers assumes the role of the #1 pass rusher for the Bengals.  He's filled that role before, so he could do it again.  Could get you 8-10 sacks to wrap up the season.

Pat Sims (DT - CIN):  Another Bengal filling in for an injured starter, Sims will be plugging up the middle for the improved Bengal defense.  He's had a couple of solid efforts in a row and could serve as a solid fantasy plug-in for larger leagues that start DT.

Other to consider:  Brett Keisel (DE - PIT)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Jabari Greer (CB - NOS):  Greer is accumulating tackles from the corner position, which ups his value big time.  He'll defend the occasional pass, too, which means he's definitely getting opportunities.  The matchup isn't the greatest this week, but he'll still end up with double digit fantasy points.

Bernard Pollard (S - HOU):  Pollard was a beast for the Chiefs before he kind of just lost his mojo, eventually his starting job, and eventually getting cut.  He finds his way to an improved Texan D, which was happy to pick him up and plug him in.  So far in three games, he has 19 total tackles (14 solo).  He's a solid play this week against the Niners.

Other to consider:  Dashon Goldson (S - SFO)

WEEK 6 REPORT CARD

LINEBACKERS

Jarrett Johnson (LB - BAL):  1  solo tackle (2 fantasy points).  Well whaddya know, the week we recommend the guy, he slips back into fantasy obscurity.  He could still be limited by the shoulder injury.

Corey Mays (LB - KCC):  4 assisted tackles (4 fp).  We dig that he's involved, but he obviously has to do much, much more to matter on a weekly basis.  Still in the sleeper mode, you can grab Mays and stash him in larger leagues.

David Thornton (LB - TEN):   1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp).  It's fairly obvious the Titans defense is not the same, and the game in the snow was not the spot to have Thornton come through.

Bryan Thomas (LB - NYJ):  4 solo tackles (8 fp).  Thomas is a consistent tackler, and while he won't bust out with a huge fantasy effort, you could do worse in terms of a bench LB in large leagues.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Jimmy Wilkerson (DE - TBB):  3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (7 fp).  Thanks, Jimmy.  Maybe we jinxed you.  Maybe you're just Jimmy Wilkerson and you're coming back down to Earth.  We'll give him a few more games to turn it back around.

Ryan Pickett (DT - GBP):  1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle (3 fp).  Man, we're just a-swingin-and-a-missin' here, aren't we?  Well the signals were all there:  Pickett had posted 23 points in his prior two games and was facing the Lions.  Go figure.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Chris Johnson (CB - OAK):   4 solo tackles, 2 passes defensed (11 fp).  In leagues that start CB, Johnson is a solid fantasy option.

Brandon McGowan (S - NEP) and Shawn Springs (CB - NEP):  8 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 forced fumble (McGowan).  Shawn Springs was limited by injury, but McGowan proved to be a worthy addition to this list.  He's a solid fantasy DB until further notice.

Al Harris (CB - GBP):   2 solo tackles, 1 INT, 1 sack, 1 pass defensed (10.5 fp)  Once again, Harris proves that he's one of the better all-around corners in the game, and is often overlooked.  In leagues that start CBs, play Harris.

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