Wally Spurlin
IDP Sleepers - Week 11

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Injuries took a significant bite out of IDP (Individual Defensive Player) rosters last week as stud cornerback Charles Tillman (out for the season for fantasy purposes) as well as elite linebacker Sean Lee (out for multiple weeks) went down. There are also the usual weekly conundrums such as the availability of Jacksonville linebacker Paul Posluszny after suffering a concussion last week.

Never fear as the staff at ‘53 Deep’ has scoured the weekly matchups to find the deep sleeper candidates to plug into lineups as more than adequate replacements. The fantasy playoffs are right around the corner and it is “make it or break it” time for many IDP teams with no margin for error.

With that in mind let’s get to it …

LINEBACKERS

Thomas Davis, CAROLINA vs. New England: In week 8, Miami linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler had 11 and eight total tackles, respectively. Prior to their bye week the Patriots gave up eight tackles to LaMarr Woodley and 11 to Lawrence Timmons. Davis has seen a lull in tackle numbers the past three weeks (totaling only 19 stops) but has posted big plays with a forced fumble, interception and four passes defended. He will be heavily involved in trying to contain the resurgent Patriots offense this week.

Aldon Smith, OLB, San Francisco at New Orleans: After being credited with one quarterback hurry while playing only 12 snaps last week, look for Smith to see a lot more action this week. The Saints have allowed seven sacks, 35 quarterback hurries and eight quarterback hits the last three games according to Pro Football Focus. For the season they’ve allowed linebackers to register 5.5 sacks. Look for Smith to add to that total this week as the 49ers’ sack master returns to form.

Jon Bostic, MLB, CHICAGO vs. Baltimore: After two middling matchups against Green Bay and Detroit in which he managed only 10 total tackles (six solos), Bostic faces the very linebacker-friendly Ravens. Inside linebackers have twice eclipsed 15 total tackles against Baltimore over the past three games. Bostic is in for a big week as running backs Bernard Pierce and Ray Rice have averaged 21 carries between them the last three games. Get the rookie in your lineup.

Darryl Sharpton, ILB, HOUSTON vs. Oakland: The Raiders are a top-five matchup for allowing fantasy points to linebackers and Sharpton is coming off a season-best eight total tackle game against Arizona. He’s managed to stay healthy and play every defensive snap the past two games, so riding Sharpton in this fantasy friendly matchup is advised. (*Sharpton may miss Week 11 with a foot/toe injury. If he sits, insert Kansas City outside linebacker Justin Houston here.)

Craig Robertson, ILB, CLEVELAND at Cincinnati: Robertson currently ranks third on the Browns in total tackles with 62 and sacks with three. He’s also forced a fumble while playing 98 percent of the defensive snaps. In the first meeting between the two teams he finished with double-digit tackles (10) and will have another strong showing in Week 11.



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