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IDP Sleepers - Week 5

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One month of the NFL season is in the books and approximately one third of the fantasy football season is over.

As usual the IDP landscape is a wild and crazy one with as many twists and turns as the ending of a M. Night Shyamalan movie. Or at least “The Sixth Sense” because it was a good movie…the other ones were…umm…OK, it is his only good movie.

You get the point folks. Let’s keep riding the hummingbird that is the 2013 season and look at the IDP sleeper candidates for Week 5.

LINEBACKERS

Ahmad Brooks , OLB, SAN FRANCISCO vs. Houston: Brooks can often be overlooked as All Pro LBs Patrick Willis and Navorro Bowman grab the headlines for the 49ers. What can’t be overlooked is the solid production Brooks has brought this season as he has put up 25 total tackles (20 solo) as well as 2.5 sacks with two passes defended. The Texans are an excellent matchup for fantasy LBs and Brooks will continue to get his share of the tackles and big plays despite lining up alongside Bowman and Willis.

Nick Roach , MLB, OAKLAND vs. San Diego: The Chargers are a top ten matchup in allowing fantasy points to the LB position. Roach mans the middle of the Raiders defense and has played every snap through four weeks. Last week he posted seven total tackles (six solo stops) and forced a fumble. Look for the Chargers to attack a weak Oakland run defense and for Roach to post very nice tackle numbers.

Spencer Paysinger , MLB, NEW YORK GIANTS vs. Philadelphia: Paysinger is coming off a seven solo tackle and one sack game against Kansas City. The Eagles allow the most points to the LB position and Paysinger is the only three down LB on the Giants' roster. He’s put up 23 total tackles (22 solo) through four weeks and is primed to have a monster game this week. Paysinger should be starting in all IDP formats this week.

Joplo Bartu , SLB, ATLANTA vs. New York Jets: With Akeem Dent out and Paul Worrilow nursing a knee injury Bartu will be the healthiest Falcons LB on the field this week. The Jets will look to pound the rock with RB Bilal Powell and limit QB Geno Smith ’s opportunities to turn the ball over. Bartu is coming off a six total tackle performance against the Patriots last week and could hit double digit stops this week.

K.J. Wright , WLB, SEATTLE at Indianapolis: Wright has started the season a bit slowly with only 18 total tackles through four games. He has put up one sack and still carries some big play potential when used in blitz packages. The Colts will hand the ball to newly acquired RB Trent Richardson quite a bit Sunday to avoid the prospects of challenging the potent Seattle secondary. Wright should post decent tackle numbers while also putting up a big play or two.



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