Fantasy football IDP sleepers

by Cory J. Bonini on September 2, 2009 @ 18:00:00 PDT


Individual defensive league (IDP) owners know that most players are interchangeable after the studs come off the board. Let help guide your team to a championship with our top IDP sleepers for 2009!

Defensive linemen

  Team Notes
Kelly Gregg Baltimore Ravens Missed the '08 season; healthy and under the radar; avg of 68.4 tckls/yr (2003-07); No. 3 IDP DL
Cory Redding Seattle Seahawks Has averaged 42 total tckls, 4.5 sacks in last two full seasons; a chance of scenery could help; weak No. 2
Robert Geathers Cincinnati Bengals Rejuvenated after knee surgery; looking fast in the preseason; avg of 44.5 tckls and 7.0 sacks from 2006 to '07; 3rd fantasy DL
Kenyon Coleman Cleveland Browns 83 tckls in 2007; lack of name recognition helps for value pick as a No. 3 DL
Andre Carter Washington Redskins Coming off a down year but should benefit from having Albert Haynesworth next to him; 10.5 sacks in '07; low-end No. 2/strong No. 3


  Team Notes
E.J. Henderson Minnesota Vikings A year removed from back-to-back 100-tckl seasons; healthy and determined; No. 2 fantasy 'backer
Larry Foote Detroit Lions New scenery, suspect DTs should mean more tackle chances; MLB in 4-3 fits his skill set nicely; No. 3 fantasy LB
Rocky McIntosh Washington Redskins 2 years removed from knee injury; 87 tckls, 2.0 sacks, 2 FF and 1 INT last year - multicategory contributor as a No. 3 with upside
Omar Gaither Philadelphia Eagles Replaces Stewart Bradley (knee) at MLB; 102-tackle season in 2007; versatile and a capable No. 3 fantasy LB
Clint Session Indianapolis Colts 94 tckls last year; new scheme emphasizes OLB pass rushing; 3 FF in '08; sneaky No. 3 fantasy backer

Defensive backs

  Team Notes
Chris Horton Washington Redskins 76 tckls, 1.0 sack, 3 INTs in 10 starts last year; size (6-foot-1, 211) and speed to play the pass; No. 3 fantasy DB with huge upside
Chris X. Johnson Oakland Raiders Speedy and benefits from defenders avoiding Nnamdi Asomugha; 35 tckls, 3 INTs in seven starts; No. 3 for IDP leaguers
Sabby Piscitelli Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rangy, athletic; likely low tckl numbers but contributes in most all other categories; No. 3 IDP choice
Roman Harper New Orleans Saints Back-to-back strong seasons (90 and 89 tckls last two years, respectively); consistent No. 2 fantasy DB
Ron Bartell St. Louis Rams Averaged 62 tckls, 1.0 sack last two years; 8 picks in past 3 seasons; do-all No. 3 fantasy D-back
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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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