Week 6 IDP Sleepers: Julian Peterson Still Has Some 'Freak' in Him
Impressive Atlanta rookie LB Sean Weatherspoon had a decent day going (five total tackles, PD) before he suffered a sprained right knee in the third quarter of Sunday's victory over the Browns. Fellow rookie Taylor Mays, who earned the starting strong safety job in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago, continued his exciting play with four solos and a forced fumble. Expect the tackle numbers to increase as he settles into the starting role.
DLs Charles Johnson (four tackles, PD) and Dave Ball (three tackles, PD) both had above-average games, but neither got to the opposing QB.
Julian Peterson, Lions (11 percent owned) - With MLB DeAndre Levy and backup Landon Johnson both questionable, the most prolific Lions linebacker will be the one with the most experience. Peterson is off to a great start in 2010, and with the Giants offense likely to be on the field a heckuva lot this week, he makes an excellent sleeper play at LB3.
Clint Session, Colts (9 percent owned) - A solid all-around WLB, Session posts exceptional numbers in the right situation and this week's matchup against the Redskins -- a team that will attack the soft Indy rush defense -- provides just that. With MLB Gary Brackett not likely to play, Session could rack up double-digit tackle totals.
Scott Fujita, Browns (7 percent owned) - If Fujta's still available on your waiver wire, grab him. The veteran was once an elite IDP performer and he's been the best option this season on a weak Browns defense. This week, I think he'll register his best numbers of 2010 facing the Steelers, who'll control time of possession and mount some lengthy drives.
Desmond Bishop, Packers (4 percent owned) - Nick Barnett's season-ending wrist injury opened the door for Bishop, who responded with 13 total tackles last week against the Redskins. With NFL sack leader Clay Matthews likely out this week and further injuries depleting the Packers linebacking corps, Bishop won't have to endure a stat-sapping rotation, and he should be on the field for the majority of Green Bay's defensive plays.
William Moore, Falcons (2 percent owned) - Moore stole the starting job away from Erik Coleman, a veteran safety who's dealing with injuries and has clearly lost a step to the younger, more athletic defensive back. He hasn't posted huge tackle numbers yet, but he's already picked off two passes and forced a fumble, so give him a look in deeper formats.
Alphonso Smith, Lions (2 percent owned) - I already wrote about Smith's inspiring TD celebration in my DB rankings this week, but given his extremely low ownership rate, I'd be remiss not to include him in my sleepers for the week. The groundwork is laid, the matchup is perfect, and the air is just right for Alphonso to flourish.
Cody Grimm, Buccaneers (2 percent owned) - Any of the starting Bucs DBs make decent plays this week facing a Saints offense that's likely to push the ball downfield a bit more than in previous weeks, but with Sean Jones still nursing a back injury that took him out of last week's tilt with the Bengals in the first quarter and Ronde Barber's ownership a little higher at 15 percent, Grimm is a slightly more accessible option who's likely available. If you don't trust Jones and Barber's been taken, Grimm's your man.
Richard Seymour, Raiders (15 percent owned) - Seymour is far from an elite IDP option, but he's been remarkably consistent this season (22 tackles, 2.0 sacks in four games) and has a good chance of reaching the QB against at reeling 49ers team. If you're struggling for production from your DL slot, Seymour is a low-risk option who still has some upside.
Glenn Dorsey, Chiefs (7 percent owned) - Relatively quiet thus far in 2010, Dorsey is a DT-eligible lineman who can do it all -- kind of like Warren Sapp in the late '90s. He likely won't crack the double-digit sack mark this year, but 7-8 sacks and 60-70 total tackles isn't out of the question since he's made the shift to DE.