IDP Dynasty Sleepers: Week 10

A handful of linebackers, defensive linemen, and defensive backs to keep an eye on from a dynasty perspective.


Curtis Grant (NYG):  Honestly, I had no idea who this guy was. But with both Jonathan Casillas (and others) being on the mend, there's been room in the Giant linebacker rotation for some no-names to bust through. He logged the most snaps of any Giant linebacker last week and responded with 4 solos and 2 assists. He had the same line two weeks back in only 34 snaps. Looks like he may be a cheap source of tackles, especially with this team going nowhere fast.

Matt Milano (BUF):  We've brought his name up before and while he posted a goose egg in Week 9, we still like his long-term prospects as the WLB for the Bills. Ramon Humber is a stop-gap, 30 years old, and is a free agent in 2018. Milano has proven he's more than capable of starter-level snaps and we know that this position has been a fantasy producer. Add/stash him now.

Patrick Onwuasor (BAL): Not only does his name sound like a dinosaur, but he's clearly C.J. Mosely's ILB running mate for the Ravens. As the season kicked off, we thought it would be Kamalei Correa and after the two split time for the first month's worth of games, it's been Onwuasor's job since. He's a solid tackler that seems to be around the ball a lot, something that could turn into bigger plays as he develops. Another solid grab/stash and even a spot starter in larger leagues.

Ben Gedeon (MIN): While his snap count numbers have been on the low side, he's listed as a starter on several reliable depth chart sites. He's been said to have been more and more comfortable within the defense as of late, something that could mean increased snaps as the season goes on. A deeper league add but more of a watch-and-see in shallower formats. Could be a steal come 2018.

Brennan Scarlett (HOU): There's plenty of opportunity in Houston for a young linebacker like Scarlett to earn meaningful playing time when the studs return from injury. There is a lot of young talent around him and while he may only pan out as a short-term plug-and-play in larger formats, if he really stands out he could be a regular starter in a couple of seasons. For those in larger leagues, he's worth watching for the next few weeks and a speculative add if he's able to fill up the box score a bit.

Others to Watch:  Shane Ray (DEN) and Joe Walker (PHI)

Defensive Linemen

Terrell McClain (DT - WAS): The Redskins have employed a Lazy Susan style of rotating their interior linemen in and out this season. Leading the charge, at least for now with Jonathan Allen hurt, has been McClain, who has 10 solos and a sack in his last two games. The Redskins' remaining schedule is very favorable in terms of potential fantasy points for interior linemen, so those in DT-start leagues should look to McClain for depth or even as a starter if you're hurting there.

Tyson Alualu (DE - PIT):  Not really a long-term dynasty add, but for those in leagues where you're hurting at defensive line and until Stephon Tuitt is healthy, Alualu is a decent plug-in. The next month's worth of games for the Steeler D should be fruitful in terms of fantasy production, so here's a guy that can really help those trying to make and/or succeed in the playoffs.

Henry Anderson (DE - IND): Perfect time to grab and stash a player headed to injured reserve. Anderson had been playing well in his past few contests, providing the Colts with a much-needed presence at a position that has been lacking for many seasons in Indianapolis. Still just 26, Anderson should be the starter in 2018 and could open as a lower-level DL2 in larger dynasty formats. Worth a stash especially in leagues with unlimited IR spots.

Others to Watch:  Leger Douzable (DE - SFO) and Dwight Freeney (DE - SEA)

Defensive Backs

Davon House (CB - GBP): When House gets regular playing time (over 130 snaps in the past 2 games), he puts up great numbers. High and regular tackle stats from a cornerback are sometimes hard to come by. House has 13 solos in his past two games and will have pass defense opportunities on a weekly basis. For those in CB-start leagues, he's a weekly starter at this point. 

Dexter McDonald (S - OAK): He's listed as a safety, but his snaps have increased recently with losses to Raider corners. He's played well and has 10 solos in the past two games. He added 5 assists last week as well. With a game against the Pats ahead, we should see if he's the real deal. If he gets a steady diet of snaps with the Raider starters back, he could be a decent grab-and-stash.

DeAngelo Hall (CB - WAS):  Hall's been activated off IR and provided an instant spark to the Redskins defense.  He logged 4 solos and defended a couple of passes, playing 100% of the snaps his first game back.  Those in CB-start leagues can use Hall for the rest of the season as the remaining schedule looks favorable.

Other to Watch: Johnson Bademosi (CB - NEP)

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