IDP Sleepers: Week 15 Edition

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Check out some top ceiling plays from @DynastySanta and his Week 15 IDP sleepers!

Reflection from last week. Rashan Gary, three tackles + FR, I’ll take it. JOK had a decent tackle floor with six, but no impact plays, surprising. Germaine Pratt nine total tackles + a defended pass, very solid. Ernest Jones + Kwon Alexander from the deep picks came up big. Ryan Neal seven total tacks and one TFL, solid. Carlton Davis left a lot to be desired, only 5 total tackles, no impact plays, or passes defended. The deep targets were all pretty much misses, sorry. Let’s hope the Week 15 IDP sleepers fare better!

Defensive Line

Preston Smith, EDGE, Green Bay Packers

ESPN: 4.9% ST – 6.5% RST – YAHOO: 1.0% RST

Hopefully, Smith has DL eligibility in your leagues, if he’s only an LB, sorry about your damn luck. Preston Smith has been on a tear lately. And this week, the Packers take on the Baltimore Ravens who have taken over as the #1 team in allowing sacks in the entire league. With such small rostered and start percentages, Smith should outperform some of the top DL competition this week.

Other deeper league targets

Greg Gaines, DT, Los Angeles Rams – Playing next to Aaron Donald has its benefits

D.J. Wonnum, DE, Minnesota Vikings – Great matchup against the Bears, and he’s playing the most snaps of all Vikings DLs (91% last week)


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Ernest Jones, Los Angeles Rams

ESPN: 3.5% ST – 4.9% RST – YAHOO: 2.0% RST

Ernest Jones moves from the deep league sleepers last week, up to the main roster this week. His fantasy production over the past two weeks has been fantastic. He’s providing a safe tackle floor along with the impact plays we all crave. Jones’s matchup with the Seattle Seahawks should provide another opportunity for similar elite production.

Damien Wilson, Jacksonville Jaguars

ESPN: 4.6% ST – 6.6% RST – YAHOO: 6.0% RST

Wilson has been incredibly inconsistent this year and tough to trust. However, he draws the Houston Texans this week. Against the Tennessee Titans last week, Wilson went for 10 total tackles and a sack. I could see a similar line this week against the Texans. In fact, they are tied with the Titans for the fifth-most sacks given up so far this year. Myles Jack has been playing through injuries all year, so a healthy Wilson is a more than viable option this week at LB.

Other deeper league targets

Ja’Whaun Bentley, New England Patriots – Draws the run-heavy Colts with a chance for a nice fantasy IDP line

Krys Barnes, Green Bay Packers – Getting more playing time recently

Baron Browning, Denver Broncos – Kenny Young is doubtful

Defensive Backs

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Eric Rowe, S, Miami Dolphins

ESPN: 7.9% ST – 10.1% RST – YAHOO: 1.0% RST

Surprisingly, Eric Rowe has been a pretty solid and consistent IDP producer this year. Providing a safe tackle floor, it is the impact plays that have eluded Rowe this year. Because of this, he is seemingly flying under the radar. Jevon Holland is likely out due to COVID this week, so even more snaps should be in line for Rowe. Plus, the Dolphins take on the New York Jets this week, a very promising matchup.

Brandon Stephens, S, Baltimore Ravens

ESPN: 0.6% ST – 0.8% RST – YAHOO: 0.0% RST

Brandon Stephens has essentially taken over a starting safety role with the Ravens since DeShon Elliot was placed on IR. Stephens has been a rock-solid tackler. It is just the impact plays that, similar to Rowe, have been missing from his fantasy IDP resume so far. That could change this week against the pass-happy Green Bay Packers.

Other deeper league targets

Rasul Douglas, CB, Green Bay Packers – He’s been reliant on pick-sixes as of late, but could keep the streak going especially if the Ravens have to trot out Tyler Huntley

Tashaun Gipson, S, Chicago Bears – Eddie Jackson is out, so more responsibility is in line for Gipson

Elijah Riley, S, New York Jets – The flavor of the week in the Jets’ secondary as of late. The “other Elijah” on the Jets who may actually help you win this week

Ugo Amadi, CB, Seattle Seahawks – Should be busy tackling Rams’ pass catchers this week

Best of luck in your IDP leagues and thanks for checking out my Week 15 IDP sleepers!

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Steve Tomasin

After being introduced to fantasy football in 1999 as a wee lad still in middle school, I was hooked. I then began commishing my own keeper league 2 years later as a sophomore in high school, which has been running since. I used a computer program that required me to manually input weekly stats and had to print out summary packets each week to deliver to league owners at the bowling alley. I loved it. Stats and numbers and the competitiveness of being "right" about players was just an incredible high that not many other activities or hobbies have ever provided me. Around 2005 we migrated to the CBS sports site. I found a new love then, writing about our league. Each year after the draft I would "grade" each owner's team. It became almost as anticipated as the draft itself. Also, most weeks I'd recap the league's games and criticize start/sits while boasting my own accolades as long as I won that week. Dynasty, IDP & Superflex are the next evolutions in my fantasy football journey. I'm a Philly suburbs guy, GO BIRDS. Follow me on Twitter @dynastysanta


  1. […] Week 15 reflection. Total mush on highlighted DL Preston Smith. However, SMASHED the deeper recco with D.J. Wonnum! Greg Gaines was about as useful as Smith. Ernest Jones provided 11 total tackles, great floor. Damien Wilson was a major disappointment. Baron Browning was OK with 10 total tackles from the deep LBs. Brandon Stephens was OK, Eric Rowe whiffed. Rasul Douglas and Elijah Riley were serviceable from the deep DBs. Let’s hope the Week 16 IDP sleepers fare better! […]

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