December 4 2010 Last updated at 07:00 PM ET
Week 13 IDP Sleepers: Pickin' on Devin
Of my Week 12 selections, only Seattle defensive back Walter Thurmond -- who had three total tackles but didn't start (Marcus Trufant was active) and was admittedly a super-deep sleeper -- was a noteworthy disappointment. Vikings DE Ray Edwards only had one solo tackle, but that was mainly due to a high ankle sprain suffered during Sunday's contest. You can't fault me for that one, IDP fans.
It's been a good few weeks, so let's get right to the Week 13 sleepers...
Desmond Bishop, GB (18 percent owned). Bishop will see more playing time in the Packers' LB rotation with Brandon Chillar out for the rest of the year. He's had a great season thus far, and the 49ers run the ball like crazy. I'm expecting another big game from the fourth-year linebacker.
Rolando McClain, OAK (14 percent owned). McClain is starting to become more of a presence for this Raider defense, although there are still plenty of tackles that get made at the line of scrimmage by the solid front four of Tommy Kelly, Richard Seymour, Matt Shaughnessy and Lamarr Houston. When somebody does get through this week for the Chargers, look for McClain to make 5-7 solo stops and a few assists.
Devin McCourty, NE (13 percent owned). Why's everybody always pickin' on Devin? Uh... because he's a rookie corner who already has a reputation as a bit of a gambler, that's why. Fortunately for his few IDP owners, he's also got a knack for making tackles and getting his hands on the football. As I mentioned in my DB rankings this week, McCourty has 38 tackles, 5 INTs and 9 PDs in his last six games. Even if he doesn't produce big on Monday night, you can bet opponents will be testing him in the final weeks.
Terence Newman, DAL (8 percent owned). His IDP production has increased steadily over the season and he heads into the Week 13 game with Indy as the second-leading scorer among Dallas DBs, with Gerald Sensabaugh (1 percent owned) holding a tiny edge. Both Sensabaugh and Newman should see plenty of action against a Colts team that could throw the ball 50 times on Sunday -- with Newman's upside a tad higher.
Cliff Avril, DET (4 percent owned). Avril looks to be fully recovered from a quadriceps injury that forced him to miss games in Weeks 10 and 11. But not everybody on the Lions line is healthy. Kyle Vanden Bosch hasn't practiced all week because of a neck injury and isn't expected to play Sunday, pushing Avril and Lawrence Jackson (1 percent owned) into the forefront against Chicago's relatively weak pass protection.
Jason Pierre-Paul, NYG (5 percent owned). The Giants' first-round draft pick broke out of his rookie shell in a big way during Week 12 against Jacksonville, contributing to the win with two huge sacks in crunch time. David Garrard fumbled on both plays and although the QB recovered the ball, the huge yardage losses took them out of a key drive and later helped ice the game on the Jags' final possession. Pierre-Paul also finished with eight total tackles (six solos) and gets a tasty matchup this week against the bumbling Redskins. Has Chris Berman called him "Jason Pierre-Paul and Mary" yet? Yes? Shoot me.
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