Some fantasy football leagues play with a whole defense/ special teams slot. Some play in standard IDP leagues with six spots (DL, DL, LB, LB, DB, DB). And there are a crazy few that play in IDP leagues that are nine players deep (DL, DL, DL, LB, LB, LB, DB, DB, DB). It may seem absolutely insane to keep track of that many defensive players, but it still leaves a giant demand for quality IDP sleepers each fantasy season.
For people in these deeper IDP formats, one sleeper to target is Houston Texans DE Antonito Smith.
Obviously, DE J.J. Watt is the number one IDP option in fantasy, but the constant attention that he draws will allow Smith one-on-one matchups on every single snap. Also having big names like Brian Cushing, Brooks Reed, and Whitney Mercilus behind him will only make it easier for Smith to get to the quarterback.
Smith has quietly racked up 13.5 sacks over the last two seasons, including seven last season alone. He even added three sacks in his final five contests of the regular season and the veteran was slowly maturing into a mid-level defensive lineman last year.
Smith obviously isn’t a top-20 option on the d-line, but he can still have value in any IDP league with 12 owners or more. He will be able to rack up between 6-10 sacks in the upcoming season and add at least a couple hits per contest.