Welcome to The Huddle’s final IDP Hot and Not Report for the 2010 season. If your league runs through Week 17 and you’re reading this, well congrats on reaching the Super Bowl. Here’s a quick look at some hot players and some guys that have cooled at the end of the season.
Tyjuan Hagler (IND): Only a small handful of LBs have been hotter over the past month and we like his matchup this week. Clint Session will likely rest his injured elbow again this coming week so Hagler’s a solid play.
James Farrior (PIT): He’s been on this list before and I’ll add him here again, stating again that he’s definitely the most consistent fantasy LB the Steelers have, and one of the most consistent LBs in the game. He only has two games in single digits this season, and both of those games were early on. He’s consistently around 16 fantasy points per game (a month stretch, in fact, from Week 12 through 15, were 16 points per game). He’s been a sack master over the past 8 weeks and has a good chance at putting up solid stats once again this week.
Gary Guyton (NEP): Guyton has taken advantage of Brandon Spikes’ suspension, posting three solid efforts in a row. He’ll put up solid, #3 LB type numbers to end the season this week.
Lance Briggs (CHI): Briggs has been a solid #1 or 2 fantasy LB for a few years now, but has shown a bit of inconsistency this season, especially as of late. He hasn’t topped 3 solos in any game over the past 3 games, and the matchup this week isn’t great. It’s hard to sit a talent like Briggs, though.
David Harris (NYJ): At one point, Harris looked like he could be as productive as Ray Lewis. Same scheme, right? Harris has been solid but unspectacular all season, only topping 20 fantasy points once. 12-13 points per game just doesn’t get it done as a #1 or even #2 LB. The Week 17 is less than favorable, so you could consider benching him in favor of a hotter performer.
HOT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Justin Tuck (DE – NYG): This guy is having a heck of a season. 11 sacks, 5 each of forced fumbles and fumble recoveries, and a healthy 48 solos. We like the Week 17 matchup against Rex Grossman and the Skins.
Charles Johnson (DE – CAR): Will the Panthers play spoiler and defeat the Falcons in Week 17? If that’s to happen, Johnson will have to continue to play “en fuego”. He 7 sacks in the past 6 contests, and while the matchup’s not great, Johnson just can’t be stopped right now.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Osi Umenyiora (DE – NYG): Justin Tuck (see above) is having a stellar season and Jason Pierre-Paul has broken out a bit over the past few weeks. As a result, Umenyiora’s game has slowed a bit, especially since his early season sack blow-up. He hasn’t been in double digits since Week 10, and despite the nice matchup this week, we much prefer Tuck or even Pierre-Paul to Big Osi.
Dwight Freeney (DE – IND): Yes, he’s a disruptive force, but IDP vets know that his game doesn’t always translate into solid fantasy value. He has 15 total fantasy points over the past month and has been dealing with a flu bug for a week or so. Best leave Freeney on your bench this week.
HOT DEFENSIVE BACKS
Eric Berry (S – KCC): He’s rewarding owners that took a chance on a rookie, whose season got off to a bit of a slow start. He’s playing well to end the season and has a pretty solid matchup here in Week 17.
Brent Grimes (CB – ATL): The small school wonder is having a heck of a season. He only had 6 fantasy points in the first contest against the Panthers, but could be in the 12-14 point range this week in a huge game for the Dirty Birds.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE BACKS
Abram Elam (S – CLE): He was on a nice little streak a few weeks ago, but has cooled off and is a risky play against the Steelers this week.
Antonio Cromartie (CB – NYJ): Conventional wisdom would say Cromartie should have more than 41 solos this season. It also says he should have more than 2 pass deflections in the past four games. I mean, he plays opposite THE best shut-down corner in the game. He should have more opportunities. His matchup stinks this week, too. Avoid him like the plague.