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IDP Report - Week 3
Brent Clement
September 23, 2004

What the Heck Happened

PHI DB Sheldon Brown and Arz DB David Macklin have put together two very impressive starts in a row and should be on your radar, as possible adds if you need help at the DB position.

MIA LB Zach Thomas dominated again this week and shows no lingering affects from surgery this off season. Thomas is a beast and if you can afford to get him, now is the time.

Monty Beisel should continue to post huge numbers as long as he is the starter. If he is on your waiver wire still, which is unlikely, definitely pick him up. Its time to ride the KC porous D train that made studs out of LBs Mike Mazlowski and Scott Fujita in the past.  

Who’s Hot

Defensive Linemen

DET - James Hall has had 2 very impressive weeks in a row. Hall has recorded 3.5 sacks in the first 2 games, 1 fewer than all of last year already, but before you over pay for him, consider his trend from a yr ago, where he started strong and was no where to be found as the season progressed.

CAR - Julius Peppers is turning into the weekly stud Carolina had hoped when they made him a top pick a few yrs ago. Peppers has been unbelievable in weeks 1 and 2, and this trend should continue with Mike Rucker causing havoc on the other side of the Panther DL.

Linebackers

CAR - Dan Morgan is having a huge year thus far as he is a major force playing MLB for the Panthers D. His only problem has been the ability to stay healthy an entire season. If he does he will be a top 10 LB in 2004.

GBP - Nick Barnett had another monster game and is an every week starter if you happen to own this second yr pro. Barnett is a guy you should consider going after in keeper and dynasty leagues because of his age and play making abilities.

Defensive Backs

CHI - Michael Green is a former top 10 DB in 02, that is healthy and putting up monster numbers again in 04. The loss of Mike Brown and Charles Tillman in the secondary could vault Green into the top 10 again in 04.

NOS - Jay Bellamy is an average NFL player, but in the Saints secondary he racks up stats at an alarming rate. I had DB Mel Mitchell beating him out of a job this season, but Bellamy has held onto the job thus far and is currently the #1 DB in most leagues, after 2 weeks.

Who’s Not

Defensive Linemen

Jets John Abraham - was held scoreless this past weekend

Rams Leonard Little - was held scoreless this past weekend

Linebackers

Steelers Joey Porter has been a major disappointment thus far having two below average games for the steelers. Its time to bench Porter in place of Lbs who are actually putting up solid stats thus far.

Falcons Chris Draft had a 1 tackle afternoon. That is two terrible performances in a row. It may be time to start thinking about other options than Draft in your weekly lineup.

Broncos Al Wilson played the whole game, and failed to record a stat. A goose egg from this active quality LB is shocking.

Defensive Backs

Redskins Sean Taylor is not starting even after an impressive preseason. Taylor owners should look elsewhere for a starting DB until coach Gibbs allows Taylor to see significant playing time.

Ravens Ed Reed is simply not cutting it thus far this year. He has 6 tackles and 1 assist in 2 full games. This is a average day for him, let alone 2 games worth of production.

Key Injuries

Defensive Linemen

Browns DE Courtney Brown had surgery Tuesday, Sept. 21, to repair a Lis Franc injury in his left foot and will miss the remainder of the 2004 season.

Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Broncos DE Trevor Pryce had surgery Wednesday, Sept. 22, to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. Pryce is expected to miss at least the next six weeks.

Linebackers

Mark Zukerman of the Washington Times reports Redskins LB Michael Barrow continues to progress slowly, but has yet to play in any game – regular season or preseason – since joining the Redskins.

Jets LB Sam Cowart suffered a left knee sprain in Week 2 against the Chargers and is said to be sidelined 4-6 weeks, reports NewYorkJets.com.

Defensive Backs

According to ESPN, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman will miss seven to 10 weeks with a right knee injury.

Bears FS Mike Brown will undergo surgery on his torn Achilles' tendon Thursday, Sept. 23. As reported, Brown is out for the remainder of the 2004 season.

Start em

Sunday, Sep. 26

Arizona at Atlanta, 1:00 pm - DB Adrian Wilson, DB David Macklin, DL Patrick Kerney, LB Keith Brooking

Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1:00 pm - DE Adalius Thomas, LB Ray Lewis, DB Madieu Williams

Chicago at Minnesota, 1:00 pm - DL Adewale Ogunleye, LB Brian Urlacher, DB Mike Green, DB Antoine Winfield

Cleveland at N.Y. Giants, 1:00 pm - DL Kenard Lang, LB Andra Davis, DL Michael Strahan, LB Kevin Lewis,

Houston at Kansas City, 1:00 pm - LB Jamie Sharper, LB Jay Foreman, LB Monty Beisel, LB Shawn Barber

Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1:00 pm - DL John Henderson, LB Akino Ayodele, LB Mike Peterson, LB Keith Bullock

New Orleans at St. Louis, 1:00 pm - DL Charles Grant, LB Courtney Watson, DB Jay Bellamy, DB Adam Archuletta

Philadelphia at Detroit, 1:00 pm - DL Jevon Kearse, DB Brian Dawkins, DB Michael Lewis

Pittsburgh at Miami, 1:00 pm - DL Aaron Smith, LB James Farrior, DL Jason Taylor, LB Zach Thomas

San Diego at Denver, 4:05 pm - LB Donnie Edwards, DB Terrance Kiel, LB Al Wilson, LB DJ Williams

Green Bay at Indianapolis, 4:15 pm - LB Nick Barnett, DB Darren Sharper, DL Dwight Freeney LB David Thornton

San Francisco at Seattle, 4:15 pm - LB Julian Peterson, DL Grant Wistrom, LB Anthony Simmons, DB Ken Hamlin

Tampa Bay at Oakland, 8:30 pm - DL Tyler Brayton, LB Travian Smith, DL Simeon Rice, LB Derrick Brooks

Monday, Sep. 27

Dallas at Washington, 9:00 pm - LB Dat Nguyen, DB Roy Williams, LB Lavar Arrington

Open date: Buffalo, Carolina, New England, N.Y. Jets  

Others to consider

Defensive Linemen

DAL - Greg Ellis
BAL - Marques Douglas
JAX - Marcus Stroud
CHI - Alex Brown
MIN- Kevin Williams
DET - Shaun Rogers
DET - James Hall
NOS - Will Smith

Linebackers

TBB - Shelton Quarles
ATL - Chris Draft
IND - Cato June
CHI - Lance Briggs
SF - Derek Smith
MIN - EJ Henderson
PHI - Mark Simoneau
WAS - Marcus Washington
STL - Pisa Tinoisamoa
OAK - Napoleon Harris (Questionable)

Defensive Backs

PHI - Sheldon Brown
WAS - Matt Bowen
CLE - Robert Griffith
DEN - John Lynch
IND - Nick Harper
MIN - Corey Chavous
NYG - Shaun Williams
PIT - Troy Polamalu
MIN - Brian Russell
TBB - Ronde Barber
KCC - Greg Wesley (questionable)

Team Defense - Top 5 plays for the week

Atlanta is a great play vs. the struggling Arizona offense.

Seattle is a strong play over the 49ers and have only given up 13 pts total in their first 2 games.

Tennessee should continue the trend of holding the Jags to around 10 pts a game and give Leftwich problems all day.

Baltimore will give Cincinnati more than it can handle and this should be a low scoring affair, with turnovers galore.

NY Giants forced 7 turnovers last week vs. Washington, this week they welcome the hapless Browns, look out.