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IDP Report - Week 4
Brent Clement
September 30, 2004

What the Heck Happened

Brian Urlacher was a game time decision and did not play last Sunday, and he is very questionable again this week, so you should probably look elsewhere unless he is active on Sunday morning.

The Miami Dolphins losing RB Lamar Gordon for the season will only put more pressure on their stout defense to keep them in ballgames. The only problem with this is no defense can bend but don’t break when they are on the field for 40+ minutes a game. As good as this unit is, fatigue will set in, in the 4 th quarter and this defense will give up points.  

Who’s Hot

Defensive Linemen

ATL Patrick Kerney - What a day for a DL, 3 sacks and 7 tackles vs. the pathetic Cardinals offense. Kerney already has 5 sacks on the year and should be a weekly starter unless he’s hurt or on Bye.

OAK Tyler Brayton - This is becoming a weekly place for Mr. Brayton. He has put together 3 very impressive weeks in a row and is turning into a force coming off the edge. The sacks were missing this week, but he still had 5 tackles and a pass defense.

PHI Jevon Kearse - Kearse finally put some stats on his resume for the 04 season. 3 sacks, 4 tackles, a forced fumble and an assist is an impressive day at the office for “The Freak”.

Linebackers

IND David Thornton - I must say I thought his production would slip considerably moving to SLB, but Thornton has put together two huge weeks in a row. He has out produced fellow LB June Cato considerably this year.

MIN Dontarrious Thomas - Thomas had another second chance to show what he could do and he made the most of it. 9 tackles, a forced fumble, and 4 assists show how versatile Thomas can be. Thomas will see even more time with injuries to EJ Henderson and Chris Clairborne in week 5, after this weeks Bye.

JAC Mike Peterson - I have to admit I wasn’t sold on Peterson, especially with the Jags drafting Darryl Smith in last Aprils to eventually take over the MLB position. But Peterson is showing he deserves to start along side Ayodele and Smith. Peterson put up monsters numbers last Sunday, recording 8 tackles, 3 assists, and a sack.

Defensive Backs

CLE Robert Griffith - Griffith is currently the leading DB in all of fantasy football after 3 weeks. The Cleveland offense is so bad he is on the field a ton. Griffith is having to play in the box to help stop the run late in games, which pad his stats. Griffith had 9 tackles and 4 assists on the afternoon and has put up 3 huge weeks in a row. Consider him a weekly starter until further notice.

ATL Ashley Ambrose - Ambrose is fools gold if I ever saw it. Personally I’d stay away from him and let others overbid for him on the waiver wire or via trade. But he has put together 2 solid weeks in a row that deserves mentioning, posting 9 tackles this past Sunday. (Buyer Beware)

SF Tony Parrish - Parrish is a ball hawk S who also plays on a team with a terrible offense, and will be on the field a ton in 04. Parrish was very active this past Sunday posting 8 tackles, 2 assists, a forced fumble, and a pass defense. He is a consistent producer who should start every week.

Who’s Not

Defensive Linemen

Packer DL - Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila - KGB finally had at least a sub par day posting 3 tackles and an assist. KGB has a total of 3 tackles and 3 assists on the year, in 3 games. That is a terrible average for a former top 10 DL. I would consider benching KGB until he shows some life, if you haven’t already decided to do so.

IND DL - Dwight Freeney - Freeney continues to disappoint those owners who spent a high draft pick on him. Freeney had 1 solo tackle and 0 assists on the day.

Linebackers

Eagles LB Mark Simoneau - Only 2 tackles and 2 assists for a middle LB is a terrible day. Mark has yet to have a breakout game that made him a fantasy force last yr. I’d look at other options until he shows something.

Broncos DJ Williams - DJ is not the stud I had hoped he would be thus far. He has been average at best in his last 2 games and isn’t hustling to the ball like he did at the U.

Defensive Backs

Vikings DB - Brian Russell - Russell has been a huge disappointment for those who drafted the former top 5 DB. Russell has too much competition for tackles with Corey Chavous, Antoine Winfield and Brian Williams to be a huge factor this year. I would shop Russell before his value gets any worse.

Jaguars DB - Deon Grant - What a bust Deon Grant is turning out to be in 04. I suppose the stout Jags front 7 has a lot to do with his lack of production, but S Donovin Darius is putting up respectable numbers. If you own Grant it may be time to hit the waiver wire.

Key Injuries

Defensive Linemen

San Francisco DE Andre Carter has a bulging disc in his lower back and missed his second straight game on Sunday, Sept. 26.Carter is "very doubtful" for the Sunday, Oct. 3, game against the Rams, according to 49ers head coach Dennis Erickson.

Linebackers

Brian Urlacher missed last Sundays game and will be a dreaded game time decision this week. Bench the stud to avoid the goose egg this week. Urlacher should return to action in week 5.

Nate Webster was placed on injured reserve this week due to a right patella tendon injury. This is a huge blow to the Bengals defense and owners who have been getting excellent production out of Nate.

Defensive Backs

Wash S Matt Bowen was injured in the game on Monday night vs. the Cowboys, he returned but wasn’t a factor only contributing 1 tackle and 1 assist in the game

According to KFFL.com, NY Giants SS Shaun Williams pushed surgery on his injured knee back to Thursday, Sept. 30. He is expected to miss significant time due to torn meniscus in his left knee.

Start em

Sunday, Oct. 3

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh , 1:00 pm- DB Madieu Williams, DL Aaron Smith, LB James Farrior, DB Troy Polamalu.

Indianapolis at Jacksonville , 1:00 pm LB David Thornton, DL Marcus Stroud, DL John Henderson, LB Mike Peterson.

New England at Buffalo , 1:00 pm - LB Tedy Bruschi, DB Rodney Harrison, DB Eugene Wilson, LB London Fletcher.

N.Y. Giants at Green Bay , 1:00 pm - DL Michael Strahan, LB Nick Barnett, DB Darren Sharper.

Oakland at Houston , 1:00 pm - DL Tyler Brayton, LB Napoleon Harris, LB Jamie Sharper, LB Jay Foreman.

Philadelphia at Chicago , 1:00 pm - DL Jevon Kearse, DB Brian Dawkins, DB Michael Lewis, DL Adewale Ogunleye.

Washington at Cleveland , 1:00 pm - DL Kenard Lang, LB Andra Davis, DB Robert Griffith.

Atlanta at Carolina , 4:05 pm - DL Patrick Kerney, LB Keith Brooking, DL Julius Peppers, DL Mike Rucker, LB Dan Morgan, DB Mike Minter.

New Orleans at Arizona , 4:05 pm - DL Charles Grant, LB Courtney Watson, DB Jay Bellamy, DB Adrian Wilson.

Denver at Tampa Bay , 4:15 pm - LB Al Wilson, DL Simeon Rice, LB Derrick Brooks, DB Ronde Barber.

N.Y. Jets at Miami , 4:15 pm - DL John Abraham, DL Shaun Ellis, LB Eric Barton, DL Jason Taylor, LB Zach Thomas.

Tennessee at San Diego , 4:15 pm - LB Keith Bullock, LB Donnie Edwards, DB Terrance Kiel.

St. Louis at San Francisco , 8:30 pm - DB Adam Archuletta, LB Julian Peterson, LB Derek Smith, DB Tony Parrish

Monday, Oct. 4

Kansas City at Baltimore , 9:00 pm - LB Monty Beisel, LB Shawn Barber, DB Greg Wesley, DL Marques Douglas, LB Ray Lewis, DB Ed Reed

Open date: Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Seattle

Others to consider

Defensive Linemen

ATL - Brady Smith
ATL - Rod Coleman
BUF - Aaron Schobel
CHI - Alex Brown
CIN - Justin Smith
CLE - Kenard Lang
STL - Leonard Little
NOS - Darren Howard
NOS - Will Smith

Linebackers

TBB - Shelton Quarles
ATL - Chris Draft
JAC - Akinola Ayodele
MIN - Dontarrious Thomas
NEP - Roman Phifer
PHI - Mark Simoneau
STL - Pisa Tinoisamoa
WAS - Antonio Pierce
IND - Rob Morris
OAK - Travian Smith
NYJ - Jonathon Vilma

Defensive Backs

PHI - Sheldon Brown
IND - Nick Harper
CHI - Michael Green
TEN - Tank Williams
ATL - Ashley Ambrose
TBB - Dwight Smith
HOU - Marcus Coleman
BAL - Gary Baxter
WAS - Matt Bowen
ATL - Brian Scott
OAK - Charles Woodson

Team Defense - Top 5 plays of the week

Washington will take its revenge from losing on Monday night out on the hapless Browns. This could be an ugly game with the skins dominating on defense.

Philadelphia will load 8 or even 9 men in the box to shut down RB Thomas Jones and force QB Jonathon Quinn to beat them deep. It won’t happen and the Eagles win this game big.

New England with two weeks to prepare for their division rival will stop Bledsoe and company dead in their tracks. Another game I see as a blowout when the final gun sounds.

Baltimore is playing in front of its home fans on Monday night and will give former Raven RB Priest Holmes a rude homecoming. Remember last years game vs. St. Louis when Baltimore completely shut down the Rams high octane offense. Expect similar results this week as Ray Lewis shadows Priest Holmes all night long.

New Orleans gets the Cardinals this week. What top play would be complete without listing whoever plays the Cardinals.