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IDP Report - Week 6
Brent Clement
October 14, 2004

What the Heck Happened

To completely beat a dead horse, Miami lost both QB’s Fielder and Feeley, thus any Team Defense playing them should score, and score a bunch.

The SF team defense has suffered major blows at the LB position the past 2 weeks, and this D looks vulnerable to give up a ton of points to opposing offenses. How does this affect IDP and team defense, well consider the 49ers will be passing a lot late in games, lengthening the game, and in the 4 th qtr, potentially putting gravy points on your defense. Also those IDP DB’s can score mop up points, if you play them against the 49ers. The SF offense is not a juggernaut by any means, but the passing game has put up huge chunks of yards, and adequate points with Rattay at the helm the past 2 weeks.

Also, the hot Sleeper pickup this week is LB Jeff Ulbrich. With Peterson and Derek Smith both out, Ulbrich recorded 10 tackles and an assist in last weeks contest. If you need a Bye week fill in and Ulbrich is available in your league, he is your man for this week.

Who’s Hot

Defensive Linemen

DAL - Greg Ellis - Ellis with Glover playing next time him is getting less double teams and making plays all over the field. Ellis last week had 7 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 pass defense. The week before he was almost as good with 5 tackles and 2 sacks.

NYJ John Abraham - Abraham had another monster game with 3 sacks and 6 tackles. Abraham was a preseason top 3 DL who is finally starting to pay off for those who drafted him.

ARZ - Bert Berry - Finally showed why Denny Green and the Cardinals spent serious cash on the former Bronco this past off season. Berry is hardly a consistent performer, but his 1 Fumble Recovery, 2 Forced Fumbles, 1 Passes Defense, 5 Tackles, and 2.0 Sacks can not be over looked.

Linebackers

BUF - London Fletcher - Fletcher recorded 21 total tackles last week which is simply amazing. 15 solo and 6 assists are monster numbers, and Fletcher has been pretty solid before this performance. A definite stud performance if I ever saw one.

IND - Cato June - June finally showed up this season when rumors started flying that his job was in jeopardy to rookie Gilbert Gardner. Cato did not disappoint in Week 5, recording 9 tackles, 2 assists, an INT, and a pass defense.

WAS - Antonio Pierce - Pierce has been a stud for Washington in place of injured MLB Michael Barrow. Pierce may command playing time once Barrow returns from injury that has caused him to miss the entire season thus far. Pierce this past week posted 8 tackles, 2 assist, and a sack in another stellar performance.

Defensive Backs

BAL - Ed Reed - Reeds performance on Sunday night was simply incredible. Reed on one play sacked the QB which also counts as a tackle, forced a fumble, recovered the fumble, and returned it for a TD. That is the biggest Defensive play a single player can make for you.

TB - Ronde Barber - Barber also had a TD this last week, plus 7 tackles, a pass defense, and a fumble recovery he returned for the TD. Barber is a rare CB who scores regularly at the DB position.

BUF - Terrance McGee - McGee is another hot waiver wire pickup this week who recorded 10 tackles this past Sunday and the week before he returned a kickoff for a TD, as well as record 6 tackles and 2 pass defense. Two great weeks don’t make a season, but McGee is clearly getting opportunities to score owner’s points.

Who’s Not

Defensive Linemen

DET - James Hall - Hall started the season impressively, but in his last 3 weeks he has had a bye week, did not record a stat, and finally recorded a sack / tackle, forced fumble, and fumble recovery all in the same play. So what did he do the rest of the game, notta, nothing, zilch. A far cry from his consistency of the first few weeks of the season.

CAR - Mike Rucker - Rucker is clearly a hit one week, miss the next, type of player this year. Last week on his miss week, he didn’t record a stat. If you believe in trends this is the week to play Rucker, but he has been very inconsistent thus far, recording two huge weeks and two 0 tackle performances.

Linebackers

SEA - Anthony Simmons - As active and around the ball Simmons seems to be, you would think he records 10 tackles a game. But that’s simply not the case this year. Simmons hasn’t had more than 5 tackles in any game this year. That is disappointing for those Simmons owner’s this year.

BUF - Takeo Spikes - I suppose when fellow teammate LB London Fletcher records 15 solo tackles and 6 assists, there isn’t much to go around for Spikes, but this is becoming all to familiar. Fletcher is consistently out producing Spikes to the point, Spikes is now a jump on the pile at the end of the play type of player, just to record an assist. I’d try and move Spike while his name recognition still has value.

Defensive Backs

NO - Jay Bellamy - Jay started the season on fire, leading all DB’s after the first 2 weeks of the season, but since week 2 he has had a 1 tackle, 4 tackle and 2 tackle and an assist, performance in his last 3 weeks. Id say he has officially cooled off.

BAL - Chris McAllister - You would think after signing a new 7 year extension you would have a better performance than just a single tackle. Chris is the poster child for feast or famine type of players. Weeks 1 and 5 he had 1 tackle total. The 3 weeks in the middle he put up monster stats.

Key Injuries

Defensive Linemen

Carolina DL Kris Jenkins was placed on IR this week officially ending his 2004 season

Linebackers

Niner’s LB Derek Smith is out another week, but the team hopes he can return after next weeks Bye week.

Niner’s LB Julian Peterson was put on IR and will miss the remainder of the season.

Defensive Backs

Safety Matt Bowen was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after suffering a season-ending knee injury during Sunday's 17-10 loss to Baltimore

Start em

Sunday, Oct. 17

Carolina at Philadelphia , 1:00 pm - DL Julius Peppers, LB Dan Morgan, DB Mike Minter, DL Jevon Kearse,DB Brian Dawkins, DB Michael Lewis.

Cincinnati at Cleveland , 1:00 pm - DB Madieu Williams, LB Andra Davis, DB Robert Griffith.

Green Bay at Detroit , 1:00 pm - LB Nick Barnett, DB Darren Sharper, LB Teddy Lehman.

Houston at Tennessee , 1:00 pm - LB Jay Foreman, LB Jamie Sharper, LB Keith Bullock.

Kansas City at Jacksonville , 1:00 pm - DB Greg Wesley, DL Marcus Stroud, DL John Henderson, LB Mike Peterson.

Miami at Buffalo , 1:00 pm - DL Jason Taylor, LB Zach Thomas, LB London Fletcher.

San Diego at Atlanta, 1:00 pm - LB Donnie Edwards, DB Terrance Kiel, DL Patrick Kerney, LB Keith Brooking.

Seattle at New England , 1:00 pm - DL Grant Wistrom, LB Anthonly Simmons, LB Tedy Bruschi, DB Rodney Harrison.

San Francisco at N.Y. Jets , 1:00 pm - LB Jeff Ulbrich, DB Tony Parrish, DL John Abraham

Washington at Chicago , 1:00 pm - LB Antonio Pierce,

Denver at Oakland , 4:15 pm - LB DJ Williams, LB Al Wilson, LB Travian Smith.

Pittsburgh at Dallas , 4:15 pm - LB James Farrior, DB Troy Polamalu, DL Greg Ellis, LB Dat Nguyen, DB Roy Williams.

Minnesota at New Orleans , 8:30 pm - LB Dontarrious Thomas, DB Corey Chavous, DL Charles Grant.

Monday, Oct. 18

Tampa Bay at St. Louis , 9:00 pm - LB Derrick Brooks, DB Ronde Barber, DL Leonard Little, DB Adam Archuletta

Open date: Arizona, Baltimore, Indianapolis, N.Y. Giants

Others to consider

Defensive Linemen
BUF - Aaron Schobel
CAR - Mike Rucker
CLE - Kenard Lang
NYJ - Shaun Ellis
NOS - Darren Howard
NOS - Will Smith
PIT - Aaron Smith
DET - Shaun Rogers
DAL - Greg Ellis
SEA - Chike Okeafor

Linebackers
TBB - Shelton Quarles
JAC - Akinola Ayodele
NEP - Roman Phifer
PHI - Mark Simoneau
STL - Pisa Tinoisamoa
DET - Earl Holmes
JAC - Darryl Smith
NYJ - Eric Barton
NYJ - Jonathon Vilma
NOS - Courtney Watson - (Questionable)

Defensive Backs
NOS - Jay Bellamy
ATL - Bryan Scott
NEP - Eugene Wilson
TEN - Tank Williams
SEA - Ken Hamlin
HOU - Marcus Coleman
WAS - Sean Taylor
NOS - Tebucky Jones
OAK - Charles Woodson

Team Defense - Top 5 plays of the week

Buffalo vs. Miami, Sage Rosenfels is the Dolphins starting QB, nuff said.

San Diego looks to hold Atlanta to around 10 pts a game, and force Vick to turn the ball over multiple times.

Cincinnati get 2 weeks to game plan for an awful Browns offense, Look Out.

NY Jets are a pleasant surprise on D thus far. This week should be no different.

Philadelphia vs. Carolina. No Foster, Davis is questionable, this is going to be a long day for Delhomme.