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IDP Report - Week 7
Brent Clement
October 21, 2004

What the Heck Happened

Buffalo and Miami proved to be a battle of defenses, or should I say inept offenses.

The Green Bay secondary had a surprisingly solid day at Detroit this past week. Considering how poorly they have played thus far, this is a good sign things may turn around there soon.

Who’s Hot

Defensive Linemen

TB - Greg Spires - This guy won games for their owners this week. And as painful as it is to say, he killed me in a game I should have won. Spires ended the night with 2 sacks, 5 tackles and a forced fumble.

BUF - Aaron Schobel - A bust so far this year broke out this week. 2.5 sacks, 5 tackles, 3 assists, plus a forced fumble is a nice way to break out of a slump. More days like this are coming for Mr. Schobel.

JAX - Marcus Stroud - Stroud has been a force inside for Jacksonville all year. This may have been his best game of the season. 6 tackles, a forced fumble, and 2 sacks, in a huge victory for the Jags over Priest Holmes and the Chiefs.

Linebackers

SF - Jamie Winborn - Last week I predicted Jeff Ulbrich would pick up the slack for Derek Smith and Julian Peterson, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Winborn was the force in the middle of that defense and recorded 11 solo tackles, and 2 assists. A very impressive performance for a player fighting for a starting job.

CHI - Brian Urlacher - Looks like Mr. Urlacher is back, and he looks impressive. If you dared to bench him last week you missed a huge performance. 9 tackles, 3 assists, and a sack, proved to be his best game of the season thus far.

TEN - Keith Bullock - Some owners were actually thinking of benching Bullock. Those that were patient were rewarded with Bullocks best game of the season. 7 tackles and 3 assists are not huge stats for Bullock, but hopefully this is the beginning of better days to come.

Defensive Backs

OAK - Marques Anderson - Anderson had a monster game. 14 solo tackles, 2 assists, a pass defense and an INT. Anderson just seemed to be in on every play. Anderson could be available on your waiver wire but I would wait another week and see if he can come close to duplicating this performance.

NE - Eugene Wilson - Its hard to believe with Rodney Harrison in the defensive backfield there would be anything left for anyone. But Wilson has been a top 20 DB this season and last week recorded 11 solo tackles and forced a fumble . Not bad.

STL - Jerametrius Butler - Butler is currently a top 5 DB and had another impressive game this past Monday night. Butler recorded 8 tackles, 3 pass defense, an INT and a fumble recovery.

Who’s Not

Defensive Linemen

ATL - Brady Smith - Since starting the year with a fumble recovery for a TD, and a second very productive game, Smith has literally been a non factor for fantasy owners that added him after week 2. Smith is probably better off on your bench than laying an egg in your starting lineup.

OAK - Tyler Brayton - Brayton started the year on a tear as well, but has since been held to mere mediocrity. Last week was his 3 rd game in a row in which he had 2 solo tackles or less and 0 forced turnovers or sacks in that span.

Linebackers

KC - Monty Beisel - Monty has been less than average his last 3 games. This past week he finished with 2 solo tackles and 1 assist. Beisel has shown to be less of a factor as the season has gone on. It may be time to set him on your bench until he shows he can produce for consecutive weeks.

PIT - Larry Foote - A few weeks back Foote was a coveted FA on the waiver wire. Now he is at the end of your bench waiting to be dropped for the next Larry Foote.

Defensive Backs

BAL - Madieu Williams - Did not get the start last week, and did not record a stat in week 6. This from the #1 DB in the league the first 5 weeks of the season. Watch this situation carefully. Williams is talented no doubt, but if he isn’t starting he isn’t helping you

SD - Jerry Wilson - You take out the monster game in week 4, Wilson has dropped in points each week dating back to game 1. Wilson is still a decent option when SD plays rushing teams such as KC or Denver, but you really have to look at match-ups before inserting him in your lineup each week. He is far from an automatic starter each week.

Key Injuries

Defensive Linemen

ESPN reports Bears DE Adewale Ogunleye, is expected to miss 1-to-2 weeks of action with an ankle injury.

Seattle DE Grant Wistrom is out for 4-6 weeks with what is being called a bruised knee with a small fracture.

New Orleans DE Darren Howard underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to remove a piece of torn cartilage from his joint. He is listed as OUT for Week 7.

Linebackers

Raiders LB Travian Smith is listed as doubtful for Sunday, Oct. 24, because of a knee injury that kept him out of Week 6.

Defensive Backs

NO Saints CB Ashley Ambrose has a torn PCL in his left knee. Ambrose is currently listed as doubtful, but word out of New Orleans is he will not play in Week 7.

Start em

Sunday, Oct. 24

Atlanta at Kansas City, 1:00 pm - DL Patrick Kerney, LB Keith Brooking, DL Greg Wesley.

Buffalo at Baltimore, 1:00 pm - DL Aaron Schobel, LB London Fletcher, LB Ray Lewis, DB Ed Reed.

Chicago at Tampa Bay, 1:00 pm - LB Brian Urlacher, LB Derrick Brooks, DB Ronde Barber.

Detroit at N.Y. Giants, 1:00 pm - LB Teddy Lehman, DL Michael Strahan, DB Gibril Wilson.

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1:00 pm - LB Akinola Ayodele, DL Marcus Stroud, DL John Henderson, LB Mike Peterson.

Philadelphia at Cleveland, 1:00 pm - DB Brian Dawkins, DB Michael Lewis, LB Andra Davis, DB Robert Griffith.

San Diego at Carolina, 1:00 pm - LB Donnie Edwards, DB Terrance Kiel, LB Dan Morgan, DB Mike Minter.

St. Louis at Miami, 1:00 pm - LB Pisa Tinoisamoa, DB Adam Archuletta, LB Zach Thomas

Tennessee at Minnesota, 1:00 pm - LB Keith Bullock, LB Dontarrious Thomas, DB Corey Chavous

N.Y. Jets at New England, 4:05 pm - DL John Abraham, LB Tedy Bruschi, DB Rodney Harrison.

Dallas at Green Bay, 4:15 pm - DL Greg Ellis, DB Roy Williams, LB Nick Barnett, DB Darren Sharper.

New Orleans at Oakland, 4:15 pm - DL Charles Grant, LB Danny Clark, DL Tyler Brayton, LB Napolean Harris.

Seattle at Arizona, 4:15 pm - DB Ken Hamlin, DL Bert Berry, DB Adrian Wilson.

Monday, Oct. 25

Denver at Cincinnati, 9:00 pm - LB DJ Williams, LB Al Wilson, DL Justin Smith.

Open date: Houston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Washington

Others to consider

Defensive Linemen
MIA - Jason Taylor
CAR - Mike Rucker
CAR - Julius Peppers
NYJ - Shaun Ellis
STL - Leonard Little
NOS - Will Smith
PHI - Jevon Kearse
DET - Shaun Rogers
SEA - Chike Okeafor
BAL - Marques Douglas

Linebackers
PHI - Mark Simoneau
DAL - Dat Nguyen
DET - Earl Holmes
JAC - Darryl Smith
NYJ - Eric Barton
NYJ - Jonathon Vilma
NOS - Courtney Watson
SDC - Steve Foley
MIA - Junior Seau
IND - David Thornton

Defensive Backs
NOS - Jay Bellamy
ATL - Bryan Scott
ATL Kevin Mathis
NEP - Eugene Wilson
TEN - Tank Williams
NOS - Tebucky Jones
OAK - Charles Woodson
STL - Jerametrius Butler
CHI - Michael Green
OAK - Marques Anderson

Team Defense - Top 5 plays of the week

St. Louis vs. Miami, do I need to continue to preach why you start whoever plays Miami?

Baltimore gets to pin its ears back and blitz Bledsoe all day. Could be a monster day for this D.

Tampa Bay vs. Chicago and QB Quinn. Load 8 in the box and make Quinn throw. Sacks and turnovers should follow.

Seattle will prove to be too much for the young Cardinal offense, even without DE Wistrom and possibly LB Anthony Simmons.

Philadelphia vs. Cleveland. Cleveland loses WR Quincy Morgan, A Davis is questionable. This Offense will struggle to run the ball. Nuff said.