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IDP Report - Week 8
Brent Clement
October 28, 2004

Interesting Tidbits

- The Arizona Cardinals have not allowed a rushing TD this season. The Cardinals also lead the NFL in defensive takeaways. Denny Green has turned that defense around in a hurry and made the Cards competitive.

- SF LB Derek Smith returned to practice Monday Oct 25, and will start this week. Smith has been out the last 2 weeks. Smith has been a fantasy force this season and should continue his tear, when healthy, with the injury to fellow LB 49ers Julian Peterson.

Who’s Hot

Defensive Linemen

CIN – Justin Smith – Smith put up a huge game vs the Broncos, sacking Bronco’s QB Jake Plummer on back to back plays. Smith finished with 4 tackles, 2 assists and a forced fumble to go with his 2 sacks.

BUF - Aaron Schobel – Schobel has now put up three straight impressive weeks, collecting 5.5 sacks over that span. This past week was equally eye opening with 2 sacks, 5 tackles and a forced fumble.

STL – Tony Hargrove – Rookie DE Tony Hargrove had a huge game in week 7. Hargrove ended his afternoon with 7 tackles, an assist, and his first sack of the season. Hargrove could see even more minutes the rest of the season, and is a nice pickup for Dynasty Leagues.

Linebackers

TEN – Keith Bullock – Well, Well, Well. Look who decided to show up for the 2004 season. Bullock has been a major disappointment thus far this season but finally had the break through game his owners were hoping for. Bullock did leave the game with a wrist injury and could have come back in the game, but was held out. HC Jeff Fisher says Bullock is fine and will start next week.

SEA – Tracy White - White starting because of massive injuries to the Sea LB core, put up huge numbers this past week. White had 10 tackles, 3 assists and a sack. With Sea Lbs Anthony Simmons and Chad Brown out at least a few more weeks, White could be a hot commodity to get teams through their last few bye weeks.

CIN – Brian Simmons – Simmons name seemed to be called out every other play in Monday nights game vs the Broncos. He ended up with 5 tackles, 4 assists, a sack, and a forced fumble, in his best performance of the season. Owners who drafted Simmons expected to see this before now, but will be pleased if he can keep it rolling.

Defensive Backs

PHI – Lito Sheppard – Lito is a classic case of the worst CB on the team getting picked on all day. Sheppard ended up with 10 tackles, a INT and a pass defense. History tells us this performance isn’t likely to repeat itself anytime soon, but its worth mentioning, he has had 2 above average outings in a row.

SEA – Ken Lucas – Lucas had another strong game, posting 6 tackles, 2 pass defense, and an INT returned for a TD. Lucas is consistently putting up solid fantasy points and unlike Sheppard, this trend looks to continue.

SD – Terrance Kiel – Kiel has been a headache for fantasy owners such as myself. One week he posts 2 tackles and an assist, the next week he posts 8 tackles, 3 pass defense, an assist, and an INT, as he did in Week 7. I love Kiel’s ability, but he needs to take his game to the next level and become more consistent.

Who’s Not

Defensive Linemen

TB – Greg Spires – From hero to goat in one week. Spires overachieved last week and cost me a win and this week he hurt the owners who started him posting only 3 tackles. Can you say feast or famine.

DAL – Greg Ellis – Along with the Dallas defense, Greg Ellis has been non existent the past few weeks. Ellis at one time was a top 5 DL, now he has fallen out of the top 15, because of another below par performance. 1 pass defense, and 1 assist, isn’t going to cut it for a top DE.

Linebackers

JAC – Akinola Ayodele – Lets not panic here, because Ayodele has been a weekly stud this season. But playing Indy, he only posted 1 tackle. A word to the wise, stay away from LB’s playing the Colts as Manning throws so much, LBs are fast becoming a non factor in games unless they are blitzing the QB.

ATL – Keith Brooking – Just like Ayodele, let not panic yet, but how can you give up 8 rushing TDs to the Chiefs and only come away with 3 tackles when the Chiefs are running the ball right down your throat all day?

Defensive Backs

STL – Aeneas Williams – Just like the rest of the Rams defense, Williams was a non factor, recording 1 tackle. How can the Rams get past the Seahawks potent offense, then impressively but away the Bucs, only to lay an egg vs the worst offense in the league, Miami. Amazing.

OAK – Marques Anderson – Week 6, Anderson posts 14 solo tackles then backs it up with 2 in Week 7. Looks like Fools Gold to me.

Key Injuries

Defensive Line

A cheap shot by Broncos OT George Foster ended Bengals DL Tony Williams season, on Monday night. Williams suffered a dislocated and broken ankle when Foster speared him with his helmet on an obvious low block at least 10 yards from the play. Williams will have surgery and be placed on IR.

Linebackers

KC MLB Monty Beisel did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 27, and will not be available for Week 8.

Defensive Backs

According to KFFL, GB DB Darren Sharper has a torn PCL and will not attempt to practice until Friday, Oct. 29. He will then test out his knee and make a determination on whether or not he can play. If he can, he would have to do so with his knee heavily wrapped.

Start em

Sunday, Oct. 31

Arizona at Buffalo, 1:00 pm - DB Adrian Wilson, DL Aaron Schobel, LB London Fletcher

Baltimore at Philadelphia, 1:00 pm - LB Ray Lewis, DB Ed Reed, DB Brian Dawkins, DB Michael Lewis.

Cincinnati at Tennessee, 1:00 pm - DL Justin Smith, LB Brian Simmons, LB Keith Bullock, DB Lamont Thompson.

Detroit at Dallas, 1:00 pm - DL Shaun Rogers , LB Teddy Lehman, LB Dat Nguyen, DB Roy Williams.

Green Bay at Washington, 1:00 pm - LB Nick Barnett, DB Darren Sharper (questionable), LB Antonio Pierce.

Indianapolis at Kansas City, 1:00 pm - LB, David Thornton, LB Cato June, LB Shawn Barber, DB Greg Wesley.

Jacksonville at Houston, 1:00 pm - DL Marcus Stroud, DL John Henderson, LB Mike Peterson, LB Jamie Sharper.

N.Y. Giants at Minnesota, 1:00 pm - DL Michael Strahan, DB Gibril Wilson, LB Dontarrious Thomas.

Atlanta at Denver, 4:05 pm - DL Patrick Kerney, LB Keith Brooking, LB DJ Williams, LB Al Wilson.

Carolina at Seattle, 4:05 pm - LB Dan Morgan, DB Mike Minter, LB Tracey White, DB Ken Lucas.

New England at Pittsburgh, 4:15 pm -LB Tedy Bruschi, DB Rodney Harrison, LB James Farrior, DB Troy Polamalu.

Oakland at San Diego, 4:15 pm - LB Danny Clark, DB Ray Buchanan, LB Donnie Edwards, DB Terrance Kiel.

San Francisco at Chicago, 8:30 pm - LB Derek Smith, LB Brian Urlacher, LB Lance Briggs, DB Michael Green.

Monday, Nov. 1

Miami at N.Y. Jets, 9:00 pm - DL, Jason Taylor , LB Zach Thomas, DL John Abraham, DB David Barrett.

Open date: Cleveland, New Orleans, St. Louis, Tampa Bay

Others to consider

Defensive Linemen
WAS - Cornelius Griffin
CAR - Mike Rucker
CAR - Julius Peppers
NYJ - Shaun Ellis
OAK - Tyler Brayton
DAL - Greg Ellis
PHI - Jevon Kearse
DET - James Hall
SEA - Chike Okeafor
BAL - Marques Douglas

Linebackers
PHI - Mark Simoneau
JAX - Akinola Ayodele
DET - Earl Holmes
JAC - Darryl Smith
NYJ - Eric Barton
NYJ - Jonathon Vilma
SDC - Steve Foley
OAK - Napolean Harris
MIA - Junior Seau
TEN - Jay Foreman

Defensive Backs
ATL - Kevin Mathis
NEP - Eugene Wilson
TEN - Tank Williams
SEA - Ken Hamlin
OAK - Charles Woodson
DET - Chris Cash
MIN - Antoine Winfield
BUF - Terrance McGee
IND - Nick Harper
ATL - Bryan Scott

Team Defense - Top 5 Plays of the Week

NY Jets vs. Miami. Miami scored as many TDs last week, 4, as it did the first 6 weeks combined. The Jets D will bring this offense back to earth in week 8.

Philadelphia vs. Baltimore. No Jamal Lewis, No Todd Heap, No Jonathon Ogden, No Chance.

Arizona vs. Buffalo. Arizona is surprising a lot of fantasy owners with their league leading 18 forced turnovers and ability to keep opposing runners out of the end zone.

San Francisco vs. Chicago. Rookie QB Craig Krenzel takes over the Chicago offense and will be a turnover machine in his first ever NFL start.

Denver vs. Atlanta. The Falcons are averaging less than 12 pts a game on the season, and Vick is hit or miss. Last week he could only generate 10 pts of offense vs. the porous KC defense.