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IDP Report - Week 10
Brent Clement
November 11, 2004

Interesting Tidbits

As expected Dan Morgan missed last weeks game what a concussion. Morgan is questionable again this week, and will probably be a game time decision. Check out inactives Sunday morning to be sure he is available before you plug him into your starting lineup.

The Dallas Cowboys have had the worst defense in the league over the past 4 weeks. A far cry from the team defense that ended last year number 1. Dallas should be easy pickings for a fired up Philly team who is coming off its first loss of the season. The fact this game is on Monday night, only adds fuel to this rivalry and eventually Philly running all over the undermanned Cowboys.

Who’s Hot

Defensive Linemen

WAS - Cornelius Griffin – Griffin is having a monster year for the Skins. He posted another multi-sack game and fills the stat sheets with 2 pass defense, 3 tackles, 3 assist, and the 2 sacks. Griffin is only 27 and is finally having the kind of years the Giants had hoped to see before now, when they let him go in free agency this past off season.

CHI - Alex Brown – Brown has to me mentioned again this week. He is on fire right now. This past week vs. the Giants he had 4 sacks, 6 tackles, a forced fumbles, a pass defense and 2 assists. Those are just mind boggling stats. The addition of Oguneleye causing havoc on the other side of the line with Tommy Harris creating mismatches in the middle is giving Brown opportunities he did not have a year ago.

MIN – Kevin Williams - Williams is as productive a DT as you will find. He is always involved in the play even when teams run outside, he has the speed to chase down the play from the back side. He is a force inside vs. the run and is a threat to get to the QB from the DT position. Williams had a sack last week, but the 6 tackles and an assist is what is making him a weekly starter.

Linebackers

DEN - Al Wilson – Wilson has quietly put up three consecutive strong weeks in a row. Al’s 6 tackles and 3 assists is a solid day at the office for the Denver LB. Wilson also still has KC and SD left on the schedule, so if you can get him at a reasonable price, this may be the time before his stock soars any higher

CAR - Will Weatherspoon - Weatherspoon picked up the slack when injured LB Dan Morgan went out early in week 8, and picked right back up where he left off making a strong play in Week 9. Wills production was his best of the season in Week 9, and its not surprising with Morgan out of the game. Will finished last week with 7 tackles, 2 assist, an INT and 3 pass defense. Excellent production.

NYJ - Jonathon Vilma – Vilma had his best game as a pro week 9, with 10 solo tackles and 5 assists. He is really turned the corner and will be hard pressed to lose playing time even if Sam Cowart returns this week. But Cowart is still a stud, and will be active around the ball and could cut into Vilma’s overall production.

Defensive Backs

CIN – Madieu Williams - It looks as if Madieu is starting again in Cincy. He is as productive as any S in the NFL when he is on the field. But Cincy has used him sparingly the last several weeks and his production has been limited at best. 9 solo tackles, an assist, a pass defense and an INT is as solid as it gets.

WAS- Ryan Clark- Since taking over for injured Matt Bowen, Clark has been incredible. This past week was also his most productive game of the season. 8 tackles and 3 assists is excellent production for the backup S. With Bowen on IR, Clark is a solid play the rest of the season.

IND – Bob Sanders – Sanders the past 2 weeks has been as good as any DB in the league. Its not clear if he will lose playing time when Mike Doss returns, but Sanders is a force in the running game as well as Doss. Sanders is listed as a FS, and Doss a SS, so its likely the two will be on the field together at some point, which could limit them both from putting up monster stats.

Who’s Not

Defensive Linemen

NO – Charles Grant – Grant has clearly hit a wall this season. After huge weeks early on, his last two have been less than average. Grant is still a fantasy force and should start every week, but he clearly is getting double teamed on almost every play and his production is starting to suffer.

PHI Jevon Kearse Kearse is typical feast or famine fantasy player. One week he is producing 3 sacks and wrecking havoc on nearly every play the next week he posts only a single tackle. What is frustrating is trying to pick the week he goes off. And avoid having him blow up on your bench, or getting a goose egg in your lineup .

Linebackers

PIT – Joey Porter – Just when I was getting used to the idea of advising Porter as an every week starter he lays an egg. A single tackles after the huge performance vs. the Patriots a week ago. Some players are simply too inconsistent to trust, and your better off letting someone else deal with the headache.

SEA – Tracy White – Those on the White bandwagon the last few weeks while Chad Brown and Anthony Simmons were out injured had their world come crashing down week 9 as both Brown and Simmons returned to the field. White was sent back to the bench and is no longer a viable option for fantasy owners.

Defensive Backs

CIN - Kevin Kaesviharn - A week after tooting this kids play he takes a nosedive. The Cincy defensive backfield is one of the most difficult to figure out. M Williams was the top rated DB when he was benched, and Kevin only records a pass defense after posting 3 very solid week in a row.

STL – Aeneas Williams – Williams has been no where to be found the past 2 weeks. He only produced a tackle and an assist in week 9 and only 1 tackle in week 7, the week before his Bye. Id bench Aeneas until you proves to be worthy of starting again, unless I had no other option.

Key Injuries

Defensive Line

Michael Strahan has been put on IR after tearing his pectoral muscle in week 9 vs. the Bears.

Linebackers

Sam Cowart practiced today and is listed as questionable on the injury report, but sources out of NY are saying he will play

Chiefs LB Shaun Barber has been placed on IR ending his 2004 season.

Defensive Backs

Darren Sharper sat out of practice Wednesday, Nov. 10, but vowed to play in Week 10. There is a chance Sharper will play a limited role against the Viking, but will be limited if he is active. Randy Moss sitting could also give Sharper an extra week to heal if the Packers want to go that direction.

Mike Doss did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 10, and is questionable for Week 10. Doss sat out this past week, and hoped to be back Week 10, but isn’t expected to play.

Start em

Sunday, Nov. 14

Baltimore at N.Y. Jets,1:00 p.m. - LB Ray Lewis, DB Ed Reed, DL John Abraham, LB Jonathon Vilma, LB Sam Cowart.

Chicago at Tennessee, 1:00 p.m. - DL Alex Brown, LB Brian Urlacher, DB Mike Green, LB Keith Bullock.

Detroit at Jacksonville, 1:00 p.m. - DL Shaun Rogers, LB Teddy Lehman, LB Earl Holmes, LB Akin Ayodele.

Houston at Indianapolis, 1:00 p.m. - LB Jamie Sharper, LB Jay Foreman, LB David Thornton, DB Bob Sanders.

Kansas City at New Orleans, 1:00 p.m. - DB Greg Wesley, DL Charles Grant, DB Tebucky Jones.

Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1:00 p.m. - LB James Farrior, DB Troy Polamalu, LB Andra Davis, DB Robert Griffin.

Seattle at St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. - LB Anthony Simmons, DL Leonard Little, DB Adam Archuletta.

Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 1:00 p.m. - LB Derrick Brooks, DB Ronde Barber, LB Keith Brooking, DB Bryan Scott.

Cincinnati at Washington, 4:05 p.m. - DL Justin Smith, LB Brian Simmons, DL Cornelius Griffin, LB Antonio Pierce.

Carolina at San Francisco, 4:15 p.m. - LB Will Weatherspoon, DB Mike Minter, LB Derek Smith, DB Tony Parrish.

Minnesota at Green Bay, 4:15 p.m. - DL Kevin Williams, LB EJ Henderson, LB Nick Barnett, DB Darren Sharper.

N.Y. Giants at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. - DB Gibril Wilson, DL Bert Berry, DB Adrian Wilson.

Buffalo at New England, 8:30 p.m.- DL Aaron Schobel, LB London Fletcher, LB Tedy Bruschi, DB Rodney Harrison.

Monday, Nov. 15

Philadelphia at Dallas, 9:00 p.m. - DB Brian Dawkins, DB Michael Lewis, DL Greg Ellis, DB Roy Williams

Open date: Denver, Miami, Oakland, San Diego

Others to consider

Defensive Linemen
JAX - John Henderson
CAR - Mike Rucker
CAR - Julius Peppers
NYJ - Shaun Ellis
JAX - Marcus Stroud
TBB - Simeon Rice
PHI - Jevon Kearse
DET - James Hall
SEA - Chike Okeafor
BAL - Marques Douglas

Linebackers
PHI - Mark Simoneau
WAS - Marcus Washington
CHI - Lance Briggs
PIT - Joey Porter
NYJ - Eric Barton
STL - Tommy Polley
NOS - Orlando Ruff
NYG - Kevin Lewis
NYG - Nick Greisen
DAL - Dat Nguyen

Defensive Backs
CIN - Madieu Williams
NEP - Eugene Wilson
IND - Nick Harper
BAL - Gary Baxter
CHI - Todd Johnson
MIN - Antoine Winfield
WAS - Ryan Clark
WAS - Fred Smoot
BAL - Will Demps
SEA - Ken Hamlin

Team Defense - Top 5 Plays of the Week

Philadelphia vs. Dallas. Dallas outside of Jason Witten have been outright terrible on offense lately, and this trend looks to continue at least another week.

Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland. The Browns average 2.5 turnovers a game on offense, and the Steelers are one of the most dominating defenses in the NFL right now, after shutting down a high powered Eagles attack

Arizona vs. NY Giants. Chicago used a bruising defense to shut down the Giants last week, and Arizona will be very opportunistic this week, especially when it comes to sacking QB Kurt Warner.

Tennessee vs. Chicago. Bears backup QB Krenzel has been getting a lot of press, but it’s the Bears D that has landed them 2 straight wins, not the offense which will be over powered again this week by the Titan defense.

Washington vs. Cincinnati. Washington has been one of the most surprising defenses in the league this year. Ranked #1 in the NFL last week. They are a strong play vs. a average Cincy offense.