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IDP Report - Week 11
Brent Clement
November 18, 2004

Interesting Tidbits

The injury bug hit the LB position hard this week. Three of the best fantasy Lbs are out for Week 11. Dan Morgan is out with a concussion. Anthony Simmons is out for the year with a broken wrist, and Brian Urlacher is out 4-6 weeks with a calf injury.

Wash S Ryan Clark over the last 6 weeks has been the 2 nd most productive DB in the league to All-Pro SS Rodney Harrison. Clark in that span was also on Bye Week 7, and hasn’t posted less than 8 tackles in any game. Clark is still on many waiver wires and could be relatively cheap to trade for because he is relatively unknown

Who’s Hot

Defensive Linemen

TEN - Kevin Carter – Carter was busy in Week 10, posting huge numbers. 7 solo tackles, 3 sacks, 4 assists and a forced fumble were the highlights of his day. Carter has been very quiet this year and this kind of production from him is an aberration, but its definitely worth noting.

BAL - Marques Douglas – Douglas has been up and down all year, but is finally starting to show signs of consistency. Douglas is coming off a 7 tackle game with a sack and a half with 2 assists. Those stats have vaulted Douglas into the top 10 of many scoring leagues.

DET – Shaun Rogers - Rogers at halftime didn’t have a stat, then in the 3 rd quarter started pouring it on. Rogers ended his day with 5 tackles, 2 assists and 2 pass defense. Rogers has moved into the top 5 in most scoring leagues and with the Lions offense so bad teams are running the ball late in games to preserve a lead.

Linebackers

CHI - Lance Briggs – Briggs had his best game of the season recording 12 solo tackles, 2 assists, and 2 pass defense in Week 10. With the loss or Brian Urlacher, Briggs expects to be busier than usual and could post similar numbers in the upcoming weeks. Briggs has been a consistent performer all season and is a weekly starter down the stretch.

IND - Cato June - June has been rumored to lose his job several times this season and even with those distractions has put up fantastic numbers. This past weekend, June had his best day as a pro with 11 solo tackles, 2 assists and 2 pass defense.

TB - Shelton Quarles – Shelton has posted huge games before but has missed some time due to injury and is just now looking to be 100%. 12 solo tackles and 2 sacks is proof how productive he can be playing alongside Derrick Brooks. The TB D is not what it once was upfront, which is giving the Lbs more opportunities to make plays.

Defensive Backs

BUF – Lawyer Milloy- Milloy is starting to get healthy after missing the first 6 weeks of the season. If you were waiting to see a strong start before you place Lawyer in your lineup, he just gave you one. Milloy had 10 tackles and 5 assists and is looking like a solid start for the rest of the season.

CAR- Chris Gamble- The rookie is finally getting some consistent playing time to show what he can do and he is delivering. Gamble the last 3 weeks has averaged 7 tackles a week and is only going to see more playing time as the season moves forward. Gamble is a nice pickup for Dynasty Leagues.

WAS – Sean Taylor – No one questioned Taylor’s ability coming into the season but his immaturity has held him back early on. He showed last week just how versatile he is with a 7 tackles, 1 assist, 1 INT and 2 pass defenses. With Washington’s playoff hopes fading every week, Taylor will begin to see more playing time and put up equal numbers in the upcoming weeks.

Who’s Not

Defensive Linemen

TB – Simeon Rice – Rice has dropped from the elite DL this season to below the mediocre ones. His statistics are as bad as I can remember since his rookie year. The loss of Warren Sapp taking double teams off Rice is clearly one of the reasons for the down year. See if you can get anything for the former All-Pro.

NO – Charles Grant - Grant is as cold as any DL in the league right now. He cant buy a big game. Last weeks 2 tackle performance was the 3 rd poor performance in a row in which he has not recorded a sack or had more than 3 solo tackles in any contest.

Linebackers

PIT– Joey Porter – Poor play is one thing, but to get tossed before the game even begins for fighting in warm-ups with opposing players is ridiculous. Porter is coming off a 1 tackle performance in Week 9, and can not be trusted in your lineup at this time.

IND – Rob Morris – Morris who put up solid stats the first part of the season has fallen, and fallen hard as of late. The emergence of Cato June and the dependable David Thornton have taken any and all opportunities away from the slower Morris. Morris is waiver wire material and should not be used in your lineup.

Defensive Backs

PHI - Brian Dawkins - Dawkins posted a single tackle this week after having exceptional performances to date, but most of this could be to the fact Dallas couldn’t run the ball and their best offensive weapon is TE Jason Whitten, who was not being covered by Dawkins. I don’t advise benching Dawkins after this performance.

SF – Tony Parrish - Parris is another DB who had a underachieving week that resulted in 0 tackles and 1 fumble recovery. Owners of Dawkins and Parrish should not be too concerned as both players are healthy and should return to their elite status this weekend.

Key Injuries

Defensive Line

Grant Wistrom will continue to practice this week and should be able to return to action in Week 11.

Linebackers

Brian Urlacher underwent surgery on his injured calf, and is out 4-6 weeks, and possibly the season

Anthony Simmons was put on IR by the Seattle Seahawks with a broken wrist.

Dan Morgan is out week 11 with a concussion, Vinny Ciurciu will start in his place.

Defensive Backs

Ty Law is not expected to play in Week 11's game with a foot injury

Tank Williams suffered a torn left ACL in Week 10 and is out for the remainder of the season.

Start em

Sunday, Nov. 21

Arizona at Carolina, 1:00 p.m. - DL Bert Berry, DB Adrian Wilson, LB Will Weatherspoon, DB Mike Minter.

Dallas at Baltimore, 1:00 p.m. - DB Roy Williams, LB Ray Lewis, DB Ed Reed.

Denver at New Orleans, 1:00 p.m.- LB DJ Williams, LB Al Wilson, DB Tebucky Jones.

Detroit at Minnesota, 1:00 p.m - DL Shaun Rogers, LB Teddy Lehman, DL Kevin Williams, LB EJ Henderson.

Indianapolis at Chicago, 1:00 p.m - DB Nick Harper, DL Alex Brown, LB Lance Briggs, DB Mike Green.

N.Y. Jets at Cleveland, 1:00 p.m - DL John Abraham, LB Jonathon Vilma, LB Andra Davis, DB Robert Griffin.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 1:00 p.m - LB James Farrior, DB Troy Polamalu, DL Justin Smith, LB Brian Simmons.

San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1:00 p.m - LB Derek Smith, DB Tony Parrish, LB Derrick Brooks, DB Ronde Barber.

St. Louis at Buffalo, 1:00 p.m. - DL Leonard Little, DB Adam Archuletta, DL Aaron Schobel, LB London Fletcher.

Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1:00 p.m. - LB Keith Bullock, LB John Henderson, LB Akin Ayodele, LB Mike Peterson.

Miami at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. - DL Jason Taylor, LB Zach Thomas, LB Chad Brown, DB Ken Hamlin.

San Diego at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. - LB Donnie Edwards, DB Terrance Kiel, LB Danny Clark, DB Marques Anderson.

Atlanta at N.Y. Giants, 4:15 p.m. - LB Keith Brooking, DB Bryan Scott, DB Gibril Wilson.

Washington at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m.- DL Cornelius Griffin, LB Antonio Pierce, DB Brian Dawkins, DB Michael Lewis.

Green Bay at Houston, 8:30 p.m. - LB Nick Barnett, DB Darren Sharper, LB Jamie Sharper, LB Jay Foreman.

Monday, Nov. 22

New England at Kansas City, 9:00 p.m. - LB Tedy Bruschi, DB Rodney Harrison, DB Greg Wesley.

Others to consider

Defensive Linemen
SEA - Chike Okeafor
CAR - Mike Rucker
CAR - Julius Peppers
NYJ - Shaun Ellis
JAX - Marcus Stroud
TBB - Greg Spires
PHI - Jevon Kearse
DET - James Hall
NOS - Darren Howard
BAL - Marques Douglas

Linebackers
PHI - Mark Simoneau
WAS - Marcus Washington
IND - Cato June
IND - David Thornton
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 - Bob Sanders
BAL - Gary Baxter
CHI - Todd Johnson
MIN - Antoine Winfield
WAS - Ryan Clark
WAS - Fred Smoot
BAL - Will Demps
CAR- Chris Gamble

Team Defense - Top 5 Plays of the Week

Baltimore vs. Dallas. Dallas cant run the ball, and cant seem to pass to anyone but TE Jason Witten. What do you bet Baltimore doubles him or puts pro bowl S Ed Reed on him.

NY Jets vs. Cleveland. The Browns average 2.5 turnovers a game on offense, and the Jets are looking for some payback for the one that got away vs. Baltimore last week.

Atlanta vs. NY Giants. Atlanta will be the first to feast on Eli Manning this weekend because the Giants OL can’t seem to keep the opposing defenses of its QB as of late.

Indianapolis vs. Chicago. Indy actually played some defense last week vs. the Titans and held them scoreless for 3 and a half quarters. This week they get the inept Bears offense.

Seattle vs. Miami. Seattle just dropped its second game to the division leading Rams, and will feast on the Dolphins this week.