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IDP Report - Week 13
Brent Clement
December 2, 2004

Interesting Tidbits

Oakland has moved DE Tyler Brayton to outside LB and the production has increased dramatically since. Brayton recorded more solo tackles the last two weeks, 8, than he had the previous 5 games combined with 7.

Since Michael Strahan went down to injury, Rookie LB Reggie Torber has been moved to DE for the NY Giants, and he has not disappointed. While filling in the last 3 weeks, Torber has 12 tackles and 4 assists. If Torber is available in Dynasty Leagues, he is definitely worth a roster spot.

Who’s Hot

Defensive Linemen

CAR - Julius Peppers – Listing Peppers here is an understatement, but his season is second to none right now. The way Peppers is taking over games right in front of our eyes is amazing. Peppers has 7 sacks in his last 4 weeks, plus an INT for a touchdown last week.

GB - Aaron Kampman - Kampman is a virtual unknown who has quietly had a very solid year. He is currently a top 25 DL coming off another impressive performance last Monday night. Kampman is active for a DT, posting a sack, 8 tackles, 3 assists and a pass defense in his last 3 games.

ATL – Rod Coleman - Coleman has been hit or miss all season, and between he and Kerney its been frustrating picking who will be successful from week to week. But Coleman has been more impressive the last 3 weeks, recording 4 sacks, 6 tackles, 5 assists, a forced fumble and 2 pass defense.

Linebackers

SEA - Isiah Kacyvenski - Since the loss of Chad Brown and Anthony Simmons yet again in the Seattle LB core, Kacyvenski has been dominate. Isiah has 15 tackles, 4 assists and a sack in his last 2 games. Solid production from a backup LB filling in for an injured stud such as Anthony Simmons.

CIN - Landon Johnson - Johnson is another rookie that is getting an opportunity late in the season, and making the most of it. Johnson has 19 tackles, 11 assists and 2.5 sacks in his last 3 games. Johnson is definitely someone who has significant future value for Dynasty Leagues.

NO - Orlando Ruff - Ruff has been filling in at MLB for the Saints for injured rookie LBCourtney Watson and has been a pleasant surprise for owners who have lost quality Lbs to injury this yr. Ruff the past 5 weeks has 32 tackles, 13 assists and a sack. Incredible numbers for a waiver wire pickup.

Defensive Backs

BUF – Terrance McGee - Just when I think Mcgee is only a special teams player again, he has back to back outstanding games. McGee is coming off consecutive games with 7 tackles, 2 pass defense and 1 Interception..

CHI- R.W. McQuarters - McQuarters picked an especially good time to have his 2 best games of the season in Weeks 11 and 12. R.W. had 2 INT last week vs. the Cowboys and ran one back for a touchdown, to go along with 6 tackles. The week before he had 7 tackles and an assist.

SEA – Ken Hamlin – Hamlin owners such as myself finally have something to cheer about. Hamlin was a rookie stud a year ago, and most figured he would pick back up where he left off last year, and have another strong season. Unfortunately that has not been the case until now.

Who’s Not

Defensive Linemen

CHI – Alex Brown - Brown started slow this yr, but really turned it on between weeks 6-10, unfortunately the last 2 weeks have been flat out terrible. Brown has 1 solo tackle in each of his last 2 starts. Cowboys RB Julius Jones ran the ball for 150 yards, and Dallas also started rookie Drew Henson at QB, and Brown couldn’t do more than a single tackle. OUCH.

ATL – Patrick Kerney - Kerney definitively hit a wall last week only recording a single tackle. His production this year has been incredible, but lately he has not been the player he was just a few weeks back. I wouldn’t recommend sitting Kerney, but if you have an equal option who is playing better, it wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Linebackers

OAK – Naploean Harris – Harris missed the first 2 games of the season due to injury, but has not looked 100% yet this season. Harris was on the verge of stardom at the end of last year, but this year has been a major disappointment since returning in week 3. Harris has future value, but I would not recommend starting him again this year.

OAK – Danny Clark - Clark has been a beast for owners this year, but last week in the snow had to be a huge disappointment for those that started him. A single solo tackle and an assist after coming off a 13 tackle, 3 assist game had to make things difficult on Harris owners in Week 12.

Defensive Backs

TB - Ronde Barber - Barber had his worst statistical game of the year, and it came at the wrong time for fantasy owners who have been riding him all year. Two assists and a pass defense are rock bottom for Barber. Expect a bounce back game in Week 13.

IND – Nick Harper - Harper did play this week, but it was obvious he was not 100%, as his single tackle and assist are a far cry from his average day at the office. Harper is a risk start right now. Do so with caution.

Key Injuries

Defensive Line

According to Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren, Chike Okeafor could be iffy to play this week, due to a bad ankle.

Linebackers

Zach Thomas lasted just two series in Week 12 before being sidelined. Dolphins interim coach Jim Bates described Thomas as having only a minor setback and that he should be able to play in Week 13.

Cleveland Browns LB Andra Davis has a torn MCL and will be put on IR, ending his season.

Defensive Backs

Kansas City Chiefs SS Greg Wesley is unlikely to play in Week 13 due to a pulled hamstring.

Indy S Bob Sanders remains out for Week 13 due to a sprained MCL. He is expected to miss another 2-to-5 weeks of action.

Start em

Arizona at Detroit, 1:00 p.m. - DL Bert Berry, DB Adrian Wilson, DL Shaun Rogers, LB Teddy Lehman.

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

Buffalo at Miami, 1:00 p.m. - DL Aaron Schobel, LB London Fletcher, LB Takeo Spikes, DL Jason Taylor.

Carolina at New Orleans, 1:00 p.m. - DL Julius Peppers, LB Will Weatherspoon, DB Mike Minter, LB Orlando Ruff.

Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1:00 p.m. - DL Justin Smith, DL Landon Johnson, LB Ray Lewis, DB Ed Reed.

Houston at N.Y. Jets, 1:00 p.m. - LB Jamie Sharper, DL John Abraham, LB Jonathon Vilma, LB Eric Barton.

Minnesota at Chicago, 1:00 p.m. - DL Kevin Williams, DB Antoine Winfield, LB Lance Briggs, DB Mike Green.

New England at Cleveland, 1:00 p.m. - LB Tedy Bruschi, DB Rodney Harrison, DB Robert Griffin, DB Anthony Henry.

San Francisco at St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. - LB Derek Smith, DB Tony Parrish, DL Leonard Little, DB Adam Archuletta.

Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1:00 p.m. - LB Keith Bullock, LB Cato June, LB David Thornton.

Denver at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. - LB DJ Williams, LB Al Wilson, LB Donnie Edwards, DB Terrance Kiel.

Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. - LB Kawika Mitchell, LB Danny Clark, DB Marques Anderson.

Green Bay at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m. - DL Jevon Kearse, LB Jeremiah Trotter, DB Brian Dawkins, DB Michael Lewis.

N.Y. Giants at Washington, 4:15 p.m. - DL Cornelius Griffin, LB Antonio Pierce, DB Sean Taylor,

Pittsburgh at Jacksonville, 8:30 p.m. - LB Mike Peterson, LB James Farrior, DB Troy Polamalu.

Dallas at Seattle, 9:00 p.m. - LB Dat Nguyen, DB Roy Williams, LB Isaiah Kacyvenski, DB Ken Hamlin.

Next in Line

Defensive Linemen
CHI - Alex Brown
NYJ - Shaun Ellis
JAX - Marcus Stroud
GBP - Aaron Kampman
DAL - Greg Ellis
TBB - Greg Spires
JAX - John Henderson
DET - James Hall
NOS - Darren Howard
BAL - Marques Douglas

Linebackers
JAX - Akin Ayodele
MIN - EJ Henderson
IND - David Thornton
GBP- Nick Barnett
STL - Pisa Tinoisamoa
CLE- Warrick Holdman
NYG - Kevin Lewis
SDC - Steve Foley
CIN - Brian Simmons
SF - Jamie Winborn

Defensive Backs
CIN - Madieu Williams
BUF - Lawyer Milloy
TBB - Ronde Barber
NEP - Eugene Wilson
CAR- Chris Gamble
BAL - Gary Baxter
CHI - Todd Johnson
WAS - Ryan Clark
WAS - Fred Smoot
GBP - Darren Sharper

Team Defense - Top 5 Plays of the Week

New England vs. Cleveland. Holcomb has cracked ribs and Garcia isn’t 100%, making this a long day for the Brownies after scoring 48 pts just a week ago

Buffalo vs. Miami. Do you even have to ask. Miami is terrible on O, and Buffalo has been playing great D as of late.

Baltimore vs. Cincinnati. Baltimore is dominate on defense and Palmer is a turnover machine.

St Louis vs. San Francisco. The Rams are due for a turnaround game, and the Niner’s are pathetic as of late on offense.

Washington vs. NY Giants. Washington should get to Manning early and often, and Sean Taylor is due to take an INT to the house.