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IDP Report - Week 14
Brent Clement
December 9, 2004

Interesting Tidbits

Rookie Tennessee Titans DE Bo Schobel, little brother of Bills DE Aaron Schobel had 6 tackles in his first action of the season.

Since Dan Morgan has been in the league he has played a full season. This year is no different. Is Dan Morgan the Fragile Freddy at the LB position? As a Morgan owner, I think so…..

Who’s Hot

Defensive Linemen

MIN - Kevin Williams – Kevin Williams is on fire again. For a defensive tackle, Williams is as active as any. Six more tackles last week along with another forced fumble, and 2 sacks, highlight his afternoon in Week 13. Williams is a must start for your fantasy playoffs.

CLE - Kenard Lang- Lang is as streaky a defensive lineman as any in football, but when he’s got it going, he is a must start. Lang had 2 sacks and 6 tackles in Week 13, to go with a forced fumble. He is not consistent, but is hard to sit with Cleveland getting run on most of the 2nd half.

STL - Leonard Little - Little has been a major disappointment this year, and with the cloud of off the field problems hanging over his head, its somewhat understandable. Little is coming off his best game of the season in week 13, and is a solid play again this week.

Linebackers

SD - Donnie Edwards - Edwards is coming off one of the most impressive games I’ve seen out of a defensive player in some time. 14 solo tackles, 6 assists and a pass defense is as good as it gets for any IDP player.

TB - Derrick Brooks - Brooks has had a nice rebound year, coming off a disappointing 2003 season. Brooks has leaped into the top 3 LB’s on the season. Sundays 8 tackle, 2 sack, 3 assist, 2 pass defense and 1 forced fumble, performance is his best of the season.

GB - Nick Barnett- I have been very critical of Nick Barnett this season and justifiably so, as he is in the middle of a sophomore slump type of year. But to give justice to Barnett, he did just record his best game of the season with 10 solo tackles.

Defensive Backs

OAK – Charles Woodson - Woodson is having his best statistical season since I’ve played IDP and is being put on the other teams best receiving option, even if that is a TE such as Gates and Gonzo. His opportunities have increased thus so have his stats. Woodson is known to be inconsistent, but lately he has been on fire.

BAL- Will Demps - Demps is known as the other safety on the Ravens defense. But this is a breakout season for Demps as he is being used more in run support, and off the corner on the blitz. Demps 13 solo tackles last week were his most this season.

CHI – Charles Tillman– Tillman returned from an early season injury and picked right up where he left off. Posting 8 solo tackles, an assist and a forced fumble in his first game back is impressive. Tillman should be in your lineup week 14.

Who’s Not

Defensive Linemen

CIN – Justin Smith- Smith has had a great season thus far, but his last 2 weeks should not go overlooked. In his past 2 games he has 1 solo tackle and 4 assists. That’s a far cry from what he was doing just a month back.

JAC – John Henderson- Henderson is also having a fine season, but last week was his worst of the season. A solo tackle and an assist is not what one expected playing Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

Linebackers

JAC – Akin Ayodele - Ayodele has been moved around a lot on defense and isn’t getting the same opportunities he was earlier in the season. Last week was one of his worst statistical games of the season posting only 2 solo tackles.

WAS – Marcus Washington- Washington has had a solid season, but this past week was definitely not one of his better days. The Giants barely had the ball, and the Redskins defense was dominant when they did. Washington ended his afternoon with 1 solo tackle and 1 assist.

Defensive Backs

PHI - Michael Lewis - Lewis is especially strong in run support, but the way the Eagles have been putting points up on teams early in gamer, has cut into his opportunities to stop the run. Last weeks 1 tackle performance is further proof of this trend.

WAS – Ryan Clark - Clark was a hot commodity about a month back posting back to back to back strong games in a row. But that was then, this is now. Sean Taylor was not getting the playing time, he is now. Clark the past 2 weeks has 4 solo tackles combined. Clark should be on your bench during the playoffs for a more consistent performers.

Key Injuries

Defensive Line

Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports Jets DE John Abraham sprained the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee in the second quarter of the Week 13 game. Abraham will miss the Week 14 game and is week-to-week.

Linebackers

The Houston Chronicle reports Houston LB Jay Foreman was placed on injured reserve Monday, Dec. 6, and will miss the rest of the season with a sprained left ankle. He underwent an MRI Monday and surgery is a possibility within the next week, head coach Dom Capers said.

Dan Morgan has missed the last three games, but is improving. It remains to be seen if Morgan will play in Week 14. His condition will be evaluated again Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Defensive Backs

Antoine Winfield had an MRI done Monday, Dec. 6, which showed a high ankle sprain on his right foot. He is currently questionable for Week 14.

Start em

Sunday, Dec. 12

Chicago at Jacksonville , 1:00 p.m. - LB Brian Urlacher, LB Lance Briggs, DB Mike Green, LB Mike Peterson.

Indianapolis at Houston , 1:00 p.m. - LB Cato June, LB David Thornton, LB Jamie Sharper.

New Orleans at Dallas , 1:00 p.m. - LB Orlando Ruff, LB Dat Nguyen, DB Roy Williams.

N.Y. Giants at Baltimore , 1:00 p.m. - DL Marques Douglas, LB Ray Lewis, DB Ed Reed.

Oakland at Atlanta , 1:00 p.m. - LB Danny Clark, DL Patrick Kerney, LB Keith Brooking, DB Bryan Scott.

Seattle at Minnesota , 1:00 p.m.- DL Grant Wistrom, LB Isaiah Kacyvenski, DL Kevin Williams, DB Antoine Winfield.

Cincinnati at New England , 1:00 p.m. - DL Justin Smith, DL Landon Johnson, DB Madieu Williams, DB Rodney Harrison..

Cleveland at Buffalo , 1:00 p.m. - DL Kenard Lang, DB Robert Griffin, DL Aaron Schobel, LB London Fletcher, LB Takeo Spikes.

Miami at Denver, 4:05 p.m . - DL Jason Taylor, LB DJ Williams, LB Al Wilson, DB John Lynch.

N.Y. Jets at Pittsburgh, 4:05 p.m . - LB Jonathon Vilma, LB Eric Barton, LB James Farrior, DB Troy Polamalu.

Detroit at Green Bay, 4:15 p.m. - DL Shaun Rogers, LB Teddy Lehman, LB Nick Barnett.

San Francisco at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. - LB Derek Smith, DB Tony Parrish, DL Bert Berry, DB Adrian Wilson.

Tampa Bay at San Diego, 4:15 p.m. - LB Derrick Brooks, DB Ronde Barber, LB Donnie Edwards, DB Terrance Kiel.

St. Louis at Carolina, 4:15 p.m. - DL Leonard Little, DB Adam Archuletta, DL Julius Peppers, LB Will Weatherspoon, DB Mike Minter

Philadelphia at Washington, 8:30 p.m . - DL Cornelius Griffin, LB Antonio Pierce, DB Sean Taylor, DB Brian Dawkins.

Monday, Dec. 13

Kansas City at Tennessee, 9:00 p.m . - LB Kawika Mitchell, DB Greg Wesley, LB Keith Bullock.

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
PHI - Jevon Kearse

Linebackers
NEP- Tedy Bruschi
JAX - Akin Ayodele
MIN - EJ Henderson
PHI - Jeremiah Trotter
STL - Pisa Tinoisamoa
CLE- Warrick Holdman
NYG - Kevin Lewis
SDC - Steve Foley
CIN - Brian Simmons
SF - Jamie Winborn

Defensive Backs
BUF - Lawyer Milloy
PHI - Michael Lewis
BAL - Will Demps
CLE - Anthony Henry
NEP - Eugene Wilson
CAR- Chris Gamble
BAL - Gary Baxter
CHI - Todd Johnson
SEA - Ken Hamlin
GBP - Darren Sharper

Team Defense - Top 5 Plays of the Week

Jacksonville vs. Chicago. Jacksonville is averaging 4 sacks and almost 2 turnovers a week in its last 4. Expect more of the same, vs. a bad Chicago offense.

Buffalo vs. Cleveland. Buffalo is averaging almost 3 sacks and 3 turnovers a game in its last 4 weeks and has been one of the top scoring defenses in that span.

Baltimore vs. NYG. Washington made Manning and Co. look like a bad college team. Baltimore will make them look like a bad high school team.

Denver vs. Miami. Miami has been scoring more points as of late, but the offense is still a turnover machine.

Philadelphia vs. Washington. Washington had a breakout game on offense in week 13, but they come back to earth this week vs. Philly’s defense.