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IDP Report - Week 17
Brent Clement
December 30, 2004

Week 17 is a tough call for fantasy owners, as just like on offense, players are sat to rest and recover for the playoffs. Usually teams out of the playoffs, or those fighting to get in, are the only sure bets to score well in the final week of the regular season.

Key Injuries

Defensive Line

Adewale Ogunleye will not play in Week 17 due to a leg and ankle injury.

John Abraham is questionable for Week 17 with a sprained right knee.

Linebackers

LaVar Arrington is out week 17.

Ray Lewis will wear a cast for the second straight game in Week 17.

Defensive Backs

Antoine Winfield will only play week 17 if the Vikings do not lock up a playoff berth before kickoff. He is still dinged up with a high right ankle sprain.

Nick Harper is not doubtful to play during Week 17.

Top 20 for Week 17

Defensive Linemen
1. Charles Grant
2. Simeon Rice
3. John Henderson
4. Kevin Williams
5. Jason Taylor
6. Dwight Freeney
7. Darren Howard
8. Leonard Little
9. Marcus Stroud
10. Julius Peppers
11. Aaron Schobel
12. Shaun Ellis
13. Greg Spires
14. Marques Douglas
15. Patrick Kerney
16. Greg Ellis
17. Aaron Kampman
18. Cornelius Griffin
19. Justin Smith
20. Tony Hargrove

 

Linebackers
1. Donnie Edwards
2. Ray Lewis
3. Keith Bullock
4. Dan Morgan
5. DJ Williams
6. Lance Briggs
7. Keith Brooking
8. Jamie Sharper
9. James Farrior
10. London Fletcher
11. Nick Barnett
12. Danny Clark
13. Kawika Mitchell
14. Derrick Brooks
15. Scott Fujita
16. Brian Simmons
17. Mike Peterson
18. Morlon Greenwood
19. Steve Foley
20. Landon Johnson

 

Defensive Backs
1. Rodney Harrison
2. Mike Green
3. Troy Polamalu
4. Ronde Barber
5. Madieu Williams
6. Roy Williams
7. Adrian Wilson
8. Michael Boulware
9. Sammy Knight
10. Terrance Kiel
11. Ken Hamlin
12. Mike Doss
13. Ed Reed
14. Sean Taylor
15. Corey Chavous
16. Will Demps
17. Terrance McGee
18. Will Allen
19. Brent Alexander
20. John Lynch

 

Next in Line

Defensive Linemen
DET Shaun Rogers
BAL - Kelly Gregg
CAR - Mike Rucker
DEN - Reggie Haywood
CHI - Alex Brown
PIT - Aaron Smith
MIN- Kenechi Udeze
DET - James Hall
ATL - Rod Coleman
CLE - Kenard Lang

Linebackers
WAS - Marcus Washington
NYJ - Eric Barton
NYJ- Jonathon Vilma
IND - Cato June
JAX - Akin Ayodele
MIN - Chris Clairborne
SF - Derek Smith
WAS- Antonio Pierce
NYG - Nick Greisen
SDC - Randall Godfrey

Defensive Backs
CAR- Chris Gamble
ATL - Bryan Scott
PHI - Michael Lewis
BUF - Lawyer Milloy
CLE - Robert Griffith
NEP - Eugene Wilson
JAX - Rasheen Mathis
CAR - Mike Minter
OAK - Stewart Schweigert
PIT - Chris Hope

Team Defense - Top 5 Plays of the Week

Green Bay vs. Chicago. Green Bay has locked up the division but will love to stick it to the Bears one more time.

Houston vs. Cleveland. Last week Jacksonville had to win to keep its playoff hopes alive, Houston shut them out 21-0.

Tampa Bay vs. Arizona. The Buc’s have not quit and their defense wants to prove last week was a fluke.

Baltimore vs. Miami. Miami has won two games in a row, but they are no match for the Ravens D.

New England vs. San Francisco. The Pats have secured a 1 st round Bye, but their second stringers could shut down the 49ers.