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FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEKLY FEATURES

IDP Top Plays - Week 1
Brent Clement
September 8, 2006

Linebackers

Rank Player  Team      vs     Comments
1 Zach Thomas MIA PIT No Big Ben, expect a lot of the run game. Thomas will have a field day.
2 Ray Lewis BAL TBB Healthy again, and ready to make an early impact.
3 London Fletcher BUF NEP A Beast at the end of last year, and the Pats will run it up the middle all day.
4 Keith Bullock TEN NYJ The Jets will try and run the ball, to prevent turnovers. Bullock will benefit. 
5 Jonathon Vilma NYJ TEN Vilma changes defenses, and the Titans pedestrian offense puts him here.
6 Dan Morgan CAR ATL Morgan when healthy is a top 5 LB. To start the season he is always healthy.
7 Will Witherspoon STL DEN Denver will run the rock. Witherspoon will look to impress his new team.
8 Nick Barnett GBP CHI For now, still in the middle of the Pack D, and Chicago will run the ball 30+ times.
9 Brian Urlacher CHI GBP Urlacher will be all over the field, but the Bears D will force many 3 and outs.
10 Mike Peterson JAX DAL As of press time, Peterson is expected to play. Dallas will test him early.
11 Kirk Morrison OAK  SDC Morrison moves inside, and will look to stop LT and Co.
12 Keith Brooking ATL CAR Brooking moves back outside, but should be free to make plays all over the field.
13 Derrick Brooks TBB BAL Baltimore is no longer a run first, run second team, with McNair at the helm.
14 Gary Brackett IND NYG Brackett will exchange helmet paint with Tiki Barber for much of the day.
15 AJ Hawk GBP CHI Hawk gets his first start, and will be tested by a Bears rushing attack.
16 Antonio Pierce NYG IND Pierce is an elite LB, but Indy tends to throw past the MLB more than they run it at him.
17 Donnie Edwards SDC OAK Edwards is the unwanted man, will he be inspired to show what he can do, or sulk.
18 Lofa Tatupu SEA DET Last years real Rookie of the Year looks to avoid the Sophomore Slump.
19 James Farrior PIT MIA Ronnie Brown and James Farrior will be well acquainted by midnight, opening night.
20 Andra Davis CLE NOS Davis will be chasing Bush and Deuce all over the field.
21 Cato June IND NYG NYG will attempt to run the ball to keep Manning and Co. off the field.
22 Shelton Quarels TBB BAL Quarels is on his last leg, but vs Baltimore, he will score well.
23 Jeremiah Trotter PHI HOU Trotter wont be on the field as much vs the Texans, but still should be productive.
24 Kawika Mitchell KCC CIN Mitchell looks to take another step forward in 2006. Week 1 he faces Rudi Johnson.
25 DeMeco Ryans HOU PHI The 2nd rookie on this list at LB, but Ryans is starting, and Philly will lead time of possession.

Defensive Line

Rank Player  Team      vs     Comments
1 Jason Taylor MIA PIT Expect Taylor to get to the Steelers backup QB at least once, probably twice.
2 John Abraham ATL TEN Abraham changes teams, but with Kerney on the other side, the Titans QB is in trouble
3 Derrick Burgess OAK SDC Rivers won't soon for get his first start, Burgess will be a reason why.
4 Kyle Vanden Bosch TEN NYJ The Jets o-line better be up to the task, because Vanden Bosch lurks across the line.
5 Terrell Suggs BAL TBB Suggs is now the Ravens best pass rusher, and with Ray Ray back, look out.
6 Julius Peppers CAR ATL Peppers may not get to the speedy QB, but he should be active stopping RB Warrick Dunn.
7 Charles Grant NOS CLE A great place for Grant to start his rebound season, vs the porous oline of the Browns.
8 Bert Berry ARZ SF Berry will be in the 9ers backfield early and often.
9 Aaron Schobel BUF NEP Schobel may not sack Brady, but he is active stopping the run.
10 Michael Strahan NYG IND Strahan is another tackle monster who may not register a sack, but still score well.
11 Will Smith NOS CLE Smith now starts opposite of Grant, with Darren Howard in Philly.
12 Darren Howard PHI HOU Speaking of Howard, he should be more productive than Kearse for fantasy owners.
13 Osi Umenyiora NYG IND Osi is a beast rushing the passer, but the Indy o-line is stout, so he may have a down game.
14 Patrick Kerney ATL CAR Kerney was productive before Abraham arrived, now that pair could be lethal.
15 Adewale Ogunleye CHI GBP The Packers have one of the worst OL in the game, so expect Favre to be running for his life.
16 Dwight Freeney IND NYG Freeney should get to Eli at least once, but isn't strong in run support. 
17 Jared Allen KCC CIN Cincy better protect their franchise QB, as Allen and the Blitz are coming.
18 John Henderson JAC DAL RB Julius Jones better learn to run outside, as Henderson will be waiting in the middle. 
19 Alex Brown CHI GBP Alex Brown will feast on the weak Packer o-line, and will get to Brett Favre.
20 Aaron Kampman GBP CHI Kampman brings a blue collar attitude to work on Sundays.
21 Richard Seymour NEP BUF Seymour could have a multi-sack game vs the Bills.
22 Kevin Williams MIN WAS Kevin Williams is expected to be a force inside this year, and this is the week to show us.
23 James Hall DET SEA Hall was unstoppable at the end of last year, and looks to pick right up where he left off.
24 Leonard Little STL DEN Feast or famine?  This week Little should score somewhere in between.
25 Justin Smith CIN KCC Smith is another player who may not touch the QB, but should meet LJ often.

Defensive Backs

Rank Player  Team      vs     Comments
1 Gibril Wilson NYG IND Expect an active day for Wilson vs both the run and the pass of the Colts.
2 Adrian Wilson ARZ SF Adrian may lose some scoring opportunities vs such a poor offense.
3 Troy Polamalu PIT MIA Miami will test both the Steelers front 7, and the secondary on opening night.
4 Roy Williams DAL JAC Dallas wants to use Williams more in the box in 06, and Jax is a nice start for that.
5 Michael Lewis PHI HOU Houston will be forced to pass, to stay with the birds.  Lewis can be effective in coverage.
6 Bob Sanders IND NYG Sanders is a free safety in a strong safeties body, and will be active in run support.
7 Ronde Barber TBB BAL Cover 2 cornerbacks always score well, even those who aren't tested often.
8 Charles Tillman CHI GBP Tillman will see time at both CB and S, and teams will look to throw at him.
9 Brian Dawkins PHI HOU Dawkins will spend as much time in the Texans backfield as he does in coverage.
10 Rodney Harrison NEP BUF The return of Rodney Harrison is a welcome site for fantasy owners. 
11 Ed Reed BAL TBB Reed is expecting a more productive year, and is finally healthy again.
12 Antoine Winfield MIN WAS Another great corner,  who is very active in run support.
13 Michael Bouleware SEA DET Seattle welcomes back "the Hammer" Ken Hamlin, which will help Bouleware stay clean.
14 Nate Clements BUF NEP Clements will have balls thrown at him all afternoon vs the Pats.
15 Adam Archuleta WAS MIN The Redskin's new addition should get off to a good start vs Minnesota.
16 Nick Collins GBP CHI When you play the Bears, you better put 8 and 9 men in the box to stop the run.
17 Sean Taylor WAS MIN Taylor is happy to be playing football instead of the alternative, Jail.
18 Marquand Manuel GBP CHI Manuel and Collins can both put up nice stats vs Chicago.
19 Kennoy Kennedy DET SEA The 8th man in the box to stop RB Shaun Alexander. 
20 Dunta Robinson HOU PHI Robinson should have a nice day vs the Eagles West Coast offense.
21 Kerry Rhodes NYJ TEN Was Rhodes a one year wonder, we get to see in Week 1 vs the Titans.
22 Greg Wesley KCC CIN With the instability of the KC SS position, FS Wesley looks to have a strong year.
23 Ike Taylor PIT MIA CB Taylor isn't afraid to get his hands dirty in run support.
24 Madieu Williams CIN KCC The only thing holding Williams from the Pro Bowl is his ability to stay healthy.
25 Erik Coleman NYJ TEN This secondary will be tested vs the run and play action pass.