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FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEKLY FEATURES

IDP Top Plays - Week 3
Brent Clement
September 22, 2006

Linebackers

Rank Player  Team      vs     Comments
1 Keith Bullock TEN MIA Bullock is currently the number 1 LB in most fantasy leagues, this week should be no exception.
2 Antonio Pierce NYG SEA Pierce left last weeks game with a thigh bruise, but is expected to start in Week 3.
3 Will Witherspoon STL ARZ Witherspoon has been on fire since settling in at the Mike position in St Louis. Expect more of the same.
4 Jonathon Vilma NYJ BUF Buffalo will run the ball, to prevent Losman from losing the game, and Vilma will be the beneficiary.
5 Derrick Brooks TBB CAR Brooks looks like he is slipping as far as making plays, but is still a fantasy stud.
6 DeMeco Ryans HOU WAS Clinton Portis returns for the Redskins, and will be a welcome sight for Ryans owner this week. 
7 Andra Davis CLE BAL Two seasons ago, Jamal Lewis rushed for 500 on the Browns in 2 games. Expect more of the same.
8 Brian Urlacher CHI MIN Expect a heavy dose of Chester Taylor running and receiving. Urlacher will be waiting.
9 London Fletcher BUF NYJ Fletcher is a beast, but the Jets wont run the ball much, which could limit his numbers. 
10 Lemar Marshall WAS HOU Marshall has quietly put up amazing stats, but this could be the week they take a dip.
11 Ray Lewis BAL CLE Ray Ray is back, and the Balt D is better than ever, but will they be on the field enough for big stats.
12 Ernie Sims DET GBP Sims thus far has been better than expected, and this week, he could add a sack or two.
13 Zach Thomas MIA TEN Thomas had a sub par game in week 2, and Tenn may not have the ball enough for him to stand out.
14 Nick Barnett GBP DET Detroit will attempt to get the running game going, so expect to see Barnett light up the stat sheet.
15 Mike Peterson JAC IND Peterson will make plays vs Indy, but most MLB don't score as well vs the Colts deep passing game.
16 Gary Brackett IND JAC Jacksonville on the other hand will run Fred Taylor, and Brackett and Co. will excel.
17 Lofa Tatupu SEA NYG So far a soph slump has settled in for Lofa, expect a rebound starting this week. 
18 Brian Simmons CIN PIT Simmons gets a few more games in the middle before Thurman returns to action.
19 Cato June IND JAC June hasn't had a stellar season to date statistically, but this looks to be the week he breaks through.
20 James Farrior PIT CIN Farrior was a beast last Monday night. Against Cincy,  if trailing will put up stellar numbers again.
21 Keith Brooking ATL NOS The Atlanta defense may cause a lot of 3 and Outs, which will hurt Brookings opportunities.
22 Lance Briggs CHI MIN Briggs is on the verge of being a top 10 LB, but is still to shaky from week to week to get there.
23 Jeremiah Trotter PHI SF Trying to figure out if Trotter has his head in the game is difficult, but lets hope he does this week.
24 Bart Scott BAL CLE Scott has been a pleasant surprise and those who took him as a late round pick are all smiles.
25 Morlon Greenwood HOU PHI Greenwood is putting up similar number to last years breakout season to date. Can this continue?

Defensive Linemen

Rank Player  Team      vs     Comments
1 Julius Peppers CAR TBB Peppers is the new freak, with more speed, and a better tackler.
2 Terrell Suggs BAL CLE Suggs is already licking his chops in regards to the Browns O-line.
3 Jason Taylor MIA TEN Taylor should get to the Titans statue known as Kerry Collins at least once.
4 Kyle Vanden Bosch TEN MIA Vanden Bosch is one of the most under rated players in the game, at any position.
5 Michael Strahan NYG SEA Strahan has been waiting for a game he can make an impact, and vs Seattle, he certainly should.
6 Trent Cole PHI SF Two sacks in each of his first two games/ With Kearse now done for the year, Cole will play even more.
7 Aaron Kampman GBP DET Kampman has just exceeded all expectations to date, lets hope the fairy tale continues.
8 Leonard Little STL ARZ When Little is motivated no one can stop him. When he is not, he stops himself.
9 Osi Umenyiora NYG SEA Osi has been very quiet to date,. Try and buy low if his current owner is worried this will continue.
10 Charles Grant NOS ATL Grant had a solid game in week 2, and looks to continue his resurgence vs the Falcons this week.
11 Will Smith NOS ATL Back to back Saints on the list, but Vick gets sacked more than you would think.
12 Justin Smith CIN PIT Smith is in a contract year, playing for big money. This is the type of game he needs to show up, to get it.
13 Ty Warren NEP DEN Warren has been a fantasy surprise for those looking on the waiver wire for DL help.
14 Adewale Ogunleye CHI MIN Brad Johnson isn't the most mobile QB, and the Bears D will tee off in the 4th quarter.
15 Ryan Denney BUF NYJ Denney has been on fire outperforming more heralded Aaron Schobel, to date. 
16 Shaun Rogers DET GBP Rogers inside will have a field day with those 2 rookie guards for the Packers
17 Richard Seymour NEP DEN Seymour looks healthy and ready to chase Plummer and the Bell boys all over the field
18 Robert Mathis IND JAC Mathis has proven to be a better fantasy player than Dwight Freeney.
19 Alex Brown CHI MIN Brown should at least get to the Qb once, and will be a factor in stopping the run.
20 James Hall DET GBP Hall came back down to earth last week, but is a solid start this week vs the Pack.
21 Mike Patterson PHI SF Baby Sapp gets it done inside stopping the run, and pummeling the QB.
22 Aaron Schobel BUF NYJ Schobel is a slow starter, but the Jets O-Line is suspect, and Buffalo looks to have the lead late.
23 Dwight Freeney IND JAC Freeney has almost disappeared for fantasy owners, but this could be the week vs a shaky Big Ben.
24 Vonnie Holliday MIA TEN Holliday is an inside presence, who wont get many sacks, but is good for 4 solo tackles a game.
25 John Henderson JAC IND Henderson and Stroud will put pressure on Manning, and destroy the Colts inside running game.

Defensive Backs

Rank Player  Team      vs     Comments
1 Chris Hope TEN MIA Hope isn't the best DB in the league, but he gets the most opportunities to make plays.
2 Gibril Wilson NYG SEA Wilson should have a great day vs the Hawks running game, and may get a pick to boot.
3 Kelly Herndon SEA PHI Herndon has been great in run support, and breaks up 2 passes a game.
4 Rashean Mathis JAC IND Mathis is another CB, who isn't afraid to mix it up vs the run, and is a monster vs the pass.
5 Adrian Wilson ARZ STL Wilson needs opportunities to be a stud, and this week he should have them.
6 Kerry Rhodes NYJ BUF Rhodes has been a pleasant surprise to date, and should continue vs a strong Bills running game.
7 Ronde Barber TBB CAR Barber is the ageless wonder at DB, and will fill the stat sheet for his fantasy owners.
8 Rodney Harrison NEP DEN Mr. Harrison is back in elite form, and well on his way to another pro bowl.
9 Troy Polamalu PIT CIN Poly is questionable, but like last week will play, and play well. Don't be afraid to start him.
10 Bob Sanders IND JAC A week ago Sanders had an off week, but vs the Jags strong running game, he will mop up this week.
11 Brian Dawkins PHI SF Dawkins will be back to blitzing the young QB, and will make a few tackles to go with a sack or two.
12 Sean Jones CLE BAL Jones won the starting SS job in training camp, and has improved his play each week to date.
13 Antoine Winfield MIN CHI Winfield will be on Berrian to stop the big play, and will lend a hand in run support.
14 Dunta Robinson HOU PHI Robinson should have a big week, vs Philly's version of the west coast offense. 
15 Adam Archuleta WAS HOU Archuleta should get a lot of plays again, because the skins offense cant stay on the field.
16 Nick Collins GBP DET Collins from his FS position continues to be all over the field, and is soon to break into the top 15.
17 Glen Earl HOU PHI Earl will also benefit from the Eagles style of offense. Expect him to have an impact for you this week.
18 Michael Lewis PHI SF Lewis will be the 8th man in the box to stop Frank Gore and the surprising SF running game.
19 Antrel Rolle ARZ STL Rolle will have the task of shadowing Tory Holt on most plays. Expect him to be picked on all day.
20 Walt Harris SF PHI Harris is a CB who seems to be in the box stopping the run as much as defending the pass in coverage.
21 Jermaine Phillips TBB CAR Phillips huge game of 12 solo tackles and 2 forced fumbles can not be over looked.
22 Ike Taylor PIT CIN Taylor will have his hands full with the Bengals' WRs, but could be in for a huge game. 
23 Terrance McGee BUF NYJ Mcgee hopes to stay with  Gimpy WR L Coles, and should be active defending the pass.
24 Charles Tillman CHI MIN Tillman is a force because he lets the WR catch the ball, then tackles him on the spot.
25 Donte Whitner BUF NYJ Most thought SF rookie Michael Huff would have the greatest impact as a rookie DB. Instead its Whitner.