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IDP Top Plays - Week 8
Brent Clement
October 27, 2006

Linebackers

Rank Player  Team      vs     Comments
1 Will Witherpsoon STL SDC Witherspoon is in for a huge game in this match up with San Diego.
2 Keith Bullock TEN HOU Bullock is on track to finish the year as one of the top 5 LBs, yet again.
3 Cato June IND DEN June has come back from a terrible start, to be a  gem for fantasy owners.
4 Ray Lewis BAL NOS Ray Lewis hasn't hit anyone in 2 weeks.  You think he's chomping at the bit for Sunday?
5 Lofa Tatupa SEA KCC This is a great match up for the Seattle LB corp., especially Tatupa in the middle.
6 Jonathon Vilma NYJ CLE Vilma may not have as many opportunities as usual this week, but is took good to drop very far.
7 Gerald Hayes ARZ GBP Hayes is showing what he can do, now that is he is finally healthy, and starting.
8 Brian Urlacher CHI SF Urlacher hasn't forgotten the gift he got from the Cardinals. So expect a dominating effort.
9 Gary Brackett IND DEN This is a great match up for all the Indy LBs, as Denver wants to run to keep Peyton off the field.
10 Nick Barnett GBP ARZ Barnett could have a great game, especially if this is a close game in the 2nd half.
11 Demeco Ryans HOU TEN Ryan's should be productive yet again, as the Titans want to establish the run early.
12 Jeremiah Trotter PHI JAC This is Trotters last chance to pound on the opposition until after the Eagles Bye.
13 Antonio Pierce NYG TBB Pierce will have to pick up even more of the slack with the loss of OLB L Arrington.
14 Andra Davis CLE NYJ Davis will probably rank higher than this in week 8, so start him with confidence.
15 Lance Briggs CHI SF The 49ers run the ball enough to keep at least 2 of the 3 Raven's LBs productive.
16 Bart Scott BAL NOS Scott is another player who is likely to outscore someone ranked ahead of him on this list.
17 Derrick Brooks TBB NYG The Giants will run Brandon Jacobs most of the 4th quarter, to salt this game away.
18 Keith Brooking ATL CIN Atlanta has to stop the run, or this game could get ugly, early. 
19 Kawika Mitchell KCC SEA Seattle is at least a week away from getting Alexander back, so Mitchell lands at this spot.
20 Kirk Morrison OAK  PIT Pittsburgh will run the ball on the Oakland defense, and Morrison owners will benefit.
21 Al Wilson DEN IND Wilson isn't likely to have double digit tackles, but could be used on the blitz up the middle.
22 Derrick Johnson KCC SEA Johnson may not have as productive a day, as his last 4 weeks, due to the match up.
23 Leroy Hill SEA KCC Hill is having a fine season, and he is rewarding owners who got him late in drafts.
24 Eric Barton NYJ CLE Barton is a former stud LB, who is finally healthy, and its showing in the box score..
25 James Farrior PIT OAK Farrior may have a hard time racking up tackles, especially with Oakland passing late. 

Defensive Linemen

Rank Player  Team      vs     Comments
1 Julius Peppers CAR DAL Peppers is a must start vs the Cowboys, and their new starting QB, Tony Romo.
2 Trent Cole PHI JAC Excellent match up, with the Jags likely without starting QB Byron Leftwich.
3 Jared Allen KCC SEA Interesting trend, as the top DL are going against rusty backup QB's.
4 Kyle Vanden Bosch TEN HOU The Texans QB is playing well right now, but how can you forget that O line in front of him.
5 Terrell Suggs BAL NOS Before last weeks Bye week, Suggs productions had dipped since a huge week 2
6 Bryan Thomas NYJ CLE Thomas is thus far a top 5 DL, in most scoring leagues. Surprising?
7 Justin Smith CIN ATL Smith continues to put up career stats thus far, in a contract year no less.
8 Michael Strahan NYG TBB Strahan finally had the type of game many who drafted him were waiting for.
9 Aaron Kampman GBP ARZ Kampman is extremely consistent on top of having a monster season.
10 Tamba Hali KCC SEA What a find by the Chiefs scouting department. Hali is having an amazing rookie season.
11 Kevin Williams MIN NEP Get Kevin Williams in your lineup. He is back to his dominant self.
12 Robert Mathis IND DEN Mathis should have another productive game, this week vs the Bronco's.
13 Darren Howard PHI JAC Howard has been hit or miss thus far, but is a solid play vs the jags.
14 Charles Grant NOS BAL Grant is rested and ready to get after McNair and the Ravens running game.
15 Derrick Burgess OAK PIT Nine tackles, 1 pass defense, and 3 sacks in Burgess last 2 match ups. 
16 Ty Warren NEP MIN Warren is questionable, and has fallen off his torrid pace.
17 Orpheus Roye CLE NYJ Roye has finally shown solid production,  in his last 3 ball games. 
18 Kelly Gregg  BAL NOS Gregg is another tackling machine from his inside DL position.
19 Mark Anderson CHI SF Anderson leads the Bears with 6.5 sacks, in a backup role for Chicago.
20 John Henderson JAC PHI Henderson remains one of the top run stuffing DT in the league. 
21 Leonard Little STL SDC Little hasn't had a sack since week 5, but has had productive tackling games. 
22 Bert Berry ARZ GBP Coming into last week Berry had 0 sacks, but the last 2 weeks he has a combined 4.
23 Mike Patterson PHI JAC Patterson has had 3 of 4 bad weeks in a row. Jacksonville could be the cure that ails him.
24 Alex Brown CHI SF Brown has a disappointing 3 sacks on the season, but scores in other areas for owners.
25 Will Smith NOS BAL Another player coming off bye, who should have a chance to rebound in this weeks game.

Defensive Backs

Rank Player  Team      vs     Comments
1 Ronde Barber TBB NYG After last weeks 2 TD performance, Ronde has earned the top spot.
2 Chris Hope TEN HOU Hope returns from Bye, and hopes to begin the 2nd half of the season like he did the start.
3 Adrian Wilson ARZ GBP Wilson is slowing climbing back to the top of the DB position. Get him for the home stretch.
4 Kerry Rhodes NYJ CLE Rhodes production has slipped the past 3 weeks, but he clearly has the potential every week.
5 Antoine Winfield MIN NEP Winfield should be busy with the Pats short passing game, and leading a hand vs the run.
6 Sean Jones CLE NYJ Cleveland will use Jones to shut down Leon Washington and the Jets running game
7 Jermaine Phillips TBB NYG Phillips has the chore of stopping Tiki and keeping Plaxico in from of him.
8 Ken Hamlin SEA KCC The Hammer will have his hands full with the larry Johnson express.
9 Roy Williams DAL CAR Hopefully for Dallas fans, Roy will be in the box stopping the run, instead of being burnt deep.
10 Madieu Williams CIN ATL You think the Falcons will throw it as much as last week.  We don't either.
11 Nick Collins GBP ARZ Collins will have to help deep vs the Cardinals vertical offense, and should be productive.
12 Chris Gamble CAR DAL Gamble should have opportunities at picks this week, against a QB making his first NFL start.
13 Troy Polamalu PIT OAK Polamalu falls this far because the Raiders don't have enough offense plays for him to score well.
14 Anthony Henry DAL CAR Henry will most likely be on Keyshawn, as he doesn't have the foot speed to cover Steve Smith.
15 Darrent Williams DEN IND Williams will be picked on and tested all day by the Colts air attack.
16 Oshiomogho  Atogwe STL SDC San Diego is a balanced offense, and they give opposing defenses plenty of scoring chances.
17 Stuart Schweigert OAK PIT Schweigert is having another fine season, and should have plenty of opportunities this week.
18 Marquand Manuel GBP ARZ Manuel will likely be used to stop Edge, which will allow him to fill the stat sheet.
19 Rashean Mathis JAC PHI Mathis has slumped as of late, but the Birds pass on virtually every down.
20 Brian Dawkins PHI JAC Dawkins had  just one assist a week ago, by far his lowest output of the season.
21 Antrel Rolle ARZ GBP Expect Favre to force one throw too many, and Rolle to get at least one pick.
22 Dunta Robinson HOU TEN Robinson had his poorest performance of the season in week 7. Expect a rebound this week.
23 Lawyer Milloy ATL CIN Milloy isn't the playmaker he once was, but is still very active in run support.
24 Rodney Harrison NEP MIN Harrison has been more productive as of late, and that trend should continue this week.
25 Gibril Wilson NYG TBB Wilson is still not 100%, but the loss of Arrington could force him back into the box this week.