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IDP Top Plays - Week 14
Brent Clement
December 7, 2006

Linebackers

Rank Player  Team      vs     Comments
1 London Fletcher BUF NYJ Angelo Crowell broke his leg a week ago, allowing even more opportunities for Fletcher. 
2 Demeco Ryans HOU TEN Ryans last game was ho hum, 14 tackles, an INT, a forced fumble, fumble recovery, and a sack. WOW.
3 Ray Lewis BAL KCC Ray Ray will bounce back to elite status, with the match up vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.
4 Keith Bullock TEN HOU Bullock just puts up amazing stats each and every week, regardless of opponent.
5 Lance Briggs CHI STL One thing is for certain, Steven Jackson will be heavily involved in the Rams offensive scheme.
6 Zach Thomas MIA NEP Thomas will have his hands full with the rushing attack of the Pats, as well as containing their TE.
7 Donnie Edwards SDC SEN Its time to bump Edwards back up, as even with Merriman back, Edwards is still racking up stats.
8 Gerald Hayes ARZ SEA Seattle looks to rush Alexander somewhere in between the last 2 weeks, and that bodes well for Hayes.
9 Will Witherspoon STL CHI Chicago should bring in the reigns on Grossman, and hand the ball off more to Benson and T Jones more.
10 AJ Hawk GBP SF Hawk has been amazing, with 34 solo tackles and 15 assists in his last 4 games. 
11 Brian Urlacher CHI STL Urlacher is playing incredible at the moment, and should be lights out again this week.
12 Gary Brackett IND JAC The only thing the Jags do well on offense is run the rock, expect a huge dose vs. the Indy D.
13 Andra Davis CLE PIT Davis is also having a stellar last 4 weeks, where he racked up 32 solo tackles, and 8 assists.
14 Antonio Pierce NYG CAR Pierce is one of the only players on the Giants D, that isn't beat up, or playing poorly.
15 Cato June IND JAC Worst run D, versus one of the best rushing offense's. Is there any doubt the Jacksonville game plan.
16 Kirk Morrison OAK  CIN Morrison is a beast, but Cincy is known for airing it out, even with a big lead.
17 Bart Scott BAL KCC Scott is starting to play the way he started the season, which is great news for fantasy owners.
18 Jeremiah Trotter PHI WAS Trotter should have a better game than in week 13, as Coach Gibbs bread and butter is the run.
19 Ernie Sims DET MIN Sims has finally got past the rookie wall, and started to put up solid numbers again.
20 Keith Brooking ATL TBB Brooking continues to put up great stats, and is the Falcon's best linebacker, by far.
21 James Farrior PIT CLE Farrior has been stellar this season, but Cleveland cant run the ball on the Pittsburgh D.
22 Derrick Brooks TBB ATL Brooks last 2 contests are nothing to write home about, but Atlanta runs the ball more than anyone.
23 Jonathon Vilma NYJ BUF Vilma continues to drop, with very average play, as of late. Other Jet LB's are now out producing him.
24 Lofa Tatupu SEA ARZ Tatupu should be better than this, but Seattle will play ball control on offense and limit his snaps on D.
25 Victor Hobson NYJ BUF Hobson makes the list due to his previous 3 weeks of stellar play, as well as this weeks match up.

Defensive Linemen

Rank Player  Team      vs     Comments
1 Jared Allen KCC BAL Top scoring DL to date, and vs. the Ravens OL, should continue his dominance.
2 Julius Peppers CAR NYG Peppers will have to step up his game, if the Panthers are going to beat the Giants.
3 Aaron Kampman GBP SF Kampman will get plenty of chances, with Favre turning the ball over, and Gore running it.
4 Jason Taylor MIA NEP Taylor is back among the elite DL, after not recording a stat in week 12.
5 Bryan Thomas NYJ BUF Thomas continues to climb the DL rankings. Now inside the top 5 overall for the season. 
6 Robert Mathis IND JAC Mathis will have his hands full with the Jags running backs and QB scrambling out of the pocket.
7 Trent Cole PHI WAS Cole's play has dropped off considerably after week 8, outside of one huge game, a few games back.
8 Charles Grant NOS DAL Grant will have a hard time getting to Cowboys Qb Tony Romo, but should still score well.
9 Tamba Hali KCC BAL Hali and Allen will meet in the Ravens backfield at QB Steve McNair.
10 Leonard Little STL CHI Bears QB Rex Grossman will put his team in 3rd and long, and Little will make him pay for it.
11 Derrick Burgess OAK CIN Burgess will hit Palmer, but will be more productive in run support after the Bengal's have a huge lead.
12 Ty Warren NEP MIA Warren is back to playing at a very high level, just in time for the fantasy playoffs.
13 Justin Smith CIN OAK Smith has been very pedestrian as of late, but look for a nice rebound game vs. the Raiders.
14 Aaron Schobel BUF NYJ Pennington is not the most mobile of Qb's and Schobel could easily get to him once.
15 Kyle Vanden Bosch TEN HOU Vanden Bosch will feast on the Texans OL, and David Carr's inability to get rid of the ball.
16 Alex Brown CHI STL Brown is excellent in run support, and could very well force a turnover that decides the game.
17 Marques Douglas SF GBP Douglas is consistent, but doesn't have the ceiling of most of the DL on this list.
18 Terrell Suggs BAL KCC Suggs was very disappointing last Thursday night, but should be very productive vs. the Chiefs.
19 Vonnie Holliday  MIA NEP Holliday is coming off an average game, but don't let that deter you from playing him again this week.
20 Will Smith NOS DAL Will Smith will have to be near 100% for the Saints to have any shot at knocking off the Cowboys.
21 Tommy Kelly OAK CIN Kelly is starting to show signs he is for real, especially after a 6 tackle, 1 assist, 1 FF, and sack last week.
22 Adewale Ogunleye CHI STL The Bears DL has 2 sacks,  11 tackles, 4 assists and a forced fumble in his last 3 games. Not Bad.
23 Aaron Smith PIT CLE Aaron continues to put up nice numbers from his nose tackle position.
24 Chris Kelsay BUF NYJ Each week I look for a reason to drop Kelsay from the top 25, but he puts up numbers and is still here.
25 Brett Keisel PIT CLE Consider the Browns don't have a strong OL to begin with, and now without Charlie Frye. Look Out

Defensive Backs

Rank Player  Team      vs     Comments
1 Adrian Wilson ARZ SEA Wilson has put up 2 incredible games in a row, and after a rough early start is back in the top 3.
2 Ronde Barber TBB ATL Barber is the most consistent DB in the league, and should have another great game this week.
3 Chris Hope TEN HOU The Texans will want to feature Carr this week, to prove they didn't make a mistake on draft day.
4 Sean Taylor WAS PHI Taylor will rebound from his worst game in 2 months, with a solid performance vs. Philly.
5 Charles Tillman CHI STL Expect the Rams to test the weakness of the Bears defense, it secondary.
6 Antoine Winfield MIN DET Winfield didn't have the most productive day, the last time he faced the Lions.
7 Sean Jones CLE PIT Jones should be solid once again, as the Steelers will attempt to pound the rock 40 + times.
8 Ken Hamlin SEA ARZ Hamlin had another stellar performance last week, and could repeat those numbers vs. the Cards.
9 Brian Dawkins PHI WAS Dawkins continues to put up huge numbers in the Philly secondary, and that should continue.
10 Gibril Wilson NYG CAR Wilson will have his hands full over the top with Steve Smith, and trying to stop DeAngelo Williams.
11 Champ Bailey DEN SDC Why opposing Qbs continue to test Bailey is beyond most experts, but they do, and he makes them pay.
12 Bob Sanders IND JAC When Sanders plays, he is an elite DB, but the problem is he rarely plays.  He is playing now.
13 Kerry Rhodes NYJ BUF Rhodes continues to put up top 5 numbers, but this week, will have a tough time staying there.
14 Jermaine Phillips TBB ATL Phillips continues to thrive in the Bucs cover 2 D, where most safeties before him struggled to score.
15 Darrent Williams DEN SDC Williams continues to get picked on by opposing Qbs, but that sounds perfect for fantasy owners.
16 Carlos Rogers WAS PHI Rogers will need to be at his best, to stop the surprisingly efficient Philly offense.
17 Madieu Williams CIN OAK Williams may not have as many chances to make big plays this week, considering the Raiders O woe's.
18 Anthony Henry DAL NOS Henry is coming back to earth, but should have a solid week with the Saints marching into town.
19 Eric Coleman NYJ BUF Coleman has been good the last month, but may be in for a tough match up, this week vs. the Bills.
20 Asante Samuel NEP MIA Samuel has become the Patriots best scoring defensive back, with the injury to Rodney Harrison.
21 Terrance McGee BUF NYJ McGee will be tested by the Jets passing game, and will spend most of his day shadowing WR L. Coles.
22 Will Demps NYG CAR Demps has been playing well, and has given the D, a spark they have lacked since the injury bug hit.
23 Mike Minter CAR NYG Minter had a strong game last week, and will need to duplicate that to keep the Giants O off the field.
24 Keith Lewis SF GBP The4 9ers are so impressed with Lewis play, they cut longtime S Tony Parrish this week.
25 Nick Collins GBP SF Collins is starting to play well again, as he did at the end of last season.