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IDP Game Breakdowns and Player Rater - Week 6
Darin Tietgen & Steve Gallo
October 10, 2008
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Each week, Darin Tietgen and Steve Gallo will break down each matchup and offer ratings on the more important IDPs.  This week, Darin will take the home teams and Steve tackles the away squads.  Hopefully these breakdowns and ratings will help you make some key decisions on who to start this week.  Good luck!

Rating System:
Five-Star Play: Studly performance anticipated
Four-Star Play: Solid start
Three-Star Play: Decent start or sleeper
Two-Star Play: Bench ‘em, unless you need a sleeper in a large league
One-Star Play: Bench no matter what

St. Louis Rams @ Washington Redskins

St. Louis Rams:

Fresh off of their Bye week the Rams head into battle versus a red hot Redskin team.  Will Witherspoon is listed on the injury report for his knee but the report shows, he fully participated in practice so he should be good to go on Sunday.  Witherspoon should be in for a big day versus a Portis led rushing attack.  Since week one, the Redskins have given up  an average of 12 combined tackles to MLB/ILBs.  O.J. Otogwe & Corey Chavous should also be very busy and look to be above average plays.  Leave Tye Hill on your bench this week since he has been replaced in the starting lineup and is fighting an injury that could keep him out of the game completely.  Leonard Little returned to the starting lineup in week 4 with a bang, recording 4 tackles and 2 sacks.  However, that was versus a Bills team that thru 5 weeks has given up the third most sacks in the NFL.  Couple that with the fact that the Redskins are tied for allowing the sixth fewest sacks and it is easy to see that Little could have a difficult day.  With the return of Little to the starting lineup James Hall moves back into his starting DT role where he could have a productive day.

Five-Star Plays: 
Will Witherspoon (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
None.

Three-Star Plays:
O.J. Otogwe (DB)
Corey Chavous (DB)
Leonard Little (DL)
James Hall (DL)

Two-Star Plays:
Ronald Bartell (DB)
Chris Long (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Pisa Tinoisamoa (LB)

Washington Redskins: 
You can look at this two ways:  one, since the Rams are horrible, you’d expect the ultra-aggressive Redskin D to make some game-changing plays, thereby increasing your chance at big fantasy points if you have Redskin IDPs.  Two, since the Rams are horrible, you’d expect them to just implode and have many three-and-outs, thereby decreasing your chance at having Redskins’ IDPs with big tackle totals.  Figure it’ll be somewhere in the middle, and solid IDP plays like LB London Fletcher are still solid plays.  S Chris Horton has scored rather well lately and could be a force in the secondary.  Just don’t rely on CBs Carlos Rogers and Fred Smoot to score like they have in past weeks.  DL Jason Taylor might see some time, but the sound advice is to leave him benched unless you have better options.

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
London Fletcher (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Chris Horton (DB)
Andre Carter (DL)
Rocky McIntosh (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
Carlos Rogers (DB)
Jason Taylor (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Fred Smoot (DB)


Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carolina Panthers:
Linebackers don’t get much more consistent then Jon Beason this year.  Beason has logged 7 tackles in every game this year except one (11 tackles).  On top of that Beason owners will love the fact that over their last four games the Bucs are giving up an average of 8 tackles to MLBs.  Chris Gamble started out the first two games very well but has been very up and down the past three games and versus the Bucs will probably be another down game.  While Charles Johnson has as many tackles and sacks in his last game as Julius Peppers has in his last two I would still expect a good game from Peppers (I mean Elvis Dumervil even had a sack versus the Bucs last week). 

Five-Star Plays: 
Jon Beason (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Thomas Davis (LB)
Julius Peppers (DL)
Chris Harris (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Chris Gamble (DB)
Ken Lucas (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Charles Johnson (DL)
Richard Marshall (DB)

One-Star Plays:
Tyler Brayton (DL)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 
The Panther offense sees the Tampa version of the Cover-2 twice a year and seems to have figured it out more than most other offenses.  Does this mean bad things for the Buc IDPs?  Probably not;  LB Barrett Ruud will continue to put up solid #2 fantasy LB stats.  And actually, DB Ronde Barber is a better start this week than in weeks past.  He’ll likely shadow WR Steve Smith and could have numerous tackling and pass defending chances.  Another solid Buc start is DB Jermaine Phillips.  DL Gaines Adams is only a marginal start this week as the Panther OL has done a decent job of controlling the line of scrimmage in the passing game.

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Barrett Ruud (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Ronde Barber (DB)
Jermaine Phillips (DB)
Gaines Adams (DL)

Two-Star Plays:
Derrick Brooks (LB)
Chris Hovan (DL)

One-Star Plays:
None.


Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets

Cincinnati Bengals:
112 tackles total or an average of 7 tackles each per game over the last four games would be what Dhani Jones, Keith Rivers, Marvin White and Chinedum Ndukwe are averaging.  So as bad as the Bengals are record wise those four have been that good fantasy wise.  This week should be another good week for all four again.  Antwan Odom has been extremely unproductive his last three games with just one solo tackle in each of those last three games.  Another interesting tidbit is that this will be the first 4-3 defense the Jets face this year.

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Dhani Jones (LB)
Chinedum Ndukwe (DB)
Marvin White (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Keith Rivers (LB)
Domata Peko (DL, in DT-mandatory leagues)
Rashad Jeanty (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
Antwan Odom (DL)

One-Star Plays:
John Thornton (DL)

New York Jets: 
The Jets return from their bye week well-rested and with a seemingly easy task ahead of them: the Cincinnati Bengals.  Sure, the Bengals’ offense looked decent against a struggling Cowboy defense, but the Jet 3-4 will do much better at stopping the offense than the Cowboy 3-4.  Look for LB David Harris and DB Kerry Rhodes to have good outings, and LB Calvin Pace to have a decent game as well.  You might even get serviceable stats from a third Jet LB, Bryan Thomas.   The CBs Dwight Lowery and Darrelle Revis are both serviceable, as they’ll be shadowing two very good receivers.

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
David Harris (LB)
Kerry Rhodes (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Calvin Pace (LB)
Bryan Thomas (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
Dwight Lowery (DB)
Darrelle Revis (DB)
Eric Barton (LB)
Shaun Ellis (DL)

One-Star Plays:
None.


Oakland Raiders @ New Orleans Saints

Oakland Raiders:
The Saints have given up some very big games to MLBs and that bodes well this week for Kirk MorrisonThomas Howard could have a tough week since only one WLB (D.J. Williams) has really had a great game versus the Saints.  The Saints lead the league in pass completions and that should bode well for DeAngelo Hall and Gibril Wilson.  You will want to check inactive reports on Sunday to make sure that Gibril Wilson is going to play since he has been limited in practice and is on the injury report due to the flu.  Derrick Burgess and Kalimba Edwards will both more than likely struggle to get to Drew Brees since he has been sacked the 3rd fewest times in the NFL.

Five-Star Plays: 
Kirk Morrison (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Gibril Wilson (DB)
DeAngelo Hall (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Michael Huff (DB)
Thomas Howard (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
Ricky Brown (LB)
Derrick Burgess (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Kalimba Edwards (DL)

New Orleans
The Saints organization has to feel dejected after yet another close loss which resulted in yet another starter getting injured.  This time, it was rookie CB Tracy Porter, who was having a fine season.  Enter veteran Randall Gay, who could find himself being tested often, although he may see limited opportunities against the Raiders this week.  The better Saint IDP plays would be LB Jonathan Vilma, the DL tandem of Will Smith and Charles Grant and the safety duo of Kevin Kaesviharn and Roman Harper, who’s regained stud status after returning from injury.  The neat thing is Kaesviharn has retained value even with Harper back and productive.  

Five-Star Plays: 
Jonathan Vilma (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Roman Harper (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Kevin Kaesviharn (DB)
Charles Grant (DL)
Will Smith (DL)

Two-Star Plays:
Scott Fujita (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Mike McKenzie (DB)
Randall Gay (DB)


Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings

Detroit Lions:
Ernie Sims owners can count on a very big game from their big name WLB.  Reason being is that 3 of the bigger name WLBs in the league have averaged 9.3 tackles/game (A.J. Hawk 10 tackles, Freddy Keiaho 10 tackles & Thomas Davis 8 tackles) against the Vikings.  While on paper it looks like Paris Lenon should be in for a good week too you can't ignore the fact that the Lions season is already in the crapper and at some point Jordan Dizon is going to get a shot to play and kill Lenon's value.  The anemic Viking passing game will limit the Lions defensive backfield.  Dewayne White is a fringe start in larger leagues.

Five-Star Plays: 
Ernie Sims (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
None.

Three-Star Plays:
Daniel Bullocks (DB)
Corry Redding (DL, in DT mandatory leagues)

Two-Star Plays:
Dwight Smith (DB)
Dewayne White (DL)
Leigh Bodden (DB)
Paris Lenon (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Jared DeVries (DL)

Minnesota Vikings: 
The Viking team D looked like it was looking last year; making big plays that turned into defensive TDs.  With DB Antoine Winfield hotter than asphalt in Georgia, he is one of the best IDP plays this week, especially in defending against the struggling aerial attack of the Detroit Lions.  The Viking defense has lost its heart-and-soul in terms of the front seven in E.J. Henderson for the season.  While that’s a big hit to the defense, they should find someone to fill in, whether it’s David Herron, Jr., who is set to take the starting MLB spot, or Ben Leber on the strong side, or perhaps E.J.’s little brother, Erin Henderson, to slide in and assume the MLB role.  Look for DL Jared Allen to finally have a big game against the hapless Kitties, and LB Chad Greenway will continue to be a star performer, maybe more so now with Henderson shelved.

Five-Star Plays: 
Antoine Winfield (DB)

Four-Star Plays:
Chad Greenway (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Jared Allen (DL)
Cedric Griffin (DB)
Kevin Williams (DL, for DT-mandatory leagues)

Two-Star Plays:
Ben Leber (LB)
Tyrell Johnson (DB)
David Herron, Jr. (LB)
Ray Edwards (DL)
Pat Williams (DL, for DT-mandatory leagues)

One-Star Plays:
Darren Sharper (DB)


Baltimore Ravens @ Indianapolis Colts

Baltimore Ravens:
Terrell Suggs is normally one of the top DLs in the game but versus the hard to sack Peyton Manning he will be in for a tough week.  Ray Lewis is still the heart and soul of this team with Bart Scott being its loud mouth.  Both LBs should be in for a good week versus the Colts.  Expect each of those two to log between 6-8 tackles. 

Five-Star Plays:
None.  

Four-Star Plays:
Ray Lewis (LB)
Bart Scott (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Terrell Suggs (DL)
Jim Leonhard (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Ed Reed (DB)

One-Star Plays:
Trevor Pryce (DL)

Indianapolis Colts:
With DB Bob Sanders out another week, Melvin Bullitt could be a name to watch this week.  If you’re struggling at DB, he’s a shoo-in for 12-17 fantasy points.  LBs Freddie Keiaho and Gary Brackett are solid starts this week as they’ll be hounding the RB duo of Willis McGahee and LeRon McLain.  DB Antoine Bethea is also a good start with some upside this week.  The DL pair of Robert Mathis (steady as they come) and Dwight Freeney (finally putting some stats up) are both good plays as well.

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Freddie Keiaho (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Melvin Bullitt (DB)
Antoine Bethea (DB)
Gary Brackett (LB)
Robert Mathis (DL)

Two-Star Plays:
Dwight Freeney (DL)
Kelvin Hayden (DB)
Clint Session (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Marlin Jackson (DB)
Raheem Brock (DL)


Miami Dolphins @ Houston Texans

Miami Dolphins:
Bad news for Channing Crowder owners is that he is playing a Texan team that is averaging less than 30 rushing attempts/game.  In games where Crowder has faced less than 30 rushing attempts he is averaging a paltry 3.5 tackles/game.  Yeremiah Bell has either been the leading or 2nd leading tackler for the Dolphins this year in all but one game.  Versus the Texans Bell should continue that trend.  Matt Roth could be in for a very solid week but there is always a risk of a big clunker due to him playing OLB in a 3-4 defense.

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Yeremiah Bell (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Matt Roth (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
Akin Ayodele (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Kendall Langford (DL)
Phillip Merling (DL)

Houston Texans : 
Oh man, those poor Texans.  Another week, another heartbreaking loss to a divisional foe.  They had the Colts right where they wanted ‘em, and gave it away.  Look for them to come out very aggressively against a very surprising Dolphin offense.  They have the team speed on defense to manage the Dolphins’ tricks.  Look for LB DeMeco Ryans to have one of his biggest games of the season, and DL Mario Williams will again be a game-changer. 

Five-Star Plays: 
DeMeco Ryans (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Mario Williams (DL)

Three-Star Plays:
Zach Diles (LB)
Amobi Okoye (DL, in DT-mandatory leagues)

Two-Star Plays:
Brandon Harrison (DB)

One-Star Plays:
None.


Chicago Bears @ Atlanta Falcons

Chicago Bears:
The Falcons are averaging just under 40 rushing attempts this year at home.  Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs will be the big beneficiary.  Charles Tillman is coming off of a huge week where there were concerns about his shoulder.  If Tillman is in the starting lineup for the Bears then he should be in fantasy owner’s lineups too.  Alex Brown and Adewale Ogunleye will be applying pressure to rookie QB Matt Ryan. 

Five-Star Plays: 
Brian Urlacher (LB)
Lance Briggs (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Charles Tillman (DB)
Adewale Ogunleye (DL)

Three-Star Plays:
Alex Brown (DL)
Kevin Payne (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
None.

One-Star Plays:
Nathan Vasher (DB)

Atlanta Falcons:
The Falcon D has a serious test this week; stopping the suddenly-surging Bear offense.  The DB duo of Lawyer Milloy and Erik Coleman will need to have outstanding games if they have any chance.  Either way, figure both will score well, fantasy-wise.  In terms of the front seven, DL John Abraham remains a good start and LB Keith Brooking will have a busy day. 

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Lawyer Milloy (DB)
Keith Brooking (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Michael Boley (LB)
John Abraham (DL)
Erik Coleman (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Curtis Lofton (LB)
Brent Grimes (DB)

One-Star Plays:
None.


Jacksonville Jaguars @ Denver Broncos

Jacksonville Jaguars:
The Jaguars have a pretty stout defense led by a solid linebacker core of Mike Peterson, Justin Durant & Daryl Smith.  Problem is that between the three of them thru 5 games this year they have only topped 5 tackles twice this season.  Justin Durant did have a solid game with 5 solos coming back from an earlier injury.  Brian Williams has been the best IDP for the Jaguars and is also one of the top DBs this year.  Rashean Mathis should be extremely busy chasing Brandon Marshall around this weekend.

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Brian Williams (DB)
Rashean Mathis (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Justin Durant (LB)
Mike Peterson (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
Daryl Smith (LB)
Derrick Harvey (DL)
Quentin Groves (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Clint Ingram (LB)

Denver Broncos: 
The Bronco LBs, all four of ‘em, are now stuck with some value.  Leading the list, of course, is D.J. Williams.  The other three (Jamie Winborn, Nate Webster and Boss Bailey) will all have their share of decent games.  Trick is knowing when to start which one.  This week, it’ll likely be Webster getting the scraps.  Bailey and Winborn will not score well, more than likely. DB Champ Bailey isn’t a great start this week, as the Jag attack will feature more running, and will probably avoid Bailey on passing downs.

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
D.J. Williams (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Nate Webster (LB)
Champ Bailey (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Boss Bailey (LB)
Jamie Winborn (LB)
Elvis Dumervil (DL, DT-mandatory leagues)
John Engelberger (DL)
Marlon McCree (DB)
Marquand Manuel (DB)

One-Star Plays:
None.


Green Bay Packers @ Seattle Seahawks

Green Bay Packers:
The Hawks have given up pretty good stats to MLBs so look for Nick Barnett to make some noise this weekend.  A.J. Hawk has been limited in practice again due to his groin so proceed with caution if you put him in your lineup.  Aaron Kampman should have a productive day this weekend.

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Nick Barnett (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Aaron Kampman (DL)
A.J. Hawk (LB)
Nick Collins (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Charles Woodson (DB)
Charles Peprah (DB)

One-Star Plays:
Tramon Williams (DB)

Seattle Seahawks: 
After getting torched by the Super Bowl Champs, you gotta figure this solid defense will come together.  It will take a big effort from DL Patrick Kerney and LB Lofa Tatupu, both of who should have good games.  LB Leroy Hill should put up good stats, as should Julian Peterson if he’s able to rush the passer effectively.  One of the best corners in the game, Marcus Trufant, should be busy this week in defending the deep ball and coming up in run coverage.

Five-Star Plays: 

Four-Star Plays:
Patrick Kerney (DL)

Three-Star Plays:
Lofa Tatupu (LB)
Leroy Hill (LB)
Julian Peterson (LB)
Lawrence Jackson (DL)
Marcus Trufant (DB)
Rocky Bernard (DL, in DT-mandatory leagues)

Two-Star Plays:
Brian Russell (DB)

One-Star Plays:
None.


Philadelphia Eagles @ San Francisco 49ers

Philadelphia Eagles:
The Eagles are in last place in the NFC East at 2-3 and can ill afford another loss.  Look for Defensive Coordinator Jim Johnson to ramp up the pressure and bring everything including the kitchen sink versus a 49ers team that has given up a league leading 20 sacks.  Trent Cole and Juqua Parker should get to know J.T. O'Sullivan intimately this weekend.  Stewart Bradley and Quentin Mikell have been very productive from the get go this year and should continue their productive ways this weekend.  Both Brian Dawkins and Omar Gaither started off the year pretty slowly but both are starting to heat up and should also present problems for the 49ers.  Asante Samuel is due to take one to the house and this week could very well be when it happens.

Five-Star Plays: 
Trent Cole (DL)

Four-Star Plays:
Stewart Bradley (LB)
Omar Gaither (LB)
Quentin Mikell (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Brian Dawkins (DB)
Juqua Parker (DL)

Two-Star Plays:
Asante Samuel (DB)

One-Star Plays:
Lito Sheppard (DB)
Sheldon Brown (DB)

San Francisco 49ers: 
News flash:  LB Patrick Willis is a mega-stud.  Has he been aided by the solid play of Takeo Spikes?  Quite possibly.  The LB duo, along with hybrid Justin Smith, are putting up great fantasy stats for their owners, and all three should have great stats again this week.  DB Michael Lewis looks to be healthy enough to play, and pairs with Nate Clements as the better Niner DBs to play.

Five-Star Plays: 
Patrick Willis (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Takeo Spikes (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Justin Smith (DL/LB)
Michael Lewis (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Nate Clements (DB)

One-Star Plays:
None.


Dallas Cowboys @ Arizona Cardinals

Dallas Cowboys:
The Cardinals have given up pretty good statistical games to MLBs and DBs over the past three weeks.  Zach Thomas should have a productive day versus a running attack led by Edge and Tim Hightower.  However, the Cardinals like to throw the ball too and Ken Hamlin should be very active from his safety position.  DeMarcus Ware is a beast NFL wise but fantasy wise he can be very hit or miss.  Look for Ware to get to Warner at least once if not multiple times this weekend.

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:

Zach Thomas (LB)
DeMarcus Ware (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Ken Hamlin (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Greg Ellis (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Tank Johnson (DL)

Arizona Cardinals: 
The Cards were ultra-aggressive against the Bill offense last week, and you can bank on them trying to get aggressive with the turnover-prone Cowboys this week.  LBs Gerald Hayes and Karlos Dansby are by far the best starts this week as they defend against the run and against TE Jason Witten.  DB Adrian Wilson, if healthy, will be a force against the pass and run as well. 

Five-Star Plays: 
Karlos Dansby (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Gerald Hayes (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Travis Laboy (LB)
Darnell Dockett (DL)
Adrian Wilson (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
None.

One-Star Plays:
None.


New England Patriots @ San Diego Chargers

New England Patriots:
Rookie linebacker Jerod Mayo has led or been the 2nd leading tackler for the Patriots in all but one of their games this year.  Mayo should be pretty busy if LT is healthy enough to be the LT of old.  Rodney Harrison has been one of the most productive DBs in the game this year and he should have a very good game versus his former team this week too.  Dynasty leaguers will want to keep an eye on Gary Guyton as he made the stat sheet for the first time this year last week.  Ellis Hobbs has been a pretty safe start for leagues that reward for return yards.  Mike Vrabel hasn’t recorded a sack since he recorded 2 in week 1. 

Five-Star Plays: 
Jerod Mayo (LB)
Rodney Harrison (DB)

Four-Star Plays:
None.

Three-Star Plays:
Adalius Thomas (LB)
Ellis Hobbs (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Vince Wilfork (DL)
Mike Vrabel (DL)
Tedy Bruschi (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Gary Guyton (LB)

San Diego Chargers: 
The Bolt D is making do without their heart and soul, Shawne Merriman.  Their 2-3 record doesn’t reflect it, but their D is playing with passion and with Stephen Cooper and Shaun Phillips leading the front seven, the Bolts could be back on the map with a big victory against the Pats.  The Bolt DBs should be busy, with Antonio Cromartie being the best bet.  Eric Weddle has been a solid contributor for the Bolt D and will have a good outing.

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Stephen Cooper (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Shaun Phillips (LB)
Eric Weddle (DB)
Antonio Cromartie (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Clinton Hart (DB)
Quentin Jammer (DB)

One-Star Plays:
None.


New York Giants @ Cleveland Browns

New York Giants:
Call me crazy but I think the Giants are going to come into Cleveland flat and the Browns are going to take it to them.  That does bode well for Giant IDPs, unlike last week where Giant IDPs were limited due to their blowout of the Seahawks.  Antonio Pierce has had a very up and down year so far but look for him to have a very solid day versus a rushing game led by Jamal Lewis.  Justin Tuck has been a man among boys this year and the Bengals have given up 5 sacks in their last 3 games.  Keep an eye on how much playing time rookie Kenny Phillips gets coming out of the bye. 

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Antonio Pierce (LB)
Justin Tuck (DL)
Fred Robbins (DL, in DT mandatory leagues)

Three-Star Plays:
Michael Johnson (DB)
James Butler (DB)
Aaron Ross (DB)
Mathias Kiwanuka

Two-Star Plays:
Kenny Phillips (DB)

One-Star Plays:
Gerris Wilkinson (LB)

Cleveland Browns: 
It’s gonna be a long, long night for the Brown defenders.  The Super Bowl champs are coming to town after a laugher last week.  Granted, the Browns were on bye and should be equally as rested and well-prepared to handle the Giant offense.  Expect them to put up a fight early, with LBs Andra Davis and especially D’Qwell Jackson putting up the big stats.  DB Sean Jones remains out, so corner Eric Wright is your best bet in the Brown secondary.

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
D’Qwell Jackson (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Andra Davis (LB)
Eric Wright (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Mike Adams (DB)
Brodney Pool (DB)
Shaun Rogers (DL, in DT-mandatory leagues)

One-Star Plays:
None.

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