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IDP Hot and Not - Week 10
Darin Tietgen
November 4, 2008
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Welcome to the Week 10 installment of The Huddle’s IDP Hot and Not.  Check us out every other week, where we’ll give you a flavor of what IDPs are hot and look to continue their streaks and which ones are not that you might consider benching in coming weeks or dropping altogether. 

LINEBACKERS

HOT

James Farrior (PIT) – His counterpart James Harrison was on this list two weeks ago, and despite the emergence of a couple of other Steeler LBs (namely Lamarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons), the Jameses continue to post gaudy fantasy stats.  Farrior leads all LBs in fantasy scoring over the past three weeks and his prospects look solid in the second half of the season.

Leroy Hill (SEA) – Teams may be running away from the Seahawks’ better defenders, or Hill is just playing well.  Or maybe a bit of both.  Either way, Hill is having a pretty good season, and has 43 fantasy points over the past two weeks.  Figure his stats will continue to impress this week, but a Week 11 matchup against the Cards isn’t the greatest.

Kirk Morrison  (OAK) – This guy is a beast, plain and simple.  He started the season off slow, but hasn’t scored in single digits since.  And he is averaging 21 fantasy points per game over the past three weeks.  That’s outstanding.  He’s got a few solid matchups in the last half of the season, so get him in your lineup and don’t worry about it.

NOT

Dhani Jones (CIN) – The veteran LB started the season on fire, but has cooled significantly over the past three weeks.  The Bengals have a bye week this week, but then have three decent matchups.  If you can do better on the waiver wire, maybe you cut bait, but if not, maybe just keep him around and hope he bounces back. 

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

HOT

Jared Allen (DE – MIN) – Allen was the free agent gem of the off-season, but his first six weeks in Viking purple weren’t all too stellar.  Sandwiched by the Viking bye week, Allen has 32 fantasy points.  The Vikes’ IDPs have solid matchups in the next few weeks, so hopefully Allen can keep this up.

Shaun Rogers (DT – CLE) –  The massive Texas-ex is playing the best football of his career over the past three weeks.  The prospects for big fantasy points isn’t the greatest this week, but looking ahead they look a lot better.  Rogers is dominating opposing offensive linemen and is getting to the quarterback (5 sacks on the season, 3 in the past 3 weeks).  He’s definitely the hottest DT in fantasy.

NOT

Robert Mathis (DE – IND) – Mathis started the season off well enough, but has averaged 4 fantasy points over the past three weeks.  Those numbers may be tied to the matchups, and his next two opponents are favorable, but he very well may keep quiet.  If you have better options, it may be time to explore them.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

HOT

Gibril Wilson (S – OAK) – It was pretty evident that the move to Oakland would bump up Wilson’s fantasy value, as he was playing “in the box” more for his new team.  Wilson has been racking up the tackles and his matchups down the road look favorable.

Deangelo Hall (CB – OAK) – The top two DBs over the past week are Wilson and his teammate Hall.  Hall hasn’t scored less than 11 fantasy points on the season and is defending passes left and right.  He’s got some outstanding matchups in the next few weeks, so keep him in your lineup. 

Michael Johnson (S - NYG) – Johnson’s not exactly smokin’ hot, but does have 35 fantasy points over his past three contests.  That, added to the fact that the Giant D is really firing on all cylinders, means good things for Johnson moving forward.  Some outstanding matchups loom on the schedule, so the young safety could continue the double-digit scoring.

NOT

Anthony Henry (CB – DAL) – With all the injuries in the Cowboy secondary, Henry was poised to lead the unit, at least post some decent tackle and pass defense stats.  The solo tackles have been there – somewhat – but where are the pass defenses and INTs?  Henry’s been nursing some injuries and just isn’t playing up to par.  If you’ve been relying on him in leagues that start CBs, it might be time to scour the waiver wire.

Scoring system used for this report – solo tackle (2), assisted tackle (1), sack (3), forced or recovered fumble (3), interception (3) and pass defensed (1).

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