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IDP Game Breakdowns and Player Rater - Week 11
Darin Tietgen & Steve Gallo
November 14, 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, Steve will take the home teams and Darin 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

Minnesota Vikings @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Minnesota Vikings: 
With E.J. Henderson out for the season, LB Chad Greenway has taken over the top Viking IDP spot.  He’s a solid start this week against a versatile Buc offense.  DB Madieu Williams has two games under his belt after returning from injury and should post modest numbers.  Super-stud corner Antoine Winfield is a must-start in leagues that start CB and a very good start in leagues that just lump CBs in with safeties.  His CB mate Cedric Griffin has posted good stats this season but is only a marginal start this week.  For those in deeper leagues, SLB Ben Leber could be serviceable.  DE Jared Allen has been generally disappointing but could explode at any time. 

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Chad Greenway (LB)
Antoine Winfeld (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Madieu Williams (DB)
Jared Allen (DL)

Two-Star Plays:
Cedric Griffin (DB)
Ben Leber (LB)
Kevin Williams (DL)

One-Star Plays:
None.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
The Vikings have run the ball an average of 36 times/game over their last 3 games.  That is good news for Barrett Ruud owners because over his last 3 games he has compiled 31 tackles in the 78 rushing attempts that he has faced.  That is close to ½ a tackle/rushing attempt.  That would equate to a 14 tackle day and puts him solidly in the Five-Star category.  Look for Sabby Piscitelli and Ronde Barber look to be in line for good games as they should both be active in run support in an effort to take Peterson out of the game.  Gaines Adams has only topped 3 tackles twice this year and only has recorded sacks in two games this year.  However, both times he recorded two sacks in each of those games.  Adams comes with a higher risk/reward ratio this week but if you are lacking at DL this could be the week Adams gets back into the sack column.
Five-Star Plays:
Barrett Ruud (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Derrick Brooks (LB)
Sabby Picitelli (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Ronde Barber (DB)
Gaines Adams (DL)
Jovan Haye (DL, in DT mandatory leagues)

Two-Star Plays:
Cato June (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Will Allen (DB)


Baltimore Ravens @ New York Giants

Baltimore Ravens
Tough matchup for the Raven defenders against the defending champs.  The G-men have made solid defenses look silly.  Look for LB Ray Lewis to have one of his best games of the season as he chases down the wrecking ball Brandon Jacobs.  Fellow LB Bart Scott is a good start in larger leagues.  DL Terrell Suggs has been a monster of late, but will be hard-pressed to post big numbers this week.  The defensive backs have been inconsistent and all should be avoided unless your situation is dire.

Five-Star Plays: 
Ray Lewis (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
None.

Three-Star Plays:
Terrell Suggs (DL)
Bart Scott (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
Jim Leonhard (DB)
Ed Reed (DB)

One-Star Plays:
None.

New York Giants:
Don’t look now but Antonio Pierce; you know the guy that many owners tossed off the cliff earlier this season has recorded 19 tackles over the last 3 weeks.  What is even more enticing is that Pierce and the Giants are facing a Ravens team that has given up an average of 10 tackles/game to MLB/ILB’s for the past month.  Justin Tuck is coming off of his first game in a month where he didn’t record a sack.  Yet still over the past month Tuck is averaging 4.25 tackles/game and 1.38 sacks/game.  Tuck and his defensive line mates along with what should be a raucous NY crowd will look to make rookie QB Joe Flacco look like the rookie he is.  Flacco hasn’t thrown an interception over his last month but look for the Giants to DL pressure to create an INT or two.  Earlier in the season it looked as if Bryan Kehl had a chance to take the starting WLB spot away from Gerris Wilkinson but of late it has been Chase Blackburn that has been making the most of his snaps. 

Five-Star Plays:
Antonio Pierce (LB)
Justin Tuck (DL)

Four-Star Plays:
Fred Robbins (DL, in DT mandatory leagues)

Three-Star Plays:
Michael Johnson (DB)
Mathias Kiwanuka (DL)
Kenny Phillips (DB)
Aaron Ross (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Chase Blackburn (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Corey Webster (DB)
James Butler (DB)


Oakland Raiders @ Miami Dolphins

Oakland Raiders: 
With the Raider offense sure to misfire, their defense should spend a good portion of Sunday’s game making tackles.  Both LBs Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard represent fine starts, with Morrison being one of the best starts of the week.  DB Gibril Wilson is, as many thought in the preseason, having a terrific fantasy season and is a must-start in all leagues.  DE Kalimba Edwards has posted good numbers in Derrick Burgess’ stead.  DT Tommy Kelly is startable in leagues that break apart DE and DT.

Five-Star Plays: 
Kirk Morrison (LB)
Gibril Wilson (DB)

Four-Star Plays:
Thomas Howard (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Kalimba Edwards (DL)
Tommy Kelly (DL)

Two-Star Plays:
None.

One-Star Plays:
None.

Miami Dolphins:
Most Dolphin IDPs face a big challenge this week in that the Oakland Raiders offense is so bad that it can severely limit their tackle opportunities.  Channing Crowder and Yeremiah Bell have been the IDP leaders for the Dolphins this year but this week expect limited production from them due to their matchup.  With that said, Joey Porter owners should be licking their chops.  Over the past two weeks all the Raiders have done is give up 3 sacks each to their opponent’s top rusher. 

Five-Star Plays:
Joey Porter (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
None.

Three-Star Plays:
Channing Crowder (LB)
Yeremiah Bell (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Jason Allen (DB)
Matt Roth (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Charlie Anderson (LB)


New Orleans Saints @ Kansas City Chiefs

New Orleans Saints: 
The Saint DBs Roman Harper and Kevin Kaesviharn have both been posting good fantasy numbers and should continue to do so this week against a Chief team that has found some moxie.  LB Jonathan Vilma has been a beast this season but could see a small dip in fantasy production as the Chiefs struggle to run the ball, even with Larry Johnson back.  DL Will Smith should post good numbers as he’ll likely get to Chief QB Tyler Thigpen. 

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Jonathan Vilma (LB)
Kevin Kaesviharn (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Roman Harper (DB)
Will Smith (DL)

Two-Star Plays:
Scott Fujita (LB)
Sedrick Ellis (DL)
Bobby McCray (DL)

One-Star Plays:
None.

Kansas City Chiefs:
Kansas City may need to look into building a new hospital just to accommodate all of the Chiefs defensive players that are injured this year.  Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Brandon Flowers & Pat Thomas all did NOT participate in practice and look to miss their game versus the Saints this week.
Weston Dacus took over for Thomas when he was injured on Sunday but I would temper expectations unless you are in a serious bind.  Donnie Edwards, who was injured earlier in the year but is now healthy looks to be the one of the safest plays on the Chiefs defense.  The other player that should have a good game versus the pass happy Saints is rookie CB Brandon Carr.

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Brandon Carr (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Donnie Edwards (LB)
John McGraw (DB)
Bernard Pollard (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Rockie Boiman (LB)
Glenn Dorsey (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Weston Dacus (LB)


Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts

Houston Texans: 
The Texans lost their surprising SLB Zach Diles, which means more tackle opportunities for DeMeco Ryans, and to some degree, WLB Morlon Greenwood.  Greenwood will likely see a small bump-up in his production while Kevin Bentley, taking Diles’ spot, is likely just a filler in larger leagues.  DL Mario Williams, having a stellar season, should probably have one of his quieter games against the Colt OL.  DB Dunta Robinson is the best bet in the Texan defensive backfield. 

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
DeMeco Ryans (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Mario Williams (DL)

Two-Star Plays:
Kevin Bentley (LB)
Xavier Adibi (LB)
Dunta Robinson (DB)

One-Star Plays:
None. 

Indianapolis Colts:
The Texans have been a hit or miss proposition for opposing IDP players.  Back in week 5 it was more of a miss than a hit for Freddy Keiaho (3 solos, 5 assists) & Gary Brackett (2 solos, 3 assists).  Bob Sanders missed that week 5 tilt but Melvin Bullitt was the 2nd leading tackler for the Colts in his place recording 6 solos, 4 assists & 1 interception.  Antoine Bethea is quietly putting up very good stats and currently ranks 13th among all DBs this year.  Both Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis have been wildly inconsistent this year but each is always a threat to blow up on any given week.
 
Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Bob Sanders (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Freddy Keiaho (LB)
Gary Brackett (LB)
Tim Jennings (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Tyjuan Hagler (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Eric Foster (DL)


Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers

Chicago Bears:
The Bears will need to control the Packer run game, which has been rather stagnant, in this affair.  That said, LB Lance Briggs will likely be a good play along with Brian Urlacher.  DB Kevin Payne has been a nice surprise and will post good stats, while DB mate Charles Tillman should get back to his high-scoring ways this week.  The DEs – Adawale Ogunleye and Alex Brown – are marginal starts this week against the nimble Packer QB Aaron Rodgers.

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Lance Briggs (LB)
Kevin Payne (DB)
Charles Tillman (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Brian Urlacher (LB)
Mike Brown (DB)
Adawale Ogunleye (DL)

Two-Star Plays:
Alex Brown (DL)

One-Star Plays:
None.

Green Bay Packers:
Nick Barnett suffered a season ending injury when he tore a knee ligament versus the Vikings this past weekend.  You never want to see an injury to a player but the loss of Barnett will be a plus for his owners since he was underperforming this year.  The silver lining is for A.J. Hawk owners.  Hawk is being moved to MLB and will be flanked on each side by Brandon Chillar and Brady Poppinga.  While Hawk has been pretty lackluster this year too, the move to MLB could be the jumpstart he needs to start putting up top 20 LB numbers.  Desmond Bishop took over for Barnett during last week’s game and posted 9 tackles but he made a couple of major errors and will not be starting.  Aaron Kampman isn’t producing like in the past but he will look to build off of a good week last week versus the Vikings.  The silver lining with Kampman is that while he isn’t performing up to his ability he is still ranked in the top 20 among all defensive linemen.

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
A.J. Hawk (LB)
Aaron Kampman (DL)

Three-Star Plays:
Brandon Chillar (LB)
Atari Bigby (DB)
Charles Woodson (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Brady Poppinga (LB)
Mike Montgomery (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Aaron Rouse (DB)


Philadelphia Eagles @ Cincinnati Bengals

Philadelphia Eagles: 
DE Trent Cole has come on strong after a slowish start, and has a superb matchup this week.  He’ll likely be one of the top IDP scorers of the week, especially when/if he gets to the QB.  LB Stewart Bradley has played well and could score well enough to start as a second fantasy LB.  Even fellow LB Omar Gaither warrants a start this week against the struggling Bengal offense.  Opposite Cole is the surging Juqua Parker, who’s a solid sleeper this week.  DB Quintin Mikell has been very good this season, but could be limited in value this week. 
 
Five-Star Plays: 
Trent Cole (DL)

Four-Star Plays:
Stewart Bradley (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Juqua Parker (DL)
Quintin Mikell (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Brian Dawkins (DB)
Darren Howard (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Asante Samuel (DB)

Cincinnati Bengals:
During the first 6 games of the year Dhani Jones recorded a minimum 9 tackles in each game and at one point was leading the NFL in tackles.  Now over his last 3 games combined Jones has just 8 tackles.  Look, for the bye week to be a positive for Jones as he looks to have a good showing versus his former team.  Nedu Ndukwe is reported to have missed some practice due to an ankle injury which makes him a risky play this week but if he practices fully on Friday he should play and could be in line for a good game.  Brandon Johnson hasn’t done much since taking over for an injured Keith Rivers but this week could be the best week since he has been starting.

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Johnathan Joseph (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Dhani Jones (LB)
Brandon Johnson (LB)
Nedu Ndukwe (DB, check the late injury reports)
Marvin White (DB)
Leon Hall (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Robert Geathers (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Antwan Odom (DL)


Detroit Lions @ Carolina Panthers

Detroit Lions:
The Lion defense will likely spend a lot of time on the field against a Panther team that’ll likely be pounding the ball.  This means big things for LBs Paris Lenon and Ernie Sims.  With both DEs Dewayne White and Jared Devries likely out, the Lions will rotate various young linemen on the ends.  Cliff Avril and Ikaika Ilama-Francis are very deep sleepers for large leagues.  DB Daniel Bullucks should perform well, especially in run coverage. 

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Ernie Sims (LB)
Paris Lenon (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Daniel Bullucks (DB)
Leigh Bodden (DB)
Cory Redding (DL, in DT-mandatory leagues)

Two-Star Plays:
Ikaika Ilama-Francis (DL)
Cliff Avril (DL)

One-Star Plays:
None.

Carolina Panthers:
Jon Beason simply put is a stud and don’t second guess any matchups, just plug him into your lineup.  Sure players like Patrick Willis, Brian Urlacher and DeMeco Ryans combined for a paltry 11 solo tackles versus the Lions but Beason is just on to hot off roll to even think about sitting him.  However, outside of Beason the only other Panther that is probably worth starting is Julius Peppers.  If you think that a Culpepper led offense will lead to opportunities then feel free to look at starting Chris Gamble

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Jon Beason (LB)
Julius Peppers (DL)

Three-Star Plays:
Chris Gamble (DB)
Thomas Davis (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
Chris Harris (DB)
Charles Johnson (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Ken Lucas (DB)


Denver Broncos @ Atlanta Falcons

Denver Broncos: 
With D.J. Williams out, Jamie Winborn likely posts the best stats.  Nate Webster should also perform at a serviceable clip.  Little-known Wesley Woodyard rounds out the LB trio and could post surprising stats.  DB Karl Paymah has posted wicked stats with Champ Bailey out.  He could be busy again this week.

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
None.

Three-Star Plays:
Jamie Winborn (LB)
Nate Webster (LB)
Karl Paymah (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Wesley Woodyard (LB)
Ebenezer Ekuban (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Elvis Dumervil (DL)

Atlanta Falcons:
Unless you have absolutely no other options you should bench Curtis Lofton, Keith Brooking and Michael Boley this week versus the Broncos.  The Broncos just re-signed Tatum Bell so that should tell you the state of the running attack.  John Abraham will probably get his share of QB pressure but is still a risky start versus a Broncos team that has given up just 7 sacks this year which is the 2nd fewest number of sacks in the NFL this year.  Look for Chris Houston and Lawyer Milloy to post above average numbers versus the Broncos passing attack.

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Chris Houston (DB)
Lawyer Milloy (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Erik Coleman (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Curtis Lofton (LB)
Keith Brooking (LB)
Michael Boley (LB)
John Abraham (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Jamaal Anderson (DL)


Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks

Arizona Cardinals: 
The Cards escaped with a home victory against the Niners last Monday night, and travel north to Seattle to face a Seahawk team that’s been struggling to say the least.  Good news for Hawk fans is that QB Matt Hasselbeck is likely due back, but he could be quite tentative so expect the Cardinals to blitz on every occasion possible.  LBs Gerald Hayes and Karlos Dansby should perform well (Dansby with the best chance at big stats) and DB Adrian Wilson will continue to play well.  DL Darnell Dockett could be in on a sack or two. 

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Karlos Dansby (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Adrian Wilson (DB)
Gerald Hayes (LB)
Darnell Dockett (DL)
Antrel Rolle (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Travis Laboy (LB)

One-Star Plays:
None.

Seattle Seahawks:
Seattle fans are witnessing an abysmal season by the Seahawks but this week there was a bit of good news for them.  It was reported that Patrick Kerney did indeed have surgery but he is expected to play again this season.  Lofa Tatupu, LeRoy Hill and Julian Peterson all had a very good game last week where the 3 linebackers led the team in tackles.  For the season Hill has been the biggest surprise and most consistent of the three, ranking 11th among all NFL linebackers.  Tatupu has had a very up and down season but look for him to be very active versus the Cardinals.  Just make sure that you keep a close eye on the injury report in case he tweaks the groin that has been giving him fits.  Marcus Trufant has been a pretty big bust for owners that drafted him expecting a repeat of last year’s top 5 DB ranking.  However, Trufant and Josh Wilson should both be very good plays versus the Cardinals superb passing attack.

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Lofa Tatupu (LB)
Josh Wilson (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
LeRoy Hill (LB)
Julian Peterson (LB)
Marcus Trufant (DB)
Deon Grant (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Daryl Tapp (DL)
Rocky Bernard (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Lawrence Jackson (DL)


St. Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers

St. Louis Rams: 
The Rams’ defense – like many other defenses this week – should spend plenty of snaps defending.  Look for LB Will Witherspoon to have a decent game and the DE pair of Chris Long and Leonard Little should disrupt the Niner OL enough to score well.  DB Oshiomogho Atogwe will be serviceable; better if he steps up in run support. 

Five-Star Plays: 

Four-Star Plays:
Chris Long (DL)

Three-Star Plays:
Will Witherspoon (LB)
Leonard Little (DL)
Oshiomogho Atogwe (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Victor Adeyanju (DL)
Piso Tinoisamoa (LB)

One-Star Plays:
None.

San Francisco 49ers:
Patrick Willis is a player that you just don’t normally bench but this week could be a week that you do indeed bench him if you have options with better matchups.  All signs seem to point to Steven Jackson being out again and the Rams offense seems to be reeling.  Willis will be involved but there just may not be enough opportunities for him to have much upside.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see this week end up being his worst of the season.  Justin Smith owners truly dodged a bullet earlier in the season when Smith was reclassified from a DL to a LB and then back to a DL.  Smith currently is tied for 5th among DLs with 89 points.  Just in case you were wondering those 89 points would have put Smith on the outside of the top 50 LBs.  Week 5 was the last time that Smith recorded a sack but that should change this weekend.  Versus a struggling Rams team all other 49ers are risky starts and that includes Nate Clements and Michael Lewis

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Justin Smith (DL)

Three-Star Plays:
Patrick Willis (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
Michael Lewis (DB)
Nate Clements (DB)
Takeo Spikes (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Parys Haralson (LB)


San Diego Chargers @ Pittsburgh Steelers

San Diego Chargers: 
The Bolts need a win in Steel Town to put them back into AFC contention, one would think.  This defense is certainly missing LB Shawne Merriman, although Stephen Cooper has come on strong.  DBs Antonio Cromartie and Eric Weddle are both startable this week as well.

Five-Star Plays: 
Stephen Cooper (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
None.

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

Two-Star Plays:
Shaun Phillips (LB)

One-Star Plays:
None.

Pittsburgh Steelers:
Look for James Farrior and Troy Polamalu to lead the Steelers IDPs this week.  Looking back over the season middle linebackers and strong safeties have put up the best numbers.  Rush OLB have not had much success.  Joey Porter of the Miami Dolphins put up just 1 solo, 1 assist and a ½ sack versus the Chargers earlier this year.  With that said you should temper expectations for James Harrison.   Yes, Harrison has the talent to explode for a multi sack game at any time but the Chargers have given up the 6th fewest sacks (12) in the NFL this year.  While Harrison does rank as the #10 overall LB he has had peaks and valleys in his production and this matchup looks to be a “valley” week. LaMarr Woodley missed last week due to injury but even if he plays this week I wouldn’t expect much from this matchup.  Lawrence Timmons could be in line for a nice game since he sees most of his time in multiple receivers sets.

Five-Star Plays:
James Farrior (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Troy Polamalu (DB)
Ike Taylor (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Lawrence Timmons (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
James Harrison (LB)

One-Star Plays:
LaMarr Woodley (LB)


Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Tennessee Titans: 
Two of the best defenses in the league face off in this big divisional matchup.  The Titans all but have the division wrapped up, and they could put yet another nail in the coffins of the other AFC South teams with a big road win here.  To do that, they’ll need super DT Albert Haynesworth to not only be a force in plugging up the middle against the run, but he’ll have to disrupt QB David Garrard’s passing.  DB Chris Hope will lead the secondary and could be effective in stepping up against the run.  LB Keith Bulluck, once a fantasy stud, will produce modest fantasy stats but means so much to this Titan D.  CBs Cortland Finnegan and Nick Harper (who’s dealing with an injury), typically good fantasy plays, aren’t great starts this week.  DE Kyle Vanden Bosch was out this past week but should return in this key game.

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Albert Haynesworth (DL)
Chris Hope (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Keith Bulluck (LB)
Kyle Vanden Bosch (DL)

Two-Star Plays:
Stephen Tulloch (LB)
Cortland Finnegan (DB)
David Thornton (LB)
Nick Harper (DB)

One-Star Plays:
None.

Jacksonville Jaguars:
Last week, Mike Peterson was inactive due to what I will call “issues “ that Jack Del Rio had with him.  Now the news coming out of Jacksonville is that Peterson is quoted as saying, “The season’s not going well, older guy, move him out of the way and get ready for next year,”.  Peterson is back practicing with the first team but until we see how he is used he remains a risky start.  Daryl Smith had a great game starting at MLB over Peterson last year but in past instances when filling in for him Smith was less than stellar.  The big winner in this if Peterson is removed from the starting lineup would be second year LB Justin Durant.  Versus what should be a heavy rushing offense by the Titans should bode well for Jaguar IDPs. Look for Gerald Sensabaugh & Brian Williams to rack up good stats in run support.

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Justin Durant (LB, move up to Five-Star if Peterson is inactive)
Gerald Sensabaugh (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Daryl Smith (LB)
Brian Williams (DB)
Rashean Mathis (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Paul Spicer (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Clint Ingram (LB)
Mike Peterson (LB, if it is announced he will play his normal snaps move up to Four-Stars)


Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins

Dallas Cowboys: 
With QB Tony Romo back (and their backs against the wall), the Cowboys will need every ounce of talent and production from not only their offense, but IDPs as well.  Look for LB Demarcus Ware to be a game-changer, and fellow LBs Bradie James and Zach Thomas to have outstanding efforts as well.  DB Ken Hamlin represents the best (and likely only) secondary play. 

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Demarcus Ware (LB)
Bradie James (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Ken Hamlin (DB)
Zach Thomas (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
None.

One-Star Plays:
None.

Washington Redskins:
Having attended 3 Redskin games over the past two seasons there are a few things that I can attest to, A)  Redskin fans seriously dislike the Eagles & Giants, B)  Redskin fans despise the Cowboys & C)  FedEx Field can be a very LOUD LOUD stadium.  Look for the 12th man to play a part in this game and help players like Andre Carter and Jason Taylor get to QB Tony Romo.   The Redskins also play a bunch of Cover 1 where LaRon Landry is the only deep safety.  Expect to see that scheme quite a bit versus the passing attack of the Cowboys and expect that to limit Landry’s fantasy value.  London Fletcher and Rocky McIntosh should be very productive chasing down Marion Barber and Jason Witten.  DeAngelo Hall was posting very good numbers with the Raiders (6th in PPG among all DBs) but I would wait and see exactly how much the Redskins are going to utilize him before I would plug him into my lineup.

Five-Star Plays:
London Fletcher (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Jason Taylor (DL)
Chris Horton (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Marcus Washington (LB)
Rocky McIntosh (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
Carlos Rogers (DB)
LaRon Landry (DB)

One-Star Plays:
Shawn Springs (DB)


Cleveland Browns @ Buffalo Bills

Cleveland Browns: 
DB Sean Jones is back in the saddle and is one of the best IDP plays of the week.  He’ll be active in stopping both the run and pass.  He’ll likely break up at least one Brady Quinn toss.  LB D’Qwell Jackson has quietly performed well and is a solid start this week.  Even LB mate Kamerion Wimbley, also performing under the radar, is a solid start.  Big DL Shaun Rogers has been a force and will continue to post stellar numbers on Monday night. 

Five-Star Plays: 
Sean Jones (DB)

Four-Star Plays:
D’Qwell Jackson (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Kamerion Wimbley (LB)
Shaun Rogers (DL)

Two-Star Plays:
Brandon McDonald (DB)
Brodney Pool (DB)

One-Star Plays:
Andra Davis (LB)

Buffalo Bills:
After just one game it looks like the Brady Quinn led Browns are going to be a much more productive offense and that bodes well for the Bills IDPs.  Look for Paul Posluszny to continue building on what has been a very good season so far.  Don’t expect to see Aaron Schobel this week, so Ryan Denney will be startable in deeper leagues or if you are in a bind.  Expect Terrence McGee to be an above average start and possibly add his 3rd interception of the year.  Kawika Mitchell hasn’t recorded less than 6 tackles over the past 5 games and during that span has a total of 38 tackles.  Look for him to continue his streak versus the Browns.

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Paul Posluszny (LB)
Kawika Mitchell (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Terrence McGee (DB)
Ryan Denney (DL)
Ko Simpson (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Keith Ellison (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Marcus Stroud (DL)

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