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IDP Game Breakdowns and Player Rater - Week 12
Darin Tietgen & Steve Gallo
November 21, 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
Note:  Scoring system used for these breakdowns – solo tackle (2 pts), assisted tackle (1 pt), sack (3 pts), forced or recovered fumble (3 pts), interception (3 pts) and pass defensed (1 pt). 

New York Jets @ Tennessee Titans

New York Jets: 
Veteran LB Eric Barton had a monster game last week against the Patriots.  As long as David Harris is out, Barton is by far the best Jet LB to own.  He’s a great start this week against the run-heavy offense of the Titans.  DB Kerry Rhodes has been somewhat disappointing this season, but he should get into the double digits in fantasy scoring this week, so he’s startable in most leagues.  LB Calvin Pace has put up modest stats and could be started as a third fantasy LB in larger leagues this week. 

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Eric Barton (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Kerry Rhodes (DB)
Calvin Pace (LB)
Abram Elam (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Dwight Lowery (DB)
Darrelle Revis (DB)

One-Star Plays:
None.

Tennessee Titans:
Both Kyle Vanden Bosch and Keith Bulluck are still dealing with injuries but at this point in time Bulluck looks to be the safer play of the two.  If you have better or even equal options I would look to sit each player until each shows that they are past their injury.  Stephen Tulloch looks to be a strong play this week versus the Jets rushing attack.  Look for Chris Hope and Cortland Finnegan to also be strong plays.  Remember that no QB in history has thrown more interceptions than Brett Favre. 

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Stephen Tulloch (LB)
Cortland Finnegan (DB)
Albert Haynesworth (DL, in DT mandatory leagues move up to Five-Star)

Three-Star Plays:
Chris Hope (DB)
Keith Bulluck (LB, risky play due to injury)

Two-Star Plays:
David Thornton (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Javon Kearse (DL)


Chicago Bears @ St. Louis Rams

Chicago Bears
Not a great matchup for the Bear IDPs, as the Rams will likely offer little resistance on the offensive side, but you have to start the bigger names just because the potential for big plays is there.  LBs Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs will put up decent stats, with Briggs being the better start, as he’s been putting up big numbers recently.  DB Kevin Payne has been a pleasant surprise for Bear fans and has put up solid fantasy stats.  He’ll be a nice play this week as the Rams will likely make plenty of mistakes (read:  interceptions).  That said, fellow backer Mike Brown – finally enjoying a healthy season – is also a solid start.  The end pair of Adawale Ogunleye and Alex Brown are also quite startable this week.

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

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

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

Two-Star Plays:
Alex Brown (DL)
Corey Graham (DB)
Tommie Harris (DL)

One-Star Plays:
None.

St. Louis Rams:
Look for Will Witherspoon to build on the success he had last week when he recorded a season high  12 tackles.  The Bears should have little problem winning this game so Witherspoon should see plenty of mop up tackles versus the Bears rushing game in the 3rd and 4th quarter.  On paper Pisa Tinoisamoa is another strong play at LB.  Over his last 9 games Tinoisamoa is averaging over 7 tackles/game.  OJ Atogwe had his worst game in the last month but looks to be a solid play this week.   If you do start any Rams you need to be aware that coach Scott Linehan said, “players who continue to make mistakes and play poorly will be yanked out of the lineup.”  So while a few Rams look to be good plays there is a major element of risk involved too.  Due to this risk all of the “Star Plays” have been decreased by at least 1 level.

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
None.

Three-Star Plays:
Will Witherspoon (LB)
Pisa Tinoisamoa (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
OJ Atogwe (DB)
Leonard Little (DL)
James Hall (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Chris Long (DL)
Jason Craft (DB)
Ronald Bartell (DB)


New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots: 
You think Bill Belichick has been looking forward to this one?  Well, actually probably not.  The Dolphins’ “Wildcat” formation gave the Pat defense all sorts of trouble, and it’s likely going to do the same this week.  LB Jerod Mayo is coming off a huge fantasy game and is a great start this week as his athleticism will be a valuable asset against the Dolphins’ gimmicky offense.  He and fellow youngster Brandon Meriweather are the best Pat IDP starts this week. 

Five-Star Plays: 
Jerod Mayo (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
None.

Three-Star Plays:
Brandon Meriweather (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Pierre Woods (LB)
Vince Wilfork (DL)
Richard Seymour (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Tedy Bruschi (LB)

Miami Dolphins:
It isn’t like fantasy owners need a reason to keep Channing Crowder in their lineups.  If you do need a reason look no further than the 12+ tackles/game that the Patriots are giving up to ILB’s since week 9.
Yeremiah Bell should also continue his strong play versus the heavy passing attack of the Matt Cassel led Patriots.   Joey Porter is probably licking his chops knowing he will be facing a team that has given up 33 sacks this year (5th in the NFL).

Five-Star Plays:
Channing Crowder (LB)
Joey Porter (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Yeremiah Bell (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Renaldo Hill (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Matt Roth (LB)
Will Allen (DB)
Akin Ayodele (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Jason Allen (DB)


Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs

Buffalo Bills: 
LB Paul Posluzny has not disappointed in this – his second and first full – season.  He’ll remain a top IDP start this week and likely to finish up the season as he’s obviously the most adept tackler and playmaker on the Bill defense.  Fellow LB Kawika Mitchell has put up serviceable stats recently and is a decent third fantasy LB this week.  DB Terrence McGee is a solid start this week as he shadows Chief WR Dwayne Bowe.  Fill-in DB Bryan Scott has put up decent numbers in Donte Whitner’s stead and is a good start this week as he’ll be responsible in stopping both the run and helping on Chief TE Tony Gonzalez.  DL Ryan Denney has filled in well for Aaron Schobel in the past so you have to start him in larger leagues and hope for a sack.

Five-Star Plays: 
Paul Posluzny (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Terrence McGee (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Kawika Mitchell (LB)
Ryan Denney (DL)
Bryan Scott (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Chris Kelsay (DL)
Ko Simpson (DB)

One-Star Plays:
None.

Kansas City Chiefs:
The Chiefs injuries make them a great candidate for a new TV show, As the Gurney Rolls.  Donnie Edwards had missed consecutive games earlier in the season and returned to action and is now fighting a hamstring injury that could keep him out this week.  Turk McBride has been put on IR.  Derrick Johnson is the Chiefs best LB and has also missed time due to the injury bug but he looks to be healthy for this week.  There is also the possibility that Johnson could find himself manning the MLB spot this week.  However, Tamba Hali is healthy but I say, so what.  Hali has struggled mightily this year with the loss of Jared Allen to the Minnesota Vikings.

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
None.

Three-Star Plays:
Derrick Johnson (LB)
Rocky Boiman (LB)
Bernard Pollard (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Brandon Flowers (DB)
Brandon Carr (DB)
Tamba Hali (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Jarrad Page (DB)
Pat Thomas (LB)


Minnesota Vikings @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Minnesota Vikings: 
LB Chad Greenway is putting up massive stats over the past few weeks and is therefore a fantastic start against the Jags’ multi-faceted offense.  DB Antoine Winfield hasn’t disappointed fantasy owners in 2008 but is only three-star start this week with the Jags likely to run more than pass.  Doesn’t mean Winfield won’t still be able to make the big play, though.  Cedric Griffin, on the opposite side, may be busier than Winfield in knocking down passes.  DL Jared Allen has been a bit disappointing and is in a little hot water with the league.  He’s still a pretty decent start this week even facing the nimble Jag QB David Garrard. 

Five-Star Plays: 
Chad Greenway (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
None.

Three-Star Plays:
Antoine Winfield (DB)
Jared Allen (DL)
Cedric Griffin (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Madieu Williams (DB)
Ben Leber (LB)
Darren Sharper (DB)

One-Star Plays:
None. 

Jacksonville Jaguars:
Excuse me but I have a question for Coach Del Rio, what does Permanently Benched mean?  Yes, it came out prior to last week’s game that starting MLB Mike Peterson was being PERMANENTLY BENCHED.  However, as the game progressed we got to see that Peterson was only benched from starting.  Both Peterson and Justin Durant played in a rotation.  Each was able to post respectable stats but until we can get a better feel for what the coach is going to do it will be hard to rank either Durant or Peterson very accurately.  Versus what should be a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson this should be a Five-Star play for the Jags MLB but with the Peterson saga you can expect average to above average numbers from him and Durant this week. 

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
None.

Three-Star Plays:
Justin Durant (LB)
Mike Peterson (LB)
Daryl Smith (LB)
Gerald Sensabaugh (DB)

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

One-Star Plays:
Clint Ingram (LB)


Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Like many of the better defenses out there, the Bucs face a much-maligned offense and their IDPs could suffer because of it.  Or, on the flip side, they could have better opportunities at making “the big play” thereby giving them increased fantasy value.  It’s mostly a crapshoot.  But you can’t go wrong with LB Barrett Ruud, no matter the opponent.  DL Gaines Adams gets a kick-up in value this week as he chases down QB Daunte Culpepper.  DB Ronde Barber should be plenty busy covering WR Calvin Johnson.  Fellow defensive backer Sabby Piscitelli has had a solid season and is a decent start this week. 

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Barrett Ruud (LB)
Ronde Barber (DB)
Gaines Adams (DL)

Three-Star Plays:
Sabby Piscitelli (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Philip Buchanon (DB)
Derrick Brooks (LB)

One-Star Plays:
None.

Detroit Lions
To say that Ernie Sims owners have been disappointed this year is putting it mildly.  Sims is coming off of a top 10 season last year but this year he currently ranks just 37th.  Sims hasn’t posted more than 5 tackles in over a month but this week he gets a favorable matchup versus the Bucs.  Don’t expect a 16 tackle effort like Chad Greenway had last week versus the Bucs but 7 tackles should be very attainable for Sims.  The defensive line will still be without Dewayne White who is still ranks as a top DL and that is without posting any stats the last two weeks.  Paris Lenon should be an above average start but with Jordan Dizon waiting in the wings you never know when the rookie is going to take over and learn under fire and destroy Lenon’s value.  Second year DL Ikaika Alama-Francis is a risky play as he has been limited in practice by a concussion.  Daniel Bullocks should have another strong week from his safety position.

Five-Star Plays:
Ernie Sims (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Daniel Bullocks (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Paris Lenon (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
Jordan Dizon (LB)
Leigh Bodden (DB)

One-Star Plays:
Ikaika Alama-Francis (DL)


San Francisco 49ers @ Dallas Cowboys

San Francisco 49ers: 
The Niners’ D will be exposed in this one.  The Cowboys could be “back in the saddle” and are ready to feast on a pretty soft Niner defense to make sure.  LB Patrick Willis has been nothing but awesome and will likely be one of the top IDP scorers this week.  DL-hybrid Justin Smith has been a nice surprise this season and could disrupt QB Tony Romo’s game.  DB Michael Lewis is the third-best Niner IDP start; he will help in both pass and run coverage.  LB Takeo Spikes has had some good games, and the Niner D will be busy enough to where he’ll have the chance at a solid effort here this week.
 
Five-Star Plays: 
Patrick Willis (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Michael Lewis (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Justin Smith (DL)
Nate Clements (DB)
Takeo Spikes (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
Manny Lawson (LB)

One-Star Plays:
None.

Dallas Cowboys:
Look for Zach Thomas & Bradie James to continue the success that MLB & ILB’s have had over the past 4 games versus the 49ers.  Close to double digit tackles for both players wouldn’t shock me.  Look for DeMarcus Ware to feast against a 49ers team that has given up the 3rd most sacks in the NFL this year.  Ware is currently tied for 3rd in the NFL in sacks and it wouldn’t me to see him come out of this week as the NFL leader in sacks after what should be his 2nd multi sack performance of the year.  Jay Ratliff should be a strong start for DT mandatory leagues.
Five-Star Plays:
DeMarcus Ware (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Zach Thomas (LB)
Bradie James (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Jay Ratliff (DL, in DT mandatory leagues)
Greg Ellis (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
Terence Newman (DB)

One-Star Plays:
Ken Hamlin (DB)


Houston Texans @ Cleveland Browns

Houston Texans:
LB DeMeco Ryans is a beast and is capable of putting up ridiculous numbers.  He’s been handcuffed by the injury bug this season, and the surprising Zach Diles was cutting into his fantasy numbers.  Ryans owners were glad to see Diles go out with an unfortunate injury; that is, until Xavier Adibi went buck-wild last week.  The athletic Adibi will have plenty of tackling opportunities this season.  Ryans will still have plenty of opportunities at making big plays and there are tackles to go around too.  DL Mario Williams is definitely a game-changer and will be a key defender this week against the Browns. 

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
DeMeco Ryans (LB)
Xavier Adibi (LB)
Mario Williams (DL)

Three-Star Plays:

Dunta Robinson (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
None.

One-Star Plays:
None.

Cleveland Browns:
Don’t look now but D’Qwell Jackson is the second best scoring LB in the NFL.  Jackson is simply white hot and a guy to plug and play without any second thoughts.  What is funny is that back in 2006 after the NFL draft it was 1st rounder Kamerion Wimbley that was thought to be the one that would be playing ILB.  Instead, 2nd round selection Jackson ended up inside while Wimbley has struggled to put up good fantasy points consistently from his OLB spot.  Sean Jones and Mike Adams were in a rotation at Safety last week but that was prior to Jones injuring his ankle.  As of Thursday, Jones had not yet practiced this week.  Adams would be a solid play if Jones is indeed ruled out for this week.  Outside of a poor week 10 versus the Broncos, Shaun Rogers has been a beast and is a great start in DT mandatory leagues and above average in combined DL leagues.

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
D’Qwell Jackson (LB)
Shaun Rogers (DL)
Three-Star Plays: 
Mike Adams (DB, only if Sean Jones is out)
Eric Wright (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Kamerion Wimbley (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Sean Jones (DB, expected to be OUT)


Philadelphia Eagles @ Baltimore Ravens

Philadelphia Eagles: 
Two of the NFL’s tougher defenses face off this week.  Eagle tacklers will be busy chasing down the Raven RBs.  Enter LB Stewart Bradley, who could be this week’s biggest tackler.  DL Trent Cole has played well this season and has a solid matchup this week.  Look for him to pick up at least one sack.  LB Omar Gaither could also put up serviceable stats as the Ravens tend to run quite a bit. 

Five-Star Plays: 
Stewart Bradley (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Trent Cole (DL)

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

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

One-Star Plays:
Sheldon Brown (DB)
Asante Samuel (DB)

Baltimore Ravens:
Ray Lewis has been playing as well as he has in recent memory but versus an Eagles team that will most likely be without Brian Westbrook his opportunities could be severely limited this week.  Terrell Suggs is coming off of a very nice game versus the defending World Champion Giants but expect his production to be a bit less versus the Eagles.  Bart Scott could be the sneaky play as he should find himself in coverage quite a bit this weekend.

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
None.

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

Two-Star Plays:
Ray Lewis (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Trevor Pryce (DL)
Ed Reed (DB)


Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos

Oakland Raiders: 
Another big week for DB Gibril Wilson looms.  The Broncos are going to throw the ball a ton, as they are down to a couple guys they pulled out of the stands as RBs.  Wilson will be shadowing over on both Bronco wideouts and will plug the middle against the TE and slot WRs.  LBs Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard will have enough tackling opportunities despite the lack of a Bronco run game. 

Five-Star Plays: 
Gibril Wilson (DB)

Four-Star Plays:
Kirk Morrison (LB)

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

Two-Star Plays:
Chris Johnson (DB)
Eugene Hiram (DB)

One-Star Plays:
Nnamdi Asomugha (DB)

Denver Broncos:
DJ Williams is still out due to injury but for those owners that were quick to the punch on their waiver wires they have been able to ease the pain from the loss of Williams.  That is if they were able to acquire either or both of Jamie Winborn and rookie Wesley Woodyard.  All the two of them have done is combine for 42 tackles over the past two games.  Nate Webster got injured in week 10 and that opened the door for rookie Spencer Larsen to get his first defensive start of his rookie season.  All Larsen did was record 7 tackles as well as play full back on offense and also play on special teams.  This week the Raiders could limit the opportunities for these 3 LBs but they should all be serviceable starts just don’t expect tackle totals like they have had the past two weeks.  Elvis Dumervil has been very inconsistent this year and while he could find the sack column this week he is still a risky play.

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Jamie Winborn (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Wesley Woodyard (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
Spencer Larsen (LB)
Elvis Dumervil (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Dre Bly (DB)


Washington Redskins @ Seattle Seahawks

Washington Redskins: 
With the Seahawk offense struggling, figure the Redskin defenders will have slightly worse stats this week.  LB London Fletcher is going to be the best Skin start, with DB Chris Horton likely to rack up a good amount of tackles.  LB Rocky McIntosh is worth a look in larger leagues as is DL Andre Carter.  Bump Carter up if your league gives big points for sacks. 

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
None.

Three-Star Plays:
London Fletcher (LB)
Chris Horton (DB)
Andre Carter (DL)

Two-Star Plays:
Rocky McIntosh (LB)

One-Star Plays:
None.

Seattle Seahawks:
Well it is now official; Patrick Kerney’s 2008 season is finished as he was put on injured reserve.  That leaves Darryl Tapp and Lawrence Jackson as the Seahawks starting DE’s.  Tapp should be the better play versus the Redskins.  Lofa Tatupu and LeRoy Hill should be very good plays in what should be a run heavy attack by the Redskins.  Marcus Trufant has been limited in practice with the reason being listed as a concussion.

Five-Star Plays:
Lofa Tatupu (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
LeRoy Hill (LB)

Three-Star Plays:
Julian Peterson  (LB)
Josh Wilson (DB, move up to Four-Star if your league awards return points)

Two-Star Plays:
Darryl Tapp (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Lawrence Jackson (DL)
Marcus Trufant (DB)


New York Giants @ Arizona Cardinals

New York Giants: 
The Giants will be tested by the high-octane Cardinal offense.  Bump up the Giant secondary players (like CB Terrell Thomas).  DLs Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka will need to have huge games if the Giants are to escape the desert with a victory.  Expect at least Tuck to have a decent outing.  LB Antonio Pierce should be able to gobble up enough tackles to have fantasy relevance this week.

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Justin Tuck (DL)

Three-Star Plays:
Antonio Pierce (LB)
Mathias Kiwanuka (DL)
Terrell Thomas (DB)
James Butler (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
Fred Robbins (DL)
Kenny Phillips (DB)
Danny Clark (DL)
Michael Johnson (DB)

One-Star Plays:
None.

Arizona Cardinals:
Look for Karlos Dansby to have a very good week even if Brandon Jacobs doesn’t play.  Gerald Hayes has been seeing fewer nickel snaps and it is taking away from his value but he should still be a solid start in deeper leagues this week.  Adrian Wilson isn’t quite back to his super stud self of a couple of years ago but he is getting closer and remains a very good play this week.

Five-Star Plays:
Karlos Dansby (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Adrian Wilson (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Gerald Hayes (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
Travis LaBoy (LB)
Antrel Rolle (DB)
Darnell Dockett (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Roderick Hood (DB)


Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers: 
Could be a big week for both Jon Beason and Thomas Davis as both LBs will be busy against the Falcon run game.  DL Julius Peppers has come on strong the past few weeks and could do some damage.  The talented defensive backfield will have some value, but temper your expectations. 

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

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

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

Two-Star Plays:
Richard Marshall (DB)
Chris Gamble (DB)

One-Star Plays:
None.

Atlanta Falcons:
Curtis Lofton is coming off his 2nd 8 tackle performance in his last 4 games.  Versus what should be a run heavy attack Lofton as well as Keith Brooking and Michael Boley make good starts this week.  John Abraham has at least 1 sack in 6 games this year but he has been very inconsistent from a tackle standpoint.  Abraham has also been limited in practice this week with what is being listed as a neck injury.  Erik Coleman and Lawyer Milloy also look to be solid plays this week.

Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Curtis Lofton (LB)
Lawyer Milloy (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Keith Brooking (LB)
Michael Boley (LB)
Erik Coleman (DB)
Chris Houston (DB)

Two-Star Plays:
John Abraham (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Jamaal Anderson (DL)


Indianapolis Colts @ San Diego Chargers

Indianapolis Colts: 
LB Gary Brackett has been a tackling machine this season and will likely have plenty of opportunities this week.  Look for fellow LB Clint Session have chances from the strong side as he plugs run lanes against RB LaDainian Tomlinson and shadows TE Antonio Gates on certain plays.  The third LB, Freddie Keiaho, should also see plenty of chances. 

Five-Star Plays: 
Gary Brackett (DL)

Four-Star Plays:
Antoine Bethea (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Clint Session (LB)
Freddie Keiaho (LB)
Melvin Bullitt (DB)
Robert Mathis (DL)

Two-Star Plays:
Tim Jennings (DB)
Dwight Freeney (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Raheem Brock (DL)

San Diego Chargers:
Man how the mighty have fallen.  It is hard to believe that these two teams combined are just 10-10.
All Stephen Cooper has done since coming back from his league imposed suspension is average over 16 PPG and he remains a top LB play this week.  Quentin Jammer and Eric Weddle should be rather busy in the secondary as they not only chase down Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison and Anthony Gonzlez but help in run support. Don’t expect Antonio Cromartie to repeat his performance he had versus Peyton Manning last year. 

Five-Star Plays:
Stephen Cooper (LB)

Four-Star Plays:
Eric Weddle (DB)
Quentin Jammer (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Clinton Hart (DB)
Tim Dobbins (LB)

Two-Star Plays:
Shaun Phillips (LB)

One-Star Plays:
Luis Castillo (DL)


Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans Saints

Green Bay Packers: 
Tough draw for the Packer D as they head south to New Orleans for this Monday night matchup.  Tougher still with LB Nick Barnett sidelined.  LB A.J. Hawk will lead the defense and should have plenty of tackling chances.  Hawk and DB Nick Collins are the best Packer IDP starts this week.  Look for DB Charles Woodson to also score well as he shadows WR Marques Colston. 

Five-Star Plays: 
None.

Four-Star Plays:
A.J. Hawk (LB)
Nick Collins (DB)

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

Two-Star Plays:
Mike Montgomery (DL)

One-Star Plays:
Brady Poppinga (LB)

New Orleans Saints:
The big question is what has happened to Jonathan Vilma.  The answer unfortunately is at this point in time I am not sure.  For more information on Vilma be sure to check out this week’s installment of IDP Interactive which is available on Saturday.  The Packers are giving up an average of 8.2 tackles to MLBs over their past 5 games and that includes a 3 tackle clunker by Ben Leber.  So this looks to be a good opportunity for a bounce back week for Vilma.  Will Smith will look to build off of what was his best game of the year last week.  Expect Roman Harper to be a very good start this week too.  Scott Fujita has 21 tackles over the past two games and should be serviceable as a starter.  If Vilma does indeed bounce back Fujita will probably be the one to lose some tackles from his stat line.
Five-Star Plays:
None.

Four-Star Plays:
Jonathan Vilma (LB)
Roman Harper (DB)

Three-Star Plays:
Scott Fujita (LB)
Will Smith (DL)
Kevin Kaesviharn (DB)
 
Two-Star Plays:
Jason David (DB)

One-Star Plays:
Sedrick Ellis (DL)

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