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IDP Hot and Not - Week 14
Darin Tietgen
December 2, 2008
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Welcome to the Week 14 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

Rocky Boiman (KCC) – Not only is Boiman headlining the “hot” list, but maybe actually be available on your league’s waiver wire.  He’s getting consistent playing time on the Chief line with Pat Thomas hurt.  Even if Thomas returns to the field, Boiman has played himself into the position.  He’s racking up a decent amount of tackles and has also added a few other point-producing stats.  His matchup against the Broncos this week isn’t the best, but he’ll be a solid start in the final two weeks of the fantasy season. 

James Harrison (PIT) – Harrison has had a few stinker weeks but has put up enough big games to rank as the #6 SOFA linebacker.  His final three matchups should net him a bunch of tackles, and he’s always a threat to sack the QB or force a fumble.   

D’Qwell Jackson  (CLE) – IDP pundits have always had their eyes on Jackson but he – until this season – has been a bit of a disappointment.  He’s currently one of the top SOFA LBs and has consistently put up tackle numbers (in fact he leads the NFL in tackles).  His matchups down the stretch are definitely solid so don’t even think twice about getting him into your lineup for your league’s playoffs.

NOT

Paul Posluszny (BUF) – Tough spot for Pos owners to be in right now.  He hasn’t scored more than 10 fantasy points in a game since Week 10.  He has back-to-back 6-point outings.  He’ll likely produce against the Fins and Jets but don’t be shocked if he doesn’t perform well in Week 16 – when you may need him most – against the Broncos.  Again, it’s a tough spot to be in:  you can’t bench the guy, but he’s been a bit cold in terms of tackling lately.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

HOT

Will Smith  (DE – NOS) – Part of Smith’s value has always been his penchant to get to the opposing QB.  This year, he only has three sacks, and this week’s opponents – the Atlanta Falcons – do not yield many sacks to opposing defenses.  That said, Smith is the second-hottest DL over the past three weeks, scoring double digits in each of those weeks.  Figure he’ll again post double digits, despite him only scoring 3 fantasy points in their first meeting. 

Robert Mathis (DE – IND) –  Mathis hasn’t been posting big tackle numbers, but the sacks are racking up and he basically won the game for the Colts this past Sunday.  Look for him to again be a game-changer against the Bengals.

NOT

Adawale Ogunleye (DE – CHI) – As a Bears fan, it pains me to watch this Bear team – and defense in particular – struggle.  Part of the problem has been the non-existent pass rush.  Ogunleye did log a pair of sacks against the struggling Rams a couple weeks back, but don’t expect him to see much time in the backfield of the Jags or Saints in the coming weeks. 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

HOT

Quentin Jammer and Eric Weddle (CB and S – SD) – Have to mention both Jammer and Weddle, who are the hottest fantasy defensive backs over the past three weeks, despite their seemingly poor IDP matchup against the Raiders this coming week.  It’ll be hard to pull them out of your lineup, that’s for sure.

Maurice Leggett (CB – KCC) – The former part-timer is making plays for the young Chiefs defense with regular playing time. He’s got a solid IDP matchup this week against the aerial attack of the Broncos and should easily top double digit fantasy points.  

Oshiomogho Atogwe (S – STL) – Atogwe was penned a solid fantasy option coming into the season, but started it a bit slow.  He’s come on strong the past two weeks and has a good IDP matchup this week against the Cards and should  rack up a good number of tackles in help coverage.

NOT

Cortland Finnegan (CB – TEN) – The athletic corner from the Titans has been knocking down passes with regularity this season, but his numbers could be down this week against third-string Brown QB Ken Dorsey.  If you have no better options, no one would blame you for throwing him in your lineup and hoping he picks Dorsey off.

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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