Welcome to The Huddle’s IDP Hot and Not Report for Week 12. It’s high time to get yourself postured for a playoff spot. This article will highlight the guys you absolutely need to be starting and those that you might want to consider benching. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to discuss the players in further detail or recommend a name or two.
David Hawthorne (SEA): Just can’t say enough about this guy. All he does is rack up tackles. Another 11 solos last week, and 10 of those were in the first half. He should post yet another 20-plus point fantasy week against the Rams, and he has a fantastic playoff setup.
Michael Boley (NYG): Now that he’s seemingly 100% healthy, the off-season acquisition is looking good, putting up 15.5 and 27.0 points in the past two weeks. Against run-heavy squads, Boley is likely money. His playoff schedule looks real tasty from a fantasy standpoint. Get him geared up as your #2 LB and enjoy the potential of LB1 numbers.
Paul Posluszny (BUF): The ex Nittany Lion has 47 points in the past two weeks and looks to top 20 yet again this week against the Ronnie Brown-less Dolphin squad that could stray from the Wildcat. Either way, Pos has the ability to chase down Fin RBs from sideline to sideline. Expect 8+ solos.
Calvin Pace (NYJ): Pace started his season well, with a big game against the Raiders, but the past two weeks have been beyond disappointing. There are some nice matchups upcoming, so if you have no better option, we recommend sticking with him since he can come alive at any time.
Chad Greenway (MIN): He’s proven he can lead the Viking linebacking corps or run as the second fiddle. He’s been a solid fantasy linebacker for the majority of the season but has cooled off, scoring 16 points in the past two games. His schedule is decent to wrap the season and if you’re running him out as a LB3, you should be OK. But don’t expect more than 14-15 fantasy points.
HOT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Glenn Dorsey (DE – KCC): Dorsey is quietly having a decent fantasy season, despite only scoring in double digits once. He’s scored between 6-9 points most weeks, and has a cherry duo of matchups Weeks 14-15. Those saddled by mediocrity could certainly take a small gamble with Dorsey and see consistent points to round the season out.
John Henderson (DT – JAC): The older DTs in the NFL have had decent fantasy seasons, from Marcus Stroud to his old teammate in Henderson. He logged a whopping 14 fantasy points against Stroud’s Bills this past week and has a trio of good matchups leading up to the fantasy super bowl week(s).
“NOT” DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
John Abraham (DE – ATL): After logging a ridiculous 16.5 sacks last season, Abraham is stuck at a measly 4 after 11 weeks this season. There are some decent matchups on the remaining schedule, so if you have no better option, you have to leave him out there and hope for the best.
Domata Peko (DT – CIN): Peko was an under-the-radar sleeper pick this pre-season, bearing some resemblances to Raven DT Haloti Ngata. Peko hasn’t been the run-stuffing game changer we hoped for.
HOT DEFENSIVE BACKS
Tyvon Branch (S – OAK): Branch has been a nice surprise for the Raider defense. He’s averaged just a tick over 19 fantasy points since Week 7 and with the Raider offense continually stalling, Branch and the rest of the Raider D should have plenty of field time.
Chris Gamble (CB – CAR): After scoring in single digits all season, Gamble came alive Week 9 and has been in double digits ever since. He has a tremendous schedule for fantasy DBs to close the season out. Get him in your lineup.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE BACKS
Reggie Nelson (S – JAC): Nelson has been a serviceable fantasy DB for a couple years and started this season off alright, but has cooled in the past three weeks. He does have a few terrific matchups to close the season out, so if you don’t have any better options, it would be OK to leave him in your lineup and hope for the best.
Carlos Rogers and Fred Smoot (CB – WAS): The Redskins have played lights-out pass defense this season, but somehow their corners have remained fantasy afterthoughts.