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IDP Who's Hot and Who's Not - Week 14
Darin Tietgen
December 8, 2009
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Welcome to The Huddle’s IDP Hot and Not Report for Week 14.  Now that most leagues are in the playoffs, you’re going to want every… last… point.  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 huddledarin@yahoo.com if you want to discuss the players in further detail or recommend a name or two.

HOT LINEBACKERS

David Harris (NYJ):  Harris has disappeared in a few games this season, but already has a career high in sacks, and the next two opponents should provide not only sack opportunities, but tackling chances abound  He’s a solid #2 fantasy LB with the potential to put up #1-type LBs.

Quincy Black (TBB):  Black has quietly put up a decent season, totaling 67 tackles (57 solos) and has two solid efforts in the past two games.  The next two weeks should prove fruitful for the Buc LB.

Michael Boley (NYG):  The Giant WLB will continue to make tackles against division foes in the next two weeks.  He can fill the box score up and is a solid play for the remainder of the season.

“NOT” LINEBACKERS

Andra Davis (DEN):  Davis has decent across-the-board stats, but only has 8 fantasy points in the past two weeks and this week’s game against the Colts could yield only marginal stats.  If you have better options, it might be best to sit the Bronco LB.

Bradie James (DAL):  He’s had stretches of solid outings, but hasn’t been over 12 fantasy points in a game in a month.  The tackle opportunities may be on the moderate side for the next couple weeks.

HOT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Derrick Harvey (DE – JAC):  The ex-Gator is coming on strong in his past three games and could be a good play against the Dolphins this week.  The Fins do turn the ball over a bit, and Harvey could be in on some tackles against Ricky Williams.

Kyle Williams (DT – BUF):  The Bill is leading all DL – not just DT – in fantasy points over the past three weeks.  The Bills give up rushing yards in chunks, so opposing offenses will continue to pound the ball and Williams will continue to rack up the sacks.  A game against the Chiefs this week should yield nice stats, and you’ll want him in your lineup in your Super Bowl week against the Matt Ryan-less Falcons (or against a gimpy Ryan).

“NOT” DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Alex Brown (DE – CHI):  Brown has been a rather solid fantasy DL for years, but is not enjoying a great season at all.  And he’s got 2 tackles in the past two weeks, which simply isn’t gonna get it done.  The next three opponents only offer limited potential, so it’s definitely well within reason to relegate Brown to your bench.

Amobi Okoye (DT – HOU):  Okoye’s wildly talented and has plenty of opportunities with Mario Williams causing havoc on the outside, but Okoye’s been a slow study in the NFL.  The third-year pro had 5.5 sacks his rookie season and 2.5 since.

HOT DEFENSIVE BACKS

Aaron Rouse (S – NYG):  Since being signed by the Giants, Rouse has been a solid fantasy performer.  With Michael Johnson out in Week 13, Rouse put up a huge effort with 10 solos and a sack (his first career sack).  Games against division foes and a struggling Panther offense will net big results from the former Hokie (and potentially C.C. Brown), especially if Johnson continues to miss time. 

Richard Marshall (CB – CAR):  Marshall’s worth really comes from the big play, but he’s been adding value with tackles over the past few games.  He’s on a 4-game double-digit scoring streak and games against the Pats, Vikes and Giants to close the fantasy season could net huge results.

“NOT” DEFENSIVE BACKS

Thomas DeCoud (S – ATL):   DeCoud was on fire in the middle of the season but has chilled to an Arctic temperature over the past few weeks.  The matchups are excellent wrapping the season up, so there’s a chance the Falcon safety could finish strong.  But since the position is ultra-deep, you might not afford to take the chance.

Terence Newman (CB – DAL):  Here at The Huddle’s Hot and Not, we don’t discriminate.  That is, Newman was likely on the “Hot” list just a month or so back, but now finds himself on the other side of the fence.  Three straight lackluster efforts and a poor Week 16 matchup puts him in the “Not” region and should likely be benched for the rest of the fantasy season.

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