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IDP Who's Hot and Who's Not - Week 15
Darin Tietgen
December 15, 2009
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Welcome to The Huddle’s IDP Hot and Not Report for Week 15.  If you’re reading this, well congrats, you’re probably in the playoffs!  Let’s take a look at some guys that are setting up owners for big points, and a few that aren’t exactly the hottest.  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

Jon Beason (CAR):  This dude is, quite simply, a beast.  And he does it in varying ways; one week he’ll tackle like crazy (11 solos Week 12), the next he’ll just fill up the box score (6 solos, 2 INTs Week 13).  Last week was just another day at the office for Beason, compiling 16 total tackles (9 solos).  The next two weeks look tasty for Beason owners as the Panthers faces the rushing attacks of the Vikings and Giants.

LaMarr Woodley (PIT):  What the heck is up with the Steelers?  Don’t blame Woodley for the slide.  He 7 sacks in the past 5 weeks and will be licking his chops this week as he faces a Packer OL that has yielded 47 sacks on the season, worst in the NFL The Steelers will have to get things turned around in a hurry if they want a postseason run, and it will start with the defense.

DeMeco Ryans (HOU):  Ryans is by no means having a monster season, as many owners are used to, but he has only one game in single-digit fantasy scoring, and is coming off his best game of the season against the struggling Seahawks.  This week’s opponent, the St. Louis Rams, are really struggling and are starting a rookie QB who threw 5 INTs against the Titans last week.  Expect a pretty big effort from Ryans this week.

“NOT” LINEBACKERS

Keith Rivers (CIN):  The wildly talented ex-Trojan has only 12 fantasy points since returning from injury two weeks ago.  Whether he’s still being nagged by the injury or just slowed by mediocre play, Rivers is a risky start against the Chargers this week.

Stephen Tulloch (TEN):  He either puts up just-better-than-average stats (say 16 fantasy points), or a stinker (0 points, 2 points).  Best not risk it and go with a hotter performer.

HOT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Greg White (DE – TBB):  He can disappear easily, but he can turn out big efforts just the same.  Expect a pretty solid effort against the struggling Seahawks, who allow more than 2 sacks per game.

Anthony Adams (DT – CHI):  The big Bear is on a big of a tackling spree, and the chances will be plenty this week against the Ravens.

“NOT” DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney (DE – IND):  The usually dominating pair has 13 points – between them – in the past two weeks.  Ouch.   Mathis has only two big games this season and is obviously bothered by a quad injury.  Best to leave this pair on your bench to round the season out.

Cornelius Griffin (DT – WAS):  He may have some tackling opportunities this week, but he hasn’t done much with them over the past few weeks.  In fact, he only has 16 solos on the season.  There’s gotta be a better waiver wire pickup out there for you this week.

HOT DEFENSIVE BACKS

Antoine Winfield (CB – MIN):  Didnt’t take the Viking CB long to get back into the swing of things.  He burned the Bengals for 20 fantasy points this past week and will be locked down on the Panthers’ Steve Smith next week.  Since Smith is basically the only receiving option the Panthers have, expect Winfield to be extra busy.

Bryan Scott (S – BUF):  We’ll include Scott here, as in most leagues he’s still DB-eligible.  But Scott is manning the WLB spot for the decimated Bill defense now, and his fantasy scoring is certainly benefiting.  The matchup against the Pats isn’t the greatest, but with his cover skills, he might have the opportunity to make tackles and other plays against both the run and pass.

“NOT” DEFENSIVE BACKS

Chris Hope (S – TEN):   Hope was once an elite fantasy DB, but has fallen to backup status in most league formats.  13 points in two weeks’ play just isn’t going to get it done.  The matchup against the Fins is decent, but do you want to risk another 6-point outing?

Antonio Cromartie (CB – SDC):  He just isn’t getting the chances he once was afforded by opposing QBs.  Hence, there’s little chance of him returning picks to the house.  He can still be an effective NFL cover corner, he just isn’t much of a fantasy option these days.

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