Welcome to The Huddle’s IDP Hot and Not Report for Week 16. If you’re reading this, well congrats, you must be in your league’s super bowl – or perhaps a week away! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to discuss the players in further detail or recommend a name or two for the final week.
Demorrio Williams (KCC): Williams racked up a ridiculous 13 solos against the Browns last week, and could be equally as busy this week against Cedric Benson (and his former teammate, Larry Johnson) this week.
Mike Peterson (ATL): After putting up 7 solos against the Saints, Peterson put up another 8 and 5 assists against the Jets. The Falcon linebackers will be busy chasing down Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson this week; could be another 5-7 solos for Peterson.
Scott Fujita (NOS): Fujita was on a nice little streak (31 points in two weeks) prior to getting injured. The knee looks fine and he faces a Buc squad that may offer some opportunities in terms of tackles, sacks and turnover stats. He’s a good option in your deeper leagues if you’re looking for a third LB starter.
DeAndre Levy (DET): The rookie had a pretty solid 3-game streak (Weeks 11-13) but has cooled since then. A game against a Niner team that will likely throw a ton may limit Levy’s chances.
Will Witherspoon (PHI): He’s been a great addition to the Philly defense, but fantasy-wise, he started hot but has not put up LB1 or even LB2 type numbers. Probably not a great start against the Broncos this week.
HOT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Trent Cole (DE – PHI): Cole has a whopping 11.5 sacks on the season but has been lacking in the tackle department. The Broncos are middle-of-the road in terms of allowing sacks, but Cole is effective against all offensive lines. Expect 4-5 solos and at least one sack.
Eric Foster (DT – IND): Regardless of how long the Colt “starters” may or may not play, Foster will get enough playing time to get a few solos as he plugs up the middle against the #1 rush offense in the NFL. The Jets could yield a sack or two this week too.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Adewale Ogunleye (DE – CHI): 4.5 sacks in the first month’s worth of games, and one since. Now he’s out for the season. Might as well bench the other Bear end, Alex Brown, with their defense pretty much given up at this point.
Julius Peppers (DE – CAR): Uh oh, what’s wrong with Peppers? Sure, he’s got 9.5 sacks but has only 30 solo tackles and has far too many single-digit fantasy scoring games this season. A matchup against the G-men this week doesn’t bode well with their OL keying on the big end.
HOT DEFENSIVE BACKS
Bernard Pollard (S – HOU): What an addition for the Texans. He has 20+ fantasy scoring efforts in the past three weeks and has a terrific matchup against the Dolphins this week.
Marcus Trufant (CB - SEA): Against pass-happy squads like the Cards, Texans and Niners, Trufant has fared well. The Seahawks head to Lambeau this week, and Trufant will be plenty busy.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE BACKS
Abram Elam (S – CLE): Elam started the season proving those that pegged him a sleeper right. He was up and down throughout the season and is now on a cold streak. Not a good play against the stagnant Raider offense.
Cortland Finnegan (CB – TEN): He’s one of the better fantasy CBs in the game, but has battled injuries this season and is coming off two out of the three past weeks being on the “stinker” side. Not sure what to make of this week’s matchup against the Chargers, who may employ the run more than the numbers may indicate.