Welcome to The Huddle’s IDP Hot and Not Report for Week 17. If you’re reading this, well congrats, you must be in your league’s super bowl. 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.
LaMarr Woodley (PIT): The second-year budding star has really come on in the last half of the season. With something still to play for, the Steelers will be out guns blazing against the Dolphins this week. Expect Woodley to have yet another solid effort, which may include yet another sack, building on his total of 11.5 already on the season.
DeMeco Ryans (HOU): Even with super-rookie Brian Cushing tearing it up, Ryans has had yet another solid season. The Texans have a chance at making the playoffs and face a Pat team that may or may not sit starters towards the end of the contest. Either way, Ryans will be doing all he can to give the Texans a chance.
Jonathan Vilma (NOS): The Saints are on a 2-game losing streak and will look to finish the season on a good note against the Panthers. Plus, there are still some potential seeding implications still not set. Expect a big game from Vilma, who's having yet another very productive fantasy season.
Gerald Hayes (ARI): Hayes has been a decent second LB in the Arizona scheme for a few years, but took a step back this season while Karlos Dansby continued his success. Hayes been ultra-quiet the past month and there's no reason to think he'll put up good numbers this week.
Joey Porter (MIA): Porter has value only when he is able to sack the opposing QB. This week's opponents may give up a sack or two, but Porter's a bit of a risk.
HOT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Will Smith (DE – NOS): The Saint has been gettin' jiggy with it (sorry, it's Week 17) for the past couple weeks and will face a backup QB this week; one which may hold the ball a bit too long.
Kelly Gregg (DT – BAL): The beefy Raven has enjoyed a pretty decent fantasy season, especially in the very shallow DL position. He is on a two-game sack streak (his only pair of the season) and faces an Oakland team that could surely give up sacks and fumbles.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Dewayne White (DE – DET): White had a decent 2008 and was projected to continue to break out this season, but he's battled injuries and double teams far too much to matter. Even against the Bears, he's beyond risky.
Tommy Kelly (DT– OAK): The talented Raider isn't enjoying too good of a season, with only one sack and no forced fumbles or fumble recoveries. Best leave him on your bench in those deeper leagues that start DT.
HOT DEFENSIVE BACKS
Adrian Wilson (S – ARI): There may be some playing-time issues here this week, but the Cards will want to finish this season off strong and their IDPs have a terrific matchup. Wilson has flown a bit under the radar this season (theoretically) and is coming on a bit towards the end weeks.
Leon Hall (CB - CIN): Hall is on a nice 3-game streak and while the Bengals may be sitting starters toward the end of this week's contest, he's a good bet to accrue some tackles and pass defenses.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE BACKS
Antrel Rolle (S – ARI): While his counterpart Wilson has heated up at the end of the season, Rolle has cooled significantly. With potential late-game rest issues, Rolle is a risky start even with the solid matchup.
Nnamdi Asomugha (CB – OAK): Don't let his shut-down studliness fool you; he's not a viable fantasy option week to week. He simply doesn't get the opportunities to make plays on passed balls to matter fantasy-wise.