IDP Week 2 - Digging for Waiver Wire Gold
DBs (Corners & Safeties)
Starting out in Detroit with new corner Anthony Henry
He finished with 10 solos 2 assts 1 INT and 1 deflection WOW!!! So that tells you 2 things. The first is it's always worth a shot to start a decent corner against New Orleans. The second is Henry is worth a pickup regardless. Let's face it. All teams in the league feel they can do anything they want to Detroit so the throwing will not slow down on this team.
Sticking with the same team, I really like SS L. Delmas for the Lions this year. He's going to get a lot of tackles on Detroit, both run & pass. Against NO, in his first game as a pro, he got 6 tackles, 1 pd and 1 fumble recovery (for a touchdown, no less!). Not a bad first day of work straight out of school. Next week, he gets Minnesota who SS A. Elam (Browns) did very well against week 1 and Mr. "All Day" will only need to put in a half day against the Lions as C. Taylor will come in & earn his second string paycheck. Farve is a dinker and dunker to C. Taylor, V. Shianco and Harvin so SS Delmas should get the same opportunities that Elam (7-1 & a sack). Delmas is my highest recommendation of pickup and play this week.
The other rookie name that I think is a little better than L. Delmas (for the year, not this week) is Oakland's SS T. Branch. who finished with 8 solos 1 asst & 1 pd against the Chargers week 1. While you're in those same box scores, take a look at CB Chris Johnson's #'s. He's "the other corner" on the Raiders and will be VERY heavily targeted all year long. He finished with 7 tckls 1 asst and 2pd week 1. He'll be on WR Mark Bradley this week, in all probability, who Croyle liked throwing too. I just don't know how much the Raiders will be on D. These teams are pretty evenly matched and I don't see one defense being on the field significantly more than the other. It won't be near as lop-sided as the Det./Minn. game for instance. The Detroit d-linemen are going to need oxygen and I.Vs of fluids hooked up to their "Marathon running" butts Sunday.
So who has New Orleans next week? Philly. And I recommend picking up Eagle corner Sheldon Brown. He got 2 INTs against Carolina week 1 and New Orleans will try to avoid Assante Samuel. Whether or not he gets an interception week 2, I believe he'll get the tackles. Keep in mind the goal of this blog, however. I'm recommending guys I believe will be on your waiver wire. If by some miracle Samuel or Q.Mikell are on your wire, grab them first, but Sheldon Brown could be a sneaky play for next week if they are not available on your wire.
DB PICK UP OF THE WEEK is KC safety Mike Brown. The only reason Mike Brown is my "official" pick up of the week over Delmas is because you'll want to use him regularly all year. Though he will be a good play against the Raiders this week, I don't think KC will be on defense as much agaist the Raiders as Detroit will be vs. the Vikings. That's the only thing that gives Delmas the edge this week. Currently, Mike Brown is flying under the radar & you need to grab him if you play with other savvy people in your league. If you do not and your in a neighborhood "yahoos" league. Get Delmas & use him this week and drop him for M. Brown next week.
They cut very good SS Bernard Pollard for him so they must have seen something special (or else that head Coach is just plain nuts. Time will tell on that one because the one issue with Mike Brown is he's been injured more often than Bob Sanders. So keep that in mind.) They made this move just before the season started so there's a good chance Brown is still on your wire. He had 8 solos and 4 assts week 1. Week 2, he gets Oakland and he will see lots of J. Russell's favorite target Zach Miller as well as plenty of tackles opportunities since KCs defensive line is NOT GOOD and their LBs are bad outside of D. Johnson. He has a decent chance for an INT too this week so the bottom line is you'll be fine between him & Delmas. Mike Brown will have a lot of opportunities this year and had a great nose for both the football & endzone when he played for Chicago.
Urlacher down; Hillenmeyer Up - there's a new middle linebacker in "my kind of town":, Chicago. Urlacher is out for the season and that sucks for all NFL fans around the country. However, it brings some hope to the IDP world. Let's all be honest with ourselves in the Fantasy Football world. Although we are all human and do feel bad for a guy who works so hard in the off season to get ready for run at the Lambardi Trophy, all FF's count on injury as part of our game plan. I won my season league last year riding both of Denver's LBs Winborn and Woodyard. So how will Hillenmeyer do? Good enough that Lance Briggs has already stated that he's staying where he is and feel fully confident in Hillenmeyer at MLB. However, it is a little disconcerning that he finished with the same amount of tackles as backup RB Garrett Wolfe (2). Urlacher went out fairly early in the game and I would have thought Hillenmeyer would have finished with at least 4 tackles. At this point, I would rank him as I would Bengal's Dhani Jones. And just like D. Jones, I would go get Bengal's Maualuga instead and put him on my bench sooner than Hillenmeyer. In otherwords, don't get too excited about this "new toy". He doesn't have much upside. Obviously, watch and see, but my gut says "Pass" on this one.
Let's start in last years fantasy gold for waiver wire studs - Denver. I'm sure many of you who played last year fondly remember Winborn and Woodyard putting up monster numbers in place of DJ Williams and Nate Webster. The lucky candidate this year is Andra Davis. He's in position to make more tackles than fantasy stud DJ Williams and I fear this may be the case this year (I hope I'm wrong since DJ is on my team). But doesn't that make Andra a very worthy guy to snatch and watch?
From there, we go to whoever is playing the New York Giants. Next week, it is the Cowboys where Keith Brooking is playing the role that Zack Thomas played last year on the Cowboys (the pre-retirement home for Linebackers). And he put Z. Thomas like numbers up week 1. Next week, he will do VERY well against the run first Giants. If Keith Brooking is available on your wire, grab him and use him this week. Look for him to put up LB #3 type numbers. (7 solos 2 assts 1 pass deflection)
DO NOT PICK UP Bills SLB K. Ellison who finished Monday nights game with 11 tackles and 5 assists. HUGE NUMBERS! Unfortunately, SLBs always do well against the Pats and Ellison's history since 2006 dictates that this is just one lucky game out of many, many mediocre starts. He's very worthy to keep an eye on, but I'm afraid this may be just a one week wonder against a team that runs heavily to the strong side.
Another run heavy team, the Dolphins helped all 3 Atlanta Falcons LBs put up good numbers week 1. So instead of concentrationg on Falcons LBS, I'm going to look forward to who has Miami next week and that is Indy. This is where we'll find my LB PICK UP OF THE WEEK, Clint Session. Last year, he was very good at SLB and this year he moved over to the more tackle heavy position as WLB. He put up 5 solos 1 asst at Jacksonville and I could see 10 total tackles and a couple pass deflections from him next week. He also has a good knack for INTs.
DLs (Defensive Linemen)
Arizona's Campbell finished with 6 tackles and a pass deflection. Go get him if he's there!
Baltimore's Kelly Gregg, who led the Baltimore D in tackles week 1 from Nose Tackle, is one to go get
DL PICK UP OF THE WEEK is Chicago DE A. Brown if he is still on your wire. Why? Three great reasons! He plays opposite of sack master Ogunleye so he gets less attention. Two, he had 3 tackles and 2 assists week 1. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, they play PLEASE SACK ME "BIG BEN" next week. When a QB apologizes to his O line for taking the wrap on allowing so many sacks because he holds the ball so long, you gotta like your chances as the owner of a DE facing "the Burg".