week 5 byes: Bears, Packers, Saints, Chargers
DBs (Defensive Backs)
SS B. Pollard(HOU) vs. Arizona next week. KC stud last year is now with the Texans, was solid in week 4 with 4 solos and an assist. He will get plenty of tackle opportunities vs. Arizona in week 5. I can see him with 6 total tackles. He won't get you huge #'s, but he is a solid bye week fill in.
Still really liking SS L. Delmas(DET). Someone just dropped him in my league and I'm hoping I get him. He gets Pittsburg this week. He's another one of those solid guys you can depend on for right around 10-15 points every week, depending on your scoring system. Last week, he registered his first sack, but he almost always gets a pass deflection or a little something extra for you besides just tackles.
SS C. Ndukwe(CIN) got 7 solos 1 assist and 1 sack week 4, but keep in mind that it was an OT game and he only had 1 tackle in each game before this. So why is he listed on here? Well, besides the fact that he just had BIG scoring week, he plays Baltimore next week that consistently inflates all SS numbers. Even, dissapointing Merriweather got a boost week 4 with 4 solos, 5 assists and a pass deflection. The #'s haven't lied so far this year with SS's vs. Baltimore. Taking the leap of faith on Ndukwe continuing the trend is on you. ;^D Just kidding, I wouldn't leave you hanging on this decision. Yup, I'd feel OK about using him for a bye week fill week 5. My lowest guess is 4 solos 1 assist and 1 pd. So I feel he won't get you less than 10 points. (Better than #1 DB Atogwe has been doing for me)
SS T. Branch would easily be my DB PICKUP OF THE WEEK vs. NYG for week 5, but I'm severely doubting that guy is on many people's wire. If he is, bite, scratch and kick to get him against NYG. Mike Brown looked GREAT against the Giants week 4 and, prior to that, Mike Brown had done NOTHING. It's NYG who makes strong safeties look good, just like Baltimore does. I can't whole heartedly recommend Mike Brown for week 5 vs. Dallas. He might get you 3 solos or he might get you 6, but too many other solid FA's out there to risk it.
Speaking of guys who are probably not on your wire, if you're a Michael Griffin(TEN) owner, this is the week to use him. I'm feeling a 20 point week from him.
DB PICKUP OF THE WEEK is SS R. Doughty(WAS). He got 10 solos 1 assist last week vs. TB. The Skins get Carolina next week where strong safeties have been above average. Other SS's have done well vs. TB so don't expect 10 tackles in week 5. On a side note, Philly get's TB next week so let's give a big "I hope he sucks for you" to the Quinton Mikell owners out there. Just kidding. That's not how we roll on the IDP front. We leave that kind of childish behavior to the #$#@^$% who still play "team defenses" in their leagues. Let's all give the Q. Mikell owners a congratulatory golf clap and hope none of them are playing us in week 5. Anyway, back to Doughty. He's playing for the recently benched Chris Horton. The risk here is if Doughty plays again next week, which he should after this performance, I would give it a 90% chance he starts again week 5. The good news is Carolina looks lost at times on O and the Skins look the same at times so he might be on the field a lot against Delhomme.
You know Fox wants to get his running game back on track and keep it out of Jake "INT" Delhomme's hands. That gives Doughty some potential. He's a boom or bust guy. You pick him up, he might get you 25 points, but he also might get you 5. My guess says he meets you in the middle with about 15. But I do recall another guy coming out of nowhere with these same numbers last year. His name was Chris Horton from the same position and same team. He followed up a week like this with about 8 tackles and a sack. This is your potential swing for the fenses guy. And that's why he's here.
Kamerion Wimbley(CLE) is very close to being my LB pick up of the week. But many guys are this week. I like the LB meat left on the "matchups" bone this week. Wimbley got 5 solos, 2 assists and 1 sack vs. Cincy last week. What's that you say? It was an OT game so he got an extra 15 minutes. I would agree, but this is the THIRD week in a row with the exact same stats. He has had 5 solos and a sack for 3 games in a row. Kinda freaky, huh? Hmmm.. who does he have week 5. Buffalo. Any unusual IDP happenings in that Buffalo/Miami game week 4? How about a total of 12 sacks in that game split evenly down the middle, 6 for each D. WOW! And Wimbley has 1 sack in each game for 3 weeks in a row. Combine that with 5 solos in each game and you won't find a more consistent fill-in LB this week. Oh yeah, Cleveland is known for having a bad offense, in case you haven't heard. Another good recipe. Now let's hope Wimbley brings the spice!
Speaking of that Buffalo/Miami game, who was getting those sacks that might be on the wire? A young LB named Cameron Wake(MIA got 6 solos 3 sacks THREE SACKS!) He gets' NYJ next week and I want to recommend him, but I'm afraid Porter will be back from injury so I can't. We have to pass on Wake. Besides, Porter has a bad temper and I understand he tracks down bloggers, ties them up with their mouse cords and kicks them repeatedly when you recommend someone else to play in his spot.(good thing I have a cordless mouse, huh)
MLB Buggs(BUF) with 9 solos last week BENCHED this week for Kawika Mitchell. Thank you to one of our observant readers for seeing this and letting us all know not to use Buggs this week.
Other noteable guys who are on my wire that might be on yours are Freddy Keiaho(IND 5s 1sack 1FF filling in for G. Brackett(INJ), Andra Davis(DEN 7-2 can we trust him in competition with DJ to get tackles?),Keith Rivers(CIN 7-3). I'm close to grabbing Rivers, but don't like his matchup vs. BAL. It appears strong safeties do well vs. BAL, but not LBs. That's the trend so far this year, anyway.
SLB Ricky Brown(OAK) I'm going to let his stats speak for themselves
week 1 vs. SD 7solos
week 2 vs. KC 5-1
week 3 vs. DEN 4-3 1FF
week 4 vs. OAK 5-2 2pd
This week, he gets the Giants who will be on offense a lot. Here's my best guess on Ricky's stats week 5 vs. NYG 6solos 2assists. If you think those stats are better than an LB you currently have, than use him.
D. Levy(DET), in for Ernie Sims(INJ), was solid vs. Chicago week 4 with 7 solos, 1 assist & a 1 FF. He's got Pittsburgh next week and I like it. Anyone seeing flashbacks of Paris Lenon from last year? The guy everyone kept watching put up high box score #'s, but kept waiting to see if he could do it again. Well don't wait! Do keep track of E. Sims shoulder injury this week though. Levy is a rookie stud, playing ILB on a team with a fairly bad offense. Last week, I threw an obscure name at you in a similar situation, Demorrio Williams. He is also on a bad offense playing ILB and had a great week 4 matchup vs NYG. What was the result? Let's see...
My LB PICK UP OF THE WEEK is Demorrio Williams(KC) Wait!? Can I have the same LB pick up of the week 2 times in a row. Yup, when ESPN and YAHOO IDP leagues are telling me that he is still only owned on 7% of the teams, I can. Last week he put up 7 solos 2assts and 1PD. Week 5, he gets Dallas who allowed ILBs DJ Williams and Andra Davis a combined 19 tackles 1 sack, 1 FF & 1 PD. They even let Woodyard and Dumervil get in on the action. It was like a linebacker party and KC's defense will be on the field a lot more than Denver's was.
DLs (Defensive Linemen)
Elvis Dumervil is a silly super star stud (and any other words that start with 'S')! Probably not on your wire anymore though. If he is, "click it and forget it!" (I'm not sure I understood that either, but it rhymed. In summary, you want him.)
DT T. Kelly(OAK 9solos 4assts) What the fudge? How do you go from a 3 solo effort to a 1 solo week 4 to a 9 solo 4asst game??? He's got the Giants next week, but their line is one of the best in football. However, the Oakland defense will be out there a WHOLE lot. He will get his opportunities, but he won't repeat this performance all year. Hey, I've got an idea. Let's see who plays tackle vs. Houston next week. Hmmm, I can't recommend Arizona's NT B. Robinson, no matter how much I want to make a connection, but I can recommend...
C. Campbell(ARI) vs. HOU. He got 6 solos vs. SF a couple weeks ago and this would be the game to plug him in again. He's the DE playing on the left side. The same side that T. Kelly (and Seymour) were coming from vs. Houston. Don't expect 13 total tackles, but 3 solos an assist and a 1/2 sack isn't too much to ask from him.
Tuck is back, but Kiwanuka(NYG) didn't completely fall back down to Earth vs. KC week 4. He got 2 solos and a sack. They've got Oakland next week and, in case you haven't heard, they're not good. However, that means the Giants D won't be on the field as much. Still, it's Oakland and if you're in a pinch, I could think of worse options.
DE A. Smith(HOU) has Arizona week 5 and I think my Grandma can chase down Kurt Warner. He reminds me of a scene I once saw on the National Geographic channel when a duck was trying to run in the snow. By the way, please don't try to pick up my Grandma. She's old and has a poor matchup next week.
My DL PICKUP OF THE WEEK IS DL C.Avril(DET) vs. Pit. It's too tasty to lay off BIG MAC SACK ATTACK BEN. CHEERS to Ben! Taking a sack is as good as a throw away to him and we in the IDP world love his philosophy. Here's to you "Ball Security Ben"! You hold onto the ball and we'll gladly accept your gracious IDP gift.