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ANOTHER NICE DL TIP, SEE BELOW
DBs (Defensive Backs)
B. Scott. (BUF) was back at his natural safety position week 12 and you might not have even known it because he put up tackle numbers like he was still playing LB. Chris Draft looks like he will play linebacker for the rest of the year. But Scott still put up bigger numbers than MLB Poz. That Bills defense is such a gold mine vs. NYJ for week 13. Between T. Jones running and Sanchez throwing INTs, I love Scott and Safety D. Whitner (BUF).
S. Jones (PHI) vs. Matt Ryan or his backup. Whoever it is will try to force the ball to Tony Gonzalas a TON. Because any team that faces the Eagles knows they are very weak at covering tight ends. That will lead to MANY opportunities for S. Jones. Especially with the screen game they do with J. Norwood coming back from injury and continuing to use Snelling's receiving skills.
SS Bernard Pollard (HOU) is up there with the VERY top guys. He's got a good matchup week 13 and even if it was a bad matchup, Pollard is getting very close to being "matchup proof", just like Bryan Scott. He's putting up solid numbers every game he's started this year.
My DB PICKUP OF THE WEEK S R. Doughty (WAS) vs. Drew Brees Don't get me wrong, I would still use Scott & Pollard over him, but he deserves a pickup. His 9 solos week 12 vs. Philly was his second highest amount of solos in a game this year. He had 10 solos week 4. Very few safeties have the hitting instincts to put up such high numbers. He's also had 4 games of 6 solos or higher this year. The only reason his total numbers are not higher is Chris Horton was the starting SS the first part of the year before getting benched for Doughty and now Horton is out for the year with injury. Doughty vs. Brees has the potential to be a 7 -10 solos type of game. If C.C. Brown from those Giants can get those numbers vs. Brees, so can Doughty.
LB C. Draft (BUF) is the new LB next to Poz for Buffalo. Draft was a very good LB back in the day and the more "rust" he knocks off, the better he is going to get. He's a very smart football player, which makes him a prime canditate for sacks, INTs & forced fumbles. Week 12 was his first "full start" and he got 5 solos, 2 assists, 1 pd and 1 INT. Think Witherspoon numbers.
LB Keith Brooking (DAL) has been incredibly consistent this year and he faces NYG week 13 in a huge division game. He's an emotional guy who really brings it for big games. You can already mark him down for around 7 solos 2 assists with the possibility for extras (like a sack). If those numbers beat your LB, plug him in.
LB D Levy (DET) vs. the Bengals week 13 is a great matchup. Cincy is running the ball more than 40 times a game and every NFL team runs vs. Detroit. That puts Levy in a nice position to put up high tackle numbers.
MY LB PICK UP OF THE WEEK is Demorrio Williams (KC) vs. Denver week 13. I've watched this guy put up higher tackle numbers than DJ Williams, Lofton & Mayo over the last 3 weeks. How much longer can you keep a guy on the waiver wire who's averaging more than 7 solos a week? He's been almost as consistent as Clint Session from Indy.
DLs (Defensive Line)
DL/LB David Bowens (CLE) has become a no brainer if he is a DL in your league. And Calvin Pace (NYJ) fits that same category of DL/LB who gets Buffalo week 13. He has a fantastic shot at having a 2 sack game.
NON Defensive End Casey Hampton (PIT) vs. OAK week 13. I've been asked to list at least 1 "interior" linemen here for people who have to start defensive tackles. Interior linemen have been getting a good amount of sacks vs. Oakland this year and Hampton just picked up a sack week 12 last week vs. KC.
DL A. Ogunleye (CHI) vs. the Rams week 13. I feel pretty good about him getting a sack in this one. The side he is lined up on has had a sack on the Rams ever week for 8 weeks in a row. How's that for consistency? I'm sure I just jinxed everyone who uses him this week though. Let's put it this way. Seattle's D has had very few sacks this year and they got 4 vs. St. Louis week 12. If Ogunleye is not on your wire, use Alex Brown (CHI), you still got a great shot at a sack.
MY DL Pick up of the Week is Shaun Ellis (NYJ). vs. Buffalo week 13. Joey Porter got his 2.5 sacks, Starks got a half sack and even Jason Taylor got a half sack vs. Buffalo week 12. Each of those guys were predicted to get a sack so that gives some strong credit to predicting a sack for Shaun Ellis week 13. He had 8 tackles 2 sacks and 1 FF vs. New England week 11. Good player plus good matchup, equals very good chances.
SPECIAL NEW DL PICKUP OF THE WEEK is Trevor Scott (OAK) he is listed as a DE in almost all leagues, but starts this week at WLB for Oakland! Special thanks to reader & fellow IDP brother Steffen for bringing this to our attention. He turned in a 6 tackle 2 sack performance last week, but I'm not sure if that was from DE or partly from WLB also. Either way, he fits that David Bowens, Calvin Pace role. Go get him and feel good about putting him over almost any of the "guessing game" DLs out there like Ray Edwards or Wilkerson. I'd stop short of starting him over maybe a Trent Cole or Jarred Allen, but those guys are inconsistent too. This is a real find this late in the season and you want to move on this now! Thanks again Steffen!
AND ANOTHER SPECIAL NEW DL PICKUP OF THE WEEK is A. Spencer (DAL) Special thanks to reader & fellow IDP brother "Choices" for bringing this to our attention. A. Spencer is listed as a DL in Choices league. He is still an LB in my league, but if he is a DL in your league, go get him. As Choices has noticed, he has been racking up the tackles and he turned in a 6 tackle 2 sack performance last week just like Trevor Scott did. So this is another opportunity as he is facing the NYG running game week 13.