SS D. Whitner BUF has done it again . His 9 solos and 4 assists this week are enough for me following his incredible IDP score from last week. If you've been waiting for Brian Dawkins or Weddle to take off and been sorely disappointed, grab this guy and replace them. Buffalo strong safety has always been a goldmine and they are on the field an incredible amount of time.
DE/DT H. Ngata BAL - How many of us are kicking ourselves for not picking up this guy for week 4. I'm sure we all looked at him. I know I did when I found out Robaire Smith was questionable, but I went with Chris Clemons instead, who did have 2 Sacks so I can't complain. Ngata got 8 solos 3 assists and 1 sack. WOW! Awesome game and by far the DE pick up of the week.
CB G Toler ARI is the real deal. He has been an IDP giant at his position since he got the call this year and week 4 was no different with 7 total tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
CB Alterraun Verner TEN - I started recommending this guy later in the week to some individual questions because we found out that starting corner Jason McCourty needed arm surgery and Jason's doctor said he will be out until he is healthy. That's an interesting timeframe. So we have no idea how quickly McCourty will be back. In the meantime, Verner will be picked on regularly and his 11 solos this week dictate that. No one wants to throw to Finnegan so Verner will get the tackles by default. Enjoy him while you got him.
!!!NEVERMIND JUST GOT SUSPENDED - OUT 4 WEEKS!!! SS S. Gregory SD is (no longer) safe to pick up now. This week was 6 solos and an INT making that 3 out of 4 games this year with 6 tackles or more.
SS Charles Godfrey CAR is very consistent. He's an above average SS. I'd want him over bigger names like Dawkins or Weddle on my team.
DE/LB chris Kelsay BUF continues to put up decent numbers for a guy listed as a DL in most leagues. He's not a top DL, but consistent & solid week in and week out and the best part is he is a hybrid guy because he truly is an outside linebacker
DT HELP I'm getting a lot of DT questions. I'm going to be completely honest. Anyone who's played knows it's a complete crap shoot most of the time. No doubt that Suh is good & Ngata (who might not be a DT in your league) looked great week 4.
But here's a flyer name for you, Car DT Derek Landri. He's got 11 tackles so far this year and he faces the Bears line who allowed 10 sacks on Sunday night. TEN SACKS in one night!!! So why not give him a whirl if your guy has been getting you nothin? I hate DTs too. I wish they were'nt part of IDP. They might as well be kickers who you close your eyes and pick out of a hat each week. While we're on the topic, why not give CAR DE Charles Johnson a try this week too. He's get a sack in each of the 2 previous games and could be facing Todd Collins, instead of Cutler and that very weak offensive line.
Bye Week Pick Up Help
LB Dhani Jones CIN 7 solos is the Bengal LB you'd want over Rivers if one of your guys is on bye. He's not sexy, but he's very consistent. You can mark him down for 5-7 solos anytime you plug him in.
SS Q. Mikell PHI has been solid and consistent. He's a fine fill in.
LB Shaun Phillips SD had a Touchdown, 4 sacks, 1 INT, 5 solos & 2 pass deflections. HOLY $%&#! Unfortunately the previous weeks don't back these numbers up, but what a great boom or bust guy to plug in and roll the dice on.
FS M. Huff OAK did exactly what was predicted and led his team in tackles from free safety vs. Houston with 7 tackles 1 assist. He faces SD next week and should still post 5-6 tackles if you need him, but this week may be his ceiling for the season.
Mirages (Are they for real? Don't pick them up yet)
LB S. Nicholas ATL was fantastic with 12 solos and an assist, but all he was doing was filling in for injured rookie Sean Weatherspoon, who has done nothing to lose his job. So all this performance from Nicholas shows us is who to pick up if Sean Weatherspoon is injured again.
DB Taylor Mays SF 9 solos and 2 assists. This is very exciting to see, but we need to see if he can do this again.
CB David Jones JAQs 9 tackles and 2 assists and 1 forced fumble. A mirage for now since it was vs. the Colts passing game, but worth keeping an eye on.
LB AJ Hawk GB had 9 solos and 3 assists and an INT. Great game, but let's see him do it again. This guy has really let down many of us IDP guys in the past and the trend is you cannot trust him.
LB Keith Rivers CIN put up 8 solos and a sack, but he's so inconsistent that I don't trust him. I wouldn't pick him up unless you are really needing a boom/bust guy and your in a pinch during a bye week or your guy is injured.
LB E. Barton CLE for the Browns is a guy I've NOT been recommending to people all week. I just don't trust any Brown's LBs. If you must start a Browns guy in a pinch, the guy you want is LB S. Fujita, who's a sack specialist and got one this week vs. the Bengals. He also got a forced fumble and 5 solos.
LB James Anderson CAR got me 35 points in my league. That's a lot more than my QB. How many did he get you in your league in week 4? Loving him this week! I can't believe he's doing this from SLB. Remember that Beason is the WLB (usually the tackle heavy position) and Conner is in at MLB on run packages, but Connor comes on out passing packages.
LB Paris Lenon ARI did it again and has yet to let us down (knock on wood)
LB Zac Diles HOU did again, but Brian Cushing is back so it's time to release Diles. It was a fun ride and we know who to grab if Cushing gets hurt, but make room for Cush to EXPLODE into the box scores. If I were to guess what the leaders would look like next week, I'd go Willis, Poz, Cushing, Briggs, J. Anderson, P. Lenon, D. Johnson, C. Lofton, Ruud etc. I'm really jealous of you Cush owners. I went the other route and stashed Dqwell instead of Cush. You see how that worked out for me.
LB K. Morrison JAQs - He had his first big game of the year with 8 solos and 2 assists and it's the first time he out scored Daryl Smith this year. I think you need to give this another week to tell if it's a mirage or real
SS T.J. Ward CLE was solid again with 8 total tackles, but I might try Buffalo's Whitner over him if you're not happy enough with Ward's numbers for your team.
LB Ray Lewis BAL comes through on big games that he get's fired up for. He's an emotional player and when he plays Pit or the Bengals, he pulls out bigger games. Personally, I'm still very happpy that I started CAR James Anderson over him.