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SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 12: Defensive end Chris Clemons  of the Seattle Seahawks encourages the cheering crowd during the NFL season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field on September 12, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

New names are starting to come out and perform at a steady pace for IDP production. As we move into the bye weeks it will be vital for fantasy owners to find productive players that can fill the gaps to help them win games.

Defensive Lineman

DE Chris Clemons: It’s time to get Seahawks pass rusher Chris Clemons on your squad as he has a nice burst off the edge and abused Philip Rivers for two sacks last week. When I watched Clemons week one against the 49ers I was surprised how fast he was off the edge.

Clemons had trouble making teams in the past but for whatever reason he is playing well and starting for the Seahawks. Look to Clemons as a nice starting option this week as the Seahawks play at home against the Rams, and they are likely to throw as Steven Jackson should be out.

DT Sedrick Ellis: I like Sedrick Ellis and the Saints need him to be a respectable defensive line, up the middle. Two of the first three weeks this season, Ellis has posted a sack, and he should continue his production.

DT Trevor Laws: The Eagles’ coaches were impressed by Trevor Laws in training camp, and he finally got some good playing time last week against the Jaguars. Don’t start Laws this week, unless he is a lock to start, but he is a worthy stash if you start a defensive tackle or two in your league.


Paris Lenon: I talked about Paris Lenon as a waiver wire pickup last week, and he continued to play respectable against the Raiders. His counterpart on the inside in rookie Daryl Washington didn’t have a good game, and Lenon may be the more reliable choice going forward.

Javon Belcher: The Chiefs have found themselves a very nice physical inside linebacker in second your starter Javon Belcher. I watched him against the Chargers and the 49ers and came away impressed both times.

Belcher is still coming along, but he is physical and can win at the point of attack. Look for Belcher to continue his up tick in tackles but don’t expect him to make a tone of big plays. This week Belcher is on a bye week so keep him in mind for the next couple weeks.

Defensive Backs

S Michael Griffin: I’ve been hesitant to recommend Titans’ safety Michael Griffin as I wanted to see if his early strong play was for real. In two of Griffin’s first three games he’s posted twelve tackles, and it looks like he is a real threat to go over 100 tackles this season.

A couple of years ago Griffin showed us his ball hawk skills when he posted seven interceptions, and it’s time to pickup Griffin if he is still out on the waiver wire.

S Lawyer Milloy: Sure, Lawyer Milloy won a starting job at the beginning of the year, but I just didn’t trust the 37 year old veteran. Milloy has had a solid IDP career but last season, he only started one game, and it was reasonable to believe his IDP career was over.

I have to hand it to the old man so far as he has shown us that he can be productive. Week two Milloy had eight tackles and last week he had 12 tackles against the Chargers. When the Seahawks face teams that like to throw the football, Milloy can be a starter on your team.

S Charles Godfrey: The Panthers have a possible rising star IDP player in their secondary and his name is Charles Godfrey. Godfrey has been a starter all three years he’s been with the Panthers, but he’s never posted the tackle numbers to be an accountable option.

So far, Godfrey is averaging six tackles a game and one interception a game. Godfrey is also posting more pass deflections as he already has four and his season high in his career is five. This up tick across the board tells me that Godfrey has figured some things out at the NFL level and is ready to be an active force.

Now we need to see if Godfrey can give consistent production as his week two numbers left much to be desired.

CB Kelvin Hayden: The last time Kelvin Hayden started a full sixteen games in the NFL he showed us he could be a useful IDP corner back. The Colts’ corners tend to be active in tackling and so far Hayden has 24 tackles and three pass deflections.

As long as Hayden says on the field, he should be a decent bye week fill in for tackle heavy IDP fantasy leagues.

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