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Week 5: IDP Start’em Sit’em

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New York Giants Osi Umenyiora reacts on the bench in the second half against the New York Jets in week 1 of the NFL Preseason at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on August 16, 2010.    UPI /John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

The twist and turns of the IDP fantasy football season continue to take place. Players that weren’t worth using are becoming can’t miss waiver wire pickups, and stars are disappointing.

Defensive Lineman


DE Osi Umenyiora @ Texans: With Kiwi gone Osi Umenyiora should be a productive fantasy option on a weekly basis. In Kiwi’s first game out of the lineup Umenyiora posted three sacks and two forced fumbles against the Bears.

This week the Giants will play another pass happy team in the Texans and the Giants’ front line will be coming in with a tone of confidence.

DT Sedrick Ellis @ Cardinals: The Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis is having a decent IDP season. Three of the first four games of the season Ellis has posted a sack. This week the Saints are going to play the Cardinals in Arizona, and the Chargers had a field day against their quarterbacks last week.


DE Aaron Kampman @ Bills: The Bills don’t have a great offensive line but Aaron Kampman is clearly having his struggles getting back to full health. For now, you need to keep Kampman on the bench until he shows signs that he is getting stronger.

DT Sione Pouha vs Vikings: I held out hope for Sione Pouha early in the season, but he’s failed to produce of the last two weeks (three total tackles in both games) and he’s not worth starting at this time.



A.J. Hawk @ Redskins: Am I out of my mind by suggesting A.J. Hawk or is this just a knee jerk reaction to last weeks’ performance? Well, yes and yes, as Hawk posted strong numbers against the Lions and also had a good day week two against the Bills.

This week the Packers will go to Washington and play the Redskins. This team is similar to the Lions in that they will probably be a pass heavy team in this game. For a bye week fill in, you could do worse than Hawk.


Stewart Bradley @ 49ers: The Eagles middle linebacker was a sleeper favorite of mine coming into the season, but he hasn’t done much to help IDP fantasy owners. Eventually, Bradley should be worth at least owning on your team but for now it is safe to release him.

Defensive Backs


CB Brandon Flowers @ Colts: The Chiefs top corner Brandon Flowers is off to a great start and has clearly gotten better as he is now in his third year. For the next couple weeks, the Chiefs will face pass heavy teams, and that means Flowers should have some strong games for your squad.

S Taylor Mays vs Eagles: The talented rookie Taylor Mays got his first start last week against the Falcons and made the most of it. Not only did he rack up eleven tackles, but he also had a special teams touchdown.

Look for Mays to be active weekly as he is one of the few 49er defensive players with speed.


CB David Jones @ Bills: Yes David Jones had a big tackle game last week when he racked up eleven against the Colts. Jones has never been known as a great tackler for his position and this performance was more because the Colts were throwing all day.

S Danieal Manning @ Panthers: I want to see more consistency from Danieal Manning before he is worth using in your IDP lineup. Last week was a good one for Manning, but he tends to fall out of the picture and then play well the next week.

Look to him as a roll of the dice this week if you have him on your roster.

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