Week 5 IDP – Start’em, Sit’em
The Chiefs picked up their first win of the season last week and in part thanks to Tamba Hali’s seven tackles and two sacks on Donovan McNabb. Hali has at least one sack in three of his first four games and has at least six tackles in each game. Look for Hali to have another big game against the Colts as young quarterback Curtis Painter, struggles when pressure is applied.
D.J. Williams –
Even-though D.J. Williams was expected back against the Packers last week, I wanted to wait and see how he played and view his snap count before recommending you put him back in your lineup. Williams had a good game in his return and should continue to play well as he’s the best tackler in Denver when on the field. With the Chargers coming to town, expect Williams to have a solid performance as San Diego will likely win time of possession.
David Hawthorne –
No one is happier than myself to see David Hawthrone playing at a respectable level after he start with a horrible first two games coming back from a knee ailment. I was a little concerned that Hawthorne might be an un-useable player for the first half of the season, but week three he started to play up to the standards we’ve come to expect and he followed that up with a better performance against the Falcons.
The Seahawks front line does a good job freeing up the linebackers to make plays and Hawthorne is back on track to make a run at a LB-1 type performance this year. For now, consider him an LB-2 option as Seattle’s defense will be on the field often and Hawthorne should post solid numbers even if LeRoy Hill and Kam Chancellor take a few opportunities away.
Brandon Flowers –
The Buccaneers had a million opportunities to pick off passes from Curtis Painter on Monday Night and if Brandon Flowers gets those opportunities he’s going to make some big plays this week. Flowers is a respectable No.1 corner but will get work as Painter didn’t seem to shy away from Aqib Talib last week, and that is a good thing for Flowers owners.
Cliff Avril –
One of the passing offenses you need to follow on a weekly basis for matchup play is the Chicago Bears, and as the head into Detroit this week they will face a hostile group on Monday Night. While Avril hasn’t had a strong season, he’s worth a DL-3 play this week as many of you will either have linemen on bye weeks or like in the case of Trent Cole, are waiting until you weekly starter gets back in the lineup.
Lawrence Timmons –
While Lawrence Timmons stands to improve in his big-play opportunities while filling in for James Harrison on the outside, it’s best if you give him a week off as he’s been horrible since week one. The Steelers front line has been gashed by the running game, and it’s clearly affected Timmons tackle production as opposing linemen have been consistently putting a hat on him in the second level. Let’s see how Timmons looks this week on the outside before putting back in lineups.
Please Note – Will add to this list a little later in the week.