Week 6 IDP – Start’em, Sit’em
Brian Robison @ Bears -
Sure, the Lions only had three sacks against the Bears on Monday night but did you see the consistent pressure Jay Cutler was under? If not for a courageous effort by Cutler the Lions could have easily had up to eight sacks in that game, as the Bears offensive line looked atrocious against the pass, specifically from edge pressure.
Robison is a big-play defensive end in it’s trust sense as, unlike fellow defensive end Jared Allen, he does little in the tackle department for weekly consistency. Still, his two sacks last week showed you that he can take advantage of the one on one opportunities he gets and this should be another strong week. Consider Robison as high as a DL-1 play against the Bears weak tackles.
Dwight Freeney @ Bengals –
The Colts continue to fight and unless this team suffers a bunch of injuries, I expect them to keep up the good fight through the rest of the season. While the Colts defense has its problems, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis continue to play up to the standard we would expect.
This week Freeney gets another tasty matchup as the Colts play the Bengals rookie Andy Dalton and that means sack opportunities. While Mathis is a DL-1 play, Freeney is worth using as a DL-3 because he’s unlikely to total more than a couple tackles a week. Still, he’s a nice upside start for big plays as he should walk away with at least one sack this week.
Clay Matthews vs Rams –
A must start against a Rams front line that allowed seven sacks on Sam Bradford in their last contest against the Redskins. Like Washington, the Packers run a 3-4 scheme the only difference being, they are a better group overall.
Matthews is one of the best pass rushers in football and unless the Rams coaches put together a heck of a game plan and gets some breaks, this offense will be forced to play from behind an throw. That means good things for Matthews and company and bad news for Bradford as he’s likely to take another pounding.
Ryan Kerrigan vs Eagles -
The rookie is off to a great start and gets another strong matchup against division rival Philadelphia at home. Look for the Redskins to test an Eagles offensive line that has had problems for a few years now, and if they can get a lead in the first half, Michael Vick should take a pound in the later part of this game.
Chris Houston vs 49ers –
The Lions corner back is hot of late and while Alex Smith has played well in his last six quarters of football, consistent pressure and a loud Lions fan base should be too much for him to handle. If that is the case, Chris Houston will have opportunities to make some big plays, as I anticipate Detriot putting up a lead through the air in the first half.
I liked Houston’s physical play on receivers in the Monday night game, and it seems he’s been allowed to be that way because of the Lions front four and the pressure they can put on, to force early and inaccurate throws.
Adrian Clayborn vs Saints –
As a long time 49ers fan I can promise you, I didn’t see the Buccaneers dropping their contest to them 48 to 3, but it sure as heck happened. While Adrian Clayborn looked good against the Colts, and seemed to be a trendy start’em option last week, he failed to get much done in an unexpected blowout loss.
The Saints do a good job of protecting Drew Brees and I’m not sure Tampa Bay is ready to make a quick rebound after the shellacking they took in San Francisco. Look to other defensive ends for help this week.
Quintin Mikell @ Packers –
One of the bigger disappointments this season, Quintin Mikell seemed like a sure thing 100 tackle safety in his first year with the Rams, as he would play in a defensive scheme close to that of his old team in Philadelphia. Mikell will make some big plays but who knows when that will be, and without a solid strong safety position locked up, he’s a roll of the dice start at this time.