Week 11 IDP Start’em, Sit’em
Antrel Rolle vs. Eagles -
Just in case you’ve been deciding between Antrel Rolle and other defensive backs on your squad for weekly plays, Rolle is a great start this week. The Giants continue to bring him up in the box, as was evident against the 49ers last week, and this week Rolle’s corner instincts should serve him well as Michael Vick may not play with broken ribs.
Look for the Giants to come away with another win at home and Rolle should have some fun on the field, while you enjoy a solid stat-line.
Tramon Williams, Morgan Burnett vs. Buccaneers -
With Josh Freeman playing at an all-time low, and Aaron Rodgers having the best season a quarterback has ever had, this should be a one-sided affair that gives the Packers defensive backs opportunities. For whatever reason, the Buccaneers seemed content to bail on the running game last week, early on, thus taking LeGarrette Blount out of the game and putting the ball in Freeman’s hands. If the same should happen this week, but Burnett and Williams are worth using in a game where both could come away with interceptions.
Omar Gaither @ Lions -
Staying in a 4-3 scheme, weak-side linebacker Omar Gaither has put together some good games of late as he stays in on most of the predictable passing downs. Look to Gaither as a LB-3 play this week against the Lions pass-heavy offense.
Rey Maualuga @ Ravens -
Finally back from an ankle injury, Rey Maualuga didn’t have a big day against the Steelers but he will have opportunities down the stretch and this week against the Ravens could be a great game. Linebacker points have been solid against the Ravens, and I expect Maualuga to perform as a LB-3 at the worst case this week. If your in need of some help for the bye week, give Maualuga a shot in a very important, sure to be a hard-hitting division matchup in Baltimore.
Phil Taylor vs. Jaguars -
The Browns rookie defensive linemen had a solid game against the Rams last week, and he will be facing an offense that is in many ways the same this week. Look for the Jaguars to use Maurice Jones-Drew early and often as they keep the football on the ground to give rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert a chance to throw in high success situations.
Garbbert tends to be afraid of the pass rush, and Taylor could have a few chances at a sack, when the rookie holds onto the football too long.
A.J. Hawk vs. Buccaneers -
As much as I like the Packers defensive backs this week, don’t look to A.J. Hawk as an LB-3 option this week. The Buccaneers haven’t shown a commitment to the running game, and Nick Barnett is the only inside linebacker to trust in these types of games for the Packers. Hawk will have other chances but don’t be surprised if he walks away with only three or four tackles.
Jason Babin @ Eagles -
What the heck is going on with Jason Babin in recent weeks? Babin hasn’t been demoted but against two weak offensive lines, I’m sure your shaking your head as the veteran has failed to get anything done. Stay away from Babin until we see him start to produce like we know he can. I haven’t heard anything from Philly about Babin getting a demotion so perhaps he’s fighting through some type of injury at this point.
John Abraham vs. Titans -
In Abraham’s second game from coming back from a hamstring injury, he landed a sack against the Lions, and I thought he would be ready to give us DL-3 production but that hasn’t turned out. Abraham finally had a game over two tackles last week but his lone sack against Matthew Stafford is his only one since week one of the season.
Patrick Peterson @ 49ers -
Look for the 49ers to keep the football on the ground with Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon as the control the clock and likely pickup a victory over the Cardinals. Alex Smith is playing well, so it’s unlikely that Peterson will get an opportunity to pickup an interception, unless another pass slips through Ted Ginn’s hands, like last week.