Week 12 IDP Start’em, Sit’em
DB: Bernard Pollard –
It’s taken some time for Bernard Pollard to finally get a quality amount of snaps in Baltimore, but he’s got it going now and is a worthy DB-1 going forward. We’ve seen what Pollard can do as an IDP stud over recent years, and playing time was really the only problem for Pollard’s chances to produce as a star defensive back.
In a hard-hitting game against the physical 49ers, this contest should look somewhat similar to the games the Ravens play against the Steelers. Sure, it’s not a hated division game, and they play on a short week, but Pollard should have a solid game.
DB: Da’Norris Searcy –
I’ve been talking up Da’Norris Searcy in three of our five IDP articles this week for a reason, as he might be a name you glance passed on the waiver wire, but you need to jump on him right away, if he’s still around. Searcy is an instant DB-1 play as long as George Wilson is out of the lineup, so if you can get him, start him right away.
LB: Jerod Mayo –
Looking healthy, Jerod Mayo finally put together a performance that we’ve been waiting for all year. The Chiefs actually weren’t a great matchup but as things worked out, they played well in the first half of the game, and sustained some drives for opportunities. This week is a nice matchup against the Eagles, and Mayo should be a solid LB-3 play, with upside.
DL: Tommy Kelly –
Another player I discussed on our waiver wire pickups this week, Tommy Kelly should be a good start against the Bears this week. Caleb Hanie is bound to hold the ball too long at times and make mistakes, and when that happens, the Raiders front line will take advantage. Kelly has three sacks in the past two weeks, so if you need help get him in your lineup.
LB: Mason Foster –
What a frustrating rookie year it has been for Mason Foster, as one week it looks like he may be back to using as a starter, then to drop the ball and miss on opportunities for good weeks. Foster will continue to get chances, weekly to be a worthy starter, but he’s best left on you bench at this point.
DL: Charles Johnson –
Maybe a trip to our sit’em section will get things going for Charles Johnson as it did for Jason Babin and Chris Clemons last week. Johnson is struggling with a shoulder injury and while he has a great matchup against the Colts, he had a good one last week against the Lions and did nothing.
Johnson has struggle to come close to the tackle numbers he posted in his break out year in 2010, and while he’s still worth holding on your roster, he’s a bench for now.
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