Week 9 IDP Start’em, Sit’em
DL : Cullen Jenkins vs Bears –
If you’ve paid attention at all to how the Eagles are playing in recent weeks, it’s clear to see they’ve corrected many of their early-season problems, and are ready to make a run in the NFC East. If not for a blow coverage play for a 70-yard touchdown to Laurent Robinson, the Eagles had a chance to pitch a shutout against a healthy Cowboys offense.
Philadelphia’s defense is designed to thrive when their offense gives them a lead, and they can shrink the opponents’ offense down to pass heavy situations. When that happens, as it has of late, Trent Cole, Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins should all be great plays for IDP leagues.
While the Bears have one of the better running backs in football, don’t be surprised if the Eagles offense puts up a big number early, and forces Jay Cutler to win the game throwing. The Bears offensive line won’t stand up to the pressure the Eagles can dish-out, and Jenkins should be good for at least one sack this week.
DL: Robert Ayers @ Raiders –
With the disappointing play, this year from Elvis Dumervil, fellow defensive end Robert Ayers has been the pass rusher to target for IDP purposes. While the Broncos will likely fall behind in many games, if their offense fails to pick things up, they should have a chance to play a close game in Oakland this week.
Look for Ayers to play a productive game against the Raiders, and he should have some opportunities to sack Carson Palmer, as he is still trying to get his timing down with his new receiving core.
DL: Ray Edwards @ Colts
With John Abraham back on the other side of the Falcons defensive line, Ray Edwards has landed a sack in two of the teams past three games. Edwards was slowed early in the season coming off of minor knee surgery, but it appears he starting to get healthy. The Colts are horrible, and the Falcons should have no problems building up a lead early in this game.
Quarterback Curtis Painter buckles when pressure is applied so look for Edwards and Abraham to come after him early and often, with sound success against an inexperienced offensive line.
LB: A.J. Hawk @ Chargers –
The Packers inside linebackers are set for productive weeks as the Chargers have been friendly to that position in recent weeks. Look to Desmond Bishop to continue as the main force in the Packers tackle numbers, but Hawk should give you at least solid LB-3 production this week.
DB: Tanard Jackson @ Saints –
The Buccaneers defensive backs had good games against the Saints a few weeks ago, and New Orleans has been charitable to defensive backs for IDP purposes this year. Jackson has played well since coming back to the team, and should have not problem performing at a DB-2 level as the Saints will continue to throw the football.
DL: Michael Bennett @ Saints –
After a few good games about a month ago, Michael Bennett has cold off and just doesn’t see enough activity in his tackle numbers to be a regular DL-3 play. I know the Saints had problems with the Rams defensive ends last week, but the Buccaneers run a different scheme and usually fail to have that kind of success against them.
Consider last weeks meltdown by New Orleans more of a situation where they weren’t as familiar with the Rams and thought they would walk in and win a game. Little did we know the Rams would play like it was the Super Bowl and finally show up for a change.
DB: T.J. Ward @ Texans –
So much for T.J. Ward building off his strong game against the Seahawks, as opportunities were there against the 49ers as Frank Gore pounded the football, but Ward has one messily tackle on the day, and it was an assist at that. With the front line playing well and D’Qwell Jackson pickup most of the other opportunities that come around, Ward just isn’t the same player he was a year ago, and the new 4-3 defensive scheme doesn’t seem to be helping him.
Ward should be considered a risky bye week fill-in at best going forward has he will be prone to more days like the one he had in San Francisco if the defense, and team plays the way it has this year.
LB: Rolando McClain vs Broncos –
Yes, Roland McClain was showing use he could be a solid LB-2 after a poor week one performance against the Broncos, but I believe that was because the Raiders were playing against a bunch of pass heavy offenses, or at least teams forced to play that way.
McClain is worth holding on your roster, but he still needs work in his run defense and with ailments clearly bothering him, he’s not covering the ground he was early in the season. Maybe McClain will have another slow year after all, but I believe with a full off-season (no lockout, OTA’s), he should play much better in his third year.
LB: David Harris @ Bills –
If you were to follow the success of last weeks stat line from London Fletcher against the Bills (20 tackles), you would figure David Harris is a must start LB-2 this week. Not so fast, as Harris is prone to up and down play and remember how the game played out last week, as the Redskins fell down 20 to nothing, and the Bills dominated time of possession.
Don’t expect that to be the same this week as the Jets are a much better team and are playing respectable in recent weeks on offense. Harris is a LB-3 play at best.
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