How many of my readers made the playoffs? Better yet, how many made it to your fantasy league's championship? Show of hands...not too shabby. Now is not the time to let your foot off the accelerator, however, but rather time to flip the nitrous switch and blast your way past your opponent. With that in mind, here are what are prolly the final IDP suggestions I will provide for 2012.
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We shall see if I am diligent enough to post a final article next week, extolling the virtues of some hidden gems you might want to stash away if you play in keeper leagues, or dynasty leagues for that matter. Remember, if you have an IDP question, just send it my way via my e-mail posted at the bottom of this post and I will respond as promptly as possible given that the Christmas holidays are upon us. It helps if you put something in the subject line to indicate you need IDP advice, by the by.
Clay Matthews GB
Chad Greenway MIN
Josh Bynes BAL
So glad to have you back, Mr. Matthews with the flowing golden locks and 2 sacks. If anyone dropped him, and he hasn't been picked up, you must snag him immediately. Spend a big chunk of your FAAB to get him, you will not be disappointed. Greenway is another guy that may have hit the FA market, as he has his stinko weeks and frustrates his owners at times. 13 tackles and a sack in Week 15 are nothing to sneeze at, unless you have a cold. A fine addition to your LB corps. Bynes took full advantage of his opportunity with Jameel McClain going out for the season, posting a tasty 11 solo, 13 TT line last weekend. Take advantage just as Josh did and insert him this week.
Brandon Graham DE PHI
Fletcher Cox DT PHI
Calais Campbell DE ARI
Jabal Sheard DE CLE
With the new scheme change in Philly, both Graham and Cox are benefiting from the increased opportunities. We have on display two young players getting a great showcase at the end of the season, and they are shining. In dynasty/keeper leagues, these are guys to protect. In redraft leagues, they are players to swoop in and grab for the final run to the money. Campbell has disappointed much of this year but he seems to have woken up recently. Facing the Lions helped, but I see flashes of what he promised before his injury sidelined him, and I would consider him if you have injury holes to fill. Sheard is a guy I grabbed a few weeks ago and I've been laughing all the way to the championship. As a young DL stud, you would do well to ride him through the end of the season. And...mayhaps, think about keeping him in dynasty leagues.
Eric Berry S KC
Quintin Mikell S StL
Brandon Carr CB DAL
Javier Arenas CB KC
Berry is prolly available in your league, as he has underproduced all season. He looks to be close to 100% now, though, and I would suggest that with as often as the KC defense is on the field, he will put up numbers for you. Mikell has also disappointed his owners this year but like Berry, is coming on late. This is a good thing for those of us that pounce on late production, and if you roster him, or better yet start him, you will be rewarded with good tackles and potentially a sack or two. Carr is finally paying off for the Cowboys, and is displaying a nose for the ball that results in big plays. Arenas, just like Berry, is the recipient of the additional time the Chiefs' D spends on the field. Another good source of tackles and on a good week, big plays, you should add him if your DB ranks are not performing.
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Aside from injuries, nothing to compllain about right now.
Jason Pierre-Paul DE NYG
Geno Atkins DT CLE
I drafted or paid significant $ for JPP in leagues this season, and I have been regretting it all season long. It is time to cut him and go with one of the young studs coming up. Atkins has been consistent, but a zero tackle effort this past match up was unacceptable. Sure, he could rebound, but let's be serious, you cannot put up with zeros in the stats columns as the championship beckons. Find someone else to man your DT slot.
Antrel Rolle S NYG
Buster Skine CB CLE
Rolle should have posted big numbers with the Prince out, but no, he failed his owners. Coverage does not become him, so look elsewhere this week. Skine also stunk up the joint, giving his owners a big goose egg for tackles, not what you expect from your DB. It may have been a blip on the radar, but this is not the time to take that chance, drop him and add another CB with better potential.
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All the injury reports below need to be evaluated at kickoff. Teams are notoriously sketchy about injury reports, and we often do not know a player's status until just before game time. The list below is intended as a "heads up" as to what is going on early in the week, and should not be considered definitive.
Ernie Sims DAL (concussion)
Michael Boley NYG (back)
Colin McCarthy TEN (concussion)
Jameel McClain BAL (back-out for the season)
Nick Fairley DET DT (shoulder)
Terrell Suggs DE BAL (torn biceps)
Henry Melton DT CHI (chest)
Frostee Rucker DE CLE (groin)
Bernard Pollard S BAL (chest)
Prince Amukamara CB NYG (hamstring)
Tim Jennings CB CHI (shoulder)
Morris Claiborne CB DAL (concussion)
As ever, good luck and godspeed in your fantasy efforts. Make sure to read all of our great articles to help you win your fantasy match ups every week and ultimately bask in championship glory. If you have any fantasy football questions, especially about IDP leagues, I can be reached at email@example.com.
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