I am writing this from Phoenix as I attend the First Pitch Arizona fantasy baseball seminar. Travel, especially with equipment delays that keep me on the tarmac at Detroit Metro interfere with my productivity, for which I apologize. We will be back to the usual Thursday publishing schedule next week.
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Colin McCarthy TEN
Brad Jones GB
Wesley Woodyard DEN
Phillip Wheeler OAK
Thomas Davis CAR
James-Michael Johnson CLE
Pat Angerer IND
Be aware that McCarthy has been held out of practice through Thursday with an ankle issue, the same injury that kept him out earlier in the year, but if he plays, he is a good source of tackles. Brad Jones, and not the guy I expected (A. J. Hawk) has been the beneficiary of increased on field time with the injury to D. J. Smith, and he may still be available for a pick up from the wire. Woodyard is another LB that has benefited from a teammate's absence from the gridiron, and I see no reason that Denver won't continue to roll with him, and you should, too, especially with the full stat line he seems to produce every week. Wheeler was a surprise when he burst onto the IDP scene, but he's been steady and extremely productive and if you can get him, do so immediately. Davis will be playing every down with Jon Beason out for the season, and he's another good source of tackles on a weekly basis. Johnson will be seeing increased opportunity with Fujita now out for the season (perhaps with a career ending neck injury), and his match up against Baltimore should provide good tackle opportunities. Angerer is being worked into a full time LB by Indy, and the word is that Kavell Conner's PT will suffer so long as Angerer has no set backs. If he is on the wire, grab him for his future production.
Michael Bennett DE TB
Jeremy Mincey DE JAX
Austen Lane DE JAX
Kroy Biermann DE ATL
I like the way the Tampa D is playing, despite the worry that Da'Quan Bowers may not play this weekend vs the Raiders. Even so, I still see it as a good match up for Bennett, who is showing good instinct and an aggressive presence on the line. Mincey may have been abandoned by his owner after a slow start, but he's now tackling and picking up sacks, and the Detroit O-line tends to permit multiple sacks on a weekly basis, so this is a good match up for the Jacksonville rush defense. Lane obviously benefits from facing Detroit this week as well. Biermann is another guy that could post good to great numbers this week, since Romo has been sacked far too often not to take the chance if you need a bye week fill-in DL.
Jamarca Sanford S MIN
Morgan Burnett S GB
M. D. Jennings S GB
Chris Clemons S MIA
Stevie Brown S NYG
Ronde Barber S TB
Tim Jennings CB CHI
Sanford is a nice option vs the Seahawks, and he could provide nice tackle numbers this week. Burnett should get more opportunities for big plays with Woodson out, to complement his steady tackle numbers. Same thing for Jennings, M. D. that is. Clemons is a solid choice if you want tackles, and with a passing oriented offense on the field against him this week as the 'fins face the Colts, additional value could show up in an INT or PD. Stevie B is possibly still on the wire in your league, but shouldn't be, given his stat line. Grab him now to replace an under-performing DB. Barber keeps on keeping on, and has adjusted to his new role in the Tampa Bay backfield as a safety. Good opportunity to get a full stat line with the upcoming match ups on the Buccaneers' schedule. Jennings keeps putting up amazing stat lines, and if he's available (unlikely), you need to grab him NOW.
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A. J. Hawk GB
Hawk just hasn't taken advantage of the injury to D. J. Smith. He's OK, but there are certainly much better options out there for you to pick up, and I would drop him for anyone in the LB list above.
Jason Babin DE PHI
Babin, if he's on your IDP roster, has been giving you bupkis of late, and that you don't need or want. Drop him now.
Eric Berry S KC
Kyle Arrington CB NE
Berry looked a little more like himself on Thursday night, but I still think you can do better. Look to snag one of the DBs listed above. I did manage to trade him this past week, but in most of my leagues, he's been benched or dropped at this point. Arrington had a great 2011, but with him on bye, and his lack of production, I would drop him for someone who can provide help to your bottom line.
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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.
Dan Connor DAL (neck)
Scott Fujita CLE (neck-out for the season)
Haloti Ngata DT BAL (shoulder)
Ahtyba Rubin DT CLE (calf)
Troy Polamalu S PIT (calf)
Louis Delmas S DET (knee)
T. J. Ward S CLE (hand, shoulder)
Charles Woodson S GB (collarbone)
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