News, Analysis & UpdatesNovember 26, 2004

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The Top Ten Defenders of Week 11

By Arlo Vander

Week 11 was cornerback week in IDP leagues. No fewer than four of the top five fantasy performers were CBs, with Champ Bailey, perhaps the most talented of all, leading the way. It wasn’t just cornerbacks who made an IDP impact, however – to see who else made this week’s list, read on.

1. Champ Bailey – CB, Den
Up until recently, Bailey might have been the player with the largest gap between his fantasy and NFL values. A Pro Bowler on the gridiron, Bailey was a downright awful fantasy option early this season, averaging just 2.7 solo tackles a game in the seasons first six week. Since then, however, Bailey has gone on a tear, finding his way into more and more plays and racking up 29 stops in his last four games. This week, he posted a season-high 11, while also adding two pass defenses and his third interception of the year.

2. Nate Clements – CB, Buf
Clements’ punt return duties (157 yards prior to this week) don’t normally make a fantasy impact, but this week was different. Clements ran a Sean Landeta punt back 86 yards for the score in Buffalo’s surprisingly clear 37-17 win over St. Louis, giving fantasy owners an unexpected bonus to his forced fumble and four tackles.

3. Mark Fields – LB, Car
This week’s top linebacker, Fields picked up his first sack of the year against Arizona, and also added a forced fumble and 11 tackles. Considering that he only recorded 7 tackles in his last four games, that’s quite a turnaround. The veteran is a bit banged up, but should be good to go when the Panthers face Tampa Bay this Sunday.

4. Terrence McGee – CB, Buf
Like Nate Clements, McGee was another key factor in the Bills’ victory against the Rams. With a sack, an interception, two pass defenses and seven tackles, the sophomore CB made his presence felt throughout the entire game. Unfortunately, he’s not a consistent fantasy producer; his production this week equals his output over the last month.

5. Dunta Robinson – CB, Hou
The fourth cornerback in this week’s top five, the talented rookie had what might have been the best game of his young career, with an interception, four pass defenses and eight tackles in a tight loss to the Green Bay Packers. He might not be a viable fantasy starter quite yet, but keep an eye on this South Carolina product, especially looking ahead to next season.

6. Will Witherspoon – LB, Car
Witherspoon is on his way to the best season of his career, and this game was one of the highlights to date. No fantasy owner can complain about twelve tackles and a sack.

7. Danny Clark – LB, Oak
Clark’s stat line may not be flashy, but tackles are the meat and potatoes of a fantasy linebacker, and with 13 stops and three assists against the Chargers, the former Jaguar served up extra helpings this week.

8. Ty Warren – DT, NE
With a pair of sacks in the Patriots’ third straight win since having their record-breaking streak snapped by Pittsburgh, Warren equaled his previous output this season. He also added seven tackles and forced a fumble, posting the best fantasy numbers of his career.

9. Patrick Surtain – CB, Mia
Surtain recorded his third interception and first sack of the year as well as a season-high six tackles against Seattle. Unfortunately, he also suffered a calf injury; keep an eye on his status.

10. Al Wilson – LB, Den
Wilson didn’t have far to go after picking off an Aaron Brooks pass in Sunday’s win over New Orleans. After running for just seven yards, Wilson was able to celebrate the first touchdown of his six-year career.

Just missed: Landon Johnson (LB, Cin), James Farrior (LB, Pit), Michael Boulware (S, Sea), Torrie Cox (CB, TB)

Top Defenders of the Season to Date

1. Zach Thomas – LB, Mia
2. Rodney Harrison – S, NE
3. Terrence McGee – CB, Buf
4. London Fletcher – LB, Buf
5. Ray Lewis – LB, Bal
6. Antoine Winfield – CB, Min
7. Jamie Sharper – LB, Hou
8. Mike Green – S, Chi
9. Ronde Barber – CB, TB
10. Lance Briggs – LB, Chi
11. Ed Reed – S, Bal
12. Derrick Brooks – LB, TB
13. Adrian Wilson – S, Ari
14. Will Witherspoon – LB, Car
15. James Farrior – LB, Pit
16. Keith Bulluck – LB, Ten
17. Mike Peterson – LB, Jax
18. Madieu Williams – CB, Cin
19. Cato June – LB, Ind
20. Danny Clark – LB, Oak

Arlo Vander is still amazed at how far Atlanta LB Chris Draft’s fantasy star has fallen this year.

Who were your top defenders of week 11?

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