Week 6 continues the revolving door of IDPs due to bye weeks. Week 5 started the ‘tryout’ sessions for replacement IDPs, but not only could these be fill-ins for ‘stars,’ but these could also become fixtures in your lineups. The previous couple weeks have yielded some great buys that most likely are now off the market, so don’t miss out! Week 6, sound the horn!
Chris Clemons – DE, SEA
Owned in 2% of Yahoo Leagues
Clemons was a non-thought as an IDP start in the first two weeks of the year, due in part to playing time. In Week 3 he had his coming out party with a pair of sacks, and he followed it up in Week 4 with another two-sack showing. Following the bye the Seahawks have a nice match-up this week as they head to Solider Field to take on the Bears. Obviously we all either saw or heard about the Giants absolutely destroying the Bear O-Line, and although Clemons and Red Bryant are no Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, the Bear line hasn’t gotten any better in two weeks.
Week 6 Projections: 3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1.5 sacks
John Abraham – DE, ATL
Owned in 6% of Yahoo Leagues
We’re hot rolling back time here — Abraham looks like he could actually be back to the 2008-2009 form. This week Atlanta matches up against the Eagles, who look to be starting Kevin Kolb again this week. Even if Michael Vick plays I feel this is still a solid pick. Abraham is a big time rush DE that can play all three downs, as he’s also active in the running game too. After last week’s two-sack performance, it looks like he is back in line for a nice game as this one could be a shootout.
Week 6 Projections: 2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sacks, 1 pass deflection
Cullen Jenkins – DE, GB
Owned in 10% of Yahoo Leagues
Club hand and all, Jenkins is looking like a nice sleeper pick this week against Miami. The ‘Phins have only surrendered nine total sacks so far this year, but the Packers rush defense is something out of a fairy tale, it seems. The news looks a bit grim on Clay Matthews’ status for this week, but with or without the mad man on the other side I see Jenkins being a disruption in the Miami backfield.
Week 6 Projections: 5 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1.5 sacks
Ernie Sims – LB, PHI
Owned in 1% of Yahoo Leagues
Sims has been a fairly large disappointment so far, as have his fellow Philly ‘backers, but this week could be the week that he lives up to what he did in Detroit. Facing the Falcons at home can help any linebacker’s status the rest of the year, thanks to their league leading 36 rushing attempts per game. Sims is the Eagles leading tackle guy so far, and he’s also a linebacker that can do it all in the run game, pass game and pass rush.
Week 6 Projections: 9 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 pass defended
AJ Hawk – LB, GB
Owned in 8% of Yahoo Leagues
This may finally be Hawk’s time to shine, and if it’s not now, it may never be his time. With Nick Barnett out due to injury, Hawk instantly becomes the guy in the middle that is counted upon to make the plays. This week will be the best test for him and a great time to finally be able to add Hawk and start him with confidence. Going up against one of the more run-dominated offenses in the league (Miami), Hawk should have a great day.
Week 6 Projections: 8 solo tackles, 4 assisted, 1 pass defended
Kevin Burnett – LB, SD
Owned in 17% of Yahoo Leagues
I know this is the second week that I’ve had Burnett on my list, and he is also getting close to the cutoff line at 17%, but please add him. Going up against St. Louis this week, Burnett looks like he’ll have another gem game for Burnett. Burnett is another all-arounder (run D, pass D and pass rush), as is evident with his four sacks, three passes defended and 30 total tackles. Look for Sam Bradford to have to put the ball in the air around 40-50 times again this week, and for Burnett and the rest of the SD defense to pin their ears back and go after him.
Week 6 Projections: 6 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1.5 sacks, 1 pass deflection
Ronde Barber – CB, TAM
Owned in 7% of Yahoo Leagues
BOOM! A blast from the past– well, not really the past — but Barber is still getting it done after all these years. Barber is averaging just under six tackles a game, and he goes up against undoubtedly one of the most prolific passing offenses in the league. Barber will have his hands full, but in IDP fantasy leagues, that’s a good thing.
Week 6 Projections: 6 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 INT, 1 pass deflection
Earl Thomas – S, SEA
Owned in 8% of Yahoo Leagues
Thomas came into the NFL with the characteristics that remind me a bit of Ed Reed, a ball hawk who sticks his nose in on every play. Seattle plays him in this same role. Thomas is on a mini-roll coming off the bye with three INTs in his last two games, and he will see his fair share of balls through the air facing the Martz air show. Cutler has been deemed good to go for this week, so that has shored up the fact that the Bears should go back to the air game instead of running 30 times this week.
Week 6 Projections: 4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble
Eric Weddle – S, SD
Owned in 15% of Yahoo Leagues
As apparent by the percentage of Weddle owners, many have just flat given up on him already this year. I haven’t, and this week looks like a juicy match-up for a coming-out party. Weddle has still been very active in the passing game, but not quite as active in the running game as last year. This was due a lot in part to injuries last year, but after seeing the Rams push Bradford to 50 pass attempts a couple weeks ago, the team looks comfortable seeing him air it out. I see SD jumping out early and watching Bradford go for 50+ again.
Week 6 Projections: 7 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 fumble recovery
Team Defense/Special Teams
New England D/ST
Owned in 39% of Yahoo Leagues
This should be a match-up of defenses in a low scoring affair. The Patriots D/ST has really come alive after a shaky first couple of weeks, due in part to Patrick Chung’s huge explosion. Not only has NE’s D been stout lately, but their special teams have also come up big. They currently sit towards the top of the league in return yards, blocked kicks, touchdowns and INTs. Flacco should have to air it out a bit to try to open up the running game; vultures on D will eat it up.
Owned in 38% of Yahoo Leagues
The Falcons D/ST has quietly worked themselves up the ranks but are still not being very respected by fantasy owners. Kolb looked great on his first couple drives, but after that he fizzled a bit, and Philly turned to the run. Even if Vick is back in the lineup, the Falcons have enough speed at the ends and in the linebacking corps to hang tough with Vick’s speed. Their special teams have been a bit lacking since Jerious Norwood went down with his injury, but what they lost there they gained in pass coverage, ranking #1 in INTs.
Kansas City D/ST
Owned in 9% of Yahoo Leagues
That’s right, KC’s D against the big air game of Houston. The Chiefs’ pass D looked stout last week against one of, if not the best game-managing QB in Peyton Manning. Giving up a mere 57 points so far (third in the league and one of only three Ds to allow under 60 points) and racking up mega return yardage with Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas scores them a solid spot in my under 10% owned section. The two Brandons (Flowers and Carr) on the outside look to shutdown Andre Johnson and whatever WR2 Houston throws out opposite.
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