StrategyOctober 20, 2010


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D-Day Week 7

By bazzy_51

Byes are still looming loudly this week, but don’t fear; we have viable replacements coming!  One thing I would like to point out is the fact that some of our previous candidates on these lists may actually be getting dumped this week, or may be overlooked because of their bye.  Prime example of this would be Zac Diles, who looks to be the permanent fill-in at MLB after Demeco Ryans went down with a season-ending knee injury.  Just keep that in mind!  Week 7, sound the horn!

Defensive Linemen

Dwan Edwards – BUF, DT/DE
Owned in 8% of Yahoo Leagues

Dwan Edwards has quietly put together a very respectable year on a lowly Buffalo squad.  Although he has yet to record a sack, he has racked up tackles, ranking him third overall in total tackles for defensive linemen.  He seems to be in on pretty much every tackle at or around the line of scrimmage.  He is a very active DL, and with Baltimore next up on the schedule, I really see a possibility of him finally landing in the sack column.

Week 7 Projections:  4 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 sack

Ray Edwards – MIN, DE
Owned in 12% of Yahoo Leagues

No, I’m not going with an Edwards theme this week, but going up against a shaky Green Bay O-line makes Ray Edwards a great play.  With Jared Allen on the other side of the line drawing double teams all day, and with the Williams Wall in the middle, Edwards should be one-on-one on the edge all game.

Week 7 Projections:  2 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1.5 sacks

Vince Wilfork – NE, NE
Owned in 3% of Yahoo Leagues

Wilfork has been absent on the scene thus far this year, but this may be the week that things change.  Going up against San Diego, a team that has become more and more of a pass dependent offense, will allow the New England D-line to tee off.  Wilfork is a big part of the success of the Pats so he naturally draws more attention, but double teams can only last so long.  Philip Rivers may also be without Antonio Gates, and outside of Malcom Floyd his receivers have been below average at best.

Week 7 Projections:  4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 pass deflection

Linebackers

AJ Hawk – LB, GB
Owned in 12% of Yahoo Leagues

This is the second time Hawk has been on this list, but he’s still owned in very few leagues.  Everything that Nick Barnett had in the middle of the GB D is now resting on Hawk’s shoulders.  Last week, he had a team-high 13 tackles and should only see that number increase this week against run happy Minnesota.  Hawk tweaked a groin in the game last week, but all reports say he’s good to go this week.

Week 7 Projections:  9 solo tackles, 6 assisted tackles

Paul Posluszny – LB, BUF
Owned in 17% of Yahoo Leagues

I had to put Posluszny down this week even though he’s close to the cusp line; if he isn’t owned in your league, please snatch him up quick!  Ownership in only 17% of leagues is crazy for this guy, especially after back-to-back double-digit tackle totals and a bye week last week.  He will be fully rested up to take on the strong rushing attack of the Ravens.  Looking for a huge week out of Pos.

Week 7 Projections:  10 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 forced fumble

Dhani Jones – LB, CIN
Owned in 6% of Yahoo Leagues

The starting middle linebacker goes up against one of the top teams in terms of rushing attempts per game? Yes please.  Jones has been mighty quiet so far in 2010, but he is a guy who has recorded triple-digit tackle totals the last two years in Cincy.  This week should yield big returns out of Jones.

Week 7 Projections:  7 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, .5 sack

Defensive Backs

Stanford Routt – DB, OAK
Owned in 0% of Yahoo Leagues

I know, you’re saying who?!  Routt is the cornerback starting opposite of one of the best in the game in Oakland, Nnamdi Asomugha.  I made this pick based on three reasons: one, he starts opposite of Asomugha, meaning QBs tend to pick on him a bit more because they don’t want to throw against Asomugha; two, because Denver and Kyle Orton flat sling the ball all over; and finally, because Knowshon Moreno is still an injury risk and the running game is pitiful.

Week 7 Projections:  3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 INT

Corey Webster – CB, NYG
Owned in 2% of Yahoo Leagues

Webster is a top option regardless of match-up every year, but this year has been struggling a bit.  This week should definitely change the results we have seen thus far, especially against a struggling offense in Dallas.  The 1-5 is no joke; sorry, but Dallas is sad and totally one dimensional because of an over abundance of RBs that want the ball, but can’t have it.  Tony Romo will probably have to put the ball in the air 40-50 times this week to hang with the Giants, playing into the hands of a very good NYG secondary.

Week 7 Projections:  4 solo tackles, 1 INT, 2 passes defended

Brent Grimes – CB – ATL
Owned in 5% of Yahoo Leagues

Grimes has been a sleeper on my list all year thus far, but this is the week to bring him out.  Facing Cincy, with the two-headed receiving monster of Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, Grimes has a legit shot of seeing the ball coming his way no matter who lines up on a given play opposite of him.  This Atlanta secondary is no joke, and the secondary is playing crazy ball right now.  Facing a bit of a shaky Carson Palmer this week should keep the Falcons stats rolling.

Week 7 Projections:  7 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1INT, 1 pass defended

Team Defense/Special Teams

Washington D/ST
Owned in 10% of Yahoo Leagues

Washington is my pick this week for one simple reason: they are facing a pass-first offense this week, especially so with Jay Cutler back in the lineup.  So far this year, Indianapolis is the only pass-first offense that has put up more than 13 points against this Redskins defense.  Dallas, Green Bay and Philadelphia put up a combined 32 points.  This week should be no different, as this Chicago offensive line is quite possibly the worst of the bunch Washington have faced so far.

St. Louis D/ST
Owned in 10% of Yahoo Leagues

Look at the stats, not the record of this squad — yeah, zero offense, because the defense (outside of the lowly surprise of the Lions) has yet to surrender more than 17 points in a game.  This week, they go up against an up-and-coming offense, but it’s still more “coming” than “up.”  Don’t forget: the Rams’ special teams are towards the top side in the league in terms of return yards.

Carolina D/ST
Owned in 8% of Yahoo Leagues

See St. Louis D/ST.  Plus, this secondary in Carolina is top five with nine INTs so far this year.  The sacks and return yards out of the Panthers D is a bit of a disappointment, but going up against a QB that is on the hot seat and was as close to being pulled last week as you can get could mean a lot of success.


 
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