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|LDE John Abraham (ATL) - Once again healthy, "Little John" Abraham is showing signs of why he is considered one of the game's best pass-rushing defensive ends in the last 10 years (85.5 sacks during that time). He had two sacks last week and has a good enough end in Kroy Biermann playing opposite of him to keep opposing offenses honest. He's not a big tackle producer, but has high DL2 value in sack-heavy leagues.|
|WILB D.J. Williams (DEN) - Many owners panicked and dropped Williams after back-to-back disappointing performances in weeks 2 and 3. Big mistake. Williams was seeing below average tackle opportunities during those games which were largely responsible for those low tackle numbers. With the tackle opportunity back to normal the last two games, Williams has registered 18 solos and 7 assists in those games. He's a good bet to finish around 100 solos and 20 assists for the season.|
|MLB Stephen Tulloch (TEN) - I was very high on Tulloch entering into the season. Why? Here was my rationale: Tulloch posted 94 solo tackles and 27 assists last season as a two-down linebacker. With Keith Bulluck gone, Tulloch became a three-down linebacker and the leader of the defense. I had him projected for over 100 solos and 25-30 assists. Tulloch struggled a bit the first two games of the season but seems to have righted the ship recently. He's put up a whopping 38 total tackles in his last three games! He's an LB1 moving forward. I'd rather have him then James Anderson.|
|FS Kerry Rhodes (ARI) - Rhodes seems to have resurrected his career in Arizona under defensive coordinator Bill Davis. He's had 5 or more solo tackles in four consecutive games and has amazingly/luckily recovered a fumble for a TD in successive games. He also has an interception. The Cardinals defense has been on the field a lot so far this season and since I don't see their offense improving much, I would expect that trend to continue and Rhodes' production to continue along with it.|
|RCB DeAngelo Hall (WAS) - I always wonder why people doubt Hall's fantasy value. I've always thought he was one of the most consistent fantasy corners out there. He's had a very solid season so far; he's averaging nearly 6 solo tackles per game and 3 assists. He also has an interception (for a TD), a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Hall has had 4 or more interceptions for five years running and is capable of solid tackle numbers. I wouldn't be afraid to use him as CB1 in CB-required leagues.|
|RDE Dwight Freeney (IND) - I've written about my disdain for Freeney's inflated fantasy value ad nauseam over the last few months. Even if he had 20 sacks in a season, he still wouldn't be the top scoring defensive lineman in most scoring systems since he hardly ever gets tackles outside of a sack. He had just 6 solo tackles last year that weren't accounted for by a sack. Pathetic. So far this season he hasn't had more than 2 solo tackles in a game. Weak. I'd much rather own Robert Mathis.|
|WILB David Harris (NYJ) - I've never been a huge David Harris fan from a fantasy perspective. His tackle numbers have always been a bit low for a top 10 linebacker. He relies on sacks for a good portion of his points (5.5 sacks last season) and I personally don't like to depend on that type of production. So far this season Harris has really only had one above average tackle game and has failed to register a sack. I don't think he's worth dropping since he could go off at anytime, but I don't see him as a starter right now in leagues that only play two linebackers.|
|MLB Barrett Ruud (TB) - Ruud has put up over 100 solo tackles in each of the last two seasons and has established himself as one of the premier names in IDP Fantasy Football. However, this year is shaping up to be a different story. The below average play of Bucs interior defensive lineman has allowed blockers to get to the second level and get a helmet on Ruud who is struggling to get off of these blocks. Combine this with the improved play of fellow linebackers Quincy Black and Geno Hayes and you have a recipe for a down year out of Ruud. I do think his numbers will improve as the season wears on, but I'm not holding my breath in anticipation for another 100+ solo tackle season.|
|WILB Keith Brooking (DAL) - Brooking absolutely burned me last week by putting up a goose egg after I recommended him for my pickup of the week. Being a HUGE Cowboys fan, I watched every snap of that game. And let me tell you, Brooking played like sh**. He missed two interception opportunities and a few tackles. The Cowboys opted to bring in rookie Sean Lee for a decent amount snaps in their five linebacker packages which were installed to slow down Chris Johnson. Lee played pretty darn well and I'm afraid that he's going to start taking nickel snaps away from Brooking. If this is the case, Brooking returns to low LB3 value. Plus, he's a pumpkin-pie haircutted freak.|
|SS Eric Weddle (SD) - Weddle has been a huge disappointment to owners this season. Perhaps we should have seen this coming as the writing was on the wall. Weddle's huge 2008 tackle production was a result of a piss-poor San Diego front seven and a serious lack of talent at the strong safety position. These two things allowed Weddle to rack up tackles left and right. Now that the Chargers front seven is much improved, there are less ballcarriers getting to the secondary thereby decreasing Weddle's tackle numbers. I see Weddle has a DB4 moving forward.|
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Last Updated: October 14, 2010