2011 IDP Game Notes: Week 12

Written By: Johnny Davis

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Packers @ Lions
- Both Green Bay ILBs Desmond Bishop (2 solo tackles-2 assists) and A.J. Hawk (4-2, pass defensed) left the game with lower leg injuries. Rookie D.J. Smith (5-1) and Rob Francois (3-0, int, PD) did well in their absence. SS Morgan Burnett (5-0) continues to break hearts. OLB Clay Matthews (3-1, int, PD) is wildly inconsistent. CB Charles Woodson (4-1, int, PD) got another pick.

- Detroit MLB Stephen Tulloch (3-0, PD) and WLB Deandre Levy (1-2) had down games. DE Cliff Avril (2-0, forced fumble, 1 sack, PD) continues to wreak havoc in the backfield. DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (3-1) has been more active lately. It’s too bad DT Ndamukong Suh (1-0) doesn’t get fantasy points for tapdancing on opponents.

Dolphins @ Cowboys
- Dallas ILB Sean Lee’s (5-2, 1 sack) numbers don’t appear to be affected by his wrist injury. OLB Demarcus Ware (0-1, fumble recovery) has cooled off the last couple of games.

- Miami ILB Karlos Dansby (2-0) has inexplicably fallen off the map after a five-game hot streak. ILB Kevin Burnett (11-1) came back strong in this game after a disappearing act of his own last week. OLB Cameron Wake (4-0, 1 sack) got a sack and a handful of tackles. SS Yeremiah Bell (4-0) hasn’t had high tackle numbers lately.

49ers @ Ravens
- Baltimore decided to put on a sacking display: DE/OLB Terrell Suggs (3-0, FF, 3 sacks), DT Haloti Ngata (4-0, 2 sacks), and DE Cory Redding (4-1, 2.5 sacks). SS Bernard Pollard (6-2) keeps seeing his tackle numbers rise. CB Lardarius Webb (3-1, int, .5 sack, 2 PD) was all over the stat sheet. SS Ed Reed (0-1, PD) was useless.

- San Fran ILBs Patrick Willis (4-4, PD) and Navorro Bowman (4-4) had tame numbers by their standards. DE Justin Smith (2-3) hasn’t had a sack since week 6.

Panthers @ Colts
- Carolina SLB James Anderson (3-7) got a lot of assists, if that excites you. With WLB Omar Gaither out with a knee injury, Jordan Senn (3-7) saw plenty of action. DE Charles Johnson (0-1, .5 sack, PD) is struggling to stay relevant. DE Greg Hardy (1-1) has done very little lately. SS Charles Godfrey (4-2, FF, 1 sack, PD) has been scoring well.

- Indy MLB Pat Angerer (3-4, 1 sack) is getting plenty of action but owners would probably like more solo tackles. FS Antoine Bethea (6-3) came out of the bye strong. DE Robert Mathis (2-2, 1 sack) got another sack.

Bills @ Jets
- New York ILB David Harris (7-1, 1 sack) has been tackling well lately. OLB Aaron Maybin (2-0, 2 sacks) rose from the dead to get two sacks. CB Darrelle Revis (8-0, PD) would be a lot more valuable if he tackled like this all the time.

- Buffalo ILB Nick Barnett (6-2) keeps on trucking. FS Jairus Byrd (4-0, PD) has cooled off. With SS George Wilson still out, rookie Da’Norris Searcy (3-0) could not seize the opportunity.

Browns @ Bengals
- Just when you think it’s safe to give up on Cincy MLB Rey Maualuga (6-4), he has a good game. DT Geno Atkins (2-1, 1 sack, 2 PD) and DE Robert Geathers (1-5, 1 sack) got to the QB.

- Cleveland MLB D’Qwell Jackson (5-4) is a tackling machine. DT Ahytba Rubin (4-2) is having a god season. Rookie DE Jabaal Sheard (4-0, FF, 1 sack) continues to show bright promise. SS Usama Young (4-2) continues to fill in for T.J. Ward.

Bucs @ Titans
- It’s hard not to start feeling a little man crush coming on for Tennessee rookie MLB Colin McCarthy (7-3, int, PD). I’m feeling the urge to throw rookie SLB Akeem Ayers (6-2) some love, too. It looks like SS Jordan Babineaux (4-2, FF) has reserved a permanent bench spot for Chris Hope. DE Dave Ball (3-1, fumble recovery, FF, 2 sacks) came back strong from a concussion.

- Tampa Bay CB Ronde Barber (6-1, FF) continues to amaze me. DE Adrian Clayborn (3-0, 1 sack) got another sack. Rookie MLB Mason Foster (4-1, PD) has been underwhelming. DT Albert Haynesworth (4-0) posted his second game with four solo tackles since joining the Bucs. FS Tanard Jackson (4-1, fumble recovery, PD) returned from injury.

Texans @ Jaguars
- Houston OLB Connor Barwin (7-3, 4 sacks) has 6.5 sacks in his last three games. Rookie OLB Brooks Reed (2-2, 1 sack) has 6 sacks in his last five games. Rookie DE J.J. Watt (5-2, 2 sacks, PD) has plowed through the rookie wall.

- Jacksonville’s usual suspects did nothing all that spectacular: MLB Paul Posluszny (4-3, FF), SLB Daryl Smith (4-1), SS Dawan Landry (2-2), and DE Jeremy Mincey (0-0). Russell Allen (4-3, FF) started at WLB with Clint Session out for the year. CB Ashton Youboty (8-0, 38-yd fumble recovery for TD) hasn’t been a very good fantasy player, but he’d be solid gold in a funny name contest.

Vikings @ Falcons
- Atlanta WLB Sean Weatherspoon (7-3, 1 sack) gained a little steam back after a weak game or two. It was funny to see MLB Curtis Lofton (2-7, PD) try to cover Percy Harvin on a deep route.

- This game of fantasy football would be a lot simpler if they were all as reliable as Minnesota SLB Chad Greenway (7-9). MLB E.J. Henderson (9-3) has had two straight big games. Maybe your league should consider giving DE Jared Allen (5-0) extra points for doubling as the long snapper ... not that he needs it.

Cardinals @ Rams
- Momma, there goes that man: Arizona rookie CB Patrick Peterson (5-0, 80-yd punt return TD) has been fantasy gold if you get points for punt returns. ILB Daryl Washington (5-0, PD) has cooled off a bit. ILB Paris Lenon (5-1, fumble recovery) gets it done every now and then. DE Calais Campbell (5-0) just won’t be stopped. Rookie OLB Sam Acho (3-0, fumble recovery, FF, 2 sacks) has five sacks on the season.

- St. Louis MLB James Laurinaitis (4-2, int, PD) is a pretty good fantasy player, and he’s the son of former WWF wrestler Animal of the Road Warriors tag team, in case you care. DE Chris Long (3-1, 1 sack) has seven sacks in his last five games. WLB Chris Chamberlain (6-1) and SS Darian Stewart (5-2, 1 sack) both left with injuries. Rookie DE Robert Quinn (1-0, 1 sack) has four sacks in his last five games.

Bears @ Raiders
- Oakland SLB Kamerion Wimbley (4-0, int, 1 sack, PD) has caught my eye. SS Tyvon Branch (8-0, 1 sack) had a great game, to no one’s surprise. MLB Rolando McClain (5-1, 1 sack) had one of his better games. DE Lamarr Houston (5-0) has been spotty.

- The biggest surprise out of this game for Chicago was that CB Charles Tillman (3-2) wasn’t spectacular. MLB Brian Urlacher (5-0) is painfully inconsistent. SS Major Wright (6-1, PD) has been scoring well. DE Julius Peppers (5-0, 2 sacks) came back strong after laying an egg last week.

Redskins @ Seahawks
- Washington ILB Perry Riley (6-8) continues to make waves. ILB London Fletcher (4-7) is ageless. Inspired by the Geico caveman, OLB Brian Orakpo (3-1, .5 sack, PD) “Orakpoed” half a QB. SS LaRon Landry (3-1, 1 sack, PD) tweaked his groin. Rookie OLB Ryan Kerrigan (2-2) was quiet by his standards.

- Seattle MLB David Hawthorne (5-2) left with a knee injury. WLB Leroy Hill (6-2) had a good tackling game. Looks like feast or famine for DE Chris Clemons (1-1). SS Kam Chancellor (3-1) has cooled off since a hot start to the season.

Broncos @ Chargers
- Tebow gets all the love, but Denver’s defense has been beasting out: WLB D.J. Williams (10-2), rookie SLB Von Miller (8-2, 1 sack, PD), DE Elvis Dumervil (3-2, 2 sacks), and MLB Joe Mays (6-1).

- A handful of San Diego IDPs benefitted from Denver’s rushing attack: ILB Takeo Spikes (8-6), ILB Donald Butler (6-0), OLB Na’il Diggs (5-0), and FS Eric Weddle (5-2, PD).

Patriots @ Eagles
- After splashing onto the fantasy scene by terrorizing QBs, New England DEs Andre Carter (1-0) and Mark Anderson (1-0) came up short in this one. WLB Jerod Mayo (3-0) disappointed as well. Kyle Arrington (10-0, 2 PD) has been scoring well for a CB. SLB Rob Ninkovich (3-0, 1 sack) has been making noise.

- Philly SS Kurt Coleman (11-1) has had some huge tackle numbers in his last few games. MLB Jamar Chaney (2-0, PD) fell flat on his face.

Steelers @ Chiefs
- After Pittsburgh SS Troy Polamalu (2-0) left with a concussion, Ryan Mundy (8-3, int, PD) had himself a game. ILB Lawrence Timmons (7-1) had his best game since week 1. Jason Worilds (4-2, 1 sack) scored well with OLB Lamarr Woodley inactive with a hamstring injury. OLB James Harrison (4-1) hasn’t made much noise since his three-sack week 9 performance.

- Kansas City ILB Derrick Johnson (8-1) has been racking up the tackles lately. SS Jon McGraw (3-1, PD) returned from a shoulder injury.

Giants @ Saints
- New Orleans MLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (6-5, FF) continues to play well in Jonathan Vilma’s absence. SS Roman Harper (3-1, fumble recovery) had a down game. DE Will Smith (4-1, FF, 1 sack) emerged from the crypt to have a huge game.

- New York DE Justin Tuck (4-0) finally got a handful of solo tackles but nothing else. DE Jason Pierre-Paul (5-1) surprisingly didn’t get a sack or pass break-up. DE Osi Umenyiora (0-1) left the game with an ankle injury. There wasn’t much out of SLB Mathias Kiwanuka (3-1).

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Last Updated: November 29, 2011
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