2011 IDP Game Notes: Week 13

Written By: Johnny Davis

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Eagles @ Seahawks
- Seattle MLB David Hawthorne (3 solo tackles-3 assists, pass defensed, 77-yd int return TD) delivered a highlight reel big play. WLB Leroy Hill (6-0, 1 sack) is a steady tackler. You could do worse than FS Earl Thomas (4-2). DE Chris Clemons (3-0) can deliver a monster game at any moment, but not this time. SS Kam Chancellor (3-1, int, PD) got a pick to help his suffering tackle numbers. CB Brandon Browner (3-0, 2 int, 3 PD) has been hot.

- Philly SS Kurt Coleman (5-6) continues his success story. DE Trent Cole (2-1, 1 sack) has not been the Trent Cole of old, but at least he got a sack. MLB Jamar Chaney (7-5) has been putting up good tackle numbers. Not much has worked for the Eagles this year, but DE Jason Babin (2-0, 2 sacks) has. FS Nate Allen (6-6) has put up good fantasy numbers when given a chance.

Titans @ Bills
- Tennessee MLB Colin McCarthy (9-0, 2 fumble recoveries, FF, PD) is topping man crush lists everywhere. Jordan Babineaux (1-1) and Chris Hope (4-0) split time at the SS spot. CB Jason McCourty (2-0) left with a concussion.

- Buffalo SS Da’Norris Searcy (6-3) has filled in nicely for George Wilson. ILB Nick Barnett (8-3, 1 sack) continues his hot streak. FS Jairus Byrd (8-1, FF) had one of his better games.

Raiders @ Dolphins
- Miami ILB Karlos Dansby (6-1, PD) bounced back after a disappearing act the last two weeks. ILB Kevin Burnett (4-0, 1 sack, PD, 34-yd int return TD) has been red hot. SS Yeremiah Bell (3-2) has seen his production taper off.

- Oakland MLB Rolando McClain (7-1) played only days after being arrested for bonehead off-field move of the season. I’ll be shocked if he avoids a suspension. SLB Kamerion Wimbley (3-0) has not found consistency yet. SS Tyvon Branch (4-0) had his worst tackling game of the season. DT Desmond Bryant (4-0, 1 sack) has four sacks in the last four games.

Colts @ Patriots
- New England WLB Jerod Mayo (2-5, int, PD) is trying to help your fantasy team. SLB Rob Ninkovich (2-1, 1 sack) has a sack in each of the last three games. WR Matt Slater (6-1, FF) was a fantasy-relevant DB on this day. DT Vince Wilfork (5-5, 1 sack) was huge, in more than one way. DE Andre Carter (1-1) and DE Mark Anderson (0-1) have fallen off the map.

- Indy MLB Pat Angerer (0-0) hurt his knee on the first play of the game. FS Antoine Bethea (4-5) continues to tackle well. CB Jerraud Powers (1-1) suffered a season-ending elbow injury.

Bengals @ Steelers
- Pittsburgh OLB James Harrison (5-1, 3 sacks) gets sacks in bunches. SS Troy Polamalu (3-1, PD) played despite last week’s concussion. ILB Lawrence Timmons (6-2) may be back on track.

- Cincy’s D-line seems to always be the headline, but it’s hard to tell who’s going to show up. DE Frostee Rucker (4-1) had a good game, DT Domata Peko (1-3, 1 sack) got a sack, DT Geno Atkins (1-1) disappointed after a three-game sack streak, and DE Michael Johnson (4-1, 1 sack) had a great game after news came out that he had been benched. MLB Rey Maualuga (6-0) has six solos in each of the last two games.

Jets @ Redskins
- New York SS Eric Smith (6-2, fumble recovery, PD) has been a pretty consistent tackler. DT Sione Pouha (3-1, PD) has been about as valuable as you can expect a DT to be. OLB Aaron Maybin (2-0, FF, 1 sack) got another sack. ILB David Harris (5-0, 2 PD) has been tackling well lately.

- Washington ILB London Fletcher (9-8) had another monster tackling game. Rookie OLB Ryan Kerrigan (3-3, PD) broke a streak of at least .5 sack in each of the last four games. ILB Perry Riley (3-5, fumble recovery) continues to show value.

Chiefs @ Bears
- We expect these kinds of numbers out of Kansas City ILB Derrick Johnson (7-1, 1 sack), but OLB Justin Houston (7-0, FF, 3 sacks, PD) could make a name for himself with more games like this. OLB Tamba Hali (1-0, 1 sack) injured his hand. SS Jon McGraw (2-1, int, 1 sack, PD) filled up the box score. ILB Jovan Belcher (5-2) has been showing value.

- After Chicago SS Major Wright (4-1) hurt his shoulder, Craig Steltz (9-1, FF) came in and dominated. CB Charles Tillman (8-1, PD) got back to his studly ways. MLB Brian Urlacher (2-0) cannot be counted on. DE Israel Idonije (5-1, 1 sack) is capable of a big game.

Broncos @ Vikings
- With Denver’s rookie SLB Von Miller out with a thumb injury, Mario Haggan (7-5, PD, 16-yd int return TD) was phenomenal. DE Elvis Dumervil (2-2, 1 sack) continues to terrorize QBs.

- Minnesota DE Jared Allen (3-0, fumble recovery, FF, 1 sack) is unstoppable. SLB Chad Greenway (2-4) left briefly with an elbow injury. MLB E.J. Henderson (5-0) came down off of the elite numbers he had posted the two previous weeks.

Panthers @ Bucs
- Carolina SS Charles Godfrey (9-2) has put up top-shelf numbers the last few games. SLB James Anderson (2-1) has tailed off a bit. WLB Jordan Senn (5-2) is getting plenty of playing time.

- Good lord! Is this what Tampa Bay rookie DE Da’Quan Bowers (7-1, 1.5 sacks, PD) can do with a clean bill of health and playing time? SS Sean Jones (9-1) had his best tackling game of the season.

Falcons @ Texans
- Houston OLB Connor Barwin (1-0, 2 PD) came back down to Earth after posting an eye-popping 6.5 sacks in the last three games. ILB Brian Cushing (5-1) banged up his knee. OLB Brooks Reed (3-2) failed to get a sack for the first time since week 6. Rookie DE J.J. Watt (0-0) disappointed.

- That’s more like it for Atlanta MLB Curtis Lofton (11-0, 1 sack). WLB Sean Weatherspoon (5-2, PD) had a good game. James Sanders (10-0, fumble recovery) is the starting SS.

Ravens @ Browns
- With MLB Ray Lewis still nursing a foot injury, DE/OLB Terrell Suggs (2-2, 1 sack, PD) did well. SS Bernard Pollard (3-1, PD) had a disappointing game. DT Haloti Ngata (1-1, 2 PD) can do better. CB Lardarius Webb (2-0, 68-yd punt return TD) housed a punt.

- Cleveland rookie DE Jabaal Sheard (6-3, FF, 1 sack, PD) is on a hot streak. MLB D’Qwell Jackson (8-4) tackles with the best of them.

Packers @ Giants
- Green Bay OLB Clay Matthews (1-1, FF, 1 sack, PD, 38-yd int return TD) filled up the stat sheet. ILB D.J. Smith (6-2) filled in nicely for Desmond Bishop. CB Charles Woodson (5-1) left with a concussion. SS Morgan Burnett (5-1, 2 PD) can remain at least relevant with numbers like that.

- Injury problems for the G-men: DE Osi Umenyiora and LBs Michael Boley and Mark Herzlich came into this game hurt, and now SS Kenny Phillips (1-0, PD) joins them after banging up the knee that ended his 2009 season. DT Linval Joseph (9-0) has had some decent games, but nothing close to a nine-solo outing. DE Justin Tuck (4-1, 1 sack) had his best game in a while.

Cowboys @ Cardinals
- Arizona ILB Daryl Washington (8-1) is showing reliability. Rookie CB Patrick Peterson (5-0, 3 PD) continues to show value. ILB Paris Lenon (4-1, 1 sack) keeps getting it done. DE Calais Campbell (2-1, 1 sack, PD) continues his outstanding season.

- Dallas ILB Sean Lee (5-2, PD) says he won’t need surgery on his wrist. OLB Demarcus Ware (3-0, 1 sack) got to the QB again.

Rams @ 49ers
- San Fran ILB Patrick Willis (0-0) left with a hamstring injury and Larry Grant (5-1, 1 sack) filled in nicely. ILB Navorro Bowman (6-0) might have to lead the D if Willis misses time. Rookie OLB Aldon Smith (3-0, fumble recovery, 2 sacks) is having an unbelievable season. FS Dashon Goldson (3-0, int, PD) has four picks in the last six games.

- St. Louis SS Darian Stewart was inactive with a concussion and Craig Dahl (11-2, FF) picked up the slack. MLB James Laurinaitis (10-2, 1 sack) continues his monster season. DE Chris Long (3-0, 2 sacks) has at least 1 sack in each of the last six games. DE James Hall (3-0, 1 sack) got a sack too.

Lions @ Saints
- New Orleans MLB Jonathan Vilma (6-4, PD) returned from injury. FS Malcolm Jenkins (6-1, PD) has been tackling well. SS Roman Harper (2-2, 2 PD) has been cold the last two games.

- Detroit MLB Stephen Tulloch (5-5) has been an inconsistent tackler. SS Amari Spievey (9-1) racked up the tackles as Drew Brees put on a passing display. WLB Deandre Levy (2-0) has fallen off the map. Rookie DT Nick Fairley (2-1, 1 sack) got his first sack of the season.

Chargers @ Jags
- San Diego FS Eric Weddle (4-0, int, PD) got another pick. ILB Donald Butler (6-2, PD) left with a foot injury. ILB Takeo Spikes (6-3) has had two straight strong games.

- Jacksonville MLB Paul Posluszny (7-4) had a great game, but the rest of the Jags’ usual suspects were unspectacular: SLB Daryl Smith (2-2), DE Jeremy Mincey (2-0), and SS Dawan Landry (1-0).

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Last Updated: December 6, 2011
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