2011 IDP Game Notes: Week 14

Written By: Johnny Davis

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Browns @ Steelers
- With Pittsburgh OLB Lamarr Woodley still out, Jason Worilds (8 solo tackles-1 assist, forced fumble, 2 sacks) dominated. FS Ryan Clark (9-1) also had a big game. ILB Lawrence Timmons (5-3) continues to enjoy his return to the inside. SS Troy Polamalu (3-5, interception, 2 passes defensed) tweaked his hamstring.

- Cleveland MLB D’Qwell Jackson (7-6, fumble recovery, 1 sack) put up magnificent numbers, as usual. SLB Chris Gocong (7-1) has not been a reliable fantasy player, but I have to give him some love for his impressive goal line hits in this game. Rookie DE Jabaal Sheard (0-1) disappeared after a hot streak.

Eagles @ Dolphins
- Philly DE Trent Cole (7-0, 3 sacks) and DE Jason Babin (3-0, FF, 3 sacks) are QB nightmares. SS Kurt Coleman (5-1, int, PD) keeps scoring well.

- Miami ILB Karlos Dansby (7-2, PD) has had more ups than downs this season. SS Yeremiah Bell (6-1) hasn’t come close to repeating his 14-solo tackle performance in week 4.

Chiefs @ Jets
- New York ILB David Harris (4-2, 1 sack) remains a viable fantasy option. DT Sione Pouha (2-1, 1 sack, safety) has been scoring well. FS Jim Leonhard (0-1, int, 2 PD) went down for the season.

- Kansas City ILB Derrick Johnson (9-3, fumble recovery) has been red hot. Rookie OLB Justin Houston (2-2, 1 sack) has been garnering praise. OLB Tamba Hali (5-2, FF, 1 sack) had one of his better games. DE Tyson Jackson (6-2) has shown flashes of brilliance. SS Jon McGraw (1-3) can’t stay healthy.

Texans @ Bengals
- Houston OLB Connor Barwin (4-1, FF, 1 sack) continues to prey on QBs. OLB Brooks Reed (2-1, fumble recovery) has now gone two games without a sack.

- Apparently, threatening Cincy DE Michael Johnson (2-1, 1 sack) with a benching lit a fire underneath him. MLB Rey Maualuga (4-2, fumble recovery, 2 FF) has been scoring well the last few games. FS Reggie Nelson (7-2, int, 2 PD) had a big game. DT Geno Atkins (1-2, fumble recovery, FF, .5 sack) was all over the box score. WLB Thomas Howard (9-3) has been making noise.

Saints @ Titans
- New Orleans MLB Jonathan Vilma (0-1) disappeared after a strong week 13 return from injury. FS Malcolm Jenkins (8-2) has been tackling well lately. SS Roman Harper (5-1) has seen his numbers dip after a hot start to the season. SLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (5-0, 1 sack, PD) has shown value. DE Will Smith (3-0, 1 sack) either does nothing or gets a sack and a handful of tackles.

- Tennessee rookie MLB Colin McCarthy (5-1) disputed reports that he is immortal. Predictably, the DBs had big numbers against the high-flying Saints: CB Alterraun Verner (9-2), CB Cortland Finnegan (8-1, PD), and FS Michael Griffin (6-1).

Bucs @ Jags
- Jacksonville MLB Paul Posluszny (5-2, int, 2 PD) has been scoring well. SLB Daryl Smith (4-3, FF, 1 sack) had a nice game. WLB Russell Allen (6-1, FF, PD) has been making noise lately. SS Dawan Landry (3-2) has fallen off his pace.

- Tampa Bay FS Tanard Jackson (7-0) racked up the tackles. Rookie MLB Mason Foster (4-1, int, PD) is trying to stay relevant. Rookie DE Adrian Clayborn (3-1, FF, 1 sack) is on a four-game sack streak.

Patriots @ Redskins
- New England DE Andre Carter (2-3, FF, 1 sack) got back on track. CB Kyle Arrington (6-1) has been tackling well. WLB Jerod Mayo (6-3, int, PD) scored like his old self. CB Devin McCourty (6-2, 3 PD) looks like a good source of tackles when healthy.

- Washington ILB Perry Riley (6-3, PD) continues his breakout campaign. ILB London Fletcher (7-3) just keeps on tackling. Rookie OLB Ryan Kerrigan (1-0) was quiet.

Vikings @ Lions
- Detroit MLB Stephen Tulloch (6-3, fumble recovery in end zone) rewarded fantasy owners with a TD. DE Cliff Avril (7-1, fumble recovery, FF, 2 sacks) had his best game of the season. WLB Deandre Levy (4-0, FF, 1 sack) emerged from a slump.

- Minnesota DE Jared Allen (3-0, 3 sacks) has ridiculous sack numbers. SLB Chad Greenway (5-3) can put up better numbers. MLB E.J. Henderson (1-3) went back to breaking hearts.

Falcons @ Panthers
- Atlanta WLB Sean Weatherspoon (8-1, 1 sack, PD) had a huge game, while MLB Curtis Lofton (3-2) disappointed.

- Carolina SLB James Anderson (10-7, .5 sack, PD) got back on track in a big way. DE Charles Johnson (4-1, .5 sack) appears to have emerged from his midseason slump.

Colts @ Ravens
- I want to be like Baltimore DE/OLB Terrell Suggs (5-0, 3 FF, 3 sacks) when I grow up. SS Bernard Pollard (1-0, int, 3 PD) saved his fantasy day with an interception. ILB Jameel McClain (6-2, PD) has picked up the slack with Ray Lewis out.

- Indy MLB Pat Angerer (6-2) got back on track. FS Antoine Bethea (5-6, FF, PD) continues to score well.

Bears @ Broncos
- Denver WLB D.J. Williams (9-0, 2 sacks) had a monster game. DE Elvis Dumervil (5-0, fumble recovery, 1 sack) has 7.5 sacks over the last six games. Rookie SLB Von Miller (4-1, 1 sack) returned from injury.

- Tebow time means fantasy points for opposing IDPs: Chicago MLB Brian Urlacher (10-1), WLB Lance Briggs (9-0), CB Charles Tillman (5-0, int, PD), SS Craig Steltz (3-2, FF, 1 sack), and DE Julius Peppers (2-0, 1 sack).

49ers @ Cardinals
- Arizona ILB Daryl Washington (4-0, 1 sack) got to the QB. Rookie CB Patrick Peterson (5-0, 1 sack) has shown he has fantasy value even when he doesn’t take a punt to the house. DE Darnell Dockett (3-1, 1 sack) has a sack in each of the last two games. DE Calais Campbell (2-0, 1 sack, 2 PD) continues his success.

- With San Fran ILB Patrick Willis out, ILB Larry Grant (10-1, PD) shined, while ILB Navorro Bowman (2-1) fell flat. Rookie OLB Aldon Smith (4-0, FF, 1 sack) and DE Justin Smith (4-0, FF, 1 sack) got to the QB.

Bills @ Chargers
- San Diego FS Eric Weddle (2-1, int, PD) got another interception. ILB Donald Butler (0-2) hurt his foot.

- Buffalo rookie ILB Kelvin Sheppard (11-3) has been turning heads. SS George Wilson (5-1) returned from injury. ILB Nick Barnett (6-2) has been tackling well.

Raiders @ Packers
- Green Bay rookie ILB D.J. Smith (7-3, int, PD) and ILB Robert Francois (7-2, FF, int, PD) filled in nicely for the injured starters. CB Charles Woodson (5-1, int, 2 PD) finds a way. FS Morgan Burnett (10-0) came out of nowhere to rack up the tackles.

- Oakland MLB Rolando McClain (7-0, 2 sacks) plays better after getting arrested. SS Tyvon Branch (3-2, PD) has been quiet by his standards the last couple of games.

Giants @ Cowboys
- New York DE Jason Pierre-Paul (6-2, FF, 2 sacks, blocked FG, safety) does it all. DE Justin Tuck (0-0) is a walking injury.

- Dallas ILB Sean Lee (5-4, int, PD) continues his great play. OLB Demarcus Ware (2-2) failed to get a sack.

Rams @ Seahawks
- Seattle MLB David Hawthorne (5-5) keeps plugging along. DE Chris Clemons (2-2, 1 sack) got another sack. CB Brandon Browner (4-0, int, 3 PD) has been on fire. SLB K.J. Wright (4-4, 1 sack, PD) has been making noise.

- St. Louis SS Darian Stewart (8-0, PD) made a strong return from injury. MLB James Laurinaitis (7-5, PD) has been a road warrior the last couple of games. DE Chris Long (0-2) broke his six-game sack streak.

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Last Updated: December 13, 2011
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