2011 IDP Game Notes: Week 17

Written By: Johnny Davis

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Bills @ Patriots

- New England SS Patrick Chung (1 solo tackle-6 assists) returned after missing seven games with a foot injury. DE Mark Anderson (3-4, 1 sack) showed some life. WLB Jerod Mayo (4-3, pass defensed) just hasn’t been as dominant as expected.

- Buffalo SS George Wilson (6-4, forced fumble) is the man when healthy. As expected, FS Jairus Byrd (1-2) has been up and down this season. ILB Nick Barnett (3-8, int, 2 PD) closed the season strong.

Jets @ Dolphins
- Miami ILB Kevin Burnett (11-3) had his best tackling game of the season. SS Yeremiah Bell (3-1) failed to go out with a bang. ILB Karlos Dansby (2-0) left with a groin injury, and Marvin Mitchell (3-2, int, PD) took his place.

- NYJ ILB Bart Scott (5-0) displayed his middle finger to the media after a disappointing loss. Rookie DE Muhammad Wilkerson (3-0) made some noise late in the season.

Colts @ Jaguars
- Jacksonville DE Jeremy Mincey (4-1, 2 FF, 2.5 sacks) put an exclamation point on a breakout season. MLB Paul Posluszny (1-3) left this game with a shoulder injury. WLB Russell Allen (5-1, int, PD) showed potential late in the season.

- Indy MLB Pat Angerer (6-5) and FS Antoine Bethea (8-2) both finished strong. DE Robert Mathis (2-0, fumble recovery, FF, 1 sack) came alive late in the season.

Redskins @ Eagles
- Philly DE Jason Babin (1-1) surprisingly went without a sack in his last two games. DE Trent Cole (2-0, 1 sack, PD) found his way to the QB. With MLB Jamar Chaney (1-0) suffering a head injury, Keenan Clayton (8-1, PD) stepped up.

- Washington ILB London Fletcher (3-1, PD) and rookie OLB Ryan Kerrigan (2-0) were surprisingly quiet in their last game. OLB Brian Orakpo (3-0, FF, 2 sacks) wreaked havoc before leaving with a chest injury; he’s questionable for the pancake social.

Lions @ Packers
- Green Bay CB Charles Woodson and OLB Clay Matthews were inactive, but it was business as usual for ILB Desmond Bishop (6-0, FF). The safeties enjoyed all the passing: FS Morgan Burnett (5-2, fumble recovery, PD) and SS Charlie Peprah (8-3).

- Detroit SLB Justin Durant (6-3) closed the regular season with three good games. MLB Stephen Tulloch (6-1, fumble recovery) was a consistent tackler late in the season.

Bears @ Vikings
- Chicago MLB Brian Urlacher (7-3) ended an inconsistent season with a knee injury. DE Israel Idonije (4-1, 1 sack) improved his tackle numbers down the stretch.

- Minnesota DE Jared Allen (3-2, 3.5 sacks) came up .5 sack shy of the all-time season record. SLB Chad Greenway (6-2, 1 sack) was one of the most consistent tacklers in the entire league. MLB E.J. Henderson (7-1, 2 FF) picked up the tackle pace late in the season.

49ers @ Rams
- San Fran ILB Patrick Willis (3-1) made an unspectacular return from injury. ILB Navorro Bowman (9-1, 1 sack, PD) ended his breakout season on a high note. Rookie OLB Aldon Smith (2-0) failed to get a sack for the first time in five games.

- St. Louis MLB James Laurinaitis (8-1) had a studly season. WLB Chris Chamberlain (6-0, 1 sack) put his name on the fantasy map this season.

Panthers @ Saints
- As usual, the New Orleans IDPs weren’t much to get excited about. Even SS Roman Harper (3-1, 2 PD) put up mediocre fantasy numbers down the stretch. MLB Jonathan Vilma and FS Malcolm Jenkins were inactive.

- Carolina SLB James Anderson (9-6) had an outstanding finish to an outstanding season. WLB Jordan Senn (6-5) made plenty of noise as the season wound down.

Titans @ Texans
- Tennessee rookie MLB Colin McCarthy (7-1, PD) has a bright future. CB Jason McCourty (9-0, 3 PD) was an excellent source of tackles when healthy.

- Houston’s usual suspects were pretty quiet from a fantasy perspective: rookie DE J.J. Watt (1-0), OLB Connor Barwin (0-1), ILB Brian Cushing (2-2), and rookie OLB Brooks Reed (1-0).

Ravens @ Bengals
- Baltimore DE/OLB Terrell Suggs (4-2, FF, 1 sack, PD) is as good as they come. I wouldn’t bet on ILB Ray Lewis (5-2, PD) slowing down anytime soon. SS Bernard Pollard (4-1, fumble recovery, 2 PD) was productive once he was given playing time.

- Cincy DE Michael Johnson (1-2, .5 sack) showed flashes of brilliance, but he wasn’t even close to consistent. MLB Rey Maualuga (4-5) couldn’t get it done on a regular basis, either.

Steelers @ Browns
- Pittsburgh ILB Lawrence Timmons (6-0, FF, 1 sack, PD) left his owners no reason to be timid about Timmons. OLB James Harrison (2-1) closed out the regular season quietly.

- Cleveland MLB D’Qwell Jackson (9-4) had a healthy and monstrous season. DT Ahtyba Rubin (7-2, 1 sack) finished very strong. Rookie DE Jabaal Sheard (4-2, 1 sack) had a fabulous debut season.

Bucs @ Falcons
- Atlanta MLB Curtis Lofton (8-6, PD, 26-yd int return TD) finished a rollercoaster year on a high. WLB Sean Weatherspoon (3-3) didn’t do much in the last few games of the season.

- It was a forgettable season for Tampa Bay, and none of their IDPs really made an impact to close out the season. At least rookie MLB Mason Foster was good (4-2), but he wasn’t great.

Chiefs @ Broncos
- Surprisingly, Kansas City ILB Derrick Johnson (5-0) wasn’t the headliner in this game; instead, it was rookie OLB Justin Houston (6-1, fumble recovery, 1.5 sacks).

- Denver DE Elvis Dumervil (6-2) was absolutely spectacular this season once he got it going. WLB D.J. Williams (4-0, PD) was underwhelming in the last three games of the season.

Chargers @ Raiders
- San Diego ILB Donald Butler (9-1) wasn’t consistent this season, but he showed he’s capable of a big game. SS Steve Gregory (6-0) made some noise down the stretch.

- Oakland MLB Rolando McClain (9-1) ended the season with a vengeance. SS Tyvon Branch (5-1) wasn’t quite as studly as we’re used to in his last few games.

Seahawks @ Cardinals
- Arizona ILB Daryl Washington (11-0, 1 sack, PD) has a bright future. DE Darnell Dockett (5-0, 1 sack) came alive as the season wound down. DE Calais Campbell (1-0) hurt his ankle in this game.

- Seattle MLB David Hawthorne (9-4, 1 sack) closed with his best tackling day of the season. SS Kam Chancellor (6-2) has shown he can produce tackles.

Cowboys @ Giants
- With NYG DE Osi Umenyiora (2-0, 2 sacks) making a successful return from injury, DE Jason Pierre-Paul (4-1, 1 sack) and DE Justin Tuck (2-0, FF, 1 sack) did just fine. WLB Michael Boley (7-2) was productive when healthy this season.

- Dallas ILB Sean Lee (8-3) closed with a great tackling game. OLB Demarcus Ware (3-2, 1.5 sacks) was a sacking fool.

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Last Updated: January 3, 2012

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