I’m not gonna lie to you. Last week, I thought, that the season was over for the Cheatsheet. However, if by now I should at least know that thinking gets me nowhere, as after a number of requests from both the Shark Tank and my Twitter followers (all 4 of them) the IDP Cheatsheet will be making a playoff run of its’ own.
That said, we’re playing in a different format here, using the scoring and rules for the BTR Listeners League (Join Today, it’s Free!!!) sponsored by Fantasy Sharks and run by FSWA Hall of Famer Greg Kellogg, who I have the distinct pleasure of co-hosting Kellogg’s Komments with twice a week on Fantasy Sharks Radio. If you haven’t given a listen, you absolutely should, as Greg, Mike Pisani, and Chris Nunes are damned near capable of drowning my drivel out.
These rankings are based on the scoring for that contest, which awards 1 point for solos, .5 points for assists, 2 points each for fumbles forced and recovered, 3 points for interceptions and sacks, 6 points for defensive touchdowns, 4 points for safeties, and 1 point for passes defensed, as well as return yardage for picks and fumbles, but those are fluke points best not chased.
It’s also a “one and done” format, which means that once you use a guy he’s through, so what may look like a great play this week may also involve a player you want to save for next. That makes it more important, especially early on, that you try to balance scoring and who you think will advance, so keep in mind that my rankings may reflect biases regarding this week’s games you may not share, and a bit of “bet-hedging”. (EXAMPLE: The Giants’ DE are both solid, so regardless of whether I think they’ll win or lose I may well burn one this week. They lose I got good production from one (hopefully). They win I still have one to use next week.)
No need to go more than 10 deep, so without further adieu…
1.) Jason Pierre-Paul – NYG vs ATL
2.) Elvis Dumervil – DEN vs PIT
3.) Cliff Avril – DET at NO
4.) Kyle Vanden Bosch – DET at NO
5.) Justin Tuck – NYG vs ATL
6.) Ndamukong Suh – DET at NO
7.) J.J. Watt – HOU vs CIN
8.) Michael Johnson – CIN at HOU
9.) John Abraham – ATL at NYG
10.) Will Smith – NO vs DET