It’s Week 17 of the 2011 season, and while that means that most IDP leagues had their championship games a week ago in some leagues one game remains, and that game will determine the league champion.
Before I go any further I’d like to both offer my apologies for missing last week’s article (some kids in my neighborhood thought it would be fun to trash our Christmas display 3 days before Christmas, so I had to scramble to put humpty-dumpty back together for the kiddies) and to offer my thanks to all who have taken the time to read my articles here at Fantasy Sharks in 2011. It’s been both an honor and a privilege, and I hope that I was of at least minimal assistance to you folks this season.
So, as we head down this road for the final time this year here’s a look at some players you should give serious consideration to getting into your lineups or who could outperform expectations (Studs) and some that, for whatever reason, you may want to consider leaving alone, or at least take into account that they may be a relative disappointment this week. (Duds)
Calais Campbell – DE, Arizona Cardinals (vs. SEA): Campbell has been lights-out in his contract year, tallying a career high eight sacks, and the fourth-year pro closes the season against a Seahawks team allowing the fifth most sacks in the NFL this season.
Robert Mathis – DE, Indianapolis Colts (at JAC): The ninth-year veteran has picked up his play of late, with three sacks in his past two games, and IDP matchups don’t get much better than Jacksonville, who allow the second most fantasy points per game to opposing DL.
Justin Tuck – DE, New York Giants (vs. DAL): After suffering through a miserable 2011 campaign Tuck has played better recently, with 11 tackles and a sack the past two weeks, and it’s gonna be all hands on deck Sunday night against the Cowboys.
Karlos Dansby – ILB, Miami Dolphins (vs. NYJ): Dansby has averaged nine total stops per game over the past three weeks and gets a favorable tilt with the Jets Sunday, who are the second friendliest IDP matchup for opposing linebackers.
DeMarcus Ware – OLB, Dallas Cowboys (at NYG): It’s been another big year of getting after the QB for Ware, who ranks second in the NFL with 18 sacks, and he’s a solid bet for at least one more in the winner take all rumble with the Giants at the Meadowlands.
Patrick Willis – ILB, San Francisco 49ers (at STL): This is a very risky move, but early reports seem to indicate that Willis, if healthy, will be a go in a game the Niners need to win if they’re going to lock up the NFC’s number two playoff seed.
Kerry Rhodes – FS, Arizona Cardinals (vs. SEA): Rhodes appears to be more or less fully healthy after racking up five tackles and two passes defensed against the Bengals a week ago, and Rhodes could make for a decent one week plug-and-play if you’re hurting at DB.
Bryan Scott – SS, Buffalo Bills (at NE): Much of Scott’s IDP value this season has been tied to how much time the Bills spend in their nickel defense, and they should be doing that plenty this week against Brady and the Patriots.
Eric Weddle – FS, San Diego Chargers (at OAK): Weddle’s somewhat quietly put up another Top 10 fantasy season in 2011 and wraps up the year with a top 10 matchup this week with the Oakland Raiders.