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The Hive – Supplemental Dosage

The Hive – Supplemental Dosage

 

 

Welcome
back to a special edition of The Hive! Today we are going to look at some buy
low targets in the world of IDP for the playoff run! In shallow leagues these
might be guys on your wire right now, and in deep leagues these are players who
you might be able to acquire on the cheap due to either underperformance or streakiness
thus far in the 2009 campaign. Let’s take a look!

 

Defensive Line:

 

1)
Osi
Umenyiora NYG – Remember kids, Osi is coming off an entire year off due to a
devastating knee injury. He’s had a couple of real nice games, and has started
to heat up recently, but I bet there are a lot of Osi owners out there who are
bitter about spending that draft pick on a guy who is currently only the #22
ranked DL. His week 14-16 schedule consists of Philly, Washington,
and Carolina.
Yes please.

2)
Mario
Williams HOU – Mario is right behind Osi not only on this list, but in the DL
rankings too. Williams is at a disappointing #24 on the list right now, but
remember he has been fighting through some injuries. He showed a little life
last week against the Colts, and this bye week couldn’t have come at a better
time. His week 14-16 schedule consists of Seattle,
St. Louis and Miami,
and a week 13 matchup against Jacksonville
isn’t too shabby either.

3)
Pat Kerney
SEA – Kerney is probably on a lot of
wires right now, as he is only the #36 ranked DL. He has been in and out with
injuries, but he is improving recently and has a week 14-16 schedule of Houston, Tampa
Bay and the ridiculously
giving Green Bay Packers in week 16. Kerney could win some people some
championships this year if he can stay healthy. Its worth a the dice roll in my
opinion.

4)
Jay
Ratliff DAL – Ratliff is on the wire in a lot of leagues, and unless your
league is DT required he’s probably on your wire too. Not only does Ratliff
have a great playoff schedule (week 15 New Orleans
and week 16 Washington)
but he also has a great schedule for the next month. Dallas
faces the aforementioned Packers this week, followed by Washington
and Oakland.
Ratliff could replicate last weeks dominant performance many more times this
season.

 

 

Linebackers:

 

1)
Jon
Beason CAR – I know, I know, Beason wont be cheap unless his owner is a moron,
but he is a fantastic target right now. His IDP numbers have been overshadowed
for most of 2009 by fellow LB Thomas Davis, who is now on IR. This frees up
tackle opportunities for Beason, who is definitely faster to the ball than new
WILL Landon Johnson. With week 15 and 16 matchups against Minnesota and the Giants (respectively), he
is worth making a deal for. He would have been cheaper two weeks ago, but c’est
la vie.

2)
Demarcus
Ware – Ware is the #49 ranked LB, but for the same reasons I am optimistic
about fellow Cowboy Jay Ratliff I am hopeful for Ware, and I think he is going
to heat up over the next month and keep it going through the playoffs. In some
leagues his owners have gotten so fed up that they have cut him, and if they haven’t
yet it should be easy to swing a deal for him. After he gets done with Aaron
Rogers this weekend it might be too late, so act fast!

3)
Barrett
Ruud TB – I would wager that most Ruud owners were expecting top 5 LB numbers
this year, and are probably pretty disappointed in his current #15 ranking. He
faces the LB scoring friendly Seahawks and Saints in the fantasy playoffs, so I
think he is worth making a move for right now.

4)
Ray
Lewis BAL – Old man Ray should be especially easy to trade for in dynasty
leagues, as 34 year old LB’s have little long term value. But with a week 14-16
schedule consisting of Detroit, Chicago,
and Pittsburgh,
he is a very nice acquisition for teams who believe they are legitimate
contenders.

 

 

Defensive Backs:

 

1)
OJ
Atogwe STL – Atogwe is the #17 DB right now, so you shouldn’t have to pay too
high of a price for him in the average league. His playoff schedule is
tremendous, facing the pass happy Texans in week 15 and the equally pass happy
Cardinals in week 16. Atogwe should be huge for his owners when it counts.

2)
Tanard
Jackson – Jackson
is just about the hottest DB in IDP leagues right now, but it might get even
better for his owners. He’s only the #74 ranked DB right now, but that has more
to do with Jackson
being suspended for the 1st 4 weeks of the season for a violation of
the NFL substance abuse policy. He has so-so matchups in week 10 and week 15,
and ridiculously good matchups every other week of the season: New
Orleans (twice), Atlanta, Carolina, and the Jets.
Giddyup, indeed.

3)
Quentin
Mikell PHI – Ranked #38 among IDP DB’s in 2009, I know I am not alone in my
disappointment in Mikell’s performance thus far. But it could get a whole lot
better in the last month of the fantasy season. His last four games are a veritable
smorgasbord of DB point goodness: Atlanta, New York Giants, San Francisco
and Denver. I don’t
think Mikell will finish at #38 this season, not by a long shot.

4)
Antoine
Winfield MIN – While he is out for week 10, those with high playoff hopes and
the room to do so should stash Winfield for his week 15 and 16 matchups. Week
15 he will duel with Steve Smith and the Panthers, and in the fantasy
championship week he gets the league leader in interceptions, Jay Cutler and
the Chicago Bears. Beautiful.

 

 

Good luck
down the stretch to all of you with your IDP teams! See you back here next
Thursday for The Hive!

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