The Hive – week 16 edition
Welcome to the Holiday edition of The Hive! First of all I would like to wish all of you a very happy holiday season. For those of you who have been checking out The Hive each week I would like to thank all of you for doing so, and for the many positive emails and messages I have received in response to the article. And for those of you who visit the site in the off season, stay tuned as I will be bringing off season IDP coverage following the NFL draft and leading up to the 2007 NFL season. Check The Hive out next week, as I will be bringing you the first installment of my IDP dynasty series. Next week we will cover buy low IDP dynasty targets, because as we know there is no off season in dynasty leagues.
I’d like to apologize for the brevity of this weeks edition, but due to holiday family obligations I am unable to complete it in its normal format. Let’s check out some start/sit matchups for week 16.
Start: Jared Allen/Tamba Hali KC – these two are going to kill Aaron Brooks on Saturday night.
Alex Brown CHI – Kampman put up great numbers in the 4th quarter as Detroit passed repeatedly trying to come from behind. Expect Brown to do the same vs. the Lions.
Robert Mathis/Dwight Freeney IND – Freeney finally wakes up and just in time for the Texans this week. Mathis is an obvious every week stud, but Freeney is on most waiver wires right now due to his horrible performance all season. He is a free agent at the end of 06 and will likely do what it takes to continue the newfound hot streak.
Luis Castillo SD – another guy who could be on your wire, especially in redraft leagues, due to his month off with an injury. Castillo has had a great season until the injury, and Seattle has been soft vs. the pass rush in recent weeks.
Sit: Mario Williams HOU – The Colts don’t give up many sacks and the rookie has been inconsistent. Not a good combo.
Justin Smith CIN – hasn’t had a sack in 7 weeks, and the Denver OL has protected the QB pretty well this season.
Trent Cole – The TD last week was swell, but he has been really unproductive for most of the 2nd half of the season. On top of that the Dallas line has done a good job of protecting Romo, so I would sit Cole unless you have no other decent options.
Start: Omar Gaither PHI – if the kid is on your wire and you need a boost at LB give him a serious look. The kid has put up serious numbers the last 2 weeks, and Dallas runs the ball enough for him and Trotter to get their share.
Brian Simmons CIN – Cincy LB flavor of the week, he has his job back and is a fine pickup if his owner gave up on him earlier in the year.
Gerald Hayes ARI – still doesn’t get enough love in IDP circles, Hayes has been a steady performer all season. Play him vs. Frank Gore and reap the benefits.
Entire Baltimore LB corps – Ray Ray, Hot Sauce and ATG will dominate for your fantasy teams this week.
Sit: Jonathan Vilma – I predicted a drop-off, but this is flat out ridiculous. ASYS doesn’t apply to him anymore. It will again one day.
Thomas Howard OAK – too up and down to use in your title game. The matchup is there, but the numbers might not be.
David Thornton TEN – another case of the matchup being good, but the player being too up and down for my taste. Granted he has been up and down due to an injury that he has been fighting through, but he is up and down nonetheless.
Andra Davis CLE – should play even though he had a concussion last week, but hasn’t been very effective on a regular basis, nor is this a great matchup.
Start: Champ Bailey DEN – he played so well for my IDP teams this year I no longer hate his guts. And that is saying something!
Deangelo Hall ATL – Shamed last week by T.O., but should have a good game in the world of IDP as he covers Steve Smith and faces the pick-lobbing group of Panthers QB’s.
Dunta Robinson HOU– thankfully the Colts still have something to play for, and Dunta will be facing Manning and the boys for four quarters.
Charles Woodson GB– gotta like this matchup vs. a rookie QB in prime time. Tasty.
Sit: Michael Huff OAK– has played better and I love his prospects for 2007, but he has been terrible against run heavy offenses.
Terrance McGee BUF – playing through an ankle injury, which shows his toughness but doesn’t help his IDP numbers.
Roy Williams DAL – another “stud” I wouldn’t want to hang my title hopes on.
That about wraps it up for this week. Before I go I’d like to give props to our very own Seadog, Doug Gaskell, who took me out to the woodshed this past week in the semifinals of The Wall, the Fantasy Sharks IDP only showcase league. My team won the division, but Doug is looking to pull a Pittsburgh Steelers and win it all out of the wild card slot. Congrats Doug, and good luck this week!