The Hive – Week 2 edition
Welcome back to The Hive! To start things off I’d like those of you who own such underachieving IDP stars as Jared Allen, Antonio Pierce, Kerry Rhodes, Kirk Morrison, Nate Clements, etc TO STEP BACK FROM THE LEDGE! In various leagues that people have sent me messages and emails about this week, several gave me examples of players like Pierce and Will Witherspoon being dropped for Zach Diles or Matt Roth. About the only (former?) IDP star I am about ready to throw in the towel on is Keith Bulluck, but we will discuss him more later. As of now, don’t be a knee-jerk! Have faith in the guys you drafted, especially if they are usual studs of previous seasons. Now let’s take a look at some week 2 action!
How we rank `em!
Giddyup! – YEEEHAW!!
SINS! – solid if not spectacular
Hellno! – Get it? Got it? Good.
Sunday 10am PT
SINS! – Ogunleye/Brown, Mike Brown
Hellno! – Payne/McGowan, Mark Anderson
Game notes: For the Bears both O-Gun and Brown were disruptive against the Colts, while Mark Anderson did nothing with his snaps. See if that continues this week, but I would reserve
@ Cincy Sunday 10am PT
Giddyup! – Finnegan/Harper, Michael Griffin, Kyle VandenBosch, David Thornton
SINS! – Chris Hope, Keith Bulluck
Hellno! – Antwan Odom
Game notes: For the Titans whether or not they keep up their ridiculous week one production very well may depend on whether or not Albert Haynesworth is active or not. He may not be at this point, as he is dealing with a concussion. Don’t expect Tony Brown to do what he did last week without Hayneworth drawing 2 guys next to him. I do like all of the Titans DB’s this week. I am personally benching Keith Bulluck in my dynasty league (for Rocky McIntosh) until he shows me something. Bulluck stunk all last season, and Sunday made me have a flashback. Start him at your own risk. For the Bengals I like Keith Rivers (nine solo tackles last week) and Dhani Jones (six solo). Maybe Geathers or the CB’s, but not much else to play here.
SINS! – KGB, Charles Woodson
Hellno! – Al Harris, Nick Collins
Giddyup! – Ernie Sims (check the injury reports, but should be good to go)
SINS! – DeWayne White, Dwight Smith
Hellno! – Gerald Alexander, Dizon/Lenon
Game notes: For the Packers this week it should be fun for their IDP’s. Aaron Kampman’s owners looked on with delight at John Abraham getting 3 sacks on the Lions last week. This is a big time matchup for Kampman in particular. Charles Woodson has a fractured toe, but is expected to play. For the Lions it was a rough week for their IDP’s, and that may continue. Paris Lenon couldn’t make it through the game last week while battling rib and knee injuries, and Jordan Dizon came in and made 5 tackles in 14 snaps. This could be a full blown LBBC until Dizon eventually takes the job. Hive favorite Gerald Alexander lost his job to Daniel Bullocks this week, keep an eye on Bullocks to see if he is productive. For now, Ernie Sims is the only Lions IDP I would be rushing to get into my lineup.
Buffalo @ Jacksonville Sunday
SINS! – Kawicka Mitchell, Ryan Denney
Hellno! – Derrick Harvey
Game notes: OOOOHWEEEE the Bills are gold on defense this season. You really cant go wrong with any of their starting DL’s in DL required leagues, and the Posluszny/Mitchell combo is going to be starting for a lot of IDP teams this year. For the Jags it was nice to see 1st round rookie holdout Derrick Harvey get in on the action last week. He is not startable in IDP leagues yet, but he is a fantastic dynasty target and a guy to watch in redraft leagues. If he claims a full time gig he could be a stud.
Hellno! – Michael Huff
Giddyup! – Bernard Pollard
Hellno! – Edwards/Williams
Game notes: My boys were an embarrassment on MNF. But one man’s pain is another mans pleasure. As I throw up in my mouth watching Deangelo Hall “cover” the other teams WR’s, you can delight in his IDP goodness. For the Chiefs, Bernard Pollard is my hero. That is all. Oh yeah, and stay away from the Donnie Edwards/Demorrio Williams mess until Herm realizes that Pat Thomas is a terrible football player and moves Donnie to MIKE and Demorrio to WILL. Until then they are useless and Thomas remains a fringe starting LB.
*9/12 UPDATE!! –Oakland will be starting part time OL/part time matador Mario Henderson at LT on Sunday. Bump up Tamba Hali BIG TIME.
Giddyup! – Freddy Keiaho, Robert Mathis, Bob Sanders
Hellno! – Raheem Brock
Hellno! – Marcus McCauley
Game notes: For the Colts the release of pothead Ed Johnson means more PT for Mathis and Freeney, as Raheem Brock moves inside. Freeney looked fast for the 1st time in a long time, so he might end up being useful this year. I love Mathis’ matchup. For the Vikes Chad Greenway defied low expectations associated with his move to SAM with a big game last week, let’s see if he can duplicate it. Don’t bail on Jared Allen,
Giants @ St Louis Sunday 10am PT
SINS! – James Butler, Brian Kehl
Hellno! – Gerris Wilkinson, Johnson/Phillips
Giddyup! – OJ Atogwe, Will Witherspoon
Game notes: For the Giants make sure Kiwanuka practices Friday, if so he should be good to go. You really cant go wrong starting Kiwanuka or Tuck against the Rams OL this week. Nice matchup. I also like Brian Kehl to emerge over Gerris Wilkinson, though that is a LBBC right now. For the Rams Tye Hill gets another chance to put up stats this week, but don’t expect him to keep that job for long. Also, for those of you in DT required leagues, some sites have James Hall listed as a DT, and he will be playing DE for the injured Leonard Little. Could be a nice value play there.
Sunday 10am PT
SINS! – Roman Harper (check the injury reports), Scott Fujita
Hellno! – Bobby McCray
Hellno! – Jason Taylor
Game notes: For the Saints you have to like the debut of Jonathan Vilma. He almost got a couple sacks too, as the Saints were deploying him on blitzes. Gotta like that. I think Grant and Smith get off this week against a line that was abused by the Giants last week. For the Skins lets see if
*9/12 UPDATE! – Harper, Fujita and CB Randall Gay are all listed as OUT this week, which means Josh Bullocks starts at safety, special teamer Troy Evans starts for Fujita and old man Aaron Glenn starts for Gay. None are startable, but its a good week for the Bullocks family!
Giddyup! – Michael Lewis, Pat Willis, Nate Clements
Hellno! – Walt Harris
SINS! – Marcus Trufant
Hellno! – Jackson/Tapp
Game notes: For the Niners I have another bonus for those of you playing on ESPN. OLB Parys Haralson is listed as a DE, where he could put up outstanding numbers. I am not nearly as excited about him if your league lists him as a LB, but if he keeps piling on sacks I might change my mind. For the Hawks as expected Laurence Jackson and Darryl Tapp cancelled each others value out completely, this is a situation to avoid. Check the injury reports on Marcus Trufant if you intend on playing him this week, as he has a hand issue. As of now he is supposed to go.
SINS! – Houston/Grimes, Lawyer Milloy
Hellno! – Jamaal Anderson
Hellno! – Derrick Brooks
Game notes: For the Falcons do not be discouraged by the week one performance of Curtis Lofton. The Lions were down big, and Lofton is not on the field in nickel/dime packages. Expect much better numbers against a much better Bucs team this week. For the Bucs, use Jermaine Phillips with caution, he is already losing snaps to Hive favorite Sabby Piscatelli, and after being faked out of his shoes on Reggie Bush’s long TD last week it is only a matter of time until Phillips is on the pine.
Giddyup! – Channing Crowder, Yeremiah Bell
Hellno! – Joey Porter
Giddyup! – Adrian Wilson, Karlos Dansby
Hellno! – Bert Berry
Game notes: The Dolphins put up more of a fight than many thought they would last week, and you can see the Parcells imprint all over this D. Crowder and Ayodele looked mean in the middle of the 3-4, and Hive favorite Yeremiah Bell lived up to the billing I gave him in the preseason. Also for those of you playing in DT required leagues, see if rookie beast DE Kendall Langford is listed as a DT in your league. Could be a poor mans Darnell Dockett. For the Cards it was good to see a solid return from Adrian Wilson. Karlos Dansby and Darnell Dockett also looked good in week one.
Giddyup! – Eric Weddle,
Hellno! (and HAHA!) – Shawne “`roids destroyed my ligaments bro” Merriman
SINS! – Champ Bailey, Marquand Manuel
Hellno! – Jarvis Moss
Game notes: NA-NA-NA-NA, NA-NA-NA-NA, HEY HEY HEY, GOOD BYE!! Sing it with me if you hate that cheating loser Shawne Merriman as much as I do! Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you Shawne! WHOOOOOOOO!! And I own Jyles Tucker in 2 leagues, so Merriman going under the knife makes me happy in more ways than one. For the Broncos I love Webster and Williams if LT goes this week. If LT sits, not so much.
@ New York Jets Sunday
Hellno! – Pats DL’s
Giddyup! – David Harris, Kerry Rhodes
Game notes: Pats vs Jets, Brady vs Favre, th….WHAT?? Tom Brady is HURT? I quit. I wont even watch the rest of this season without Tom Terrific. Psyche. Good riddance. Have fun with your Gucci knee brace you pansy! See you in 2009! As for the Pats D I like the LB’s, and it will be interesting to see if the surprise resurgence of Rodney Harrison continues. I felt like it was 5 years ago writing the Pats players out, Harrison, Bruschi, Deltha O’Neal…..its my 2003 IDP squad! For the Jets Swipe Lowery officially took Justin Miller’s gig, and he looks to be playable in IDP.
SINS! – James Farrior
Hellno! – Foote/Simmons
SINS! – Andra Davis
Hellno! – Sean Jones
Game notes: The Steelers OLB’s got off to a huge start last week, look for Harrison and Woodley to keep up the pace. I also like Ike Taylor against Braylon Edwards this week. For the Browns stud safety Sean Jones is out for at least a month, so Mike Adams will start in his place. Bonus for you if you play on ESPN, they have Adams listed as a CB, so you will now have the starting SS for the Browns playing CB for you if you swoop
SINS! – Omar Gaither, Juqua Thomas, Eagles CB’s
Hellno! – Darren Howard
Giddyup! – Demarcus Ware
Hellno! – Pacman Jones
Game notes: Huge game on MNF, and its only week 2. While we will hear far too much about McNabb vs T.O., these defenses bring a lot to the table. For the Eagles you have to love the start for Stewart Bradley. He will be a key to a lot of successful IDP teams this season. For the Cowboys Demarcus Ware has resumed terrorizing opposing offenses and you should find that Bradie James, Zach Thomas and Ken Hamlin will all make serviceable starts.
SINS! – Bart Scott, Dawan Landry, Chris McCalister
Hellno! – Ed Reed
Giddyup! – Demeco Ryans, Mario Williams
Game notes: This game is being moved due to Hurricane Ike, and thankfully it wont be shown on television in most markets. For the Ravens I wouldn’t mess with anyone outside of the LB’s. For the Texans it will be interesting to see if 2nd year SAM Zach Diles continues his torrid pace and if WILL Morlon Greenwood continues to be MIA. Odds are that their roles will reverse in upcoming weeks, but it is something to watch.
That wraps it up for week 2. Good luck to all of you in your IDP matchups this week, and we will see you here next Friday!