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The Hive – Week One Edition

The Hive
2009 – Week one edition

Welcome
back to another season of The Hive everyone! Hard to believe the season is
already upon us! The Thursday night game should be a great way to start the
season! Two defensive minded teams who really, really don’t like each other?
Yes please!

For those
of you who haven’t heard already, The Hive will be operating a little
differently this season. Gone are the days of out of date game notes, as The
Hive is now on Twitter! You can see my thoughts on IDP players, matchups and
IDP injury news at http://twitter.com/thehiveIDP!

This week
will be even more abbreviated than the next 15 weeks will be, as I welcomed the
newest little bee to The Hive this week. Aedan Michael Chamberlain was born on
Labor Day (irony?) and was 7lbs 8oz. He is coming home in time to watch the
Titans Steelers game with his pops. Good stuff right there.

So no
game by game breakdowns this week, but that might be a good thing for some of
you. The biggest week one trap owners in all fantasy leagues fall into is
getting cute with their late round sleepers. Don’t be the guy who sits Demarcus
Ware for Justin Durant or Omar Gaither because you are overly concerned with
what you think is a good or a bad matchup. Play the guys you drafted to be your
starters and see how it shakes out. You will have plenty of chances to take
your opponents out behind the woodshed with your depth once the bye weeks come into play,
but there is a reason you took player A in round 1 and player B in round 9. Don’t
get cute.

I will
leave you with some names to be on the lookout for in your box scores this
weekend. These are some guys who are high on my sleeper list, and are most likely
going to be available in the average IDP league that starts 3-6 IDP’s:

1)
Tyvon
Branch S Oakland – Yes everyone, I still have a big mancrush on Mike Mitchell,
but word from Oakland
is that Branch was the best defensive player in camp this year, and many
believe he is now the 2nd best player on the entire defense, behind
only the great Nnamdi Asomugha. Remember that the SS position in Oakland produced the #1
DB in most formats last year in Gibril Wilson. Branch is just as good of a
tackler and has superior cover skills, as he played corner in college. Branch
should definitely be on your radar if you need help at DB as should……

2)
Melvin
Bullitt S Indy – Reports vary as to when Bob Sanders will be back, so Bullitt
may not be a long term solution for your IDP team, but he puts up damn good
numbers when he does play. I’ve heard it might take Sanders up to a month to
get back, and who knows if the knee will hold up when he does? Bullitt could
come up huge for fantasy owners this year, and at worst you should get a couple
of solid games out of him to start the year.

3)
Kevin
Burnett LB San Diego
– Burnett, as many of you may remember, was a highly anticipated addition to
the Dallas Cowboys defense a few years back, but he never really did much in
big D. From the reports out of San
Diego, he seems to have been reborn with the Chargers.
He will line up next to Stephen Cooper in the 3-4, and he is a dirt cheap LB
option for those of you in need right now. If the Oakland O cant stay on the
field week one Burnett might not light it up out of the gate, but he is
definitely one to watch over the coming weeks.

4)
Corey
Mays LB Kansas City – Mays, like Burnett, has had a very uneventful career thus
far. However he beat out the aging Zach Thomas for the ILB job next to Derrick
Johnson in KC, and we all know that defense is going to be on the field a lot
this season. Mays is a good candidate for the Dhani Jones award this season.
Mediocre player on bad defense on a team with no offense = IDP goodness.

5)
Sean
Smith CB Miami – Smith was probably drafted in deeper IDP dyno leagues, but
should be on the wire in most formats. He is a tackling machine that played
some safety in college, and he made some highlight reel plays during the
preseason as well. Smith is entrenched as the #2 CB in Miami, and if his tackling continues to be
solid he could be a poor mans Antoine Winfield. Keep an eye on him during the
first few games.

That
about wraps it up for this weeks edition of The Hive. Remember to check out my
Twitter feed for the latest IDP info, and we will see you back here next week
with your game by game breakdowns. Good luck to all in week one!!

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