Greetings Sharkfans, welcome to the latest installment of the Seadog Report! The first week of the season is always an interesting adventure. And this week proved to be no exception. Some of the big IDP guns were a little silent and a few lesser knowns took the spotlight. That’s okay, don’t jump ship yet. Stick with the top guys a little longer. Okay Let’s get into it, shall we?
This past week’s Top Dawgs
DL Jason Taylor MIA This was a tough call as there were several players worth picking in this slot this week. I went with Taylor for his 3 tackle, 2 assists, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery for a TD performance on Sunday.
LB Gary Barnett IND 8 tackles, 2 assists, 2 pass-defensed, and 2 int’s – not a bad week for the new Colt’s middle linebacker.
DB Anthony Henry DAL Don’t expect to see Henry’s name mentioned a lot here, but Let’s get him in here while we can. His 10 tackle, 2 assist, 5 pass-defensed, 1 int performance last week earns him some deserving recognition here.
Seadog’s picks of the week
Normally, in this section of the Seadog Report, I try to focus mostly on some good individual match-ups who I think will be good plays this week. However, seeing as it has only been one week of evaluation for a lot of these guys, I’m going to mix it up a bit and go with some “game” matchups that might be good to exploit for IDPs.
Baltimore vs. Tennessee I think this will be a good game for IDPs on both sides. Baltimore’s defense will be looking to rebound from last week’s smarting by the Colts, so Ray and company should post some solid numbers this week. In contrast, Baltimore will be looking to run the ball a lot against the Titans so look for their LBs and safeties to be very active. This might be a good week to play some of the Titans DE’s if you’ve got them on your roster.
Detroit vs. Chicago This is a game that will compare similarly to the Indy/ Balt game last week. Chicago has a very good defense in all aspects while Detroit’s is more “unknown”. Watch for the IDPs on Detroit to put in above average performances this week. IDPs on both sides are good plays, in my opinion.
Miami vs. NY Jets Miami has always had a strong defense and this year is no exception. Last week, was a crushing defeat for the Jets. So play your Dolphins this week, right? Well, I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is a better week to play IDPs from the Jets over the Dolphins. Still play Taylor and Thomas for Miami, though.
Cinncinnati vs. Minnesota This is a good week to start your Bengal’s players against a still shaky Viking offense. In particular, go with the young Bengal linebackers and play Madieu Williams this week.
Kansas City vs. Oakland KC is out to prove that their defense is for real. Start your Chief IDPs as they will be the difference in this game. Look for the Oakland linebackers to be busy as well.
LB Gary Barnett IND vs. Jacksonville Expect Barnett to continue his success this week against the Jags.
LB Antonio Pierce NYG vs. New Orleans Pierce is vastly underrated. I think he’s going to put up great numbers this week.
DL Cornelius Griffin WAS vs. Dallas This is the only IDP, that I recommend playing for Washington this week.
DL Aaron Smith PIT vs. Houston The Texan’s offensive line is terrible. Smith should have a pretty good week for points.
DB’s Michael Boulware and Ken Hamlin SEA vs. Atlanta These two Seattle safeties will be busy this week
One other note – keep an eye on rookie LB David Pollack CIN. He very quietly posted some decent numbers in his NFL debut last week. He should be a great player, but with his preseason holdout and such, he’s been a bit under the radar.
Well, that wraps up this segment of the Seadog Report. Now I’d like to introduce a new feature that we are going to bring you this year. As you may or may not know, a twelve team IDP-only league has been started this year in the Sharktank. We call it “The Wall”. It is comprised of some IDP veterans as well as some IDP “newbies”. Regardless as to IDP background, these guys all know their way around fantasy football and are showing it in this league. We’d like for you to follow along with us this year to perhaps glean some insight into the wonderful world of IDPs (plus, it will give you a good chance to make fun of yours truly)
The Wall Report
This week featured some great matchups that ended up being decided with the Monday night Philly/Atlanta game. There was a real strong showing by the so-called IDP rookies in the league this week.
Cleffed Up (138.5) vs. The Hussy Bus (134) Despite the strong LB corps of The Hussy Bus team (Fletcher, Simmons, Witherspoon, and Colvin), Cleffed’s team had the stronger DE’s (Grant and Umenyiora) and CB Anthony Henry’s 37 points put him over the top. This was the closest game this week.
Paddler (144.5) vs. SoCalIrishSports (122) A strong all-around performance by Paddler’s team (in particular rookie LB Derrick Johnson) was too much for SoCal’s team who seemed to be very disappointed with the point production from the starting DBs (31 points from Macklin, Robinson, Scott, and D Smith).
SJSwarm (141) vs. Lt1800 (111.5) Lead by Ray Lewis and Odell Thurman, Sjswarm’s very well rounded team put a hurting on lt1800 this week as his DBs (the backbone of his team) let him down. I expect both these teams to be strong in week #2
Dgack (162 – high score of the week) vs. Panachevitz (115) DE Jason Taylor, CB Champ Bailey, and S Michael Lewis all blew up for Dgack this week. Panachevitz’s safeties (Darius and M Green) had a very poor showing, but regardless, Dgack was too strong.
Johnnyballgame (156) vs. Team Seadog (136) JBG ended up putting yours truly to shame this week. His DT (S Rogers – 12 pts) thoroughly destroyed my DT (M Tubbs – 2 pts) and that was the big difference here. (not to mention his 20 2nd half Monday Night points – ouch)
Gballs1 (156) vs. Decktard (151) “Clash of the Titans” – this was another very close match. Both teams put up excellent numbers and were pretty well balanced. Decktard looked to be in the driver’s seat going into the Monday night game with MLB Jeremiah Trotter still to play. Rumor has it that team Gballs was seen before the game bribing Atlanta CB Kevin Mathis into goading Trotter into a fight so that he’d get ejected from the game, thereby sealing his victory this week. (It’s also rumored that a “Tonya Harding” was pulled on Mathis this week during practice to keep him quiet).
Thanks for reading – see ya next week!