Greetings Sharkfans, welcome to the latest installment of the Seadog Report! It’s always tough to grasp a hold of all the trends for IDP so early in the season. There have been a few clear choices so far. Oakland is a disaster on offense, so they make a strong play for IDPs on both sides of the ball. Houston continues to surrender the sacks, and there is an obvious hole in the Seahawk’s O-line (ahem Steve Hutchinson ahem) which is translating into strong defensive line IDP points for their opponents. The IDP trends will continue to unfold, slowly but surely, and I’m going to do my best to continue to try to stay on top of them.
Seadog’s picks of the week
DL Aaron Kampman GB vs. Detroit How do I constantly miss the boat with this guy? Every year I don’t give Kampman much credit, and every year he continues to put up solid numbers. This is a good match-up this week so start him if you need to.
DL Chris Kelsay and Ryan Denney BUF vs. NY Jets Kelsay and Denney continue to split time at DE and both produced pretty good numbers last week. I don’t know what has happened to Aaron Schobel on th other side, but I like both of these guys as a decent play this week against the Jets.
NY Giant DLs vs. Seattle Those of you that know me know that I’m a huge Seahawk fan, but they’ve been allowing too many IDP points for their opponents (see comment above). Strahan, Umenyiora, and even Fred Robbins will make a good play this week.
LB Tedy Bruschi NE vs. Denver He still got a cast on, but Tedy is back in the line-up again. I’m looking for him to have some sort of big-play action this week (sack, INT, fumble recovery). He makes a good start against the Broncos.
LB Will Witherspoon StL vs. Arizona Witherspoon has been playing very well, so far. Ride the hot hand and play him against the Cards.
LB Morlon Greenwood HOU vs. Washington I realize that we are only going into week #3, but Greenwood has numbers comparable to Andra Davis in Cleveland. I’m not saying that he should be considered at the same level as Davis, but it definitely says something about his early season play. He should see some good action against Washington this week. He is listed as probable on the injury report, but I don’t think that is too much of a concern.
This is the spot where I want to recommend playing a New Orlean’s LB, but I can’t figure out which one to pick for them. Fujita had a good week last week but he’s the strongside guy. Simoneau is labeled as the MLB, but he had one measly tackle last week. Then there’s Danny Clark who is waiting in the wings. I don’t know. What I do know is that Atlanta is coming to town and they have a ferocious running attack. That makes a good match up for the Saint’s LBs. The question is which one? Sheesh.
DB Jermaine Phillips TB vs. Carolina This may not necessarily be the best match up this week, but Phillips is on fire right now. Play the hot hand before he goes on bye week four.
DB Ken Hamlin SEA vs. NY Giants Hamlin seems to be fully recovered from the serious head trauma that he sustained last year. Hamlin has had two strong showings, so he’s another hot hand that I think is a good play this week.
Pittsburgh DBs vs. Cincinnatti You’ve gotta figure Palmer is going to be going all out in this one as he looks to avenge the damage to his leg from the Steelers playoff game last year. I think the Pittsburgh DBs are going to be busy in this one. This should be a good match up.
Well, that wraps up this week’s Seadog Report. A couple of years ago, I would sign off saying to always play Ray and Rodney. It looks like I can start saying that again. Thanks for reading!