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As we enter the home stretch of the regular season, there are no more surprises. Any sleeper who is going to break out (Robert Quinn, Kiko Alonso, Barry Church), has already made the leap. Any veteran who is going to lose a step (Justin Smith, London Fletcher, Yeremiah Bell), has already disappointed. At this point in the season there are no surprises, and, barring injury, most players are who they are.

Here are some notable performances or possible one-week wonders from Week 10 that are worth looking at for the final three weeks of the regular season:

Lightning Storm – It wouldn’t be a Razzball IDP column if I didn’t talk about Chris Long and Robert Quinn. In the Rams’ shocking demolition of Indy, Black Thunder and White Lightning combined for 8 tackles and 3 sacks, along with a TD for Long. If St. Louis can figure things out on offense, they have an excellent young defense with James Laurinaitis, Alec Ogletree, and these two pass-rushing terrors.

Cameron Heyward – He has been (appropriately) labeled as a first round bust in Pittsburgh, but Heyward has quietly put up three straight games of 5+ tackles, recording a sack in his last two. The Steelers are known for being patient with their pass rushers (James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley and Joey Porter all took at least two years before becoming sack masters), so this could be another case of Dick LeBeau magic. If you lost someone like Geno Atkins or Vince Wilfork and have been streaming the DL position, Heyward is worth a flier.

Vincent Rey – You can’t talk about the LB position in Week 10 without talking about Rey. No matter what scoring system you’re working with, 15 tackles, 3 sacks and a pick are ridiculous numbers. Rey is only seeing the field because Rey Maualuga is hurt, but with performances like that, it’s tough to imagine him getting benched any time soon. I like Rey in the short term, but this past week was obviously his ceiling. Another “no name” who I like more also made a statement last week…

Paul Worrilow – Back to back games of 19 tackles? Sign me up! With Stephen Nicholas battling a quad injury, Worrilow has been in on seemingly every play for Atlanta. As an undrafted rookie out of Delaware, I was more than ready to chalk up his Week 9 performance to a great LB matchup with Carolina. Seattle was still a good matchup, but putting up those kind of stats two weeks in a row is difficult to do no matter who the opponent is. Atlanta has nothing much to play for, other than driving Tony Gonzalez closer and closer to suicide, so I’d expect Worrilow to be on the field as much as possible so that Mike Smith’s coaching staff can see what they have in the former Blue Hen. Make a move for him if he’s available.

Andrew Sendejo – It doesn’t seem to matter who is lining up at Safety for Minnesota, they all end up as top-10 DBs. First it was Harrison Smith, who got hurt and opened up a spot for Jamarca Sanford, who also got hurt, and opened up a spot for Sendejo. All Sendejo did was respond with 16 tackles against the DB-friendly Redskins. If Sanford is still out against the Seahawks, Sendejo makes a great streaming option.

Antrel Rolle – The 2013 season for Rolle is a perfect example of why it’s smart to stream DBs, and not smart to pay for them in the draft. I had Rolle ranked as a top 20 option at DB before the season. By Week 5, I didn’t put him in my top 40. Now? He’s right back in the thick of things. The Giants’ secondary has been a mess of injuries and inconsistency this year, but after putting up double digit fantasy points in 5 of his last 6 games, I like Rolle as the best of the bunch. He gets a great slate of matchups in the next month too, with the Packers, Cowboys, Redskins and Chargers on tap.

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27 Responses

  1. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Hey Kevin nice read, need some advice for who to start in my 16 team IDP league. The league requires a DL, DB and LB spot while having two Util spots. Would you go with Jurrel Casey vs Colts tonight or Shelden Richardson @ Buffalo? Jurrel has been on fire but Shelden is projected much higher for some reason. Bernard Pollard vs. Colts tonight or Dont’a Hightower vs. Carolina? Antrel Rolle is starting at my DB spot because he’s been on fire lately. Thanks.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist:

      Hey man, sorry just getting to this now. I have Casey ranked just above Richardson, but that one doesn’t look so hot right now. Neither does Pollard, who I had over Hightower. But Rolle hasn’t no-showed yet, so hopefully that one works out for you!

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: No worries man, I went with Pollard over Hightower which wasn’t terrible he got me 7 points and Sheldon over Casey which will probably work out. I also had Donald Brown to his Trent Richardson so I’m looking pretty good after the first game of the week.

  2. J-FOH says:
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    I love Thursdays. I grabbed Rolle yesterday. I feel like we are in lock step. Have you thought of doing a more in depth buy/sell column separately?

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @J-FOH:

      I have thought of expanding the IDP portion of things, but that might have to wait until next year. If we are truly in lock step, please tell me what to do with Trent Richardson…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: I dropped him and it felt oh so good

  3. Wilsonian says:
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    What do you base your rankings from? I’m in a league that plays two IDP guys. Doesn’t matter what position. We count just about everything, with Assists getting half a point. I currently have Burfict and Dansby. They’ve both been real solid lately, but I have some options available that are ranked ahead of them. That’s why I was wondering how you rank them to see if I should swap any out. Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m not entirely sure where he gets his rankings from either. I’ve heard he tortures small indigenous children in New Guinea for them.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Sky: never trust tortured indigenous children from New Guinea!

        • Kevin Kumpf

          Kevin Kumpf says:
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          @Wilsonian:

          New Guinea is a hotbed for IDP info, unlike Malaysia who is firmly entrenched in the Team D mindset.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wilsonian: what are your settings….and 2 IDP players of any position is terrible…IMO

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @J-FOH: people just wanted a little something additional. No one really wanted a full defensive lineup so that what we went with.

        Tackles are a point, sacks are two, assists are half, interceptions are two, forced fumbles are two, fumble recoveries are two, pass defensed is one, TDs are six. I think that’s it, I’m honestly not sure.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Wilsonian: we play 2 DB, 4LB and 1 DL. I love me some IDP. Team D is so yesterday…and boring

        • Kevin Kumpf

          Kevin Kumpf says:
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          @Wilsonian:

          I hear you on the whole baby steps thing, I have had a tough time convincing some of my long-time leagues to make the leap into IDP. 2 players is a good first step, so keep fighting that fight!

          As for my rankings, I base things on a 3:1 sack to solo tackle ratio or less, so not a big play league. Your league fits into that mold, and seems very tackle heavy (those are Yahoo defaults I believe). Who is available that I have ranked over Burfict and Dansby? That’s quite a combo so I wouldn’t complain if I had those two.

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Kevin Kumpf: your 6th through 12th aside from Poz are available. I have trouble getting rid of Dansby, though. He’s scored more than Ridley has up to this point in the season! I’m ok with leaving those guys in my lineup, though. I’ll most likely try to claim Church for Burfict for week 12.

            • Kevin Kumpf

              Kevin Kumpf says:
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              @Wilsonian:

              For the rest of the season those guys are all pretty close. Jerrell Freeman has the most favorable playoff schedule, so that’s something to consider, but you really can’t go wrong with any of them.

              • Wilsonian says:
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                @Kevin Kumpf: Thanks man. I’ll hang on to Burfict and Dansby for this week and try to snag Church on Monday morning since Burfict is on BYE next week. Maybe I’ll try to get the league to add some additional IDP slots for next season. I love having IDP in our league.

  4. kyle says:
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    Quick question: I have an opening at RB2 and Flex, and these options to fill it with: Larry Fitz, Andre Ellington, Stevan Ridley, and Rashad Jennings. What is your opinion? I love the match-up with Ellington and the Jags, but after that I’m at a loss. Thanks for the help.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @kyle:

      My only worry with Ellington is the vulture presence of Mendenhall. It would be between him and Jennings for me, and I would actually lean towards Jennings. I think AZ ends up throwing the ball a lot against Jax, so my choices would be Jennings at RB2 and Fitz at flex. None of them are bad options though, so you should do well despite some tough calls.

  5. Jeremy says:
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    Sorry not IDP related, but last minute advice, would you play Fleener tonight or Brian Leonard sunday as a Felx this week?

    Leaning towards Fleener

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jeremy: there are no WR options for your flex

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Jeremy:

      Too late to help you with this (sorry!) but as a Rutgers fan I’m just happy that Brian Leonard is actually in the fantasy discussion. Fleener did well tonight, but I’m hoping Leonard gets his first rushing TD on Sunday.

  6. Mike says:
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    I wish i didn’t have to choose between Mario Williams and Cameron Wake every week… it’s been a bitch choosing between them recently.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Mike:

      That is tough sir. I’m sorry my rankings, or ECR for that matter, can’t help more. If your league’s rules lean heavily towards big-play or not, that might make a difference. Wake should have more sack opportunities against the Chargers, but Mario will likely rack up more tackles. Hope that helps!

  7. MPC says:
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    I have a huge trade in the works with the deadline tonight!

    16 team PPR keeper league.

    I’d give up AJ Green (round 4 keeper next year), Eifert, Big Ben, Rainey for Stafford, Larry Fitz, Roddy, and Tony Gonzo.

    Do I make this trade? My thinking would be the upgrade at QB and TE would be worth the risk giving up AJ and his keeper value for a Fitz and Roddy gamble. AJ Green also has his Bye week next week and I also own MegaTron who would pair nicely with Stafford. Do I make this trade? Thanks for the advice!

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @MPC:

      Given the keeper aspect of the league, my first question is always, Are you a contender this year?

      If you are, then I can see the logic in making that move based on the huge QB upgrade alone. But Tony G, Roddy and Fitz are all clearly on the down-swing of their careers, so giving up Green for them is pricey. If you think you can win it this year, and the Stafford/Gonzalez combo can help, then I’d go for it. If you’re on the fringes, then I think giving up Green is too much.

      • MPC says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: Thanks for the reply. I’m in 4th place (16 teams), and top 6 teams make the playoffs. I also roster Forte, Chris Johnson, Megatron, Chris Ivory, and Riley Cooper. I definitely have a chance this year, just tough deciding to give up rd 4 AJ keeper value!

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