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If you’re still reading this then congratulations, you made the playoffs. Or you’re in one of those weird leagues that includes Week 17. Or you’re bored at work and can’t get enough IDP talk. But, other than that last group, if you’re here then you can’t afford to waste any time with fluff before getting to the good stuff. So let’s get right into the Week 14 IDP action…

Vontaze Burfict – I talked him up for weeks leading into the game against San Diego, but then he goes and rolls his ankle in practice three days before the game. I never changed my rankings, as I figured that if he played, he would produce, but for those who questioned me in the comments and on Twitter, I was hesitant. Well Burfict responded with what has become a standard game for him: 11 solo tackles, 2 assists and general chaos creation all over the field. Rey Maualuga came back from injury and ended the Vincent Rey Experience, but Burfict has reigned supreme all year, and should continue to do so Sunday against the Colts.

Jon Beason – We move from the model of consistency to its exact opposite. Since coming to the Giants, Beason has had four games of 8 or more tackles (including 17! on Sunday), and three games of 4 or fewer tackles. His “stud” games have come against teams that vary in their styles, but he’s set up pretty nicely on Sunday against those same Chargers that allowed Burfict and Maualuga to put up points last week. I’m feeling as positive as I can about Beason this week, as he should spend most of his afternoon chasing down the runs and short passes that make up the San Diego offense.

Olivier Vernon – I had Cameron Wake’s name in bold last week, but it was my afterthought, Vernon, who came through. Wake did manage 4 tackles, but didn’t register a sack, and watched his counterpart rack up 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks in the Fins’ romp of the Jets. While Wake struggles with injuries and ineffectiveness, and 3rd overall pick Dion Jordan deals with growing pains, Vernon has quietly put up 10 sacks already. He gets a DL-friendly schedule with the Steelers this week and Buffalo in Week 16, so he could very well be the anchor of a championship IDP team this year.

Justin Tuck – As much as I’d like to say he’s back, I’m not reading too much into Tuck’s monster performance on SNF. RG3 has been sacked at least 4 times in each of the last four games, and while 4 sacks in 10 plays is impressive, it’s also not likely to happen again. Tuck’s next three opponents all rank in the bottom 10 in sacks allowed, and that’s where he gets his value, as he hasn’t had more than 5 tackles since Week 2. He’s a strong DL3/fringe DL2, but I wouldn’t treat Week 13 as Tuck’s coming out party.

Johnathan Cyprien – Many had Cyprien pegged as a top-10 DL heading into the season, and he’s had some inconsistent but positive results. He currently ranks as DB8 on the season, but he’s had 5 tackles or less in half the games he’s played this year, which has led to some frustration from his owners. On Sunday, Cyprien put up 10 tackles and a pick, the first of his short career, and he has a nice schedule to end the season. I have him as my top DB this week, and I expect to have him top 5 for the rest of the year.

 

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  1. J-FOH

    J-FOH says:
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    I have this weeks top 3 as my starting LB. Yeah I’m a bragger, but hey, this is the only article on the net I can do this. On draft day they call me the linebacker whisperer.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @J-FOH:

      That’s some serious rosterbation material right there.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: I tell my friends it’s because I played football and get it. They don’t understand the little nuances. My friend drafts Matt Schaub every year and thinks he’s (him) is a fantasy bad ass.

    • Kid A says:
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      @J-FOH:

      And yet you’re still getting bounced from the playoffs in your own league.

      Maybe linebacker whisperer isn’t what they are calling you.

      Chump, maybe?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Kid A: I don’t think it would matter what place I was in, but this is suppose to be a safe place to talk IDP and nothing more. Don’t ruin my happy place Kid A. You are very lucky T-Rich sucks and Aaron Rodgers got hurt because you would be looking up my skirt right now….dude, get rid of the booty shorts.

  2. moldyforgoldy says:
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    I notice Sean Lee missing…guessing that means you’re leaving him on the bench this week to see if he’s at 100%?

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @moldyforgoldy:

      Yeah, I may add him later in the week but I wouldn’t feel comfortable starting him unless I hear he’s actually playing.

  3. peanutbutterjellytime says:
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    Suppose Sean Lee is going to start and play. In a tackle heavy league (2 points solo 1 assist), would you start him over JJ Watt? All indicators point to Lee playing. Where might you rank him if healthy and playing?

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @peanutbutterjellytime:

      If he’s definitely playing, and I agree that everything seems to be pointing that way, then I would start him over Watt. But with Watt playing tonight, I would have another option just in case.

  4. peanutbutterjellytime says:
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    Thank you sir. Hard to find good IDP stuff these days. Especially someone who gets back to you. Thank you so much.

  5. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    Did you leave Sean Lee off the rankings or do I need glasses?

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Clint (aka Pablo Death):

      Man, everyone’s clamoring for Sean Lee these days. I want a more definitive report on his status before I include him, but he will likely end up around LB20 if he’s definitely starting.

  6. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    Interested to pick your brain a little. What makes you like Ellerbe over Roach, who’s been doing well, and Audie Cole, now with the starting MLB job in Minny?

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @TysonFrozenChicken:

      I’m very torn on Cole. He’s done extremely well in relief of Henderson, but just three weeks ago, Henderson was a top 20 LB. So no matter what the team is saying, I’m not convinced that Henderson is completely out of the picture.

      As for Roach vs. Ellerbe, it’s close. Honestly, the Jets don’t have the ball for long enough to give opposing LBs chances to make plays, so that has me a little lower on Roach this week. And I expect Ellerbe to shadow Heath Miller, which will give him added opportunities in the passing game.

  7. Dr. Sauce says:
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    Appreciate your insight! Another Sean Lee question … we start 3 idp’s … Pos and Laurinaitis pencilled in. 3rd idp comes down to Darryl Washington, Bobby Wagner and Sean Lee. Who are you going with?

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Dr. Sauce:

      With Lee officially listed as probable, I moved him into my top 20, but not above Washington or Wagner. I think we can expect at least a little rust from him so I’d be more confident starting either of them, with Washington ranked slightly higher than Wagner

  8. Randy says:
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    Is there too much risk starting Oliver Vernon over Chandler Jones? I’m excited to see Jones up against a team whose QB gets sacked a lot, but read somewhere that going against Joe Thomas is a tough matchup. Plus, Vernon has been on a hot streak. What are your thoughts? Thanks!

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Randy:

      That’s a great question. Vernon is one of the only guys who I haven’t followed my own advice about this year, starting him over Michael Johnson and Justin Smith several times, even when I had him ranked lower. But Johnson and Smith are not Chandler Jones. I agree that the Thomas matchup is not ideal, and Vernon has been on quite the hot streak, but I’d have a tough time benching the #2 DL in 2013 during the playoffs.

  9. Ice up says:
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    Howdy, which defensive player do you like for tonight’s game? Bare with me not a great list, I know:
    Major Wright, Tim Jennings, Julius peppers, or jon bostic

    Reply

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Ice up:

      I’d go Peppers unless sacks are worth 2x solos or less, in which case I would go Bostic.

      • Ice up says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf:

        Each Sack = 1 point

        Every INT= 2 points

        Every three total tackles= 1 point

        Each Force Fumble = 1 point

        Fumble return TD= 6 points

        Int return TD= 6 points

        • Kevin Kumpf

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          @Ice up:

          With that boost to INTs, I’m actually tempted to lean Wright’s way. He should have the best chances considering that scoring system.

          • Ice up says:
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            @Kevin Kumpf: thank you, it’s crazy because my other league for the defensive player spot u don’t really get enough points, I know pick 6 in other league would be 2.5 or 3 pts, this league is 6 lol

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