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After Week 10, everyone was all “Vincent Rey this” and “Vincent Rey that,” and “Did you hear that Vincent Rey is the new IDP sheriff Cincinnati with Maualuga hurt?” Well Week 11 showed that you can shoot the sheriff, but you cannot kill the deputy. The deputy in this case is Vontaze Burfict, who had an all-world performance against the Browns with 15 tackles and a forced fumble, which he then recovered and took to the house. Burfict’s big Week 11 pushed him above Kiko Alonso to the top spot among all IDPs this season. There was some thought preseason that Burfict’s 2012 was a fluke, and Cincy’s bizarre fascination with Rey Maualuga would prevent Burfict from putting up true LB1 numbers, but those thoughts have been firmly put to rest.

Alas, Burfict is on a bye this week, but out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind. It might be more difficult now, but if Burfict’s owner needs LB stats this week, and your team has already clinched the playoffs, make an offer on the idle LB and see what happens. If you’re in an especially shallow league and Burfict’s owner dropped him due to the bye, make room on your bench for the man who I recently, like 200 words ago, nicknamed “The Deputy.”

Here are some other IDP happenings as we head into Week 12:

Gerald McCoy – Don’t look now but Gerald’s playing like The Real McCoy in Tampa (sorry, I couldn’t help myself). He’s had at least 5 tackles in his last three games, and has added 4 sacks in the last two. On top of that, he’ll get 30+ chances to rush Matt Stafford in Week 12, followed by a ton of tackle opportunities against Carolina, Buffalo and San Fran in the next three weeks. In DT-required leagues, McCoy is a must-start, and he’s looking like a DL2 down the stretch as well.

Akiem Hicks – The NOLA front seven has dealt with its share of injuries this year, and being stuck relying on Hicks was not what Saints fans were hoping for, but he has been surprisingly consistent. He’s has put up at least 6 tackles in four of his last five, and got to the QB for the second time this year last week. We may be seeing his ceiling right now, but his ceiling is putting up more tackles than JPP has put up in a game so far this season. Hicks is worth monitoring at the very least, and has a nice matchup with Atlanta on TNF.

Brad Jones – The book on Jones cannot be written without constantly using the phrase “when he’s healthy.” This year has been no different. He’s had some inconsistent individual games due to said injuries, but when he’s at full strength, Jones is the clear LB to own in Green Bay. With 13 tackles last week, Jones looked prettay, prettay good against the Giants. He gets Minnesota this week, which should mean quite a few meetings with Adrian Peterson. I’m confident that Jones will win at least some of those battles, a’hem, if he’s healthy.

Colin McCarthy – Sticking with the injury prone theme, when is the last time Brad Jones and Colin McCarthy were both healthy at the same time? I’m positive that this is the first time I’ve ranked them both inside the top 30 LBs, and considering that they were both top 10 LBs in Week 11, that might even be low. But given everything we know about this brittle pair, the odds are against both of them finishing a complete game. I like McCarthy’s matchup, and his performance in the last month, but I’d have trouble dropping someone like Nick Roach or Perry Riley for him. There’s something to be said for peace of mind, and McCarthy has yet to provide that in his career.

Andrew Sendejo – Remember that time I said that Sendejo’s value was only tied to Jamarca Sanford being injured? Yeah, it was last week. Well it turns out that the two safeties can co-exist and produce in the same secondary, even against a subpar matchup in Seattle. This week things should get significantly easier against Green Bay and their new QB. I’m not positive what his name is, but I know it’s not Aaron Rodgers, so that’s all I need to know. I would have no problem starting both Sanford and Sandejo in Week 12, and I like Sendejo a little better while Sanford isn’t completely healthy.

Dee Milliner – The Rookie Cornerback Theory hasn’t exactly held true this year. Some of that can be attributed to a lack of playing time for the rookies, due to poor play or injuries, but for whatever reason we have not seen a rookie CB make a surprising run to the top of the DB charts. I have a feeling that is about to change down the stretch, with Milliner (and Tampa’s Johnathan Banks to a lesser extent) being the prime beneficiaries. Milliner has had 6+ tackles in three of his last four games as he’s worked himself back into game shape, and he should be on the field for nearly every snap from here on out. Expect opposing QBs to test exactly how healthy and NFL-ready he is, which should lead to plenty of opportunities to rack up stats.

 

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  1. J-FOH

    J-FOH says:
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    With Sean Lee out do you think Bruce Carter can be an upside sleeper pick?

    I have not been able to watch the Falcons play in a while and was wondering what is up with Worrilow. is this guy running all over the field and stealing tackles from the other guys? I figured with Weatherspoon returning it would of cut into his explosion but that was not the case. He is reminding me of Angerer two years ago when he had the monster 2nd half.

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @J-FOH:

      I like Carter with Lee out, but he is always capable of completely disappearing, so I went safe and put him at 26. I don’t love relying on him, but I think his ceiling is high.

      As for Worrilow, I haven’t watched the Falcons at all since his surge to top 15 LB. But I’m all-in based on what I’ve heard and I’ll be paying special attention tonight to see how he handles the multiple attacks of NOLA. I may even be undervaluing him because he sounds like he should be an accountant, not a Linebacker.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: I want to see this in action myself. i missed the bus on him thinking we had a one hit wonder but the Falcons are in that perfect storm position, the offense is awful and the defense is getting old….I think. For some reason I’m getting shades of Angerer from 2011……My accountant is named Finklestein, no joke.

        • Kevin Kumpf

          Kevin Kumpf says:
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          @J-FOH:

          I completely regret not bidding higher on him in my dynasty league. He may haunt me as much as Josh Gordon currently does.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Kevin Kumpf: the ghosts of Gordon. I’m still uneasy for letting Freeman go right before Poluzsnys concussion.

            • Prez says:
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              @J-FOH: thanks for that, buddy!

  2. Rick says:
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    Who is a better and safer play this week at LB with points only for Solo tackles, sacks and picks.

    Justin Houston vs SD
    Daryl Washington vs Indy

    Thanks

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Rick:

      If sacks are worth 4x solo tackles or less, then I’d go Washington. If they’re 5x solos or more, than I’d go Houston.

      • Rick says:
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        Solo tackles are 1.5 pts (no pts for assists), Sacks are 7 pts and Int. are 10 pts.

        Thanks

        • Kevin Kumpf

          Kevin Kumpf says:
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          @Rick:

          Wow, right on the edge there. Of the two, Washington will definitely be more consistent, but Houston has the higher ceiling. If you consider yourself an underdog in this week’s matchup, go Houston, but Washington is the safer option.

          • Rick says:
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            Thanks again. One more twist. I can also pick up either:
            Donald Butler @ KC
            Bruce Carter @ NYG

            Any of these better plays this week? Cheers.

            • Kevin Kumpf

              Kevin Kumpf says:
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              @Rick:

              I like Washington (and Houston) better than those two given your scoring system.

              • Rick says:
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                Thanks I guess I will go with Washington seeing I already have LB Johnson from KC vs SD and hate to put both my eggs in one basket :)

  3. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Dont’a Hightower vs. Broncos or Bernard Pollard vs. Raiders? Thanks.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist:

      I’d go Pollard. Still not sure how McGloin will affect opposing IDPs, but I like Pollard over Hightower.

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: Thanks that what I was thinking but Hightower has a “better” matchup based on Yahoo and is projected more so was looking for some reassurance.

  4. Randy says:
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    We start 1 DL, 1 LB, and 1 DB. Currently I have Chandler Jones and C. Campbell at DL, Lavonte David and Kiko Alonso at LB, and Morgan Burnett at DB. Players like Mario Williams, Paul Worrilow, Mark Barron, Duke I., and Tyrann M. are available. Would you swap out any of my players ROS based on these players and/or their remaining schedule (e.g. favorable matchups that would allow them to crack my starting lineup vs. who I have today)? Thanks!

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Randy:

      I like Mario over Campbell after the bye, but it’s close. Your LBs are likely better than Worrilow, though I wouldn’t rule anything out at this point. For DBs, I would pick the best available each week, as they are all good options. I like Barron over Burnett this week, but it’s also close.

  5. Dirtyd says:
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    Start 1 Idp league. 1pt solo .5 asst 2 sack 2ff 2fr

    Need to choose one:

    Laurinaitis vs chi
    Daryl Smith vs jets
    Brad Jones vs min
    Jj watt vs jax

    Leaning Laurinaitis. Lbs typically get more points in this league as they get more tackles.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Dirtyd:

      I like Smith slightly more than Laurinaitis, but you can’t go wrong with either.

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