Whether this is the last week before your playoffs or this week kicks them off, this is a week our teams need to shine.
As most of you already have the lineups you're going to be using, I'm assuming you probably need more advice on which players to use as opposed to who to pickup.
With this in mind, I have listed the Favorable Five and the Formidable Five teams over the last four weeks of the season at each position, shown who that team faces this week, the people that should interest you at that position, and how they played earlier in the season against that opponent, if available.
I will then talk about what I believe can be gained from the charts provided in the Analysis section below them.
We've been on a roll of late, so let's keep it up and help you win this week!
As I have throughout this year, I will be using the following point system for my analysis:
My Preferred IDP Scoring System
Again, these rankings are over the last four weeks of the season.
|3||ATL||NO||Will Smith||Very Good|
|Anthony Hargrove||Very Good|
|4||STL||TEN||Kyle Vanden Bosch|
|Juqua Parker||Not Good|
|2||PHI||NYG||Chase Blackburn||Pierce - Not Good|
|2||NYG||PHI||Tracy White||A. Jordan - Very Good|
|3||ARI||SF||Manny Lawson||Not Good|
|2||NO||ATL||Erik Coleman||Very Good|
|2||NYG||PHI||Asante Samuel||Very Good|
|5||PHI||NYG||Terrell Thomas||Not Good|
|1||CHI||GB||Charles Woodson||Not Good|
|3||SF||ARI||Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie||Not Good|
|4||NO||ATL||Brent Grimes||Very Good|
Remember, at this point in the season, you have to go with your studs no matter what there matchup may be.
A perfect example of why you always do this is David Harris. David Harris had an unfavorable matchup on paper last week, and he finished with eight solo tackles, three assists, one sack, and a forced fumble.
Simply put, studs are the exception to the rule when it comes to IDP.
So, looking at the DL charts above, I love Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove for New Orleans this week. They played very well the last time they played the Falcons, and that should continue to happen again.
Besides Julius Peppers and Stylez White, who should also have good weeks, I think you should be alright using Kyle Vanden Bosch after his poor performance last week.
Though you have to put in Trent Cole and Mario Williams, even though they don't necessarily have the best matchup this week, I would stay clear of Richard Seymour and Greg Ellis this week.
Honestly, other than maybe Tracy White, I feel all of the linebackers in both of the favorable sections are must plays this week. All of them have been hot of late, and all of them have match-ups that should continue that trend.
For the formidable portion of the two linebacking charts, other than Karlos Dansby, Gary Brackett, Dhani Jones, and Mike Peterson, I'm using other options if I have similar players on my bench available for the other players.
For those that have asked this week, as long as he is not injured, Erik Coleman is a must play this week. Other guys I like from the safety and corner back charts are Melvin Bullitt, Brandon Meriweather, and Mike McKenzie.
As far as who are must plays even though they are in the formidable section, you have to still play Tyvon Branch, Louis Delmas, Brian Dawkins, Charles Woodson, and I also like Brent Grimes this week, as well. The other people on the list, though, I would look elsewhere.
One Final Note—If Lance Briggs can't go, you really need to consider inserting Jamar Williams into your lineups this week if more than one linebacker has to start in your league. Last week, Williams was used when Briggs couldn't go and finished with 13 solo tackles, five assists, and two pass deflections.
Well, I hope this helps you out with the decisions you'll be making this week. Here's to all of you making it through this week!